Accident Eurocopter EC 145 N245AF, Monday 31 January 2011
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Date:Monday 31 January 2011
Type:Silhouette image of generic EC45 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Eurocopter EC 145
Owner/operator:Vulcan Aircraft
Registration: N245AF
MSN: 9322
Year of manufacture:2010
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Bay of Ushuaia -   Argentina
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:yacht Octopus
Destination airport:SAWH
Investigating agency: JIAAC
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Emergency floats equipped helicopter clipped antenna while departing the yacht Octopus and made precautionary landing 70 meters from the yacht.

In a general aviation helicopter flight, during the transition from stationary flight to flight, the tail rotor blades impacted a ship's radar antenna. This resulted in the loss of the anti-torque system, which forced the crew to make an emergency splashdown, due to a combination of the following factors:
Inadequate flight planning at the beginning of the flight in critical weather conditions.
The dimensions of the bow heliport did not comply with the recommendations of Annex 14.
These facts, simultaneously, are attributable to a combination of the following deeper causes:
- Organisational pressure to perform the flight.
- Difficulty of pilots to reach decision levels with suggestions to bring the heliport in line with the recommendations of ICAO Annex 14.

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


Revision history:

31-Jan-2011 11:38 Black Typhoon Added
31-Jan-2011 11:48 Black Typhoon Updated [Aircraft type, Total occupants, Source]
31-Jan-2011 14:43 TB Updated [Aircraft type]
31-Jan-2011 14:55 TB Updated [Aircraft type]
01-Feb-2011 10:33 bizjets101 Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
01-Feb-2011 11:16 bizjets101 Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Source, Narrative]
01-Feb-2011 11:22 harro Updated [Aircraft type]
01-Feb-2011 11:25 harro Updated [Source]
01-Feb-2011 11:25 harro Updated [Damage]
01-Nov-2012 14:14 TB Updated [Aircraft type, Location, Source, Narrative]
22-Nov-2012 10:53 TB Updated [Departure airport, Narrative]
11-Dec-2012 02:46 TB Updated [Aircraft type]
27-Nov-2013 10:57 TB Updated [Damage]
27-Jul-2020 15:04 KagurazakaHanayo Updated [Time, Source, Narrative]
27-Jul-2020 15:05 harro Updated [Nature, Narrative, Accident report, ]

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