Norway’s Accident Investigation Board has released its preliminary report about last year’s fatal fiery helicopter crash in Ullensvang, western Norway.
Five people were killed when Airlift's Eurocopter AS350 B3 hit the ground at 194km/h, and burst into flames. The AIBN states the pilot may have been attempting a manoeuvre when he lost control.
The four passengers all belonged to the same family and were travelling to a house west of Hardangervidda when the accident happened, believed to be the one of the worst land-based helicopter ones in Norwegian history. Five others already at the construction site, including the landowner father, witnessed the crash.
AIBN leader Kåre Halvorsen told NRK that thin air in the mountains could have caused the accident.
“The hydraulics make it harder to get out of the situation at such a low altitude if you fly in the thin mountain air with a heavy helicopter of this type and make an abrupt manoeuvre.”
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