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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 32444
Last updated: 10 September 2021
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Time:c. 11.15 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic MI8 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Mil Mi-8P
Owner/operator:Hummingbird Island Helicopters
Registration: LZ-CAP
MSN: 10320
Fatalities:Fatalities: 9 / Occupants: 11
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:off Fesdhoo, Ari Atoll -   Maldives
Phase: En route
Nature:Passenger - Non-Scheduled/charter/Air Taxi
Departure airport:Male
Destination airport:Bodufolhudoo
Crashed into the sea.
Loss of directional control following seizure of No 1 hanger bearing and first spline coupling of the tail-rotor drive shaft.

b) Cause(s)
Based on the findings the helicopter crashed owing to loss of directional control due to ceasure of the No. 1 hanger bearing and failure of the first spline coupling of the tail rotor drive shaft. This failure of the spline coupling being caused due to a combination of ceasure of the No.1 hanger bearing due to corrosion and pitting and wear and the difference in hardness specification between the male and female components of the coupling.


1. Flight International 19-25 JAN 1994

Revision history:

27-Sep-2008 01:00 ASN archive Added
28-Dec-2010 07:22 krasatpi Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Nature, Narrative]
18-Feb-2011 15:42 TB Updated [Location]
05-Mar-2011 11:31 TB Updated [Operator, Source, Narrative]
25-May-2020 18:05 KagurazakaHanayo Updated [Time, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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