Accident AgustaWestland AW119 Mk II RA-01980, Friday 6 April 2012
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Date:Friday 6 April 2012
Time:16:46 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic A119 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
AgustaWestland AW119 Mk II
Owner/operator:Baltic Airlines
Registration: RA-01980
MSN: 14776
Year of manufacture:2011
Total airframe hrs:57 hours
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:ca 5 km from Chernye Kamni, Karelia -   Russia
Phase: En route
Departure airport:St. Petersburg
Destination airport:Chernye Kamni resort
Investigating agency: MAK
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The AgustaWestland AW119 Ke Koala Enhanced helicopter impacted the ice covered Lake Yanisyarvi, about 5km from Chernye Kamni (Black Rocks) resort. The two pilots and two passengers were seriously injured.

The most likely cause of the accident with the Agusta AW 119MKII RA-01980 helicopter was the crew’s loss of altitude control when flying in conditions of limited visibility and the “whiteness” of the underlying surface (lack of contrast and visibility of the natural horizon), which led, when performing a descending turn, to collision with the icy surface of the lake.
Contributing factors were:
- the absence in the regulatory documentation of recommendations on the use of meteorological terms of forecast detail for making decisions on departure during VFR flights;
- the absence in the regulatory documentation of requirements for maintaining the minimum safe altitude when flying on routes below the lower flight level outside the airfield area under VFR conditions;
- lack of technology for performing a multi-crew flight on aircraft whose flight manual determines the minimum crew composition of one pilot.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: MAK
Report number: 
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 4 months
Download report: Final report

Sources: (place of incident)


Revision history:

06-Apr-2012 10:40 Gnuss Added
06-Apr-2012 10:44 Anon. Updated [Aircraft type]
06-Apr-2012 11:19 RobertMB Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Operator, Location, Source, Narrative]
06-Apr-2012 11:45 krasatpi Updated [Registration, Source]
06-Apr-2012 11:46 krasatpi Updated [Damage]
06-Apr-2012 13:30 RobertMB Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Location, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
07-Apr-2012 23:34 RobertMB Updated [Time, Registration, Operator, Nature, Source, Narrative]
09-Apr-2012 13:02 Hirurg Updated [Registration]
19-May-2012 10:31 Geno Updated [Source, Damage, Narrative]
29-Jan-2013 13:26 TB Updated [Aircraft type, Cn, Location, Source, Narrative]
29-Jan-2013 13:31 TB Updated [Source, Damage, Narrative]
29-Jan-2013 13:35 TB Updated [Source, Narrative]
16-Sep-2013 17:39 krasatpi Updated [Total fatalities, Source, Narrative]
08-Jan-2024 20:33 harro Updated [Other fatalities, Narrative, Category, Accident report]

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