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2016/14

Report on aviation accident in Reisadalen, Troms county 15 August 2015 involving EC120B, SE-JJM

On 15 August 2015, the helicopter should be flown from Alta to Kiruna. There were visual flight conditions and southeasterly winds. As the helicopter approached Reisadalen, the commander performed a right hand turn to a northwesterly heading. At that stage, the helicopter lost the height although the commander pulled the collective lever. The helicopter descended vertically and landed hard on its undercarriage. The helicopter got extensive damage. The pilot suffered injuries leading to hospitalization.

Execution of the flight, as well as the results of the blood sample taken four hours after the accident substantiate that he flew under influence of alcohol. His relationship with alcohol has been known in the helicopter community and with aviation authorities for several years. The report highlights the authority and the operators' role as safety barriers in such cases, in light of ICAO guidelines, and EASA regulations.

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

Facts

Location Reisadalen, Troms county, Norway
Occurrence date 15.08.2015
Aircraft Airbus Helicopters EC 120B
Registration SE-JJM
Meteorological conditions VMC
County Troms
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 ENOB (Bodø FIC/OFIR)

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