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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 187682
Last updated: 26 November 2021
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Time:16:50 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic B412 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Bell 412
Registration: EC‑HFD
MSN: 36183
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 10
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Minor
Location:25 NM off Malaga Airport over the Mediterranean Sea -   Spain
Phase: En route
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Ceuta
Destination airport:Malaga
Investigating agency: CIAIAC
The helicopter flown by two pilots was transporting eight passengers from Ceuta to the Malaga Airport on a scheduled service. Weather conditions were good and as the helicopter was en route at 5000ft when the captain heard a noise in the passenger cabin. On looking back he saw the passengers pointing to the left rear of the helicopter where he noticed that the aft of the two emergency windows were missing. Across from the opening left by the detached window were two passengers, a father and child, facing outward (in the 'well' seats). The window had been reportedly 'bumped' by the child while crossing his legs.

Earlier after boarding the passengers in Ceuta and before engine start‑up the crew had the in‑flight safety demonstration informing the passengers to have their seat belts fastened at all times identifying the emergency exits and explaining the proper use of the exit windows in case of emergency.

Opening these windows requires pushing down hard on both bottom corners at the same time, as indicated in Spanish and English on the signs located at these windows.The then commenced the flight. The two passengers however did not speak either language.

The CIAIAC identified 2 similar cases of window loss. The FAA's database contained 14 reports (none resulting in damage to the aircraft).


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

Revision history:

27-May-2016 19:29 Aerossurance Added
28-May-2016 06:52 Aerossurance Updated [Time, Source, Narrative]
23-Sep-2020 15:58 harro Updated [Location, Accident report, ]

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