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AS55
Name AS-355 Ecureuil 2
Manufacturer AEROSPATIALE
Wing Rotary
WTC Light
Type code H2T
Engine Turboshaft
Engine count Multi


Also manufacturered as:

AEROSPATIALE TwinStar
AEROSPATIALE AS-355 Ecureuil 2
AEROSPATIALE AS-355 TwinStar
AEROSPATIALE AS-555 Fennec
AEROSPATIALE Ecureuil 2
AEROSPATIALE Fennec (AS-555)
EUROCOPTER Ecureuil 2
EUROCOPTER TwinStar
EUROCOPTER Fennec (AS-555)
EUROCOPTER Twin Squirrel
EUROCOPTER AS-355 Ecureuil 2
EUROCOPTER AS-355 TwinStar
EUROCOPTER AS-555 Fennec
HELIBRAS VH-55 Esquilo
HELIBRAS CH-55 Esquilo
HELIBRAS UH-13 Esquilo
HELIBRAS HB-355 Esquilo
HELIBRAS Esquilo (HB-355)


AEROSPATIALE AS-355 Ecureuil 2

AEROSPATIALE AS-355 Ecureuil 2

Description

The Eurocopter AS355 Ecureuil 2 (Twin Squirrel) is a twin-engine light helicopter originally manufactured by AĆ©rospatiale (now part of Eurocopter Group). The AS355 is marketed in North America as the TwinStar.

Technical Data

Wing span 10.69 m35.072 ft
Length 12.94 m42.454 ft
Height 3.13 m10.269 ft
Powerplant 2 x Allison 250-C20F turboshaft, 313 kW (420 shp) each.
Engine model Allison 250


Accidents & Serious Incidents involving AS55

  • AS55, vicinity Fairview Alberta Canada, 1999 (AW HF FIRE) (On 28th April 1999, an AS-355 helicopter suffered an in-flight fire attributed to an electrical fault which had originated from a prior maintenance error undetected during incomplete pre-flight inspections. The aircraft carried out an immediate landing allowing evacuation before the aircraft was destroyed by an intense fire.)
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