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Date:15-OCT-2009
Time:20:35
Type:Silhouette image of generic EC20 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Eurocopter EC 120B Colibri
Owner/operator:Dominican Consul in Haiti
Registration: N871SA
MSN: 1548
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Category:Accident
Location:El Limon, San Jose de Ocoa -   Dominican Republic
Phase: Approach
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Santo Domingo
Destination airport:San Jose de Ocoa
Investigating agency: CIAA
Narrative:
Crashed into a mountain in rainy weather conditions.

3.2 Cause.
After having analysed the human, material and physical factors, we conclude that the accident occurred because the pilot did not respect the minimum sector altitude (MSA) in which he was flying, crossing an area with mountainous elevations in adverse weather conditions, not observing the minimum meteorological requirements for visual flight, flew under visual flight rules (VFR) in instrument meteorological conditions (IMC), thus producing a "Controlled Flight Into Terrain" (CFIT) accident, impacting the slope of a mountainous elevation in that sector.

Sources:

https://sputniknews.com/world/20091016/156484849.html
https://dominicantoday.com/dr/local/2009/10/16/Copter-crash-in-southern-mountain-claims-3/
https://www.diariolibre.com/noticias/three-die-as-helicopter-crashes-in-ocoa-MLDL219612
http://www.ciaa.gob.do/index.php/informesf/informes-finales/category/22-2009?download=56:informe-final-caso-014-09-n-871sa

Accident investigation:
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Investigating agency: CIAA
Status: Investigation completed
Duration:
Download report: Final report


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
16-Oct-2009 03:41 slowkid Added
16-Oct-2009 05:17 78Delta Updated
16-Oct-2009 09:59 Alpine Flight Updated
16-Oct-2009 11:02 Geno Updated
08-Mar-2013 10:16 TB Updated [Aircraft type, Source]
08-Mar-2013 10:21 TB Updated [Operator, Location, Source, Narrative]
08-Mar-2013 10:23 TB Updated [Time, Source]
21-Dec-2016 19:25 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
04-Jan-2021 09:35 KagurazakaHanayo Updated [Source, Narrative]
03-Jun-2021 19:53 KagurazakaHanayo Updated [[Source, Narrative]]
03-Jun-2021 19:54 harro Updated [Narrative, Accident report]

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