Report 2014/04

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Description

During approach for landing close to Store Hoggarvatn, the helicopter started an uncontrollable rotation to the left, After approximately three rotations, the helicopter hit the ground. Due to rugged terrain, the helicopter flipped over to one side and was substantially damaged. All six occupants were able to evacuate the helicopter, one person sustained minor injuries. The investigation revealed a fatigue fracture in the tail rotor control lever mounted on the tail rotor gearbox.

This report is in Norwegian only. No safety recommendation is issued in connection with this investigation.

Location
Store Hogganvatn, Rogaland
Occurrence date
09.10.2009
Aircraft
Eurocopter AS350 Ecureuil
Registration
LN-ODU
Meteorological conditions
VMC
County
Rogaland
Type of occurrence
Accident
Type of operation
Commercial, other
Category of operation
Light, helicopter (<= 2 250kg)
Aircraft category
Helicopter, Single-engine, Turboprop/turboshaft
FIR/AOR
ENSV (Stavanger ATCC)
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