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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 181612
Last updated: 15 October 2021
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Date:23-NOV-2015
Time:12:55 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic AS50 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Eurocopter AS 350B3 Ecureuil
Owner/operator:Himalyan Heli Services
Registration: VT-JKB
MSN: 7048
Fatalities:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:near Katra, Udhampur district, Jammu and Kashmir -   India
Phase: Take off
Nature:Passenger - Non-Scheduled/charter/Air Taxi
Departure airport:Katra Helipad
Destination airport:Sanjhi Chhat Helipad
Investigating agency: AAIB India
Narrative:
The helicopter took-off from Katra Helipad at approximately 07:22 UTC. While enroute to Sanjhi Chhat helipad the helicopter, suddenly turned back probably to make an emergency landing, post bird strike, towards a nearby open space. The helicopter during descent hit electric cables at the edge of an open space. The helicopter got entangled in the electric cables, toppled, impacted the ground in an upside-down condition and caught fire. The helicopter was immediately engulfed in a ball of fire.

Probable Cause of the accident (from final report):
"Due to bird strike, the pilot was stunned, vision impaired and heads for landing towards the open space, could not notice the electric cables, the helicopter hits the cables, topples and landed upside down catching fire. "

Sources:

http://m.timesofindia.com/india/Helicopter-crash-kills-seven-near-Katra/articleshow/49890767.cms
http://www.swissheli.com/history/hb-zlf.htm
http://www.flickriver.com/photos/angad84/8199382470/
http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/six-vaishno-devi-pilgrims-pilot-die-in-chopper-crash/article7910091.ece
http://www.bea.aero/fr/enquetes/2015/2015.semaine.48.pdf

Accident investigation:
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Investigating agency: AAIB India
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 2 years and 4 months
Download report: Final report


Images:


Accident scene

Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
23-Nov-2015 17:26 geni Added
23-Nov-2015 17:29 harro Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
23-Nov-2015 17:29 harro Updated [Operator, Embed code]
23-Nov-2015 18:07 Geno Updated [Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Source]
23-Nov-2015 20:24 Trainzho Updated [Embed code]
24-Nov-2015 05:36 ABN397 Updated [Time, Location, Source, Narrative]
24-Nov-2015 07:55 Anon. Updated [Photo, ]
04-Dec-2015 09:35 Aerossurance Updated [Time, Source, Narrative]
21-Dec-2015 13:05 Aerossurance Updated [Aircraft type]
23-Mar-2018 13:49 harro Updated [Departure airport, Destination airport, Narrative]
23-Mar-2018 13:53 harro Updated [Narrative]

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