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Information about 10409
Last update: 17 Feb 2013
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Aircraft Data
Reg: 10409
S/N: 2302
Year: 1991
Last known operator:
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 June of 1991.

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 "99", got the nickname "Margareta" and was mainly stationed at the F17 Air Force Base in Ronneby.

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.

On the evening of November 18, 2003, H-99 was out for a routine night-time hoist exercise near Rörö in Gothenburg’s archipelago. The helicopter, which operated out of Säve Airport in Gothenburg, carried the standard crew of five plus a trainee rescue swimmer and a trainee technician. The task was to conduct a number of hoist cycles to the rescue ship "Märta Collin". On approach the aircraft suddenly hit the water at high velocity and six persons lost their lives. One crew member, a conscript rescue swimmer, survived with minor injuries. The cause of the accident was not fully determined, but was believed to have been the result of incorrect flight attitude awareness in bad weather.

H-99 ended its career after 4 143 hours and 12 years in service.
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