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Airbus responds to Norwegian EC225 investigation update

Airbus responds to Norwegian EC225 investigation update

Airbus Helicopters have today issued the following statement to coincide with the publication of another Preliminary Report by AIBN – the Accident Investigation Board of Norway – into the fatal accident of EC225 LN-OJF on 29th April 2017, it being the first anniversary tomorrow.  Further comment is given below the statement Statement from Guillaume Faury,… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 28-Apr-17

Norwegian Investigators issue another Preliminary Report on EC225 accident

Norwegian Investigators issue another Preliminary Report on EC225 accident

Investigation of helicopter accident at Turøy near Bergen in Hordaland county, Norway Description 29 April 2016 the Main Rotor Head (MRH) and mast suddenly detached from an Airbus Helicopters EC 225 LP enroute from Gullfaks B to Bergen Airport Flesland. The helicopter impacted on a small island east of Turøy. All 13 people on board… Read more »

Source: AIBN, 28-Apr-17

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Norwegian Investigator’s statement on EC225

Norwegian Investigator’s statement on EC225

The Accident Investigation Board Norway arrived at the accident site on Turøy in Hordaland Friday evening. Helicopter wreckage was retrieved from land and the sea bottom Saturday and was then transferred to Haakonsvern naval base (Bergen) by ship. The combined Flight Data and Cockpit Voice Recorder was retrieved from the wreckage Friday night. The unit… Read more »

Source: AIBN, 03-May-16

Indian Dhruv accident – should an independent organisation check the FDR?

Indian Dhruv accident – should an independent organisation check the FDR?

Sadly there was a bad accident with an Indian Air Force Dhruv in the state of Uttar Pradesh last Friday, and we recorded that in our Safety data section here. The “black box” – Flight Data Recorder (FDR) and Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR) – are now being analysed in an attempt to find out what… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 30-Jul-14

NTSB to Highlight Lessons Learned from Helicopter Accident Investigations at Heli-Expo

NTSB to Highlight Lessons Learned from Helicopter Accident Investigations at Heli-Expo

Senior investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board will hold a training session about the lessons that have been learned from several recent helicopter accident investigations at the 2014 Helicopter Association International’s Heli-Expo in Anaheim, Calif., next week. Investigators will present case studies that emphasize NTSB safety recommendations related to helicopter maintenance, flight simulators, and… Read more »

Source: NTSB, 22-Feb-14

Fuel starvation key to Glasgow EC135 investigation, says AAIB

Fuel starvation key to Glasgow EC135 investigation, says AAIB

AAIB have released a new report on the fatal Eurocopter EC135T2+ accident on 29th November 2013 in Glasgow UK.  The summary ends with “In particular, the investigation will seek to determine why a situation arose that led to both the helicopter’s engines flaming out when 76 kg of fuel remained in the fuel tank group,… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 14-Feb-14

Loss of tail rotor effectiveness led to 2013 Alberta helicopter crash

Loss of tail rotor effectiveness led to 2013 Alberta helicopter crash

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) today released its investigation report (A13W0070) into a collision with terrain of a Bell 206B helicopter near Fort McMurray, Alberta. On 29 May 2013, the Bell 206B helicopter operated by Wood Buffalo Helicopters was conducting wildlife survey work approximately 75 nautical miles north of Fort McMurray, Alberta, with one pilot and two passengers… Read more »

Source: TSB, 06-Feb-14

TSB launches investigation into fatal Canadian Coast Guard Bo105 crash

TSB launches investigation into fatal Canadian Coast Guard Bo105 crash

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) is launching an investigation into the crash of a Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) helicopter. The CCG helicopter, operated by Transport Canada, departed from the CCG vessel Amundsen and crashed in the McClure Strait, off the coast of Banks Island, Northwest Territories. The TSB is gathering information and will… Read more »

Source: TSB Canada, 11-Sep-13

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The Whys and Hows of Accident Reporting

The Whys and Hows of Accident Reporting

While serving as a first sergeant years ago, I was frustrated when an accident report submitted to the U.S. Army Safety Center was returned to me for additional information. Unfortunately, because the accident occurred off duty and my Soldier had been rendered unconscious, I couldn’t provide any additional information. What I now realize is even… Read more »

Source: US Army, 26-Feb-13

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Canada’s TSB highlights helmets again in Bell 212 accident report

Canada’s TSB highlights helmets again in Bell 212 accident report

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) released its final investigation report (A11W0070) into the loss of control and collision with the water involving a helicopter operated by Campbell Helicopters Ltd. that occurred on Lesser Slave Lake, Alberta, on 20 May 2011. The pilot, who was the sole occupant of the helicopter, died in the crash. Mid–afternoon on the 20 of May… Read more »

Source: TSB, 20-Mar-12

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Paramedic canyon death report clears AW139 and winch

Paramedic canyon death report clears AW139 and winch

Mick Wilson, 41, was being winched to an injured canyoner at Carrington Falls on December 24 when the cable was cut and the paramedic fell to his death.  The Australian Transport Safety Bureau says it has completed examinations into the helicopter and winch and found that neither could have contributed to the accident. (see full… Read more »

Source: ABC, 05-Feb-12

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India – HAL trashes DGCA crash investigation findings

India – HAL trashes DGCA crash investigation findings

Hit by Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA)’s findings into the 2010 August Chetak crash, Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) launched a strong defence terming some of the comments as “incorrect”. (see full story)

Source: IBN, 18-Jan-12

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Accident bulletin released for Hong Kong AW139 ditching

Accident bulletin released for Hong Kong AW139 ditching

Extract: The Civil Aviation Department of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (CAD) issued Accident Bulletin 2/2010 and Interim Statement 2/2011 on 27 July 2010 and 29 June 2011 respectively on the investigation of the accident on East Asia Airlines EA 206A on 3 July 2010. This Accident Bulletin provides further available… Read more »

Source: Hong Kong Civil Aviation Dept, 19-Nov-11

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NTSB to assist Mexico in AS332 accident investigation

NTSB to assist Mexico in AS332 accident investigation

At the request of the Mexican Government, the NTSB is sending a team of investigators to assist in their investigation of Friday’s crash of an Aerospatiale AS 332L Super Puma. On November 11, 2011, about 0845 local time, the Eurocopter, enroute from Camp Marte, Mexico to Cuernavaca, Morelos, crashed in a rural area south of… Read more »

Source: NTSB, 14-Nov-11

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UK AAIB Bulletin – April 2011

UK AAIB Bulletin – April 2011

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accidents of:- Robinson R44 Raven II, G-ODHB – 5 December 2010 at Staverton Airfield, Gloucestershire Robinson R22 Beta, G-HRBS Correction – 28 September 2010 at Goodwood Schweizer 269C-1, G-LINX Addendum – 22 September 2009 near Stalmine, Lancashire

Source: AAIB, 15-Apr-11

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TSB report into Cougar S92 accident cites 16 factors

TSB report into Cougar S92 accident cites 16 factors

The Transportation Safety Board says there were 16 factors that contributed to the crash that caused the death of 17 people in an offshore helicopter crash off Newfoundland two years ago.

Source: CTV, 10-Feb-11

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US Homeland Security pilot indicted for making false statements to investigators

US Homeland Security pilot indicted for making false statements to investigators

A helicopter pilot with the Department of Homeland Security has been indicted for making false statements to investigators about an incident where a man drowned trying to cross the Rio Grande River.  Helicopter involved was OH-6 N5185B

02-Feb-11

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Hong Kong CAD releases preliminary report on Government Flying Service 332L2 accident

Hong Kong CAD releases preliminary report on Government Flying Service 332L2 accident

In accordance with Hong Kong Civil Aviation (Investigation of Accidents) Regulations, an inspector’s investigation is in progress to determine the circumstances and causes relating to the accident involving a Eurocopter AS332 L2 helicopter (registration mark B-HRN) operated by Government Flying Service that made an emergency landing in Shing Mun Reservoir on December 27, 2010. The… Read more »

Source: Hong Kong CAD, 27-Jan-11

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Turkish investigators finds politician’s death in helicopter accident “suspicious”

Turkish investigators finds politician’s death in helicopter accident “suspicious”

