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Helicopter on an EMS flight crashed killing a newborn baby less than 24 hours old, his father Pedro Martinez, pilot Guillermo Chávez Medina and paramedic Pablo Héctor Vicente. Helicopter destroyed
The helicopter from one fishing boat crashed into another boat while they were fishing near the Marshall Islands, seriously injuring a Chinese fisherman, 48-year old Shuiyao Wang, who died at sea two days later. Filipino pilot Thomas Bustos, 51, is being treated for injuries
Autorotation landing from 1000ft, main blades cut tail boom. Corporate operation. MD600 remained upright and all six got out with some injuries. Six were identified as Tahmina Mostofa, 24, Asif Iqbal, 45, Kazi Safayet Hossain, 45, Abul Kalam, and pilots Gulzar Hossain, 42, and Shafiqul Islam, 35.
Helicopter lost power while working at low level on powerlines for Cross Texas Transmission. Jonathan David Suhr, 23, was suspended 50 ft below the helicopter as part of this work and was certified dead a short time later.
Crashed into a truck during a Christmas tree lifting operation, injuring the pilot. The helicopter was left without blades and tail boom, and heavily damaged in the cabin area.
Helicopter on low level patrol, hit wires and crashed. Fatalities were pilot Mackenzie Bleth from Haverfield Aviation and Dale Crout - an employee of New York State Electric and Gas. Post crash fire, and we note from this story that the tail was some distance from the helicopter and not affected by the fire.
Heavy landing on training flight and ended up on its starboard side. Local press later named (here) Police Sgt. Darin R. Garness as being at the controls, and the other pilot was officer Clifford Wicks.
Kawasaki-built 500C crashed in open field, main rotor having cut tail boom. 69-year-old pilot and a 43-year-old passenger suffered minor injuries but managed to walk to a nearby home to raise the alarm
En route to pick up miners at the remote site when the helicopter crashed into the side of a hill and rolled a considerable distance, killing the pilot - later named as James Hopper, 63
Emergency field landing with patient on board while on transfer flight. Patient continued to destination courtesy of AgustaWestland AW109 of Warwickshire & Northants Air Ambulance. MD902 later flown short distance to Coventry Airport where it remained grounded at least the next day.
It is believed the helicopter had been contracted by the Department of Conservation (DOC) to spray for gorse when it went down at the northern end of Lake Sumner. Helicopter and pilot missing - pilot named as 35-year-old Mike Mehrtens - company website here quotes him as a 3,500 hour pilot
Alpine rescue expert and two others were being lowered on a winch to rescue a trapped climber. Due to poor visibility, the pilot released the winch at too high an altitude - about 10m AGL. Franz Franzeskon died instantly in the fall while the two others suffered multiple injuries. No technical issues reported with the helicopter
Extensively damaged (photo). Pilot Dee Haddock landed at a gas station when he noticed some mechanical issues. He took off again to go to the Mccormick County Airport nearby, but never made it, crashing in a field near Mine Street and Highway 28 after flying approx half a mile
Clipped wires and landed with minimal damage to helicopter. Owner of field stated that weather was very foggy and he thought the pilot was making a precautionary landing for the weather and did not see the wires.
Crashed in mountainous terrain. Two passengers survived with serious injuries, but pilot Phil Cotter, age 62, died. Uncorroborated reports quote cargo net round the main rotor head.
Two Army pilots were killed when their helicopter crashed during a training exercise on a live-fire range. Pilots named as Capt. John D. Hortman, 30, of Inman, SC, and Chief Warrant Officer 3 Steven B. Redd, 37, of Lancaster, CA. Both served in the 1st Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment stationed at Fort Campbell, KY.
Probable that the helicopter sustained a mechanical failure in the cruise, resulting in loss of pitch control to one of the tail blades. During the subsequent attempt to land, the airspeed reduced to the point where directional control seems to have been insufficient to maintain heading. At a height of approx 50 ft, the helicopter yawed rapidly right before the rotation ceased and it developed a high rate of descent. The helicopter struck the ground heavily and was destroyed. The pilot sustained serious injuries. There was no fire. The investigation found fatigue cracks emanating from corrosion pits on the tail rotor blade pitch horn on one blade, which led to its failure. Also, the associated tail rotor pitch link had failed.
During a flight with two occupants on board, the helicopter collided with terrain and minor injuries were sustained. They activated a search beacon and were picked up by the Snowy Hydro SouthCare Rescue Helicopter
A helicopter from the Mexican Air Force (FAM) crashed on Saturday near Apatzingan, Michoacan, apparently as a result of mechanical failure in the aircraft
Force landed in field. Aircraft less than one year old
Conducting VFR spraying operations when it struck the top of a tree during a turn. The pilot's vision was affected by windshield glare from the rising sun. The lower chin bubble windshield was shattered and the mount for the anti-torque control pedals was broken. The helicopter landed without further event. CADAORS ref 2011P0595
On short final the pilot elected to change the touchdown point. During manoeuvre, the tail rotor struck a large rock. The tail rotor drive shaft sheared and the tail rotor sustained substantial damage; helicopter remained upright on landing. Sole occupant pilot was not injured. CADAORS ref 2011C0797
Helicopter working on stringing new powerlines. One serious injury, one "minor to moderate" injury.
The Pima County Sheriff's Office has confirmed that civilian pilot Loren Leonberger was pronounced dead at the scene of the PCSO helicopter crash near Avra Valley. Other occupants were Edwin Nettleton, 58, and Paul Panzica, 41, who were released from the hospital ahead of Larry Sayers, 64, who was seriously injured.
The pilot, Lt Col. Koosie De Villiers, and his crewman Lt Col. Shabir Khan, were both seriously injured in the crash. Eyesitness described the aircraft as being a "total mangled wreck", with no windows left as it "was all smashed up".
Helicopter was being used to blow snow off a roof, and crashed from low level. Two serious and one minor injury. One photo shows close proximity of street light stands.
Damaged during operation to clean insulators of a transmission line
Story dated 24-Nov-10 but does not refer to incident date. We assume fairly recent, hence filing this as 01-Nov. Windshield distorted and then blew out a section. Bird strike not involved.
The helicopter was flying for the Wing County Power Line Services. 4POB, 1 fatal (later named as Gary L. Bland, 52, from Georgia) and 3 to Ruby Memorial Hospital with unknown injuries
Report says this "crashed and burned"
Crashed and burst into flames while taking part in a CIS competition in helicopter sports. The 74-year-old pilot was performing a loop-the-loop but didn't have enough height as he came out of the manoeuvre