Incident Eurocopter EC 130B4 ZS-RZL, Saturday 2 January 2016
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Date:Saturday 2 January 2016
Type:Silhouette image of generic EC30 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Eurocopter EC 130B4
Owner/operator:Beltimar (Pty) Ltd
Registration: ZS-RZL
MSN: 4004
Year of manufacture:2006
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Vredefort, Free State -   South Africa
Phase: En route
Departure airport:FAGC (Grand Central)
Destination airport:Vredeford Dome
Investigating agency: CAA S.A.
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The pilot reported that on approach to Vredeford Dome, he experienced a severe downdraft. He elected to execute an emergency autorotation procedure. The pilot reported that during the landing, a severe dust bowl formed and restricted his vision with the NR warning horn sounding. During the process, the pilot overcorrected the helicopter and caused the tail to dig onto the soft soil. The helicopter came to rest on its left side. One of the passengers took out the aircraft equipped hand held Halon fire extinguisher and doused the flames that were coming from the engine exhaust.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: CAA S.A.
Report number: 
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report

Sources:]Avcom: EUROCOPTER EC 130 B4 down near Parys



Grand Central Airport, 15:09 January 28, 2011 © Bruce Perkins

Revision history:

03-Jan-2016 07:52 Topaz Added
03-Jan-2016 07:53 Topaz Updated [Source]
03-Jan-2016 07:54 Topaz Updated [Source]
03-Jan-2016 10:26 Aerossurance Updated [Aircraft type]
20-Jan-2016 13:20 Aerossurance Updated [Location, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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