Accident Eurocopter EC 135T2 HA-ECE, Thursday 31 July 2008
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Date:Thursday 31 July 2008
Time:14:30 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic EC35 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Eurocopter EC 135T2
Owner/operator:Hungarian Air Ambulance
Registration: HA-ECE
MSN: 0359
Year of manufacture:2004
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 5
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:near Kiskunlacháza -   Hungary
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Paks
Destination airport:Budapest
Investigating agency: TSB Hungary
Confidence Rating: Information verified through data from accident investigation authorities
The Air Ambulance helicopter (call sign MEDIC-14) flew a patient transportation mission on 31 July 2008 from Paks to Budapest. The helicopter disappeared from the radar screen at 13:43. Its last indicated position was 2.2 kms from Kiskunlacháza at 197°. The pilot of the helicopter could not be reached either by radio or cell phone afterwards. Minutes later, several passenger planes in the Ráckeve-Kiskunlacháza area reported to HungaroControl that they were receiving signals from an emergency locator transmitter. About the same time, the flight physician called the central dispatch of OMSZ with his cell phone, reported about the crash and requested urgent medical help. Another air ambulance helicopter, MEDIC-17 was the first one to find the crashed helicopter. The helicopter had overturned, the skids and the tail boom had broken off, the cabin had been severely damaged. Out of the five persons on board, one died on the scene, one suffered serious, life-threatening injuries, two were seriously injured, and one person suffered minor injuries. (The person who suffered life-threatening injuries died in the hospital three days later.)

The SC considers the most likely possibility that the No 1engine was shut down by mistake instead of the No 2 engine, which has already been stopped after a DECU failure. No pre-impact fault was found with the No 1 engine.

Safety Recommendation HUNG-2008-002: The IC recommends the EASA to promote the safety benefits of fitting, as a minimum, of an aircraft data recording system (ADRS) and a cockpit audio recording system (CARS) to all twin-engine helicopters flying Category A missions.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: TSB Hungary
Report number: 
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report

Sources: (source of narrative summary) (include photos of accident site)

Revision history:

31-Jul-2008 09:49 Bleiente Added
31-Jul-2008 21:27 snoopy55 Updated
01-Aug-2008 23:39 emil Updated
04-Aug-2008 23:23 Bleiente Updated
17-Dec-2008 09:58 Anon. Updated
18-Aug-2010 14:45 TB Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Other fatalities, Source]
05-Mar-2013 11:23 TB Updated [Aircraft type, Source, Narrative]
02-Aug-2014 13:13 Aerossurance Updated [Source, Narrative]
03-Aug-2014 07:24 Aerossurance Updated [Source, Narrative]
07-May-2016 08:37 Aerossurance Updated [Aircraft type]
13-Oct-2016 17:34 TB Updated [Source, Narrative]
04-Aug-2020 11:58 KagurazakaHanayo Updated [Source]
04-Aug-2020 11:59 harro Updated [Source, Accident report, ]
04-Feb-2021 12:11 Aerossurance Updated [Narrative, Accident report]
04-Feb-2021 12:50 Aerossurance Updated [Narrative, Accident report]

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