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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 169089
Last updated: 29 November 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic S61 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Sikorsky S-61N
Owner/operator:CHC Ireland
Registration: EI-SAR
MSN: 61143
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 5
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Conningbeg Lightship, 5 nm south south west of the Saltee Islands, Co -   Ireland
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:Waterford Airport
Destination airport:Waterford Airport
Investigating agency: AAIU
SAR helicopter.
While conducting a routine winching training exercise on the Conningbeg Lightship, the hoist cable snagged, then sheared and recoiled under load back up towards the helicopter, where damage was inflicted to the main rotor blades and the cockpit canopy. The helicopter recovered back to Waterford Airport (EIWF) without further incident. The Winch Operator suffered a laceration injury to his hand


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


Photo of EI-SAR courtesy

Dublin - Weston (EIWT)
10 December 2013; (c) Gerry Barron

Revision history:

23-Aug-2014 17:09 Aerossurance Added

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