Hong Kong firefighting helicopter ditches in lake

A Hong Kong Government Flying Services helicopter lost power in one of its engines while dipping water out of a reservoir in northern Hong Kong on Monday. The 3-person crew of the Eurocopter AS332 L2, or Super Puma, activated the pop-out floats and the helicopter settled into the water, remaining upright. The crew escaped unharmed and swam to shore wearing inflatable personal flotation devices.

The helicopter was engaged in a water dropping operation, helping to suppress a vegetation fire near the Shing Mun reservoir when the accident occurred.

Here are three screen grabs from the video, which follows:

Hong Kong helicopter before crash
The helicopter lifting a bucket of water before activating the pop-out floats.
Hong Kong helicopter with popped-out floats
Hong Kong helicopter with popped-out floats just before ditching into the water.

Hong Kong helicopter floating

If you watch the video to the very end, you will see a photo of the aftermath of a helicopter vs. bus accident, something you don’t see every day.

On September 22, 2010, we ran a story about a helicopter operated by the New York Police Department that ditched into Jamaica Bay in Brooklyn, New York. The crew also activated their pop-out floats, preventing the helicopter from sinking.

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Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire.