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Information about 10404
Last update: 17 Feb 2013
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Aircraft Data
Reg: 10404
S/N: 2274
Year: 1990
 
Type:
 
Last known operator:
 
History:
 
Fate:
2000-08-11
This aircraft was originally constructed by Aérospatiale in Marignane, France, but was dismantled right after completion and shipped to Sweden. The company FFV Aerotech in Linköping assembled the helicopter according to the Air Force's specifications and completed the aircraft in 1990. It was handled over to the F21 base in Luleå in August the same year.

The helicopter type, which was designated HKP 10, served as an Air Force search and rescue aircraft and operated parallel to BO105s and Bell 204s, but outlived them both. This machine, number "94", began its career at the F21 base and was later moved to the F10 Air Force Base in Ängelholm, after which it continued to F16 in Uppsala and finally returned to F21 in Luleå.

ARMED FORCES HELICOPTER WING
1998 saw the structural birth of a new joint helicopter force - the Swedish Armed Forces Helicopter Wing. From 1 January 1999 the unit merged the helicopter operations from all the three military branches (Air Force, Army, and Navy) together. The new organisation had no impact on the HKP 10s other than providing them with a slightly wider range of tasks.

THE ACCIDENT
On the morning of 10th of August 2000 H-94 had been called to the Kebnekaise region for a mountain rescue operation. Two climbers were lost at the mountain Kaskasapakte, and the police was in need of Helicopter Assistance. The weather was so poor that the aircraft had to stand by at the nearby Tarfala Research Station. The low clouds separated at the night and H-94 took off for a rescue attempt at approx 01:30 AM on 11th of August. Two crew members, the rescue swimmer and the navigator, were left at the research station to lower the weight of the aircraft.
On approach, moments prior to arriving to the planned hoist zone, the main rotor struck the steep mountain wall and the helicopter tumbled approx 300 ft before it came to rest, exploded and started to burn violently. All three crewmembers, two pilots and one technician, lost their lives instantly. The cause of the accident was never fully understood, but the investigators considered the diffuse visual conditions to be a potential fact that might have contributed to the misjudgement of the distance to the mountain.

H-94 ended its career after 3 212 hours and ten years in service.
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