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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 144897
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Date:06-APR-2012
Time:
Type:Silhouette image of generic AS50 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Aérospatiale AS 350BA Ecureuil
Owner/operator:Trans Hélicoptère Service SA - THS
Registration: F-GFZC
C/n / msn: 2163
Fatalities:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Région d’Agadez, Tenere desert -   Niger
Phase: En route
Nature:Offshore
Departure airport:Agadem oil block
Destination airport:Fachi
Narrative:
An Aérospatiale AS 350BA Ecureuil helicopter, enroute from oil company CNPC's remote Agadem oil block (about 1,500 km east of the capital Niamey) to Fachi, crashed in the Région d’Agadez, Tenere desert, about 10km away from its destination.

The helicopter was missed since Friday 6 April when it didn't arrive at its destination and was found Monday 9 April. The ELT did not activate. Two French crewmembers and four Chinese CNPC employees were killed.

Sources:

http://www.bea.aero/fr/enquetes/2012/2012.semaine.15.pdf

https://www.thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2012/4/10/worldupdates/2012-04-09T205836Z_1_BRE8380UB_RTROPTT_0_UK-NIGER-CRASH&sec=Worldupdates?file=/2012/4/10/worldupdates/2012-04-09T205836Z_1_BRE8380UB_RTROPTT_0_UK-NIGER-CRASH&sec=Worldupdates
https://gev.com/2012/04/helicopter-crash-kills-four-in-tenere-desert-in-niger/
[LINK NOT WORKING ANYMORE:http://www.globaltimes.cn/NEWS/tabid/99/ID/704070/Four-Chinese-oil-workers-killed-in-Niger-helicopter-crash.aspx]
http://en.ce.cn/World/Africa/201204/10/t20120410_23225836.shtml
[LINK NOT WORKING ANYMORE:http://www.lesahel.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=10089:communique-de-presse-du-gouvernement--six-personnes-dont-quatre-4-chinois-et-deux-2-francais-trouvent-la-mort-dans-un-crash-dhelicoptere&catid=34:actualites&Itemid=53]

http://www.airliners.net/photos/airliners/1/9/1/1492191.jpg (photo)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-niger-crash-idUSBRE8380UD20120409_


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
09-Apr-2012 16:02 RobertMB Added
10-Apr-2012 03:42 TB Updated [Date, Registration, Source]
10-Apr-2012 06:49 RobertMB Updated [Source, Narrative]
12-Apr-2012 18:35 RobertMB Updated [Operator, Location, Source, Narrative]
18-Apr-2012 12:45 harro Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Source]
19-Apr-2012 07:06 RobertMB Updated [Aircraft type, Source, Narrative]
31-Aug-2014 18:28 Aerossurance Updated [Nature, Narrative]
26-Sep-2016 20:57 Aerossurance Updated [Source, Narrative]

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