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2014/04

Report 2014/04

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.

Facts

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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