Report on air accident southeast of Mosjøen Norway 11 January 2012 with Robinson Helicopter R44, SE-JPZ, operated by Jämtlands Flyg AB

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Description

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The helicopter was used for herding reindeer. It was adverse weather conditions with snow showers and darkness when the accident happened. The helicopter struck the ground in a steep nose down pitch angle and with a large left roll. The two on board were killed instantly. The AIBN believes it is likely that the pilot lost control of the helicopter due to loss of visual references and possible vertigo. The AIBN has not found any technical failures to the helicopter that can explain the accident.

Location
2 Nm east of Mosjøen Airport Kjærstad (ENMS)
Occurrence date
11.01.2012
ICAO Location indicator
ENMS
Aircraft
Robinson R44
Operator
Jämtlands Flyg AB
Registration
SE-JPZ
Meteorological conditions
IMC
County
Nordland
Type of occurrence
Accident
Type of operation
Commercial, other
Category of operation
Light, helicopter (<= 2 250kg)
Aircraft category
Helicopter, Single-engine, Piston engine
FIR/AOR
ENOB (Bodø FIC/OFIR)
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