On July 18, 2000, about 1000 local time, a Hughes-manufactured -369D helicopter crashed near Nuuk, Greenland. The helicopter was operated by Greenland Air, and has Danish registration OY-HGF. Initial reports are that the pilot indicated by radio a possible problem with power and attempted a autorotative landing. The helicopter impacted and burned, and the pilot, the only occupant on board, was reported fatally injured. The helicopter was operating in visual meteorological conditions under the authority of the Civil Aviation Authority, Denmark.

The accident investigation is being conducted under the authority of the Aircraft Accident Investigation Board (AAIB), Denmark. The aircraft engine has been removed and is being sent by the AAIB, to Rolls Royce, Indianapolis, Indiana, for engineering examinations under the oversight of investigators from the AAIB, Denmark, and the National Transportation Safety Board.

For further information, please contact:

Mr. Jorn Madsen Head of AAIB 45 Jernbane Alle Copenhagen, Denmark tel. +45 38 71 10 66 / fax 92 31 / e-mail aaib@hcl.dk

Thomas R. Conroy Sr. Air Safety Investigator Office of Aviation Safety Regional Operations and General Aviation Division, AS-20 Washington, D.C. 20594 tel. 202 314-6314

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