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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 174351
Last updated: 30 October 2021
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Time:11:00 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic UH1 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Bell UH-1H Huey
Owner/operator:FFA Aviation (Pty) Ltd (T/A FFA, Working on Fire)
Registration: ZS-HBV
MSN: 5718
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Cape Point National Park, Western Cape -   South Africa
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Nature:Fire fighting
Departure airport:Newlands Forest Station, Western Cape
Destination airport:Cape Point National Park, Western Cape
Investigating agency: CAA SouthAfrica
The helicopter went down in mountainous terrain while water bombing the area. The pilot sustained fatal injuries.

Probable cause: The pilot was unable to regain control of the helicopter following a loss of tail rotor thrust, which was caused by fracture of the left-hand aft control cable during flight, followed by the failure of the tail rotor driveshaft.

Contributory factors: The left-hand aft control cable fractured due to mechanical wear at the pulley location, which caused secondary damage and failure of the tail rotor drive train.
Failure of the maintenance organisation and maintenance personnel to follow required maintenance procedures, thereby not detecting the deteriorating condition of the aft control cable timeously (absence of daily inspections).
The maintenance engineering staff complement employed by the AMO at the time was found to be inadequate to conduct proper maintenance inspections of the ageing fleet of helicopters as called for in the aircraft maintenance schedule.


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

Revision history:

08-Mar-2015 15:25 gerard57 Added
08-Mar-2015 16:30 gerard57 Updated [Source, Narrative]
08-Mar-2015 19:46 Anon. Updated [Aircraft type, Registration]
08-Mar-2015 19:47 harro Updated [Aircraft type]
08-Mar-2015 21:40 Alpine Flight Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Cn]
10-Mar-2015 07:11 Anon. Updated [Operator]
17-Mar-2015 12:51 Anon. Updated [Cn]
15-Jan-2016 16:27 Aerossurance Updated [Operator, Location, Source, Narrative]
22-Sep-2020 08:57 Aerossurance Updated [Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
22-Sep-2020 09:00 Aerossurance Updated [Destination airport]

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