Accident Schweizer 269C-1 (300CBi) F-HAGO, Tuesday 12 January 2021
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Date:Tuesday 12 January 2021
Type:Silhouette image of generic H269 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Schweizer 269C-1 (300CBi)
Owner/operator:Heliteam D&N
Registration: F-HAGO
MSN: 0279
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Val d'Ese, Bastelica, Corse-du-Sud 2A -   France
Phase: En route
Departure airport:
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: BEA
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The pilot, accompanied by a friend, took off without a flight plan from the helipad where the helicopter was based for a VFR flight in the mountainous area of Val d'Ese. The pilot, in radio contact with the flight information service of Ajaccio, headed in the direction of Tolla. At 13:54, he announced that he was three
minutes away from Ese and that he was flying at an altitude of 3,400 ft (1,035 m). He then left the frequency. He crossed the Bocca della Calle pass (at an altitude of 1,950 m), heading towards Lake Vitalaca which was located further north, then he turned around.
The pilot stated that on the return leg, while flying at an altitude of 7,200 ft (2,200 m), the main rotor speed decreased and the helicopter lost altitude. The pilot was unable to counter this trend. He crossed the Bocca della Calle pass in descent and had no choice but to make a forced landing on the slope, behind the pass. When the helicopter landed on the
snow-covered ground, it tipped forward and the main rotor made contact with the snow.
At 14:18, the Aeronautical Rescue Coordination Centre (ARCC Lyon) received a message from the Cospas-Sarsat French Mission Control Centre (FMCC) concerning the activation of the emergency locator transmitter associated with F-HAGO in the Monte Renoso area.
The wreckage was found at around 15:30, followed by the occupants at 15:49 on the Scaldasole ridge, approximately two kilometres from the accident site, from where they were airlifted out by helicopter.

Contributing factors
The following factor may have contributed to the loss of altitude while crossing the pass:
- The lack of adequate mountain flying training with a qualified instructor.
The following factor may have contributed to the delay in locating the wreckage and the occupants:
- The lack of knowledge of the functionalities of the PLB, which led the occupants not to activate it and not to carry it with them when they left the accident site and as a consequence, did not give information about their GNSS position.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: BEA
Report number: BEA2021-0013
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year 1 month
Download report: Final report

Sources: (photo)



Revision history:

13-Jan-2021 17:56 harro Added
13-Jan-2021 18:14 Aerossurance Updated [Phase, Embed code, Narrative]
13-Jan-2021 18:14 Aerossurance Updated [Embed code, Narrative]
13-Jan-2021 18:15 Aerossurance Updated [Location]
13-Jan-2021 18:28 RobertMB Updated [Aircraft type, Cn, Source]
20-May-2022 12:03 harro Updated [Time, Total occupants, Nature, Narrative, Accident report]

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