|Aircraft registration number||RA-24402|
|Place of aircraft departure||п.п. ВЖК|
|Airport of departure|
|Intended destination||п.п. Николаевка|
|Intended Airport of arrival|
|Accident site||32 км юго-восточнее населенного пункта Крутогорово Камчатского края|
|Aircraft operator||ООО АК «ВИТЯЗЬ-АЭРО»|
|The date of the completion of the investigation (report)||22.11.2016|
|Number of fatalities||1|
|Degree of aircraft destruction||aircraft partially damaged|
report_24402.pdf (1.26 MB)
The accident with Mi-8 RA-24402 helicopter owned by "VITYAZ-AERO" Airline LLC occurred at VZhKH 32 km airfield to the south-east from Krutogorovo locality of the Kamchatka Region on December 16, 2015. According to the available information 3 crew members and 22 passengers were on board. As a result of the accident the crew and 3 passengers were injured, one passenger was killed, the rotorcraft was damaged.
The Interstate Aviation Committee has assigned the Investigation team of this accident in accordance with the Russian Aviation Legislation.
The Interstate Aviation Committee Investigation team has completed the investigation of the accident with Mi-8Т RA-24402 helicopter owned by "Vityaz-Aero" Aviation Company Ltd occurred in the Kamchatka region on December 16, 2015.
Most probably the fatal accident with Mi-8Т RA-24402 helicopter was caused by the crew spatial disorientation during acceleration performing helicopter take-off in whiteout conditions. Airlines Operational Flight Plan as opposed to Mi-8T helicopter FOM allows no-run takeoff in ground effect given the possibility of snow whirl formation.
Most probably the following factors contributed to the accident:
- non-compliance with take-off procedure in conditions of possible snow whirl formation;
- inadequate crew members coordination in snow whirl conditions.
The appropriate safety recommendations based on the investigation results were developed.