Accident Aérospatiale SA 365N Dauphin 2 VT-ELF,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 151253
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Date:Thursday 30 October 2003
Time:c 10:15 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic AS65 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Aérospatiale SA 365N Dauphin 2
Owner/operator:Pawan Hans Helicopters (PHHL)
Registration: VT-ELF
MSN: 6215
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 5
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Agatti Island -   India
Phase: En route
Nature:Passenger - Non-Scheduled/charter/Air Taxi
Departure airport:Bangaram, Lakshwadeep territory
Destination airport:Agatti, Lakshwadeep territory
Confidence Rating: Information verified through data from accident investigation authorities
Crashed into sea after as loss of control. The helicopter was flying over the sea at a height of 300ft. As it approached the island, the crew became distracted by a pod of dolphins. While watching the dolphins, the pilot made inadvertent inputs to the flight controls and the helicopter entered a steep, descending, right bank. By the time the pilot realized the situation it was too late to recover and the helicopter flew into the sea. One passenger was killed.

Sources: p25, note erroneously gives date as 3/10/03

Revision history:

16-Dec-2012 11:16 TB Added
18-Dec-2012 11:26 TB Updated [Date, Time]
17-Apr-2016 15:21 Aerossurance Updated [Time, Nature, Source, Narrative]
17-Apr-2016 15:46 Aerossurance Updated [Operator]
17-Jun-2019 16:59 Ajai Updated [Departure airport, Destination airport, Narrative]

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