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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 147148
Last updated: 18 November 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic UH1 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Bell-Garlick UH-1H Iroquois
Owner/operator:C J Rance Ltd.
Registration: ZS-HCR
MSN: 4330
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Amatole Mountains, Eastern Cape -   South Africa
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Nature:Fire fighting
Departure airport:
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: CAA SouthAfrica
Helicopter was fire-fighting in the mountains. Wind speed was up to 38 knots. The helicopter was operating in the lee of the mountain and subject to mountain rotor turbulence. The bambi bucket, on a 33ft sling, collided with the rising terrain and the helicopter crashed after the pilot was unable to correct the helicopters sudden change in attitude (nose down). The helicopter was destroyed by the post impact fire. The pilot was fatally injured.


Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: CAA SouthAfrica
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report

Revision history:

27-Jul-2012 11:50 hoverdivine Added
27-Jul-2012 11:50 harro Updated [Aircraft type, Narrative]
27-Jul-2012 11:52 harro Updated [Aircraft type, Other fatalities, Phase]
01-Aug-2012 00:18 Anon. Updated [Source, Narrative]
22-Jan-2017 09:34 rvargast17 Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Location, Source, Narrative]
22-Sep-2020 08:06 Aerossurance Updated [Location, Source, Narrative]
22-Sep-2020 08:20 Aerossurance Updated [Narrative]

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