Report on air accident at Brannsletta in Nesseby in Finnmark County Norway on 26 November 2009 with Eurocopter AS 350 B3, LN-OML operated by Helitrans AS

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Description

The commander was transporting a part of an excavator hanging in a longline underneath the helicopter. When he was about to put the load down on the unloading site, he experienced control problems. The helicopter began to shake and he noticed the warning light indicating that the hydraulic system had lost pressure. He dropped the load and partly regained control of the helicopter, but could not prevent it from hitting the ground and rolling over. There was an intense fire and substantial parts of the helicopter were consumed by fire. The commander rapidly exited the wreckage and was only lightly injured.

Location
Brannsletta in Nesseby in Finnmark County Norway
Occurrence date
26.11.2009
Aircraft
Eurocopter AS350 Ecureuil
Operator
Helitrans AS
Registration
LN-OML
Meteorological conditions
VMC
County
Finnmark
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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