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

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Description

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
FIR/AOR
ENBD (Bodø ATCC)
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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 Download report
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