Final Report AS50 (N985SA), manoeuvring, Kauai Hawaii USA, 26 December 2019

Final Report AS50 (N985SA), manoeuvring, Kauai Hawaii USA, 26 December 2019

Publication info
Author
NTSB USA
Category
Accident Reports Human Factors Loss of Control Controlled Flight Into Terrain Weather Post Crash Fires
Date of publication
27/05/2022
Date for review
19/01/2050

On 26 December 2019, an Airbus Helicopters AS350 on a commercial sightseeing flight over the Hawaiian island of Kauai impacted terrain and was destroyed killing all seven occupants. The Investigation concluded that the experienced pilot had decided to continue the flight into unexpectedly encountered cloud contrary to Company Policy. Contributory factors were identified as the delayed implementation of a Hawaiian aviation weather camera programme, an absence of regulatory leadership in the development of a weather training program for Hawaiian air tour pilots and an overall lack of effective regulatory monitoring and oversight of Hawaiian air tour operators’ weather-related operating practices. 

SKYbrary Partners:

Safety knowledge contributed by: