Loss of control Accident Eurocopter AS 350B3 Ecureuil F-HCHB, Monday 23 May 2022
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Date:Monday 23 May 2022
Time:c. 16:20
Type:Silhouette image of generic AS50 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Eurocopter AS 350B3 Ecureuil
Registration: F-HCHB
MSN: 7695
Year of manufacture:2013
Total airframe hrs:2438 hours
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Location:Rogoźnik -   Poland
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Nature:Fire fighting
Departure airport:
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: SCAAI
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
During a firefighting flight, while drawing water into Bambi Bucket, the helicopter collided with the water surface. As a result, the helicopter was destroyed. The pilot managed to leave the helicopter on his own and was safely evacuated by emergency services.

Causes and contributing factors:
1) Hovering over water, as a result of which the tail rotor came into contact with the lake surface, most likely caused by a human factor: a temporary inattention and/or delayed pilot’s reaction to the helicopter drifting.
2) Likely fatigue after performing several fire-fighting flights on the day of the occurrence, hurry in carrying out the fire-fighting operation.
3) Focus-intensive control of the helicopter in hover, which was additionally hindered by the swell of the lake surface cause by the downwash and the underslung heavy water container.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: SCAAI
Report number: 2022/2454
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 10 months
Download report: Final report


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History of this aircraft

Ex N151RL


Revision history:

27-May-2022 11:53 AlexV Added
27-May-2022 11:54 harro Updated [Narrative]
27-May-2022 11:56 harro Updated [Nature, Narrative, Category]
27-May-2022 20:12 RobertMB Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Source, Narrative]
03-Jun-2022 07:33 harro Updated [Source, Narrative]
07-Apr-2024 08:33 ASN Updated [Location, Narrative, Accident report]
07-Apr-2024 09:10 ASN Updated [Damage]

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