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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 78823
Last updated: 14 November 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic MD60 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
MD Helicopters MD600N
Registration: D-HJER
MSN: RN054
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Saint-Salvy-de-la-Balme (Tarn) -   France
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Rodez
Destination airport:Carcassonne
Investigating agency: BEA
The accident was probably caused by the decision by the instructor to simulate an unexpected engine failure en route at cruising speed.
An inadequate response of the student, surprised by the action of his instructor, likely led to the in-flight failure of the tail when the main rotor blades contacted the tail. Loss of control that followed was inevitable.


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

Revision history:

22-Oct-2010 13:49 harro Added
29-Dec-2010 05:07 TB Updated [Aircraft type, Cn]
27-Feb-2013 08:29 TB Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Narrative]

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