NTSB Identification: WAS04WA012
Accident occurred Thursday, August 26, 2004 in Bastia, Corsica
Aircraft: Sikorsky S-64E, registration: N248AC
Injuries: 2 Fatal.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. The foreign authority was the source of this information.

On August 26, 2004, at 0901 local time (0701 universal coordinated time - UTC ) a Sikorsky S-64 Skycrane, N248AC, crashed on a fire-fighting mission near Bastia, Corsica. Initial reports stated that an in-flight break-up occurred after a water-spreading mission. The aircraft impacted on terrain and was destroyed. Both persons on board were fatally injured.

Erickson Air-Crane, Inc., holds the type certificate for the S-64. They sent three technical assistants to the site. They are working directly under the Investigator-in-Charge (IIC), as well as serving as Advisors to the NTSB.

For further information, please contact:

Mr. Philippe Mauviot
Bureau d'Enquetes et d'Analyses
pour la Securite de l'Aviation Civile (BEA)
Le Bourget Airport, Paris
+33 (0) 1 49 92 72 00

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