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Type:Silhouette image of generic PUMA model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Aérospatiale SA 330J Puma
Owner/operator:Omani Royal Flight
Registration: A4O-AX
MSN: 1631
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Seeb (SCT), Muscat -   Oman
Phase: Initial climb
Departure airport:Seeb International Airport, Muscat (SCT/OOMS)
Destination airport:
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
Shortly after lift-off, while the helicopter "Oman-10" was hovering, it suddenly went out of control. The helicopter struck the ground, rolled over and caught fire. It is understood that the accident resulted from a tail rotor failure, following a bearing failure caused by poor lubrication. It is reported that the helicopter had low utilization and had been out of service for sometime. During this time the packing grease in the bearing had lost its effectiveness.


2. Flight International 8-14 May 1991


Photo of A4O-AX courtesy

Palma de Mallorca / Dique del Oeste [ Off-Airport ]
7 June 1989; (c) Joan Martorell

Revision history:

25-Feb-2010 09:19 TB Added
26-Feb-2010 01:13 TB Updated
10-Jan-2013 13:08 TB Updated [Source, Narrative]
06-Dec-2016 22:08 Dr.John Smith Updated [Location, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
06-Mar-2017 18:38 TB Updated [Location, Departure airport, Narrative]
17-Jul-2020 09:09 Anon. Updated [Total occupants]

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