NTSB Identification: NYC07WA152
Accident occurred Thursday, April 26, 2007 in La Spezia, Italy
Aircraft: Erickson S-64F, registration:
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

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

On April 26, 2007, at 1712 coordinated universal time (UTC), an Erickson S-64F helicopter, I-SEAD, was destroyed during a postcrash fire, following an emergency landing and impact with trees near La Spezia, Italy. The two foreign certificated pilots were not injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the local aerial application flight, which departed Lucca, Italy, about 1632 UTC.

According to the initial notification, the flightcrew reported that they were in a left turn, attempting to drop water on a fire. During the left turn, one of the pilots noticed that the main rotor speed decreased, and immediately lowered the collective. The main rotor speed increased; however, the flightcrew experienced flight control problems, and performed an emergency landing to a wooded area. During the landing, the helicopter rolled left and subsequently came to rest on its right side. Both pilots were able to egress before a fire consumed the wreckage.

This investigation is under jurisdiction of the Government of the Italy. For further information contact:

Agenzia Nazionale per la Sicurrezza del Volo (ANSV)
Via Attilio Benigni, 53
00156 Roma, Italia
Phone: (39) 06 82078236
Fax: (39) 34 81516732

This report is for informational purposes only.

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