Four killed in AS332L Super Puma crash in Japan

Four killed in AS332L Super Puma crash in Japan

A Toho Air Service Airbus Helicopters AS332L Super Puma (JA9672) was totally destroyed by impact and post impact fire on November 8, 2017 when it crashed on a road bridge

A Toho Air Service Airbus Helicopters AS332L Super Puma (JA9672) was totally destroyed by impact and post impact fire on November 8, 2017 when it crashed on a road bridge just to the west of Ueno, Gunma Prefecture, northwest of Tokyo, killing the four people on board.

According to witnesses, as quoted in the local press, the helicopter had been 'flying unusually low' along the river valley just before the crash.

There are reports of a power outage in the area at about the time of the crash suggesting that the helicopter may have collided with power lines.

The accident happened in daylight (1430L). The weather was described as 'cloudy'.

The helicopter was operating a flight from Hayakawa, Yamanashi Prefecture to Haga, Tochigi Prefecture.

THE AS332L IS NOT THE SAME HELICOPTER AS THE ONE INVOLVED IN TUROY ACCIDENT

The AS332L Super Puma which crashed in Japan is not the same helicopter involved in the infamous accident in Norway. On that occasion, which tool place on 29 April 2016, the Main Rotor Head (MRH) and mast suddenly detached from an Airbus Helicopters EC225 LP enroute from Gullfaks B to Bergen Airport Flesland. The helicopter impacted on a small island east of Tur°y. All 13 people on board perished.

The helicopter came down near the island of Tur°y, near Bergen, exactly one year ago while it was returning from an oil field.

In the first preliminary reports, Norwayĺs AIBN said a fatigue fracture in the gearbox led to a chain of events which resulted in the rotor becoming detached from the fuselage, which then hit an island and burst into flames.

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