NTSB Identification: MIA08WA110
Accident occurred Sunday, June 01, 2008 in Torino, Italy
Aircraft: Sikorsky S-64F, registration: N163AC
Injuries: 2 Minor.

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

On June 1, 2008, at 1716 central European daylight time, a Sikorsky S-64F, N163AC, registered to and operated by Erickson Air-Crane Inc, as an aerial demonstration flight, collided with Lake Aviguana, in the vicinity of Torino, Italy. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed. The helicopter received substantial damage. The commercial rated pilot-in-command and co-pilot reported minor injuries. The flight originated from Aeritalia Airport, Torino, Italy, at 1700 on June 1, 2006.

According to the National Agency for the Emergency of Flight (ANSV), the pilot was in cruise flight over Lake Aviguana, between 40 to 50 knots to conduct a "dynamic scoop" picking up water as part of an aerial fire fighting demonstration. The pilot inadvertently descended the helicopter into the lake. The pilot reported no mechanical problems with the helicopter prior to the accident.

The investigation is under the jurisdiction of the Government of Italy. This report is for information purposes only and contains only information released by the Government of Italy. Further information pertaining to this accident may be obtained from:

Agenzia Nazionale per la Sicurezza del Volo (ANSV)
Via A. Benigni, 53
Telephone: 0682078206
Fax: 068273672
e-mail: info@ansv.it

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