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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 44091
Last updated: 17 October 2021
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Time:09:08 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic S61 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Sikorsky S-61N
Registration: EC-FJJ
MSN: 61-299
Fatalities:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:4 km off Anaga, Tenerife -   Spain
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Santa Cruz La P (GCLA)
Destination airport:Las Palmas Gran (GCLP)
Investigating agency: CIAIAC
On July 8, 2006, at approximately 0800 UTC, a Sikorsky S-61N SASEMAR SAR helicopter, registration EC-FJJ, operated by Helicsa, crashed into the sea in the vicinity of Tenerife, Canary Islands. The helicopter was on a VFR positioning flight from Santa Cruz de la Palma, to Gran Canaria. The 3 crew and 4 passengers were fatally injured. The cockpit voice recorder has been recovered, but the majority of the wreckage was under water at approximately the 2300 foot level.

A main rotor blade spar had failed due to fatigue. The aircraft had flown with a BIM (Blade Integrity Monitoring) warnings for 10 days and approximately 38 flight hours.

Eleven safety recommendations made.


Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: CIAIAC
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report

Revision history:

28-Oct-2008 00:45 ASN archive Added
20-Dec-2009 00:01 TB Updated
29-Dec-2009 10:41 TB Updated [Aircraft type, Other fatalities, Nature]
17-Mar-2011 03:40 harro Updated [Source, Narrative]
17-Mar-2013 17:19 TB Updated [Location, Source, Narrative]
17-Mar-2013 17:20 TB Updated [Time, Source]
15-Aug-2016 21:16 Aerossurance Updated [Time, Narrative]

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