Force landing after contacting powerlines during crop spraying operation
Training flight, minor injuries to 2 POB
Training flight, one fatal, one injured. Helicopter ended upside-down on the banks of a river
Helicopter ditched in lake shortly after take-off. 2 POB (pilot Gordon Wuebbolt and his daughter) swam ashore.
Source: Cherokee Nation, 09-May-13
Cherokee Nation Industries is furthering its relationship with industry leader Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. The tribal enterprise was recently honored as a 2013 Sikorsky Gold Supplier and awarded a $5.1 million contract to provide frame and instrument panel assembly for the S-300C helicopter. “Aerospace and defense manufacturing is a core industry in Oklahoma and our business [...]
Minor damage during training flight
Precautionary landing in parking lot on night mission after warning light illuminated
Landing gear collapsed
Heavy landing, deforming the skids, on the side of Highway US-1 after engine malfunction
Source: U.S. Navy, 13-Mar-13
After exceeding the 8,000-flight-hour mark Friday, an MQ-8B Fire Scout assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 22 Detachment 5 prepares to land aboard USS Robert G. Bradley for a “hot pump” and re-launch while conducting maritime intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) operations in the Mediterranean Sea March 11. Fire Scouts aboard Bradley are routinely flying 17-hour days [...]
Source: Bristow Academy, 05-Mar-13
Bristow Academy announced today an agreement with Aero Dynamix to use Aero Dynamix night vision systems to enhance its night vision training program, as well as offer the installation of Aero Dynamix night vision systems to its customers worldwide. Both companies are industry leaders in night vision applications – Bristow Academy in rotary pilot training [...]
Training accident, helicopter ended up on its side in grassy field. The two occupants of the aircraft were identified as pilot Captain Manuel Poblete FAP Pardo Aguilar (30) and passenger Major FAP Candle Italo Fernandez (36)
Negligence claims over a helicopter crash that claimed the lives of two Britons should remain in the US, a judge has ruled. (see full story) We also found this document online relating to this case File photo
A total of 19 helicopters – including Sikorsky S92, S70i and Schweizer 434s – have been deployed in Haj security operations this year and the operations have begun relatively early. (see full story)
Source: US DoD, 28-Sep-12
Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., San Diego, Calif., is being awarded a $28,126,043 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for software sustainment, non-recurring engineering support and obsolescence efforts including future growth software development for the vertical take-off and landing unmanned aerial vehicle Fire Scout MQ-8B. Work will be performed in San Diego, Calif. (90 percent), and Patuxent River Naval Air [...]
Ground impact during training flight
Two occupants, substantially damaged
Source: 0264, 05-Aug-12
Reg C-FLBI is not confirmed but is the only one in this operators fleet to match the details given so far in the CADAORS report, ref 2012P1240
General media reported it as a tail rotor issue while hovering. Helicopter came to rest close to a fence
Unknown circumstances, according to FAA records
Tail boom struck fence on landing
During a simulated forced landing, the helicopter landed heavily and rolled onto its side. The helicopter was substantially damaged and one crew received minor injuries.
San Antonio Police aircraft declared emergency landing during night patrol.
Badly damaged in heavy landing
FAA says “crashed under unknown circumstances”
Hard landing on the runway, which meant that the runway was closed for 80 minutes. 2 POB not injured.
Helicopter crashed into a river on a training flight. Student pilot Captain Shmer and instructor Major Zahid Bari missing, presumed dead due to the fast flow rate of the river. Update – student’s body recovered some days later. Helicopter type confirmed from 26s in to this video
Source: EADT 24, 17-May-12
Virage Helicopter Academy was set up by David Pierssene and Tim Kingsley with the backing of businessman Tim Gallup, who agreed to fund and become the owner of the venture. (see full story)
Tail rotor strike on take-off
Crashed in a residential neighbourhood, both occupants hospitalised -Alan Cottrell and Ron Ponce
Tail rotor struck ground handling platform during landing
Source: Sikorsky, 16-Apr-12
Sikorsky Aircraft has announced the sale of two S-300C™ helicopters with an option for four more, to IPTN North America, a subsidiary of PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI)/Indonesian Aerospace (IAe). These S-300C helicopters will support the Indonesian Army’s requirements to train more than 100 new pilots in the next few years. In March 2012, the Indonesian Minister of [...]
Substantially damaged due to ground resonance
Helicopter on training flight made emergency landing on roof of apartment block, ending up on its side. The two occupants of the helicopter were unhurt. A HAL press release named them as Air Commodore (Retd) Roj Assey alongwith trainee Capt Digvijay Singh
Date is estimate – helicopter was seen being loaded onto a road trailer 26-Mar-12 at Bournemouth Airport being taken for repair. Operator name and registration had been covered over with black bin liners. Training accident, further details awaited – but noting that the helicopter does not look badly damaged from a photo we have seen.
landed in a field with the tail boom chopped in half. Remained upright on skids and two occupants not injured
Source: Summit Aviation, 11-Feb-12
Summit Aviation, a Greenwich AeroGroup Company, announced today they have signed a long term agreement with Sikorsky Global Helicopters to manufacture, assemble and test transmissions for new production Schweizer 300 CTM aircraft and aftermarket support. “We have had a long standing relationship with Sikorsky,” said President of Summit Aviation Bob Fitzpatrick. “For the last five [...]
