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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 196688
Last updated: 14 October 2021
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Time:15:43 UTC
Type:Silhouette image of generic AS50 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Eurocopter AS 350B3 Ecureuil
Registration: OE-XPP
MSN: 4136
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Vila Cha dam, Alijó -   Portugal
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Nature:Fire fighting
Departure airport:Vila Real Airport (LPVR)
Destination airport:Vila Real Airport (LPVR)
Investigating agency: GPIAAF Portugal
When approaching a reservoir to perform water replenishment for fire-fighting, the pilot had difficulties with the operation of the bambi bucket, which led to the performance of other procedures.
Some moments later, the aircraft became unstable. Despite the attempt of the pilot to recover the stabilization of the helicopter flight, it eventually rotated about the vertical axis and rotor blades touched the water. The AS 350B3 touched the ground and rolled to the right, staying immobilized on the edge of the dam.
The pilot managed to get out by himself through the left door, with no major injuries just a few scratches. He was later transported to a local hospital for a check-up and then released.




Photo of OE-XPP courtesy

Berlin - Brandenburg (EDDB / BER)
27 May 2008; (c) Georg Noack

Revision history:

16-Jul-2017 18:34 gerard57 Added
16-Jul-2017 19:59 Iceman 29 Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
03-Jan-2018 17:47 Anon. Updated [Source, Embed code]
03-Jan-2018 17:51 harro Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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