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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 247972
Last updated: 4 December 2021
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Date:18-FEB-2021
Time:09:14
Type:Silhouette image of generic GAZL model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Aérospatiale SA 341F Gazelle
Owner/operator:Private
Registration: ZU-RLD
MSN: 1659
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Lichtenburg Airport, North West Province -   South Africa
Phase: Take off
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Lichtenburg (FALI)
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Unconfirmed reports suggest that this accident may have been caused by a handling issue resulting from an inexperienced pilot with limited hours on the Gazelle. The pilot is thought to have lost control while manoeuvring between hangars ultimately resulting in the mainrotor severing the tailboom.

Another theory being considered is the possibility of widespread fuel contamination as the cause behind a recent spate of accidents across South Africa.

Sources:

http://www.aviafora.com/forums/forum/helicopter-fora/gazelles/343-shrieking-gazelles?p=13616#post13616

https://abpic.co.uk/pictures/view/1684048

Media:


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
18-Feb-2021 21:26 HeliNews Added
18-Feb-2021 23:38 Geno Updated [Aircraft type, Source]
19-Feb-2021 08:00 Aerossurance Updated [Aircraft type, Location, Embed code]
19-Feb-2021 09:31 RobertMB Updated [Aircraft type, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Source]
19-Feb-2021 12:41 HeliNews Updated [Narrative]
27-Feb-2021 20:54 Anon. Updated [Narrative]

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