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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 44437
Last updated: 3 December 2021
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Date:06-JUL-2005
Time:16:30
Type:Silhouette image of generic S64 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Sikorsky S-64F (CH-54B)
Owner/operator:Erickson Air-Crane
Registration: N236AC
MSN: 64-089
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 4
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:Rome-Fiumicino Airport (FCO) -   Italy
Phase: Take off
Nature:Test
Departure airport:Rome-Fiumicino Airport (FCO)
Destination airport:Ciampino Airport
Narrative:
On July 6, 2005, at approximately 1630 Central European Summer Time, an Erickson Air-Crane, Inc., S-64F helicopter, N236AC, was destroyed following impact with terrain and postimpact fire at Fiumicino International Airport, Rome, Italy. A maintenance crew chief was fatally injured; however the commercial pilot and a second maintenance crew chief received minor injuries, while an Italian National copilot received serious injuries. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the cross-country flight that was originating at the time of the accident; their destination was Ciampino Airport, approximately 10 nautical miles away.
The helicopter was hovering at approximately 60 to 75 feet while performing a hydraulic check. The American pilot was reading the checklist while the Italian National pilot was flying. The American pilot reported that the helicopter suddenly pitched up approximately 75 degrees, fell backwards permitting the antitorque rotor to impact the asphalt. He said that the aircraft rolled on its left side and immediately started to burn. The survivors escaped out the right hand pilot window.
(2) Helicopter operated for Italian Corpo Forestale delio Stato as CFS-101/I-CFAH (ex N236AC)

Sources:

(1) http://www3.ntsb.gov/aviationquery/brief.aspx?ev_id=20050722X01080&key=1
(2) AFM SEP 2005, p88


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
28-Oct-2008 00:45 ASN archive Added
25-Dec-2009 12:36 TB Updated [Aircraft type, Cn, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Narrative]
19-Mar-2011 10:02 TB Updated [Time, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
21-Dec-2016 19:24 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
24-Oct-2021 16:04 TB Updated [Nature, Source, Narrative]

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