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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 55047
Last updated: 22 December 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic PUMA model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Westland Puma HC.1 (SA 330E)
Owner/operator:Royal Air Force (RAF)
Registration: ZA938
C/n / msn: WA1650
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 14
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Salman Pak, 15 mi SE of Baghdad -   Iraq
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:
Destination airport:
The Puma was part of a mixed formation that was tasked to drop troops near a suspected target in Iraq. It struck the ground hard during a vertical descent while in a dust cloud created by its own downdraft. It then began to move forward and rock from side to side so the pilot elected to take off. While in the dust cloud he became disorientated and the rotors struck the ground while in a right hand turn. The helicopter struck the ground and rolled onto its right hand side and quickly caught fire. Within four minutes it was engulfed by flames which also set off ammunition on board. The three crew members and all but two of the troops were able to evacuate, although some were seriously hurt. The two trapped in the wreckage were later found dead by the rescue crews


Revision history:

24-Feb-2010 02:13 TB Updated [Aircraft type, Cn, Operator, Other fatalities]
04-Mar-2010 02:25 TB Updated [Cn]
13-Jun-2011 21:57 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Phase, Source, Narrative]
08-Jul-2011 11:49 TB Updated [Operator, Location, Source, Narrative]
12-Jan-2013 07:53 Nepa Updated [Operator, Narrative]
19-Jan-2013 12:50 TB Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Source, Narrative]
22-Jan-2013 10:41 TB Updated [Narrative]
23-Jan-2016 15:02 Aerossurance Updated [Source, Narrative]

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