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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 151321
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Time:13:35 UTC
Type:Silhouette image of generic AS65 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Eurocopter AS 365N2 Dauphin 2
Owner/operator:Aero Contractors
Registration: 5N-BBS
MSN: 6448
Fatalities:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 12
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:off Brass oil terminal -   Nigeria
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Brass Terminal
Destination airport:Agip Port Harcourt Base
Investigating agency: AIB Nigeria
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Crashed at sea while on charter to Agip.

According to one source (an AIBN report): The helicopter was in the enroute phase when the emergency floats inflated unintentionally. The helicopter began to rotate around the rotor mast during the subsequent landing. Finding of fatigue fracture in tail rotor blade no. 35317. The blade fracture was not related directly to the problems with the emergency floats. Alert Service Bulletin No. 05.00.17 issued by Eurocopter on 16 April 2003 introduced operating time limits and more intensive maintenance. This was later followed up by DGAC Airworthiness Directive No. T2003-155 dated 30 April 2003.

3.2.0 The Probable cause of accident.

3.2.1 The probable cause of the accident is due to the fatigue of one of the tail rotor blades, which caused severe damage to the other blades arid loss of efficiency of the tail rotor on the final approach and consequently caused the loss of control of the helicopter to safe landing by the crew.

3.2.2 The first contributive factor to the accident is the incident of the floats' inflation, which was inadvertently activated by the crew. The float activation also caused the CVR to stop functioning. (Please see BEA's disagreement on page 117)

3.2.3 The second contributive factor is the decision of the commander to continue with the mission and not to immediately ditch the helicopter with a serious controllability problem affecting emergency after the undesirable deployment of the floatation gear.
(Please see BEA's disagreement on page 118)

Sources: (see section 7) (see page 14)

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: AIB Nigeria
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report

Revision history:

19-Dec-2012 09:43 TB Added
17-Apr-2016 13:22 Aerossurance Updated [Total fatalities, Total occupants, Phase, Nature, Source, Narrative]
17-Apr-2016 13:35 Aerossurance Updated [Source, Narrative]
24-May-2021 07:49 KagurazakaHanayo Updated [Time, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
24-May-2021 07:52 harro Updated [Narrative, Accident report]
24-May-2021 08:14 harro Updated [Source]

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