Fell on side during landing
Source: Gloucestershire Airport, 27-Jan-12
A Cheltenham Schoolboy celebrated his 16th birthday today, 26 January 2012, with a helicopter flight from Gloucestershire Airport – with a difference! Ollie Chadwick made two unaccompanied ‘solo’ flights, one in a jet turbine helicopter and one in a piston engine helicopter – believed to be a ‘record’. 16 is the youngest permitted age for [...]
During the return from crop spraying operations, the engine lost power, resulting in a forced landing. The pilot was not injured, however the helicopter caught fire and was destroyed.
Source: HeliHub.com, 04-Jan-12
Sikorsky is anticipating FAA certification of the S-434 light turbine early this year. The S-434 is an improved version of the S-333 with a four-blade head and 300 more pounds in gross weight, taking the total to 2,850 pounds all up. Additionally it has a new tail rotor with 20% increased thrust, and structurally improved [...]
Source: WETM, 02-Jan-12
Sikorsky bought the 185-thousand square foot acre land back in 2004. But have since moved their operations to the former Wings of Eagles museum. (full story)
Source: HeliHub.com, 15-Dec-11
Yesterday, Schweizer 333 G-TAME departed Shoreham Airport by road after being purchased by Fuchs Helicopter, the Swiss operator. The UK fleet of five Schwiezer 333s has not flown for some time and originally numbered five. In May this year we reported G-TAMB had been bought by Fuchs, and now G-TAME has followed the same route. [...]
During flying training, the helicopter rolled over and subsequently impacted the ground. The two occupants were uninjured but the helicopter was seriously damaged.
A spokesperson for the FAA said the helicopter sustained severe damage, but that neither of the two people on board suffered any injuries.
Substantially damaged in field landing
Tail rotor strike during autorotation
Crashed in open farm field and overturned
Solo student pilot, emergency landing off the off the BeachLine Expressway, sparking a brush fire. Pilot had reportedly landed quickly due to an onboard fire.
Emergency landing on harbour-side dock. Pilot listed as Frank Proebster, aged 41
Training flight. Helicopter ended up on its side. Dynamic rollover?
Heavy landing which damaged the helicopter after pilot Steven Rindone experienced severe in-flight vibration and put the helicopter down as soon as he could.
The pilot reported that while flying low over a cherry orchard to dry the cherries, the engine experienced a loss of power. The helicopter subsequently settled into the trees.
The UAV was delivering intelligence data from about 5,000-7,000 ft. as expected, and there was no immediate sign of a command and control problem or mechanical malfunction, a program source says. This may mean it was shot down.
Simulated forced landing, main blades struck tail boom
Crashed while hovering
Source: Air Orlando Aviation, 30-May-11
A new majority owner and financial restructuring will keep Air Orlando Aviation in business and positioned to grow. “This company is part of Orlando’s aviation history” said John Painter, the previous majority owner and company founder. “We have a great team and now we can focus on the future.” The company’s majority interests were purchased [...]
Crashed from an altitude of 20m while spraying vineyards. The only one person on board, pilot Michele Astrella, 62, from Basilicata, was seriously injured
Crashed in a meadow, caught fire and burnt out. Sole occupant pilot, Dirk Wiersma (aged 65) was unharmed
Source: HeliHub.com, 04-May-11
The UK fleet of five Schwiezer 333s has not flown for some time – three have airworthiness expiry dates in 2009, one in 2010 and the last has been de-registered after a post-maintenance accident after the main rotor gearbox had been replaced. The first four, registered G-TAMA, B, C and D were bought by Total [...]
Crashed during agricultural ops
Precautionary landing in cane field
All three occupants injured after accident when landing on a steeply sloping site
Caught skid during hover practice. tipped over onto its side
Inflight damage to tail rotor
Source: Star Gazette, 06-Mar-11
Judge rules that two claims in the Schweizer $12M lawsuit against Sikorsky will stand. One claim states that Connecticut-based aircraft maker Sikorsky failed to work with the Schweizer family to settle two product liability suits, a condition included in the purchase agreement.
Source: Northrop Grumman, 24-Feb-11
The Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) -built MQ-8B Fire Scout vertical takeoff and landing tactical unmanned aerial vehicle (VTUAV) achieved a significant development milestone in November when it flew its first test flights from the U.S. Navy’s littoral combat ship, USS Freedom (LCS-1). The Navy conducted the activity, known as dynamic interface (DI) testing, off the coast [...]
Instructor vacated aircraft for student Adeniyi Akinuli to complete shut-down. Helicopter took off unexpectedly and landed onto its side
Severe ground resonance resulted in separation of rotor dynamics from the helicopter. Pilots Daniel Alencar Tavares, 33, and Geovani Kopti were both seriously injured
Helicopter was responding to a call on the North Side when it suddenly lost power, landed and came skidding to a halt just south of the Bitters Road exit ramp on Highway 281
Source: FAA, 20-Dec-10
Source: Star Gazette, 17-Nov-10
Plaintiffs in the lawsuit include Stuart, Leslie and Paul H. Schweizer, who all served as president of the company on a rotating basis. Japanese company Kawada Industries that acquired a 25% stake in Schweizer in 1992, is also listed as a plaintiff. They are seeking at least $2.8 million
crashed on approach to Bayreuth/Bindlacher Berg Airport
Engine not running evenly, pilot put down very heavily, skids collapsed.