Accident: Syrian Arab A320 near Damascus on Sep 20th 2012, mid air collision with helicopter

Plane Spotters India | Special : Syrian Arab A320 near Damascus on Sep 20th 2012, mid air collision with helicopter



A Syrian Arab Airlines Airbus A320-200, registration YK-AKF performing flight RB-501 from Damascus to Latakia (Sy
ria), was climbing through FL120 out of Damascus when the main rotor of a military helicopter clipped the upper half of the vertical stabilizer and rudder off the airliner. The helicopter crashed, the A320 was able to return to Damascus for a safe landing. The helicopter crew died, there were no injuries aboard the A320, the A320 received substantial damage.

The rotor blade sliced through the composite vertical stabilizer like a ginsu knife. There may not have been a whole lot of loading on the VS attachment lugs. The angle of cut looks parallel with the airframe, as if both aircraft were at the same angle of attack during impact.

That is impressive, the pilot and aircraft were able to return safely. 
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200 people can thank their lucky stars, and go celebrate being alive. If that main rotor blade was lower by another 10 feet, the ending would have been different. 

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Image Source : The Aviation Herald and Airbus.com
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