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2014/10

Report 2014/10

Helicopter LN-OFC intended to land near a communications antenna, and the pilot lost visual references due to dry snow blowing up from the ground (white-out). Because of the loss of visual references, the helicopter moved unintentionally forward and under a power line that supplied the communications antenna with electrical power. The line caught the strobe light on the tail vertical fin, and it was torn off. The helicopter landed and was inspected. No other damage was detected. This report is in Norwegian only. No safety recommendation is issued in connection with this investigation.

Facts

Location Selnesåsen, Ulsfjord, Lyngen in Troms
Occurrence date 18.03.2014
Aircraft Eurocopter AS350 Ecureuil
Operator Helitrans AS
Registration LN-OFC
Meteorological conditions VMC
County Troms
Type of occurrence Serious incident
Type of operation Commercial, other
Category of operation Light, helicopter (<= 2 250kg)
Aircraft category Helicopter

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