Accident Bell 429 GlobalRanger PK-WSW,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 351834
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Date:Tuesday 20 February 2024
Time:12:41 WIT
Type:Silhouette image of generic B429 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Bell 429 GlobalRanger
Owner/operator:Whitesky Aviation
Registration: PK-WSW
MSN: 57077
Year of manufacture:2012
Engine model:Pratt & Whitney PW207D2
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Central Halmahera, North Maluku -   Indonesia
Phase: Initial climb
Nature:Passenger - Non-Scheduled/charter/Air Taxi
Departure airport:Pinto East Helipad
Destination airport:Kaorahai Helipad
Investigating agency: NTSC
Confidence Rating: Information verified through data from accident investigation authorities
A helicopter rented by PT Weda Bay Nickel (WBN) crashed in the forest of Central Halmahera, North Maluku. Three people on board the helicopter were reported dead.
The helicopter was being operated to serve the operation of the mining company of Indonesia Weda Bay Industrial Park (IWIP) in Halmahera area.
At 13:04 LT, the helicopter took off from Pinto East Helipad to Kaorahai Helipad. Onboard this flight were two pilots and one passenger. About 2 minutes after departure, the Helicopter Deck Assitance (HDA) who assisted in the departure of the helicopter heard an explosion but was unable to identify the source of the sound. At the same time, the rain started and the visibility degraded significantly.

On 21 February 2024 at 0955 LT, the helicopter was found in the rain forest about 1.5 nm on radial 350° from Pinto East helipad at an elevation of about 2,900 feet above mean sea level.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSC
Report number: KNKT.
Status: Preliminary report
Download report: Preliminary report



Revision history:

21-Feb-2024 11:10 ASN Added
21-Feb-2024 11:11 ASN Updated [Narrative]
21-Feb-2024 11:19 ASN Updated [Destination airport, Narrative]
01-May-2024 09:13 ASN Updated [Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Narrative, Category, Accident report]

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