AS-350 B3 RA-04037 29.11.2015

Accident date29.11.2015
Investigation status
Aircraft registration numberRA-04037
Place of aircraft departure
Airport of departure
Intended destination
Intended Airport of arrival
Accident sitein Kedrovy locality of Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Area
Latitude61°26'47,5'' NL
Longitude068°20'17,7'' EL
Aircraft typeAS-350 ECUREUIL
Serial №
Aircraft operator"Skol" Airlines
Aircraft ownerGruppo Elicotterisniko Veneto S.R.L.
The date of the completion of the investigation (report)30.03.2016
Number of fatalities4
Victims accuracy
Degree of aircraft destructionaircraft substantially damaged

report_ra-04037.pdf (1.99 MB)

Aviation typeCommercial
Works type

30 november 2015

     The accident with As-350 RA-04037 helicopter owned by "Sokol" Airlines occurred near Kedrovy locality, Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Area (RF) on November 29, 2015. According to the available information 2 crew members on board and 2 passengers were killed the rotorcraft sustained substantial damage.
     The Interstate Aviation Committee has assigned the Investigation team of this accident in accordance with the Russian Aviation Legislation. The Investigation team has started its work. 


25 april 2016

The Investigation team of the Interstate Aviation Committee has completed the investigation of the accident with AS-350 B3 RA-04037 helicopter operated by "Sokol" Airlines" LLC occurred in the Khanty-Mansijsk Autonomous District (RF) on November 29, 2015.

The accident with AS-350 В3 RA-04037 helicopter was caused by aircraft spatial disorientation in low visibility conditions and ground "whiteout" that resulted in rolling uncontrolled descent and aircraft collision with the river ice-covered surface.  

Contributing factor was VFR flight operation at unauthorized low altitude. 

The appropriate safety recommendations based on the investigation results were developed.