A recent report prepared by the State Audit Institution (DDK) on a 2009 helicopter accident that killed six people, including Grand Unity Party (BBP) leader Muhsin Yazıcıoğlu, has found the deaths “suspicious.”  HeliHub.com page for this accident is here.  File photo

Source: World Bulletin, 26-Jan-11

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Fatal BK117 crash footage sent to the US for analysis

Fatal BK117 crash footage sent to the US for analysis

The Pretoria News has reported that CCTV footage and Global Positioning System (GPS) data has been sent overseas for forensic analysis.  See HeliHub.com accident page at 23-Jul-10 ZS-HMY Eurocopter BK117 Witbank, South Africa (7F) [File photo]

Source: Eyewitness News, 26-Jan-11

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Cranfield University launches “Legal Skills for Accident Investigators” course

Cranfield University launches “Legal Skills for Accident Investigators” course

Course date: 14-18 Mar 2011 Course overview The Cranfield Safety and Accident Investigation Centre is proud to offer a new course for transport accident investigators who may find themselves involved in the various legal processes including Coronial Inquiry, Public Inquiry, Fatal Accident Inquiry and both civil and criminal litigation. The course has been developed in… Read more »

Source: Cranfield University, 19-Jan-11

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Drugs a factor in fatal B206 accident

Drugs a factor in fatal B206 accident

NTSB report noted that an autopsy revealed traces of an antihistamine and an opiate on the body of pilot Dennis Donovan, aged 70.  See also HeliHub.com accident report page – 05-Jan-10 N5016U Bell B206 nr Redinger Lake, US-California (4F)

06-Jan-11

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AFSOC unaware crashed CV-22 carried flight incident recorder

AFSOC unaware crashed CV-22 carried flight incident recorder

A paperwork glitch has deprived investigators of the flight incident recorder onboard a crashed CV-22 despite evidence that the critical device survived, according to president of the accident investigation board.

Source: Flightglobal, 05-Jan-11

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Taiwan develops technology to read damaged GPS chips

Taiwan develops technology to read damaged GPS chips

Taiwan has developed new technology to retrieve information from damaged GPS chips, which will be particulary helpful in accident investigation where no flight data recorder is present, Japan’s Council for Aviation Safety said Tuesday 28th. CAS director Kuan Wen-lin briefed the media on the use of the technology, noting that Japan’s Transportation Safety Board sought… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 05-Jan-11

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UK AAIB Bulletin – December 2010

UK AAIB Bulletin – December 2010

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accident of:- * Robinson R22B G-RIDL at Macclesfield, Cheshire on 15 November 2009 * Robinson R22B G-NWDC at Londonderry Eglinton Airfield on 8 August 2010 * Schweizer 269CBi G-LINX at Stalmine, Lancashire on 22 September 2009

Source: AAIB, 13-Dec-10

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UK AAIB Bulletin – November 2010

UK AAIB Bulletin – November 2010

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accident of:- Eurocopter AS365N, G-HEMS at Thornaby, Teesside on 17 June 2010

Source: AAIB, 13-Nov-10

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UK AAIB Bulletin – October 2010

UK AAIB Bulletin – October 2010

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accident of:- AgustaWestland AW139, G-CHCV 65 nm NE of North Denes HP on 23 December 2008

Source: AAIB, 14-Oct-10

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Black box found at Ka32 crash site in Adygeya

Black box found at Ka32 crash site in Adygeya

Refers to the following accident in HeliHub.com safety data – 26-Sep-10 Kamov Ka32 Fisht Mountain, Russia (2F)

Source: Aviation Explorer, 01-Oct-10

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Mount Rule helicopter crash remains a mystery

Mount Rule helicopter crash remains a mystery

Story refers to this accident 19-Mar-10 G-COLL Enstrom F280C East Baldwin, Isle of Man, UK (file photo)

Source: IOM Today, 16-Sep-10

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New York mid-air – helicopter was flying too high

New York mid-air – helicopter was flying too high

The Liberty Helicopter Tour aircraft, which took off for a 12 minute sightseeing trip around the Manhattan skyline, was supposed to stop climbing when it hit 1,000 feet, the NTSB reported

Source: New York Daily News, 15-Sep-10

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Hong Kong Government publishes R22 helicopter accident report

