Accident Mil Mi-8AMT RA-22472, Saturday 9 March 2013
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 9 March 2013
Time:10:20 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic MI8 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Mil Mi-8AMT
Registration: RA-22472
MSN: 39-10
Year of manufacture:2009
Fatalities:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:20 km south-west of Bukavu, South Kivu, DRC -   Congo (Democratic Republic)
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Shabunda - FZMW
Destination airport:Bukavu - BKY/FZMA
Investigating agency: BPEA
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The helicopter crashed in a mountainous area under conditions heavy rain. On charter to UN as UNO-853.

Probable causes
Improper decision making to continue flight in adverse weather conditions for visual flight rules (VFR) flight in reduced visibility.
Causal Factors: Human
- The crew did not follow the VFR procedures required by existing regulations;
- The crew had not complied with the regulatory instructions requiring them to turn 180° from the departure airport, that is, to land and wait for improved visibility to begin the flight in VFR conditions;
- The crew had cleared flight level Fl 095 by a gradual descent over the mountain ranges in poor visibility conditions without being able to inform ATC during the approach to the Bukavu station ;
- The crew's actions could not prevent collision with the terrain;
- At a height of 2,650 metres, the helicopter had collided with the terrain.

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

Sources: (place of crash)

Revision history:

10-Mar-2013 03:39 krasatpi Added
10-Mar-2013 06:21 Anon. Updated [Location]
10-Mar-2013 08:09 gerard57 Updated [Country, Source]
10-Mar-2013 11:55 krasatpi Updated [Source]
11-Mar-2013 01:04 Geno Updated [Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source]
03-Jul-2015 11:12 Aerossurance Updated [Operator, Source, Narrative]
08-Jul-2020 17:45 harro Updated [Narrative, Accident report, ]

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