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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 32280
Last updated: 26 November 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic AS65 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Eurocopter AS 365N2 Dauphin 2
Registration: XA-RJH
MSN: 6449
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:5 mi off Ciudad del Carmen, Campeche -   Mexico
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Ciudad del Carmen
Destination airport:Offshore Installation
Shortly after take-off from Ciudad del Carmen, contact with the helicopter was lost, and it was later found to have crashed into the sea about 5 nautical miles from the airfield. There was no distress call. The accident happened in darkness (20:00 Local time) but in 'clear' weather - cloud 1,000 feet, scattered, visibility 6 nautical miles and wind 320 degrees at 8 knots. Both crew on board were killed.

The helicopter was positioning to an offshore oil rig to collect an injured worker. The accident was attributed to the pilot's spatial disorientation after losing sight of the horizon.


1. Flight International 16-22 October 1996

Revision history:

27-Sep-2008 01:00 ASN archive Added
19-Dec-2012 09:47 TB Updated [Aircraft type, Cn, Other fatalities, Country, Source, Damage, Narrative]
26-Jan-2013 10:35 TB Updated [Time, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Location, Phase, Nature, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
28-Nov-2016 22:44 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
19-Aug-2017 12:49 Aerossurance Updated [Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
06-Dec-2019 17:16 TB Updated [Location, Source]

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