Hard landing Incident Eurocopter AS 350B3 Écureuil ZS-RIU,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 163084
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Date:Tuesday 7 January 2014
Type:Silhouette image of generic AS50 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Eurocopter AS 350B3 Écureuil
Owner/operator:Chopperworx (Pty) Ltd,
Registration: ZS-RIU
MSN: 3399
Year of manufacture:2001
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Johannesburg-Grand Central Airport (GCJ/FAGC) -   South Africa
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:
Destination airport:Grand Central Airport (FAGC)
Investigating agency: CAA S.A.
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
This was a training flight and the crew was practising a simulated governor/FADEC failure when the helicopter landed hard short of the helipad next to Runway 35 at Grand Central, resulting in substantial damage to the skid gear, which broke off. The pilot flying closed the throttle at a height of 30 ft AGL, which resulted in a sudden decay in main rotor RPM, and hard landing followed prior to intervention from the instructor pilot.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: CAA S.A.
Report number: 
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report


1. http://www.caa.co.za/Pages/Default.aspxOccurence%20Reports/2014/January%202014.pdf
2. http://helihub.com/2014/01/07/07-jan-14-zs-riu-eurocopter-as350b3-grand-central-south-africa/
3. http://www.bea.aero/fr/enquetes/2014/2014.semaine.02.pdf


Revision history:

08-Jan-2014 19:55 GAC UPDATE Added
08-Jan-2014 19:56 harro Updated [Aircraft type]
17-Jan-2014 09:55 lionel13 Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn]
14-Jul-2014 01:18 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Phase, Nature, Destination airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative]

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