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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 187543
Last updated: 2 December 2021
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Date:22-MAY-2016
Time:19:45 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic AS55 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Eurocopter AS 355NP Ecureuil II
Owner/operator:Private
Registration: HB-ZOO
MSN: 5751
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 5
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:near Hengill volcano -   Iceland
Phase: En route
Nature:Passenger - Non-Scheduled/charter/Air Taxi
Departure airport:Reykjavík
Destination airport:Reykjavík
Narrative:
The helicopter crashed during the return from a sightseeing trip. All five occupants were injured. The helicopter is severely damaged.

RNSA believes that the pilot underestimated the weather conditions in the mountains with the result that he had no complete control over her aircraft.
Since the helicopter was close to the ground, it was not possible to fully control it when it began to spin with the result that the helicopter crashed into the ground. RNSA does not rule out that the impact of wind on the helicopter was a contributing factor in the accident.

Sources:

https://icelandmonitor.mbl.is/news/news/2016/05/23/jailed_icelandic_banker_among_helicopter_crash_pass/
http://icelandreview.com/news/2016/05/24/helicopter-accident-near-reykjavik
https://www.bea.aero/les-enquetes/les-evenements-notifies/detail/event/accident-de-lhelicoptere-as355-immatricule-hb-zoo-et-exploite-par-heli-lausanne-survenu-le-22052016-pres-de-reykjavik-enquete-menee-par-aib-islande/

Accident investigation:
cover
  
Investigating agency: 
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 4 years
Download report: Final report


Images:

Photo of HB-ZOO courtesy AirHistory.net


Zürich (LSZH / ZRH)
27 January 2011; (c) Pat

Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
23-May-2016 15:05 gerard57 Added
23-May-2016 17:40 Aerossurance Updated [Aircraft type, Location]
23-May-2016 18:55 Aerossurance Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Nature, Source]
25-May-2016 16:38 Aerossurance Updated [Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
03-Jun-2016 06:29 akerlie Updated [Operator]
19-Jun-2018 21:28 Aerossurance Updated [Operator, Source, Damage]
11-Jun-2019 06:43 harro Updated [Operator]

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