Pilot error the cause of the fall?


Commission of the Army of Montenegro (VCG) has determined that the helicopter, which crashed on June 10 near Komanski bridge in Podgorica was technically correct, it had all the necessary permits for flying, and that pilot himself had likely endangered the safety of the flight, learned Dnevne novine from sources close to the investigation.

According to preliminary results of the investigation of this commission, he lowered the aircraft to an inadvisable height of 50 meters above the ground, supposedly to greet a friend who was in the area. A nearby power line, which was not noticed timely by the pilot, probably contributed to the fatal maneuver.

The accident occurred during a regular flight training on the stretch between Danilovgrad and Podgorica. Air Force Colonel Namik Arifovic (47) and Lieutenant Colonel Miroljub Antanasijevic (46), who both had had many years of flying experience, were injured on that occasion.

When aircraft fell, it is assumed that the ellipse caught the ground first. Helicopter then rolled over but did not catch fire, which certainly saved the lives of pilots.

Source: Radio Television Montenegro