11-Jul-20 N708AC Airbus AS355 Rifle, US-Colorado

According to the operator, their flight tracking program showed that the helicopter depart the Rifle Garfield County Airport (RIL), Rifle, Colorado, and was en route to perform a low altitude aerial observation flight of transmission/power lines. The flight track ended near the accident location after a 3 to 4 minute flight about one mile southwest of RIL. Witnesses, located on a distant roadway, reportedly observed the helicopter spinning before it turned nose-down and then impacted terrain. Local law enforcement stated that a post-impact fire consumed a majority of the helicopter.

Date
July 11, 2020
Reg
N708AC
Make
Airbus Helicopters
Model
AS355
MSN
5167
Location
south of the Garfield County Airport near Rifle
Country
US-Colorado
CivilMilitary
Civil
Operator
AirCam-National-Helicopter-Services
Link 1
https://www.postindependent.com/news/helicopter-crash-in-south-rifle-sends-two-to-hospital-touches-off-brush-fire/
Link 2
https://www.nbc11news.com/content/news/Helicopter-crash-south-of-Rifle-sends-two-to-hospital-571729601.html

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