Pilot 'error' blamed for Atlantis Palm helicopter crash, says GCAA

Report says investigation not aimed to apportion blame or liability
In its final 52-page investigation report, released on January 5, the GCAA claimed the pilot operated the aircraft in “negligent and reckless manner” on the departure by turning it rapidly.
By Staff writer
Sun 08 Jan 2017 10:21 AM

The UAE’s General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) investigation into the helicopter crash at Atlantis Palm in January 2014 has claimed the pilot was “directly responsible for the crash”.

A statement issued then by Dubai Media Office said the two persons had sustained “moderate to critical injuries.”

In its final 52-page investigation report, released on January 5, the GCAA claimed the pilot operated the aircraft in “negligent and reckless manner” on the departure by turning it rapidly.

It also termed the “overaggressive manoeuvre” as an “aerobatic manoeuvre” not matching the civil aviation regulations.

The pilot and the helicopter landing officer (HLO) sustained serious injuries resulting from the heliport impact and were transported to a hospital from the accident site.

“The rapid onset of the high-speed rotation combined with the effects of the rotational inertia which forced the pilot and HLO most probably resulted in disorientation of the pilot,” said the report.

It added that the contributory factors included “unforced skills-based errors of the handling pilot” and “poor pilot judgment of the aircraft handling requirements for the intended manoeuvre”.

GCAA clarified in the report that the investigation’s objective was to prevent aircraft accidents and incidents, and to not for the purpose to apportion blame or liability.

The report also forwarded 10 safety recommendations: three to Helidubai, the operator in Dubai; five to the GCAA, and two to the European Aviation Safety Agency, the authority of aircraft design.

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Last Updated: Thu 26 Jan 2017 01:27 PM GST

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