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2019/02

Report on air accident at Skogn airport, Norway 25 May 2018 involving Airbus Helicopters EC 120 B, LN-OTO

The helicopter came out of control in connection with landing. It rotated uncontrolled before it ended up on the side, after the left skid had first hit the ground. There were two people on board. The commander was uninjured while the passenger suffered minor cuts. The helicopter was substantially damaged. Examinations of the helicopter have not revealed technical findings that can explain the loss of control. The Accident Investigation Board Norway finds it probable that the phenomenon of Loss of Tail rotor effectiveness (LTE) may have occurred after the commander failed to correct the helicopter using the right pedal. The AIBN believes that the commander's low experience level contributed to the situation, which was not interrupted in time.

This report is in Norwegian only.

No safety recommendation is issued in connection with this investigation.

Facts

Location Skogn flyplass, Levanger municipality, Trøndelag county, Norway
Occurrence date 25.05.2018
Aircraft Airbus Helicopters EC 120B
Operator Private
Registration LN-OTO
Meteorological conditions VMC
County Trøndelag
Type of occurrence Accident
Type of operation Private
Category of operation Light, helicopter (<= 2 250kg)
Aircraft category Helicopter, Single-engine, Turboprop/turboshaft
FIR/AOR ENBD (Bodø ATCC)

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