Report on air accident in Port of Bergen, Hordaland county, Norway, 10 May 2017 involving Airbus Helicopters AS 350 B3, G-HKCN

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10 May 2017 a British registered helicopter of the type Airbus Helicopters AS 350 B3 with three persons on board was about to land on the helideck on a yacht, when the helicopter lost control and crashed into the sea. The helicopter was equipped with flotation gear and floated up side down in the sea. One person was seriously injured and two persons got minor injuries. The investigation revealed a lack of follow-up of the described routines for preparation for helicopter operations on board the yacht. Among other things, the helideck was not adequately prepared.

A tarpaulin covering a fuel tank on the helideck was not adequately secured. The helicopter established hover over the helideck, and stood in low hover over the deck for approx. 15 seconds. During these seconds, the tarpaulin loosened due to the downdraft from the main rotor. The helicopter was flown by a pilot who had minimal experience on the helicopter type. The person had not received any type rating in his pilot's license yet, since the skill test had occurred the day before the accident. When the tarpaulin came loose, the commander, who was a flight instructor, tried to manoeuvre the helicopter away from the tarpaulin. He was not able to do so since this happened very quickly. The damage sustained by the main rotor made the helicopter uncontrollable.

No safety recommendation is issued in connection with this investigation.

Sted
Port of Bergen, Norway
Hendelsesdato
10.05.2017
ICAO flyplassindikator
ENBR
Luftfartøy
Airbus Helicopter AS 350 B3 Ecureuil
Operatør
HQ Aviation Ltd, UK
Reg. merke
G-HKCN
Flygeforhold
VMC
Fylke
Hordaland
Type hendelse
Luftfartsulykke
Type flyging
Ervervsmessig, ikke-regelbunden
Kategori luftfart
Lett, helikopter (<= 2 250kg)
Flykategori
Helikopter, Single-engine, Turboprop/turboshaft
FIR/AOR
ENSV (Stavanger ATCC)
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