Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Sikorsky S-61N, N908CH: Accident occurred April 20, 2020 - Camp Dwyer, Helmand, Afghanistan

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident.

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf


Location: Camp Dwyer, Afghanistan

Accident Number: DCA20LA100
Date & Time: 04/20/2020, 0800 LCL
Registration: N908CH
Aircraft: Sikorsky S61
Injuries: 3 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 135: Air Taxi & Commuter - Non-scheduled

On 20 April, 2020, at approximately 0800 local time, a Sikorsky S-61N, N908CH, experienced a loss of control in flight and rolled on its side during an emergency landing at Camp Dwyer, Afghanistan. The three crew members onboard were seriously injured and the helicopter sustained substantial damage. The flight was operating under the provisions of 14 CFR Part 135 as a cargo flight under contract to the Department of Defense.

In accordance with ICAO Annex 13, the NTSB accepted delegation of the investigation from the Afghanistan Civil Aviation Authority.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Sikorsky
Registration: N908CH
Model/Series:S61 N 
Aircraft Category: Helicopter
Amateur Built: No
Operator: CHI Aviation
Operating Certificate(s) Held: On-demand Air Taxi (135)

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

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Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 3 Serious
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 3 Serious
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