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PA46 Hits a snowbank at Courchevel Altiport

Old 8th Feb 2019, 15:56
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PA46 Hits a snowbank at Courchevel Altiport


A friend who is in Courchevel posted this. Looks like it had come in from TNF - https://www.flightradar24.com/data/a...-guyz#1f6f0786

Hopefully the snow was soft and there isn't too much damage.
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Old 8th Feb 2019, 17:29
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Two very good quality video's from different angles of the whole incident are available on this page
https://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/wiki.php?id=221641
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Well we're F.....d GUYZ now......
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Old 8th Feb 2019, 19:51
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Originally Posted by dsc810 View Post
Two very good quality video's from different angles of the whole incident are available on this page...
I like the way the guys are cheering when the plane hits the snow bank... reminds me of the crowd that gathers at the "Nordschleife" of the "Nürburgring" on Saturday afternoons when ordinary people are allowed to smash their family cars into the guard rails (YouTube is full of relevant videos, there even exists a full length movie that played in cinemas some years ago).
Isn't there a requirement for special training at Courchevel? Where they teach you that landing long and fast is no good there? Luckily no serious injuries in this case other than to the unfortunate aeroplane.
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Luckily no serious injuries in this case
I sure hope so! But my experience tells me that hit was a lot harder on the occupants than it looked from the videos!
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There were unfortunately some injuries, one bad . and yes, you need special qualification /rating to use altiports in France. and Courchevel is restricted use to holder of that mountain rating.
Coming in too fast on an icy and sloped runway is not what they teach you in that rating.
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Another video on fb but I cant link to it - search for Jean-Christophe Berrard.

Less than inspiring airport response!
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Old 9th Feb 2019, 10:32
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Originally Posted by Gaza View Post
Hopefully the snow was soft and there isn't too much damage.
I have spent a bit of time on Alpine slopes and those snowbanks look like hard lumps of ice covered with a dusting of snow. On skis you keep well away from them. I seem to recall finding that out the hard way, although without serious injury - ouch!
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Less than inspiring airport response!
how do you know ?

You know if this happened during the opening hours of the AFIS agent ? (published by NOTAM) , if not then it is only RFFS level 1.. Courchevel is not a controlled airport .
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Originally Posted by ATC Watcher View Post
There were unfortunately some injuries, one bad.
The French media have been reporting four on board with only minor injuries plus one uninjured. Hopefully they are correct.

https://www.ledauphine.com/savoie/20...quatre-blesses

That said, if anyone has been seriously injured I would expect it to be the pilot. That was quite some deceleration when the aircraft hit the berm, suggesting that it was pretty solid underneath. It wouldn't be surprising if he/she had hit their head on the coaming, notwithstanding their harness. Even worse would be the impact pushing the engine back through the firewall.
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Let's not overlook the injuries a person can sustain from the seatbelts themselves. Even if each occupant were held exactly in the intended position by their seatbelts, they can still be seriously injured by seatbelt forces alone. Of course, such injuries are better than those which would have been sustained by not being restrained. That was a hard hit.
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I believe Tyrolean used to fly a 50 seater Dash 7 in there

The airport


Dash 7 final to the airport

Today's' crash hit hard - hope all will be after that 'bump'
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The BEA issued a bulletin : aircraft touched down after half of the down sloped part of the runway (*) and despite "energetic" braking by pilot could not stop before end runway. 4 injured (light) and major damage on aircraft .
(*) my note : means around 200m left and going 18% . No chance , but to be fair it had passed as well since long the no-go around point. Going around would have been far worse.
Makes me wonder if the pilot was really qualified to land there. There will be an full Annex13-type report later.

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Originally Posted by ATC Watcher View Post
The BEA issued a bulletin :
Very brief -

https://translate.google.co.uk/trans...0591&sandbox=1

https://www.bea.aero/index.php?id=40&news=20591
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(*) my note : means around 200m left and going 18% down
ATCwatcher - guess you know, but your comment makes it sound as if he was landing down the 18% slope - Courchevel is a one way strip, land uphill, takeoff downhill. He was definitely going up the hill when he touched down!
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ATCwatcher - guess you know, but your comment makes it sound as if he was landing down the 18% slope - Courchevel is a one way strip, land uphill, takeoff downhill. He was definitely going up the hill when he touched down!
Thanks for the note, you are correct my quote was confusing , I corrected it. Of course landing 22 is mandatory in LFLJ.
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