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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 16998
Last updated: 20 November 2021
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Time:09:00 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic AS65 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Aérospatiale SA 365N2 Dauphin 2
Owner/operator:Aero Contractors
Registration: 5N-BJF
MSN: 6419
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Bonny -   Nigeria
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Port Harcourt NAF Base
Destination airport:Bonny
Investigating agency: AIB Nigeria
At 50 feet, during the demonstration of Class B landing by the training captain on runway 28, the helicopter experienced a sudden drop in height.
The helicopter hit the ground nine meters short of the runway.
There were no fatality, but damage to the nose wheels, the left main landing gear forward structure and the tail guard.

The investigation identified the following causal and contributory factors:
Causal Factors
i. None adherence to the company policy on flight training.
ii. The crew decision to continue with the training in an adverse weather condition.
Contributory Factor
No standard callout during the training exercise.

Five recommendations were made in an interim report:
1. It is recommended that Exxon Mobil should ensure availability of fire coverage at Bonny airstrip for similar future exercise i.e to be on standby.
2. It is recommended that Exxon Mobil re-design /re-configure the Bonny radio room, so that the radio operator shall have a 360 degree view angle of the airfield.
3. Exxon Mobil should ensure improved meteorological facilities are available at the airstrip to enhance availability of detailed weather forecast and weather observations.
4. Aero Contractors should review its operations and training manual to ensure that task scope for class B, D, etc training is clear and distinctive.
5. Aero Contractors should define and clearly state the role of the training captain and the trainee in an emergency situation.

Three safety recommendations were made in the final report:

1. Aero Contractors should ensure that flight crew comply with company policies on training program.
2. Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) should ensure that operators comply with NCAR as it relates to erasure of flight recorders data after any accident/incident.
3. NCAA should ensure that the owner/operator of Bonny airstrip provides adequate fire coverage and qualified radio personnel.

The helicopter was repaired and took up marks C-FYQC (current with CHC Global Operations Inc.)


Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: AIB Nigeria
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report

Revision history:

31-Mar-2008 08:57 anon Added
29-Sep-2008 06:56 suldic Updated
13-Jun-2012 07:03 RobertMB Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Cn, Source, Narrative]
19-Dec-2012 09:05 TB Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Source, Narrative]
19-Dec-2012 09:13 TB Updated [Operator, Source]
17-Apr-2016 14:29 Aerossurance Updated [Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
18-Apr-2018 13:59 harro Updated [Source]

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