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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 193769
Last updated: 20 June 2021
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Time:23:00 UTC
Type:Silhouette image of generic KA27 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Kamov Ka-32A11BC
Owner/operator:VIH Helicopters
Registration: C-FIGR
MSN: 8707
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Minor
Location:22 nm SE of Santiago-Arturo Merino Benitez Airport (SCL/SCEL) -   Chile
Phase: En route
Nature:Fire fighting
Departure airport:
Destination airport:
A Kamov KA-32A11BC helicopter was conducting forest fire suppression operations in Chile with 2 pilots on board.
As the aircraft was returning after a water drop, the crew heard a loud bang. There were no warning lights and no mechanical abnormalities were noted. The flight crew initially determined that they experienced a bird strike and returned to base where the helicopter landed with no further events.
Maintenance personnel performed an inspection and found minor damage to the front avionics door. No evidence of a bird strike could be found, however a tear in the skin of the helicopter, as opposed to a dent, was identified. Additionally, evidence consistent with a plastic smear on the paint as well as damage to the door’s lower hinge was found. The operator suspects a collision with a hard object similar to a drone.


Revision history:

23-Feb-2017 10:24 harro Added
23-Feb-2017 10:27 harro Updated [Time, Cn, Source]
16-Apr-2017 08:08 harro Updated [Source]

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