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Report on air accident at Brettesnes Lofoten, Nordland county, Norway 14 December 2017 with Airbus Helicopters AS 350 B3, LN-OPA

The aircraft accident occured Thursday 14th December 2017 during landing. A bigbag filled with equipment was placed on the ground. When the helicopter was 1 m from touch down, the commander saw the bigbag in the air. The bigbag was drawn into the main rotor. The helicopter started to vibrate substantially. The commander managed to land, shutdown the engine and escape the helicopter. A ground person, assisting the commander, had already escaped. No injuries. The vibrations caused substantial structure damages.


Location Brettesnes i Lofoten, Norway
Occurrence date 14.12.2017
Aircraft Airbus Helicopter AS 350 B3 Ecureuil
Operator Helitrans AS
Registration LN-OPA
Meteorological conditions VMC
County Nordland
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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