Hong Kong Government publishes R22 helicopter accident report

The Government today (September 14) published a report on an investigation into a helicopter accident that happened on May 1, 2009.The accident involved a private flight by a Robinson R22 helicopter, registration B-LAT, of Hong Kong Rotor Company Limited operated by a pilot.As a result of the accident, the pilot, one passenger and one person… Read more »

Source: HKSAR Government, 15-Sep-10

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Interstate Aviation Committee find pilot error caused R44 accident in January

Interstate Aviation Committee find pilot error caused R44 accident in January

Refers to accident 02-Jan-10 RA-04244 Robinson R44 Chastie, Perm Region, Russia

Source: Aviation Explorer, 15-Sep-10

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Wharton copter crash report released

Wharton copter crash report released

Refers to fatal accident 22-Jul-09 N61735 MD Helicopters MD369D Wharton Township, US-Pennsylvania

Source: Pittsburgh Live, 15-Sep-10

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Agency defends review process of helicopter crash report

Agency defends review process of helicopter crash report

The federal agency charged with investigating the fatal crash of a helicopter ferrying workers to an oil rig off Newfoundland last year is defending its decision to exclude the victims’ families from the review process of the draft accident report.

Source: Vancouver Sun, 09-Sep-10

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UK AAIB Bulletin – September 2010

UK AAIB Bulletin – September 2010

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accidents of:- Enstrom 280C Shark, G-COLL near Douglas, Isle of Man on 19 March 2010 Robinson R22 Beta, G-OTOY atWellesbourne on 28 April 2008 Robinson R44 Astro, G-PIDG at Skipton, North Yorkshire on 26 June 2010 Robinson R44… Read more »

Source: AAIB, 09-Sep-10

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UK AAIB Bulletin – August 2010

UK AAIB Bulletin – August 2010

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accident of:- MD369E G-VICE at Poundgate, Devon on 24th May 2010

Source: AAIB, 31-Aug-10

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NTSB offers rotorcraft accident investigation course

NTSB offers rotorcraft accident investigation course

The National Transportation Safety Board has developed a five-day course in rotorcraft accident investigation that will be delivered at its training center near Washington in August. The course, which has been in development for more than a year, was designed to provide investigators from regulatory authorities, investigative agencies, private industry, and potential parties to an… Read more »

Source: NTSB, 25-May-10

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UK AAIB Bulletin – May 2010

UK AAIB Bulletin – May 2010

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accidents of:- Agusta A109E, G-TYCN at Blandford Forum, Dorset on 18th January 2010

Source: AAIB, 18-May-10

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UK AAIB Bulletin – April 2010

UK AAIB Bulletin – April 2010

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accidents of:- Robinson R22 Beta, G-TOMM at Redhill Aerodrome, Surrey on 12-Oct-09 Robinson R44 Astro, G-WEMS at Shobdon Airfield, Herefordshire oin 15-Nov-09

Source: AAIB, 11-May-10

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UK AAIB Bulletin – March 2010

UK AAIB Bulletin – March 2010

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accidents of:- Robinson R44 Raven G-CDXB at Culter Helipad, Aberdeenshire on 07-Oct-09 Robinson R44 Raven II G-TIMC at Barnsdale Hotel, near Rutland Water, Rutland on 27-Sep-09 Rotorway Executive 162F G-JONG at 1.5 miles East of Bullington Cross on… Read more »

Source: AAIB, 13-Mar-10

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UK AAIB Bulletin – February 2010

UK AAIB Bulletin – February 2010

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accidents of:- Robinson R44 Clipper G-DBUG at Welshpool Airport, Powys on 09-Jul-09 Robinson R44 Raven G-EKKO at Swansea Airport on 29-Mar-09

Source: AAIB, 13-Feb-10

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UK AAIB Bulletin – January 2010

UK AAIB Bulletin – January 2010

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released.  This month’s issue covers the accidents of:- Agusta A109A II, G-ELTE – at Redhill Aerodrome, Surry on 02-May-08 Eurocopter EC135 T1, G-CCAU – at Hindlip Hall, Hindlip, Worcestershire on 04-Dec-08

Source: AAIB, 18-Jan-10

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