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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 218843
Last updated: 23 September 2021
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Time:11:20 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic KA27 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Kamov Ka-32T
Owner/operator:Korea Forest Service (KFS)
Registration: HL9419
MSN: 9605
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Han river near Gangdong Bridge, Seoul -   South Korea
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Nature:Fire fighting
Departure airport:Gimpo Airport, Seoul
Destination airport:Gimpo Airport, Seoul
Investigating agency: ARAIB
The firefighting helicopter crashed in the river as it tried to take in water to fight a fire at Youngchook-mountain, Nowongu, Seoul. The two pilots survived the crash, but a mechanic died.

During the descent approach, the flight crew concentrated on the radio calls, so they failed to recognize excessive descent speed and proximity to the surface.
In addition, the contributing factors of this accident are determined as follows.
1. Freshwater access procedures such as location selection of freshwater reservoirs, high-altitude and low-altitude reconnaissance for freshwater, and stationary flight were not implemented.
2. During the freshwater approach, the assignment of duties was not clearly implemented, with both the captain (PF) and the first officer (PM) focused on wireless communication.
3. Failure to check the information of the aircraft provided by the aircraft, such as low altitude warning and radio altimeter.
4. The crew's emergency exit door opening method and escape training response capability were insufficient.


Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: ARAIB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 2 years 1 month
Download report: Final report


Revision history:

01-Dec-2018 07:07 gerard57 Added
01-Dec-2018 08:29 Anon. Updated [Time, Registration, Cn, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
01-Dec-2018 10:32 Aerossurance Updated [Time, Source, Embed code]
01-Dec-2018 11:51 RobertMB Updated [Aircraft type, Source, Embed code]
02-Dec-2018 17:23 Anon. Updated [Registration, Cn]
02-Dec-2018 21:43 RobertMB Updated [Registration, Cn, Source, Narrative]
03-Dec-2018 19:47 Anon. Updated [Narrative]
01-Jan-2021 17:54 Aerossurance Updated [Source, Narrative]
02-Jan-2021 11:59 harro Updated [Narrative, Category, Accident report]
08-Jan-2021 15:58 Aerossurance Updated [Time, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative, Accident report]
09-Jan-2021 11:49 Aerossurance Updated [Embed code, Accident report]

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