Accident at Mavrovo Lake, Macedonia N031 35 E20 45


1997-02-03: At approximately 0830Z, C-GGHA departed from Skopje, Macedonia on a routine peacekeeping mission for the U.N. The aircraft made two stops at Nearby NORBAT (Nordic Batallion) observation posts to pick up three Finnish peace-keepers. The aircraft made its final departure at approximately 0845Z and proceeded southwest for a destination 50 miles away. The aircraft last reported its position at 0916Z while approaching Mavrovo Lake (about 30 miles enroute). At 0940Z, flight following received another report that the aircraft had gone down. It has been reported that shortly after making the position report, the aircraft struck aerial cables that traverse the valley over Mavrovo Lake (the aircraft was equipped with wire cutters). The aircraft came to rest in twenty feet of water. Macedonian police confirmed there were no survivors. The weather conditions at the time of the occurrence are unclear; however, the operator did receive reports of 1/8 SC and visibility 15 km and temperature -1C. They also received reports of patchy fog in low lying areas with reduced visibility of 3-4 km. Ops. Impact -- unknown.


CADORS Number 1997O0074
Occurrence Type Accident
Reported By Transportation Safety Board of Canada
Occurred At 1997-02-01 - 09:25
Day or Night?
Fatalities 4
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Aerodrome Name
Geographic Location The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Europe, National Capital Region (NCR), Mavrovo Lake, Macedonia N031 35 E20 45
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Reported By Transportation Safety Board of Canada
Categories Collision with obstacle(s) during take-off or landing whilst airborne.

Aircraft Details (1 aircraft)

Type Helicopter
 Silhouette image of Helicopter
Canadian Registration GGHA | Flightaware (Registration) | Flightaware (Tracking) | AvHerald
Foreign Registration
Country of Registration Canada
Occurrence Type Accident
Operator Commercial
Make  Silhouette image of BELL
Model 206L 1
Year Built 1980
Engine Type Turbo shaft
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Private No
Amateur Built No
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Flight Rule
CARS Subpart
Phase of Flight Cruise
Damage Unknown
Fatalities 4
Injuries 0
Events Wire strike

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