12-Oct-13 PT-YSS Eurocopter AS350B2 Cotegipe, Brazil

The aircraft took off on a mission to monitor sources of fire in the region. Thirty minutes into flight, the aircraft was at an altitude of 2 000 ft AGL and at a speed of 100 KIAS, when the warning light indicating iron-dust in the engine illuminated. This was followed by a strong noise, and the engine stalled. During the emergency landing, the aircraft had a tendency to capsize, wich was counteracted by the pilot by means of the collective. As a result of this action, however, the main rotor blades ended up hitting the tail boom, severing the transmission shaft, with severe damage to the helicopter.

Date:
12 October, 2013
Reg:
PT-YSS
Make:
Eurocopter
Model:
AS350
MSN:
2964
Location:
Cotegipe
Country:
Brazil
Civil / Military:
Civil
Link:
http://www.bea.aero/fr/enquetes/2013/2013.semaine.43.pdf

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