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2020/08

Report on aviation accident at Laksefjordvidda in Finnmark, Norway on 12 September 2017 with Airbus Helicopters AS 350 B3, LN-OTR, operated by Helitrans AS

Tuesday 12 September 2017, the helicopter tipped over on its right side after it was landed in a slightly sloped terrain. There were one pilot and three passengers on board the helicopter. All four occupants evacuated unharmed from the helicopter. The AIBN considers it most likely that the helicopter tipped over as a result of "dynamic rollover" following a lateral movement in connection with landing. The AIBN believes that safety during landing would have been enhanced if a "task specialist" had been present on board.

During the evacuation, the commander had to assist a passenger who was unable to loosen the seat belt. The Accident Investigation Board points out the importance of crew members wearing helmets and thus having a greater chance of aiding passengers when an accident happen.

The investigation has not found any evidence of technical malfunctions or deficiencies in the helicopter or that weather conditions were a factor in the accident.

This report is in Norwegian only.

No safety recommmendation is issued in connection with this investigation.

Facts

Location Laksefjordvidda, Finnmark, Norway
Occurrence date 12.09.2017
Aircraft Airbus Helicopter AS 350 B3 Ecureuil
Operator Helitrans AS
Registration LN-OTR
Meteorological conditions VMC
County Troms og Finnmark
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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