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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 199101
Last updated: 15 December 2018
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Date:20-AUG-2017
Time:12:20 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic AS50 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Eurocopter AS 350B3 Écureuil
Owner/operator:Everjets, lsf Helicopter Travel Munich
Registration: OE-XTM
C/n / msn: 7148
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:Cabril, Castro Daire -   Portugal
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Nature:Fire fighting
Departure airport:Armamar Heli Base
Destination airport:Armamar Heli Base
Investigating agency: GPIAAF Portugal
Narrative:
The helicopter was engaged in fire fighting operations. After carrying out the second dump, it hit high voltage wires and crashed. A post-impact fire erupted. The pilot (51) trapped inside, died in the crash.

Probable causes:
The probable cause for the accident was determined as tail rotor strike with high-voltage power-line while intentionally flying at low altitude during firefighting operations.

Contributing factors:
Contributed to this accident the wildfires advancing through hilly terrain and passing below power-lines that were crossing a canyon.
The pilot focus on complete the firefighting mission, ignoring the imminent collision risk of close flying to power-lines within a complex orography.

Sources:

www.reuters.com
https://www.publico.pt/2017/08/20/sociedade/noticia/helicoptero-caiu-no-combate-a-fogo-em-castro-daire-1782836
http://olemejornais.com/2017/08/20/helic-ptero-da-everjet-cai-no-combate-aos-inc-ndios-e/

Accident investigation:
cover
  
Investigating agency: GPIAAF Portugal
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 3 months
Download report: Final report


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
20-Aug-2017 18:03 gerard57 Added
20-Aug-2017 18:24 harro Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Source]
21-Aug-2017 10:11 Iceman 29 Updated [Time, Source, Narrative]
21-Aug-2017 10:14 Aerossurance Updated [Location, Narrative]
21-Aug-2017 19:34 harro Updated [Time, Registration, Cn, Operator, Source]
21-Aug-2017 19:45 harro Updated [Source]
01-Sep-2017 09:17 harro Updated [Time, Departure airport, Destination airport, Narrative]
10-Dec-2018 20:09 harro Updated [Source, Narrative, Accident report, ]

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