Accident AgustaWestland AW139 B-MHJ, Saturday 3 July 2010
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Date:Saturday 3 July 2010
Time:12:01 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic A139 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
AgustaWestland AW139
Owner/operator:Sky Shuttle Helicopters, opf. East Asia Airlines
Registration: B-MHJ
MSN: 31222
Year of manufacture:2008
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 13
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Victoria Harbour -   Hong Kong
Phase: En route
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Hong Kong-Sky Shuttle Heliport
Destination airport:Macau
Investigating agency: CAD Hong Kong
Confidence Rating: Information verified through data from accident investigation authorities
Helicopter made an emergency landing in the water in Victoria Harbour shortly after departure from Sky Shuttle Heliport, approximately 500 metres North West offshore.
After departing from the heliport, the helicopter was climbing on a north-westerly heading. When passing approximately 350 feet Above Mean Sea Level at about 70 knots Indicated Airspeed, the crew had completed the post-takeoff checks. Shortly afterwards, both pilots heard a loud bang from the rear of the helicopter followed by airframe vibrations. At the same time, the captain found that he had no authority on the pedal controls and determined that the tail rotor of the helicopter had failed. Immediately, the captain put the helicopter into autorotation. Whilst in autorotation, he commanded the first officer to shut down both engines in accordance with the emergency procedures and the first officer carried out the commands accordingly.
Also, the captain transmitted a u2018MAYDAY' call. The captain made a controlled ditching with the helicopter maintained in level attitudes and low forward speed at touchdown. Once the helicopter touched the water, all the four emergency floats were inflated automatically. The time between the loud bang heard by the pilots and the touchdown on water was about 16 seconds. Helicopter rolled over after about 18 minutes and fuselage submerged.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: CAD Hong Kong
Report number: 
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 3 years and 12 months
Download report: Final report

Final Accident Report from Hong Kong Government issued July 2014:

Revision history:

03-Jul-2010 03:33 gerard57 Added
03-Jul-2010 03:40 harro Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Other fatalities, Nature, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
03-Jul-2010 03:50 RobertMB Updated [Time, Operator, Source, Narrative]
04-Jul-2010 21:42 eamond Updated [Damage]
13-Jul-2010 00:15 TB Updated [Operator]
01-Aug-2010 14:25 harro Updated [Country, Source, Narrative]
24-Feb-2011 04:39 TB Updated [Operator, Source, Narrative]
30-Jan-2013 09:40 TB Updated [Time, Source, Narrative]
16-Jul-2014 17:38 HeliNews+ Updated [Source]
14-May-2021 19:49 harro Updated [Source, Accident report]

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