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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 259429
Last updated: 14 October 2021
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Date:07-MAY-2021
Time:16:00
Type:Silhouette image of generic R44 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Robinson R44
Owner/operator:Private
Registration:
MSN:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:7 mls off Torrenueva-La Línea de la Concepción (Cádiz) -   Spain
Phase: En route
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Estepona (Malaga)
Destination airport:Estepona (Malaga)
Investigating agency: CIAIAC
Narrative:
The unidentified Robinson R44 crashed into the Mediterranean Sea, killing the pilot.
According to the rescued occupant, he was a former Cuban military pilot, who offered his services as a pilot and instructor through an advertising portal. Through this advertising portal, he met the owner of the helicopter, who was very interested in learning to fly the helicopter. However, the rescued aircraft occupant never instructed the helicopter owner, as he told the CIAIAC investigator.
After months of training by another flight instructor, the aircraft owner contacted the rescued aircraft occupant again and, in his eagerness to show him his progress in the operation of the aircraft, they made the accident flight.
They took off from a private estate in Estepona (Malaga) between 9:00 and 10:00. They did not make a flight plan. When they were flying over the Mediterranean Sea, they experienced an engine failure and fell into the sea.
A single occupant of the aircraft was rescued and remained in the Mediterranean Sea for 6 hours. After intensive search and rescue efforts, the pilot and owner of the aircraft could not be located and is currently missing.
The aircraft was totally destroyed after impacting the sea.

Causes/contributing factors
The investigation has not been able to determine the cause of the accident.

Sources:

https://www.europasur.es/lalinea/Continua-dispositivo-busqueda-desaparecido-accidente-helicoptero_0_1572143038.html
https://andaluciainformacion.es/campo-de-gibraltar/970274/cuarto-dia-de-busqueda-del-desaparecido-en-el-estrecho-en-accidente-de-helicoptero/
https://www.mitma.es/organos-colegiados/ciaiac/investigacion/2021/a-013-2021

Accident investigation:
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Investigating agency: CIAIAC
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 4 months
Download report: Final report


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
09-May-2021 07:22 gerard57 Added
11-May-2021 05:44 gerard57 Updated [Source, Narrative]
15-May-2021 19:14 harro Updated [Aircraft type, Total fatalities, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
24-Sep-2021 17:44 harro Updated [Narrative, Accident report]

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