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Investigation on air accident at the E18 road in Eidanger, Vestfold and Telemark County, Norway

June 17, 2021 at 2254 hours LN-OGT, a Robinson R44 helicopter flying from Kvinesdal to Kjeller, crashed. The helicopter hit a high voltage line that crossed the road at approx. 15 meters high before it fell down on the road shoulder. The commander, who was the only person on board, was fataly injured. The helicopter was substantially damaged.

It was getting dark and there was heavy rain with thunderstorms in the area. Several witnesses had shortly before the accident observed the helicopter flying at low altitude. A video camera belonging to the Norwegian Public Roads Administration captured the last seconds of the flight until the helicopter hit the high voltage line.

Personnel from the NSIA arrived at the accident site the same night and started the investigation. The helicopter wreck has been transported to the NSIA's premises in Lillestrøm for further investigations.

An overall technical inspection of the helicopter has been carried out. Information is still being collected.

The helicopter hitting the power line can be seen in the upper center on the photo. The two lights are the navigation light and a flash from the electrical short. Photo: Still photo from a video from the Norwegian Public Roads Administration
The helicopter hitting the power line can be seen in the upper center on the photo. The two lights are the navigation light and a flash from the electrical short. Photo: Still photo from a video from the Norwegian Public Roads Administration  

The helicopter wreckage on the road shoulder. Photo: NSIA
The helicopter wreckage on the road shoulder. Photo: NSIA

 

Last updated 02.07.2021

Facts

Location At the E18 road in Eidanger, Vestfold and Telemark County, Norway
Occurrence date 17.06.2021
Aircraft Robinson R44
Operator Private
Registration LN-OGT
Meteorological conditions IMC
Type of occurrence Accident
Type of operation Private
Category of operation Light, helicopter (<= 2 250kg)
Aircraft category Helicopter, Single-engine, Piston engine
FIR/AOR ENOS (Oslo ATCC)

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