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27-Jun-15 RA-05765 Robinson R44 Tisulskom, Russia (3F)

After striking a low level wire, the pilot elected to land on the shoreline (or sandbank?) of a river.  On subsequent take-off the pilot lost control and crashed – photo shows it on a rocky shoreline.

27-Jun-15

27-Jun-15 MD Helicopters MD500 Poerua Glacier, New Zealand

Crashed on take off, injuring the pilot Brad Maclachlan and two hunters he had just picked up

27-Jun-15

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27-Jun-15 F-PPCO Rotorway 162F Montséret, France

Engine failed, and  helicopter fell onto its side during autorotation landing. Pilot and his passenger/wife got out OK

27-Jun-15

26-Jun-15 Aberdeen, UK

Bristow aircraft returned to base after caution light illuminated – reportedly in error

26-Jun-15

25-Jun-15 G-CDXX Robinson R44 Leicester, UK

Take off accident, helicopter fell onto its side.  One minor injury

25-Jun-15

25-Jun-15 G-CDXX Robinson R44 II Leicester, UK

The pilot was intending to make a local flight and having completed his pre-flight checks, gradually increased the rotor rpm to about 80%. From the CCTV it can be observed that at about this time, the helicopter rapidly yawed to the left and rotated through about 290° before tipping over onto its right side. The… Read more »

25-Jun-15

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25-Jun-15 N842SH Robinson R22 Eagle Lake, US-Texas

Crashed from low level during agricultural ops. Aircraft destroyed

25-Jun-15

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Bristow Supports Safety Course that Relieves Flight Concerns

Bristow Supports Safety Course that Relieves Flight Concerns

It’s something many people flying offshore have experienced – bumpy air, foggy skies, an unusual sound – all of which can conspire to get the passenger thinking “What am I doing here?” Bob Egan, an offshore worker for more than 20 years, had those thoughts even though he doesn’t fear flying on helicopters. But a… Read more »

Source: Bristow, 24-Jun-15

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24-Jun-15 VT-ENY Airbus AS365N Haldia, India

Red carpet and various other items laid out for the greeting of a visiting VIP (senior Union Minister Nitin Gadkari) were blown up by rotor downdraft and reportedly struck fenestron

24-Jun-15

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23-Jun-15 VH-RBT Robinson R22 Boyup Brook, Australia

After lift-off, about 30 ft above the ground the pilot reported that the canopy became shrouded in condensation. With a loss of visual reference, the pilot attempted to manoeuvre the helicopter to an area suitable for landing. During the attempt to land, the helicopter struck the ground and rolled on its side. The passenger has… Read more »

23-Jun-15

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Australia – CASA calls on FAA and EASA to act over R44 bladder tanks

Australia – CASA calls on FAA and EASA to act over R44 bladder tanks

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) has called on US and European regulators to improve the safety of helicopter fuel systems. See Full Story

Source: Australian Flying, 22-Jun-15

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21-Jun-15 C-FQGY Enstrom 280C Sidney, Canada

The helicopter was landing on an unprepared, deeply cultivated field. During the vertical landing, the left skid settled into the soft ground and the helicopter entered into a dynamic rollover. There was substantial damage to the helicopter. There were no injuries to the pilot or passenger. CADORS 2015C2439

21-Jun-15

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21-Jun-15 G-TFHW Bell 206B Pembrey, UK

Due to weather conditions on Saturday 20th, the helicopter was unable to fly and remained grounded at the site.  While parked and unattended on Sunday 21st, the helicopter was damaged by cattle which managed to break through fence from adjacent field. Nose area damaged.   Fly Heli Wales had provided the helicopter for the Welsh… Read more »

21-Jun-15

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21-Jun-15 N305CG Robinson R44 Danville, US-Arkansas

Force landing in field, aircraft destroyed

21-Jun-15

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20-Jun-15 N4427F Bell 47G5 Salinas, US-California (1F)

Crashed in low level agricultural work after impacting a fence, killing pilot Frank Gomes Jnr.  Ground crewmen who worked for the operator had just refilled the fertilizer tank on the helicopter prior to its last departure. When the helicopter did not return for its scheduled rinse load the crewmen drove out to the field to… Read more »

20-Jun-15

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Blue Hawaiian Receives FAA Safety Management System Status

Blue Hawaiian Receives FAA Safety Management System Status

Blue Hawaiian Helicopters recently received Safety Management System (SMS) program status by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), becoming the first air tour operator in the United States to reach this milestone. Blue Hawaiian began participating in the voluntary SMS program in 2009, adopting the systematic approach to managing safety risk. “Achieving SMS emphasizes our company’s… Read more »

Source: Air Methods, 19-Jun-15

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14-Jun-15 VH-KJJ Robinson R44 Timber Creek, Australia (1F)

The aircraft collided with terrain while conducting aerial agriculture operations. The pilot, the only person on board, died as a result of the accident – named here as Dougal Brett

14-Jun-15

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14-Jun-15 N51778 Enstrom F28C Romeoville, US-Illinois

Rolled over on landing

14-Jun-15

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12-Jun-15 CC-PTR Robinson R44 El Rosario, Chile

Crashed into a tree on approach to airport.  The pilot, Juan Manuel Urrutia was slightly injured, while his passenger was uninjured.

12-Jun-15

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UK AAIB Bulletin – June 2015

UK AAIB Bulletin – June 2015

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accident(s) of:-   Robinson R22 Beta (G-ECMC), rolled over during simulated tail rotor failure exercise at Goodwood Aerodrome, on 12 February 2015 Robinson R22 Beta (G-THLA), heavy landing following autorotation exercise, Romney Marsh, Kent, 13 February 2015

Source: AAIB, 11-Jun-15

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