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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 80584
Last updated: 17 May 2019
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Date:07-NOV-2010
Time:c. 09:00 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic AS50 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Aérospatiale AS 350B3 Ecureuil
Owner/operator:Fishtail Air
Registration: 9N-AIX
C/n / msn: 4828
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Near the base-camp of Mount Ama Dablam in Solukhumbu -   Nepal
Phase: En route
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Tenzing-Hilary Airport, Lukla, Nepal (LUA/VNLK)
Destination airport:Mount Ama Dablam, Solukhumbu, Nepal
Narrative:
A helicopter belonging to Fishtail Air has crashed near the base-camp of Mount Ama Dablam in Solukhumbu Sunday morning (Nov 7 2010).

Two crewmembers, Captain Sabin Basnet and Engineer Purna Awale, have been killed in the crash.
Basnet and Awale were the only two persons flying in the aircraft. The aircraft had flown to Mount Ama Dablam to rescue two mountaineers (1 japanese, 1 german) stranded in the mountain due to adverse health condition.

THe helicopter had flown to Lukla from Kathmandu at about 8.00 am with some passengers onboard. It had flown further to Mount Ama Dablam after dropping the passengers at Lukla airport. It had lost contact shortly after taking off from Lukla airport.

After the crash occurred, Fishtail Air deployed another AS350B3 helicopter (Call Sign: 9N-AJI) to continue the rescue mission. In the early hours of 8th November 2010, Captain Ashish Sherchan & Captain Siddhartha Jung Gurung conducted the rescue mission and rescued Japanese Climber Mr. Kazuya Hiraide. They also dropped a team of mountain guides at the crash site. The team recovered the dead bodies of the deceased which were flown back to Kathmandu on two helicopters of Fishtail Air.

Sources:

1. [LINK NOT WORKING ANYMORE:http://www.nepalnews.com/main/index.php/news-archive/19-general/10346-fishtail-air-helicopter-crashes-in-solukhumbu.html]
2. http://fishtailair.com/blog/2010/11/rescue-mission-to-ama-dablam-6812m-proves-fatal-for-fishtail-air%E2%80%99s-as-350-b3/
3. http://www.bergrettung.at/News-Detail.256.0.html?&cHash=22503fc6b715f1a6293237ee73265229&tx_ttnews[tt_news]=1933
4. http://news.smh.com.au/breaking-news-world/rescue-helicopter-crashes-near-everest-20101107-17j5a.html
5. http://www.sify.com/news/chopper-searching-for-japanese-climber-crashes-in-nepal-news-international-klhoOfegfhf.html
6. http://airbushelicoptersinc.com/images/safety/Potential_18_07_2011.pdf


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
07-Nov-2010 14:43 gerard57 Added
07-Nov-2010 17:04 TB Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Other fatalities, Narrative]
17-Nov-2010 07:28 rotorspot Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Source]
08-May-2013 06:44 mhab Updated [Source, Narrative]
05-Aug-2014 22:52 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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