The pilot has his life-raft close to hand and his survival suit was on when the helicopter hit the water.
After taking off from Forde Airport, they flew south towards Arnafjorden at an altitude of about 3.000ft.At Vikory on the south side of Sognefjorden the helicopters were heading SE and climbed to fly over a mountain range.The cause of the crash was reportedly a mechanical failure.(w/o) --- MBB BK117B2 in service as Christoph 53 was damaged at its base Mannheim/Neuostheim Airport by severe weather when the helicopter was blown from its ground handling platform by heavy winds. (dmg)--- AS350B2 Ecureuil suffered an aerial electrical cable collision following water discharge during fire-fighting operations.After landing on a ski run the helicopter suddenly started to glide downwards the slope and came to rest about 30 metres from the landing site after crashing into a parked motor sledge. (rashed at Landshut/Ellermühle Airfield, Bavaria, S Germany, after a main rotorblade hit the ground whilst hovering at the airfield on departure to Mühldorf Airfield.
Luckily the 73-year-old pilot suffered no injuries in the accident.The 48-year-old flight instructor and the pilot in training were both killed in the accident.(--- Sikorsky S76 suffered damage to its main rotorblades during take-off at Porta Westfalica Airfield, W Germany, when hitting a nearby fence.--- Schweizer 269C was damaged beyond repair at Ebern/Sendelbach Airfield, Lkr.Haßberge, N Bavaria, Germany, whilst on a training flight.(crashed into a wooded area close to Kreisstrasse 5933 near Neuhausen ob Eck, Baden-Württemberg, SW Germany, whilst on a flight from Donaueschingen Airfield.