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2016/05

Report on accident near Brydalsfossen, Masfjorden municipality in Hordaland county, Norway, 7 December 2015 with Airbus Helicopters AS 350 B3, LN-OXG

The helicopter was sling loading poles in connection with work on a power line. As the helicopter was above the work site, a tree fell over. It first hit the helicopter's long line, and then hit a person on the ground who was seriously injured. The pilot maneuvered the helicopter away and radioed for assistance. It was probably the downdraft from LN-OXG's main rotor that caused the tree to fall over.

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

Facts

Location Brydalsfossen, Masfjorden municipality, Hordaland county, Norway
Occurrence date 07.12.2015
Aircraft Airbus Helicopter AS 350 B3 Ecureuil
Registration LN-OXG
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

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