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Old 6th Dec 2012, 00:23   #1 (permalink)
 
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Helitrans (Norway) AS-350 missing off coast of Germany

A/C dropped off the radar screens at 14:30 local on a flight crossing the ocean from Germany to Halmstad/ESMT in Sweden.

Not looking good. Search suspended for the night.

www.vg.no - Helicopter missing

Wx on departure (Lubeck) was CAVOK, but weather in Copenhagen area was shite with snow and low VV. However Soenderborg/EKSB north west of the bay was VMC.
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Old 6th Dec 2012, 06:55   #2 (permalink)
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Anyone knows which machine it is?
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Old 6th Dec 2012, 07:05   #3 (permalink)
 
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It puzzles what they were doing over the bay of Lübeck on a flight from Lübeck to Halmstad. It doesn't seem to be the most direct route either. Moreover, in a single-engine helicopter in the winter, wouldn't one choose to remain over terra firma up to Fehmarn and then have the shortest possible Baltic crossing over to Rødby in Denmark (with ferries departing every 30 minutes below you)?
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Old 6th Dec 2012, 11:18   #4 (permalink)
 
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Search continues - 15 km2 area focus of the seach (www.nrk.no)
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According to the latest news, a German Navy Ship has detected an ELT signal east of the island of Fehmarn.

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Old 6th Dec 2012, 14:59   #6 (permalink)
 
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No results so far. The ELT Signal was obviously false alarm. A backpack with a notebook, possibly from the romanian pax, was found at a beach in the area.
Watertemperature is about 4°C

According to AIS-Schiffspositionen/-verkehr in Echtzeit there are still 9 searchvessels on task in the area east of Neustadt in Holstein.

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Old 6th Dec 2012, 15:46   #7 (permalink)


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AS 350 details

It is an AS350AB operating survey mission with Lidar.
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Any info on the name of the pilot?
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Old 6th Dec 2012, 17:14   #9 (permalink)
 
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wouldn't one choose to remain over terra firma up to Fehmarn and then have the shortest possible Baltic crossing over to Rødby in Denmark (with ferries departing every 30 minutes below you)?
Maybe that's what he tried to do but Weather might have been an issue. We had some snow moving in from the west heading eastbound. The last observed heading of the helicopter was a heading of 084 (away from the inbound snow?).

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Somebody have some news about this situation?
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Old 6th Dec 2012, 23:11   #11 (permalink)
 
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It is an AS350AB operating survey mission with Lidar.
Assuming that means an AS350BA, Helitrans have two LN-OMY (serial 1017) and LN-ORK (1056) according to official data at 1st November. They also have one B1 and nine B3s.

I find a photo of LN-OMY looking like it may be fitted to take LIDAR stuff - although that does NOT confirm it as the subject helicopter which is being searched for.

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Old 7th Dec 2012, 00:46   #12 (permalink)


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That is right. AS350BA LN-OMY
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Old 7th Dec 2012, 06:27   #13 (permalink)
 
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German media reported yesterday evening that a rucksack had been found on a beach of the island of Fehmarn, containing a laptop computer which could be linked to the passenger.

[edit: sorry, didn't see Skadi's post to the same effect...]

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Old 7th Dec 2012, 06:29   #14 (permalink)
 
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www.vg.no - Company says 95% of planned flight was over land
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Old 7th Dec 2012, 07:15   #15 (permalink)
 
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nothing conclusive until now

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Old 7th Dec 2012, 18:21   #16 (permalink)
 
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as350 missing

To Marius X:

Marius ..are you a Lidar operator too?
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Old 8th Dec 2012, 08:06   #17 (permalink)
 
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Seems as if all search efforts may now have been called off.
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Old 8th Dec 2012, 12:40   #18 (permalink)


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Question It looks like the search continues

Officially, the search operations have been called off for the weekend.

But, I am checking from time to time the radar with ships that navigate in that area, and I saw one German military ship circling around, for hours, in the Bay near Scharbeutz. The ship doesn't have a declared destination, which looks like a rearch and rescue operation.
Harta live a navelor - AIS - Trafic maritim si pozitii

Let's hope they will find both of the people from that helicopter.

Des anyone know some online realtime radar which shows the helicopters in flight? I only have a link from a website showing only commercial flights (only planes): Flightradar24.com - Live flight tracker!
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Old 8th Dec 2012, 18:05   #19 (permalink)
 
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Let's hope they will find both of the people from that helicopter.
It was said above that the sea temperature was about 4°c and which means if they ditched ... well .. not much one can say really.

However, there is always room for hope unless information to the contrary arises.

That flight radar site is interesting but surely there must be more air traffic (airlines) than that which is shown?

Let's keep our fingers crossed for the Helitrans crew.
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according to the vessel tracking website, three military ships are currently out there in the suspected area...
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