The helicopter was used to transport crew that participated in the Røldal Freeride 2013 alpine skiing arrangement. The flight started at the Hordatun Hotel, with five persons on board. As the helicopter ascended along the ski slope, a steep 360 degree turn was executed. Near the completion of the turn the helicopter came too low and hit the ground.
No one on board were seriously injuried. The helicopter was destroyed.
Based on this investigation, the SHT is of the opinion that the accident with LN-OVO is a consequence misjudgement during abrupt maneuvering at low altitude. Breathalyzer tests carried out by the police indicates that the commander may have been under the influence of alcohol, which, if that was the case, would have influenced negatively on his decisions and performance. The SHT has not found any technical malfunctions with the helicopter that could explain the accident.
This report is in Norwegian only. No safety recommendation is issued in connection with this investigation.
|Location||Røldal ski resort, Odda|
|Aircraft||Eurocopter AS350 Ecureuil|
|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)|