Accident Airbus Helicopters H145 SE-JSS, Saturday 12 February 2022
ASN logo
This information is added by users of ASN. Neither ASN nor the Flight Safety Foundation are responsible for the completeness or correctness of this information. If you feel this information is incomplete or incorrect, you can submit corrected information.

Date:Saturday 12 February 2022
Time:16:24 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic EC45 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Airbus Helicopters H145
Owner/operator:Babcock Scandinavian Air Ambulance
Registration: SE-JSS
MSN: 20226
Engine model:Safran Arriel 2E
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Fiskö Island -   Finland
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Mariehamn Airport (MHQ/EFMA)
Destination airport:Fiskö Island
Investigating agency: SIAF
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
An Airbus Helicopters H145 HEMS helicopter landed on Fiskö Island after a call regarding a person who was injured in a fall. Seconds after the pilot had set the engines to idle, the helicopter began to slide tail first on the ice-covered driveway at increasing speed until, after approximately 20 m of travel, the main rotor struck a boat shed to the right of the helicopter. The impact rotated the helicopter towards the shed, and the right side of the fuselage hit the wall.
The main rotor blades were damaged. The nurse onboard suffered minor injuries, the other occupants were uninjured.

1. A transport mode that offers the lowest total costs and causes least additional harm to the patient is often selected.
2. Ambulance helicopter operations in Åland differ from mainland Finland helicopter emergency medical service missions and are an element of the prehospital medical care pathway.
3. Heavy reliance on Border Guard or Åland’s Maritime Search and Rescue Association’s resources may jeopardize rescue operations because these assets may be unavailable to other authorities when simultaneous missions are ongoing.
4. A caller’s understanding of landing site conditions and restrictions is based on layman's estimate, not on accurate technical data. The final decision on a landing site rests with the helicopter crew.
5. Because the mission was not urgent, preparations were not made for the patient’s transport to the helipad or the nearby open field.
6. The crew members focused on a challenging confined-area landing, which distracted them from noting the slippery surface of the landing site.
7. A landing site offering the best overall safety should be selected based on risk assessment.
8. Fitting slide stoppers on skids would reduce the possibility of sliding during winter operations on slippery surfaces.
9. The Government of Åland is under the law responsible for the overall direction and oversight of rescue services, but this function has not been executed fully.
10. The division of Åland into separate rescue service areas may result in a scenario where expeditious and appropriate assistance cannot always be delivered.
11. The existence of two nearly identical addresses in the same municipality may cause confusion and delay the launch of rescue actions.
12. The lack of the emergency location function jeopardizes the caller’s safety and may prevent or at least delay the arrival of expeditious and sufficient help on the accident site. Transmission of location information during emergency calls would improve the delivery of expeditious and appropriate assistance significantly.
13. Åland receives a large number of visitors each year. Reporting an address in an emergency call may prove difficult, if not impossible.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: SIAF
Report number: L2022-01
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 11 months
Download report: Final report




Revision history:

12-Feb-2022 19:26 Dolly564 Added
12-Feb-2022 19:46 harro Updated [Source, Narrative]
12-Feb-2022 19:58 Dolly564 Updated [Total occupants, Source]
12-Feb-2022 20:49 Aerossurance Updated [Source]
21-Apr-2022 14:23 penu Updated [Location, Source, Narrative]
01-Feb-2024 20:57 harro Updated [Other fatalities, Narrative, Category, Accident report]
03-Feb-2024 15:12 Aerossurance Updated [Operator, Total occupants, Location, Destination airport, Narrative]
04-Feb-2024 15:53 Aerossurance Updated [Source, Embed code, Narrative]
04-Feb-2024 16:48 Aerossurance Updated [Embed code]

Corrections or additions? ... Edit this accident description

The Aviation Safety Network is an exclusive service provided by:
Quick Links:

CONNECT WITH US: FSF on social media FSF Facebook FSF Twitter FSF Youtube FSF LinkedIn FSF Instagram

©2024 Flight Safety Foundation

1920 Ballenger Av, 4th Fl.
Alexandria, Virginia 22314