The reason for the helicopter crash near Garmen was the loss of altitude. This was stated by the expert Hristo Hristov, quoted by Nova TV, after the inspection of the accident site was completed.
“We saw pieces of sheet metal smashed into small pieces. The situation in which the collapse occurred is very steep – with a 60 degree slope. The helicopter approached, but the side mist system got stuck in a tall pine tree. As a result, the helicopter crashed nose down,” Hristov added.
According to him, the pilot did not reach 5 meters to survive. Dense fog in the area at the time of the crash also contributed to the accident.
“The most likely cause is a temporary loss of orientation in a very dense fog. He hasn’t gained enough height for this bad weather. He was looking for a way to gain height and get out above the fog, if he had managed at least another 5 m, he would have gone over the tree. We could not find it immediately because of the dense vegetation,” the expert added.
The helicopter was hired by the forestry department to spray against pests.