Accident Eurocopter EC-120B F-GKHH, 12 Apr 2003
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 285256
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Type:Silhouette image of generic EC20 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Eurocopter EC-120B
Owner/operator:Pyrénées Transport Hélico
Registration: F-GKHH
MSN: 1122
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Tarbes (LFDT) -   France
Phase: Landing
Nature:Passenger - Non-Scheduled/charter/Air Taxi
Departure airport:Tarbes/Laloubere Airfield (LFDT)
Destination airport:Tarbes/Laloubere Airfield (LFDT)
Investigating agency: BEA
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
After a flight over the Pyrenees, the pilot joined the semi-direct flight to runway 26. At the end of the flare, performed around the middle of the runway, the helicopter rotated to the left. After two or three turns, it regained height with significant pitch variations, tilted to the left, and then hit the ground.

Probable cause
The accident was caused by a loss of yaw control during the flare. The start of the yawing movement on the one hand, and its continuation on the other hand, can be attributed either to insufficient action of the pilot on the right pedal, or to an involuntary interference of the front passenger with the flight controls.


Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: BEA
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report

Revision history:

01-Oct-2022 19:51 harro Added

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