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2014/06

Report 2014/06

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.

Facts

Location Røldal ski resort, Odda
Occurrence date 27.04.2013
Aircraft Eurocopter AS350 Ecureuil
Registration LN-OVO
Meteorological conditions VMC
County Hordaland
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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