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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 45778
Last updated: 15 November 2021
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Date:10-AUG-2001
Time:14:28
Type:Silhouette image of generic AS50 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Eurocopter AS 350B2
Owner/operator:Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters
Registration: N169PA
MSN: 2477
Fatalities:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 7
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:4 miles E of Meadview, Arizona -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Nature:Passenger - Non-Scheduled/charter/Air Taxi
Departure airport:Grand Canyon W, AZ (1G4)
Destination airport:Las Vegas, NV (LAS)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Narrative:
On August 10, 2001, about 1428 mountain standard time, a Eurocopter AS350B2 helicopter, N169PA, operating as Papillon 34, collided with terrain during an uncontrolled descent about 4 miles east of Meadview, Arizona. The helicopter was operated by Papillon Airways, Inc., as an air tour flight under Code of Federal Regulations 14 (CFR) Part 135. The helicopter was destroyed by impact forces and a postcrash fire. The pilot and five passengers were killed, and the remaining passenger sustained serious injuries. The flight originated from the company terminal at the McCarran International Airport (LAS), Las Vegas, Nevada, about 1245 as a tour of the west Grand Canyon area with a planned stop at a landing site in Quartermaster Canyon. The helicopter departed the landing site about 1400 and stopped at a company fueling facility at the Grand Canyon West Airport (GCW). The helicopter departed the fueling facility at 1420 and was en route to LAS when the accident occurred. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and a visual flight rules flight plan was filed.
Probable Cause: The pilotís loss of control of the helicopter for undetermined reasons.

Sources:

NTSB database: https://www.ntsb.gov/_layouts/ntsb.aviation/brief.aspx?ev_id=20010820X01734&key=1
NTSB Report: https://www.ntsb.gov/investigations/AccidentReports/Pages/AAB0402.aspx
FAA register: 2. FAA: http://registry.faa.gov/aircraftinquiry/NNum_Results.aspx?omni=Home-N-Number&nNumberTxt=169PA

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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
28-Oct-2008 00:45 ASN archive Added
10-Jul-2014 00:35 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
21-Dec-2016 19:24 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
10-Dec-2017 12:22 ASN Update Bot Updated [Operator, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
17-Jan-2021 14:38 Aerossurance Updated [Source, Narrative]

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