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2020/11 eng

Report on air accident at Røldalsfjellet in Ullensvang municipality, Vestland county, Norway on 17 February 2019 involving a Robinson R44 II, LN-ORH

The commander and his wife were to fly a Robinson R44 II helicopter from the couple's cabin in Røldal to Karmøy. A video camera was mounted in the helicopter documenting the flight. The video shows that shortly after departure, the helicopter flew into an area with low clouds and poor visibility. Eventually the commander turned, but the visual references disappeared completely and the helicopter came out of control. Five minutes after departure, the helicopter crashed into a steep mountain side and the two on board perished immediately.

The commander was inexperienced. He had flown a total of 77 hours, including 60 hours at a helicopter pilot training center in the United States. The commander was aware that the flying conditions were poor.

Facts

Location Røldal, Ullensvang municipality, Vestland county, Norway
Occurrence date 17.02.2019
Aircraft Robinson R44
Operator Private
Registration LN-ORH
County Vestland
Type of occurrence Accident
Type of operation Private
Category of operation Light, helicopter (<= 2 250kg)
Aircraft category Helicopter, Single-engine, Piston engine
FIR/AOR ENSV (Stavanger ATCC)

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