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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 158128
Last updated: 15 January 2022
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Time:c. 21:00 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic AS50 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Aérospatiale AS 350B Ecureuil
Owner/operator:Norrlandsflyg A/B
Registration: SE-HIP
MSN: 1079
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Ammarsnäs, Sorsele, Västerbotten -   Sweden
Phase: En route
Nature:External load operation
Departure airport:
Destination airport:Biellojaure, west of Ammarsnäs
This aircraft was imported in 1979 (registered 23.5.79 as SE-HIP) and became Norrlandsflyg A/B’s very first AS 350 – and one of the first in Sweden as well. The company was very happy with the new addition to the fleet, but unfortunately the aircraft was lost in an accident just four months after the delivery.

On 3.9.79, the helicopter was transporting the hanging cadaver of dead moose, as an underslung load, and two passengers, when it experienced bad weather. The pilot released the moose and was looking for a spot to land when the helicopter hit some rocks and crashed.

All three on board survived the accident but one passenger was seriously injured. The survivors walked 11 km back to civilisation. Rescuers reached the wreck some 15 hours after the crash and the injured man died shortly after, partly due to hypothermia.

The helicopter was declared a write off, after only four months, and 240 hours of flying time of the airframe. It was later repaired in France (registered 4.2.91 as F-WYMA) and sold to Italy as I-AMVC (registered as such 3.3.91). The Swedish registration SE-HIP was only belatedly cancelled on 27.11.85 - over six years after it crashed

As I-AMCV, this AS 350 crashed and was destroyed on 7.9.97 (see separate entry)



Other occurrences involving this aircraft

7 Sep 1997 I-AMVC Air Service Centre 0 Monza sub

Revision history:

09-Aug-2013 03:28 Masen63 Added
26-Jun-2014 18:53 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
26-Jun-2014 18:54 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Narrative]
26-Jun-2014 18:55 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
08-May-2016 13:42 Aerossurance Updated [Aircraft type]

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