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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 221065
Last updated: 30 March 2020
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Date:24-JAN-2019
Time:afternoon
Type:Silhouette image of generic AS50 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Eurocopter AS 350B3e Ecureuil
Owner/operator:SNC Jaspe/Helilagon Helicopters
Registration: F-OFML
C/n / msn: 7984
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Category:Accident
Location:Grand-Brûlé, Sainte-Rose -   Reunion
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Nature:Fire fighting
Departure airport:
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: BEA
Narrative:
During a transit between the fire zone and the water supply point, elements of the Bambi Bucket, external scooping and water release equipment, then empty, collided with the blades of the anti-torque rotor (RAC) which lead to its loss of efficiency. The pilot managed to make a forced landing on uneven terrain on the side of a volcano which did not allow a slippery landing. The pilot noted that the lines of the Bambi Bucket were rolled up in the RAC, the blades of which were broken.
The collision between the external load and the RAC is due to the combination of several factors: a short sling, evolutions of the helicopter in a very turbulent aerology following a descending trajectory at a speed higher than the maximum recommended speed and with a light load.

Sources:

https://www.clicanoo.re/Faits-Divers/Article/2019/01/24/PHOTOS-Incendie-au-Grand-Brule-un-helicoptere-se-pose-en-urgence
https://www.linfo.re/la-reunion/societe/incendie-au-grand-brule-l-helicoptere-bombardier-d-eau-endommage?affId=zactus.re#photo-2

Accident investigation:
cover
  
Investigating agency: BEA
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 11 months
Download report: Final report


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
24-Jan-2019 12:05 Iceman 29 Added
24-Jan-2019 17:22 Aerossurance Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Embed code, Narrative]
24-Jan-2019 17:23 Aerossurance Updated [Aircraft type]
24-Jan-2019 23:09 Iceman 29 Updated [Operator]
28-Jan-2019 08:06 Aerossurance Updated [Embed code]
29-Dec-2019 15:29 harro Updated [Embed code, Narrative, Accident report, ]

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