NTSB Identification: CEN09RA185
Incident occurred Monday, November 05, 2007 in Mandarfrn, Austria
Aircraft: Kaman K1200 K-Max, registration:
Injuries: 1 Minor,1 Uninjured.

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

On November 5, 2007, at 0845 universal coordinated time, a Kaman K1200 K-Max helicopter, Swiss registration HB-ZIH, experienced an uncommanded cargo hook release during external load operations near Mandarfen, Austria. The helicopter was not damaged. The pilot, who was the sole occupant, was not injured, and one ground person sustained minor injuries. The helicopter was registered to and operated by Rotex Helicopters AG. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the incident. The external load flight departed Grubenkopfbahn (Cableway) Support No. 9.

The Austrian Accident Investigation Branch, Department Aviation, investigators reported that the helicopter experience an uncommanded cargo hook release. The long line impacted the head of a ground worker who sustained minor injuries. The helicopter landed uneventfully.

The incident investigation is under the jurisdiction and control of the Austrian government. This report is for informational purposes only and contains only information released by or obtained from the Austrian government. Further information pertaining to this incident may be obtained from:

Federal Office of Transport
Accident Investigation Branch, Department Aviation
Lohnergasse 9, 1210 Wein

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