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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 58617
Last updated: 26 April 2019
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Type:Silhouette image of generic AS50 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Aérospatiale AS 350B3 Ecureuil
Owner/operator:Heli-Team AS
Registration: LN-OAO
C/n / msn: 3671
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Måskovatnet, Rostadalen, 40 NM E of Bardufoss -   Norway
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Harstad
Destination airport:Karasjok
During the flight from Harstad to Karasjok, the helicopter encountered degraded visual conditions
flying over an area of snow-covered, mountainous terrain. The commander chose to perform a
precautionary landing to await improved visibility. After a few minutes on the ground, he resumed
the flight at low altitude and speed (hover taxiing). He was in the process of landing again when he
suddenly lost control and the accident occurred. The loss of control was most likely caused by the
tail guard and the lower part of the tail fin getting wedged in the snow during landing without the
commander noticing this. The main rotor struck the snow-covered surface when the helicopter
rolled over. As a consequence, two of the rotor blades passed through the cabin, killing the
commander. The passenger escaped the accident with only minor injuries.


Revision history:

04-Feb-2009 12:12 TAFJORD Added
04-Feb-2009 23:02 TAFJORD Updated
04-Feb-2009 23:34 Anon. Updated
05-Feb-2009 05:52 whiteshark Updated
06-Feb-2009 00:26 Rotorspot Updated
03-Sep-2009 23:18 N827KS Updated
04-Sep-2009 03:51 RobertMB Updated
04-Sep-2009 10:09 harro Updated
15-Mar-2011 14:08 harro Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Location, Phase, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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