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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 2574
Last updated: 5 July 2020
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Time:17:25 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic AS50 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Eurocopter AS 350Bs Astar
Owner/operator:Vancouver Island Helicopters
Registration: C-GNMJ
C/n / msn: 2829
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:near Kamarang, 145 nm WSW of Georgetown -   Guyana
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:Kamarang, Guyana
Destination airport:Kamarang, Guyana
At 1725 local time, the pilot of the Eurocopter AS 350 B2 helicopter (registration C-GNMJ, serial number 2829) with a 120-foot long line attached, entered a stable, out-of-ground-effect hover to begin coiling the long line onto the ground below the helicopter. As the pilot gradually descended, and at a height of about 10 feet above ground level, he experienced significant binding in the flight controls. The pilot was unable to rectify the control binding and had considerable difficulty maintaining attitude and altitude control of the helicopter.

During 15 seconds of random, uncontrolled hover flight, the helicopter turned and climbed to about 20 feet above ground level, whereupon the pilot retarded the throttle lever, causing the main rotor rpm to decay rapidly. As a result, the helicopter descended quickly, struck the ground at Gravel Road, Kamarang, 145 nautical miles west-south-west of Georgetown, Guyana; it bounced, and landed upright, causing substantial damage to the skids, the tail boom, and the main rotor head. The pilot was not injured and the impact forces were insufficient to activate the emergency locator transmitter.


1. CADORS 2005P0378
2. TSB Occurrence No:A05F0025

Safety recommendations:

Safety recommendation A07-09 issued by TSB to EASA

Revision history:

23-Feb-2008 23:00 Circeus Added
13-Jul-2014 23:37 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Location, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
25-Sep-2016 16:40 Aerossurance Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Location, Phase]

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