On May 2, 2017, about 0635 central daylight time, a Bell 407 made a precautionary landing at Grand Bay receiving station in the Gulf of Mexico, near Boothville, Louisiana, after the pilot noticed a vibration in-flight. VMC prevailed at the time of the accident.The non-scheduled domestic passenger flight was being conducted under the provisions of Title 14 CFR Part 135, and a company VFR flight plan had been filed and activated. The pilot and four passengers on board the helicopter were not injured.The cross-country flight originated from Boothville (LS08), Louisiana, at 0629, and was en route to Main Pass 311A in the Gulf of Mexico when the accident occurred.
The pilot had noticed a vibration in-flight and landed the helicopter on the oil platform. As he was shutting down the engine, the vibration worsened and he completed the shutdown using the rotor brake. Post-accident inspection revealed a tip cap had separated from one of the tail rotor blades, and cracks were noted on the tail rotor gear box, mounting hardware, and tail boom, all considered to be substantial damage.
EMS helicopter “went down in dense fog in an area known to have overhead powerlines”, killing all four on board – pilot, flight nurse, flight paramedic and patient
Helicopter was landing at a gravel pit near a hunting camp. While manoeuvring to land to refuel the helicopter, the tail rotor struck a fuel drum. The rotor blade was destroyed, the tail rotor drive train was damaged and one main rotor blade was damaged by debris. The helicopter landed safely and the pilot, the sole occupant, was not injured.
helicopter went down in the Chinese city of Chongqing on Sunday, killing all four on board, including two cameramen Jiang Ya and Song Hao’en from Chongqing Broadcasting Group, a local satellite TV station.
Transporting 6 workers from the Bobbie Burns lodge when the engine lost power. The pilot carried out an emergency landing to an area of new growth trees. The landing with low rotor rpm was hard, but the helicopter stayed upright. The tail section of the helicopter was struck by a main rotor blade and severed. The pilot and 2 passengers had no injuries, 3 passengers had minor injuries and 1 incurred a serious injury. CADORS 2015P1390
conducting heliski operations with one pilot and five passengers aboard. During a run-on downwind landing, the main rotor contacted the helicopters tail boom. The tail rotor driveshaft cover was damaged and the tail rotor driveshaft was creased. The aircraft’s vertical winglets were also struck by the main rotor blades. The helicopter’s occupants were not injured. CADORS 2015P0188
Aircraft on approach to landing was flown to the right of centerline for landing at the base helipad. Fuel tank is installed right of the helipad. At approximately 10ft AGL, main rotor blades contacted fuel tank obstruction light. Pilot maneuvered aircrat to the left, landing on the center of the helipad. No injuries to 3 POB
Bird strike, penetrating the windshield, which shattered – causing only minor injury to the front-seat passenger. Note – wrongly reported elsewhere as N410TD. N409TD confirmed by FAA report and this news story which refers to the ATC call “zero nine tango delta”. pilot made an emergency landing at the West 30th St. HP
While en route from Tegucigalpa to Juticalpa, an inflight problem led to emergency landing, during which main rotor blades sliced tail boom. Helicopter landed upright on its skids in a field of long grass. One passenger was Honduras’ ruling party presidential candidate, Juan Hernandez
Legislator Margarita Ferra de Bartol died of her wounds in hospital, while San Juan Governor Jose Luis Gioja suffered several bruises. Three other passengers were also injured. This video shows brownout conditions at low level, then a flash as the helicopter contacts with powerlines. Initial accident report here
Ditched near offshore rig – the pilot and two passengers had minor injuries and were airlifted to Thibodaux General Medical Center for treatment. Helicopter destroyed – see photo after recovery onto ship
Lower chip detector plug was found out of the locked detent position and had slightly ?backed out? of the housing. This condition will cause a disruption of oil flow through the transmission oil pump and therefore a loss of oil pressure. Enroute from Page Municipal Airport (KPGA) to Kane County Hospital in Kanab, Utah
Accident situation unknown. Helicopter operating on Disaster Relief Operations with Uttarakhand Government. Operator reported it was en route from Kedarnath to Guptkashi at about 1530 hrs. Later update said it was weather related. Fatalities named here as Pilot J. S. Dhaliwal and technician Abhay Ranjan
We have a recent report in of an emergency landing at 10.28pm of an EMS helicopter near the junction of New River and Cross Mountain roads in New River, Arizona – northern outskirts of Phoenix. Air Methods operating for “Guardian Air”
Three killed in night time accident north of Ventura – pilot Gene Grell, nurse Shelly Lair-Langenbau and paramedic Russell Piehl. Reports state it was the helicopter based at Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa. Post impact fire. Was en route from Mason City to Emmetsburg.
Damaged in emergency landing near Vaishno Devi shrine – remaining mostly undamaged and relatively upright into the trees/shrubs into which it fell. Minor injuries to 7 POB, named as pilot A S Parmar and passengers Anita Puri, Meenakshi, Arun Kumar, Arti Devi, Raj Rani and Chetan Kumar. Sources vary, but most report a technical issue shortly after take-off and the pilot electing to put the helicopter down asap.
Force landing after striking power lines. Wire strike system successfully cut cables and helicopter landed safely. This report suggests that the helicopter was flying at 80-100 ft altitude, and thus the crew “were acting outside the scope of their employment and in violation of Federal Aviation Regulations, company operational specifications and policies.”
Chin window damaged by patient trolley and helicopter taken out of service until new parts fitted. Life Link III operate five Bell 407s – N404LL through N408LL so presumably one of these was the subject aircraft
Available photos give no clues as the trees are likely to have had a significant effect on the level of damage. Weather reports include both rain and fog with visibility of less than a quarter of a mile. Pilot William Ellsworth and passenger Tighe Sulllivan were killed. The other passenger Stephen Barral survived but is in a critical condition
Crashed into lake after contacting zip wire which spans the lake.Â One drowned (named as Daniel Segundo Martinez), four survived.Â Helicopter was being used to capture video footage of the lake for use on a television program
State Police Trooper/pilot Trooper Thomas A. Shultz, 41, was injured in a very heavy landing after “he experienced an in-flight mechanical emergency.”Â Photo shows skids splayed out after landing in a wooded area
Crashed into lake shortly after take-off around 10.20pm – after dropping off six passengers at helicopter owner’s home.Â Sole occupant pilot was named in local press as Bill R. Starnes, 64 (see obituary)
Helicopter went AOG for unknown reason and was roaded out from field landing.Â We are 99% sure this was N911KX, although the press photo shows the registration etc all covered up.Â Compare to this photo of N911KX which is known to be based in Iowa.
Helicopter was fire-bombed while parked on the helipad outside Verde Valley Medical Center.Â Alleged that a beer bottle filled with fuel was thrown into cockpit – photos show extensive fire damage in that area
Substantially damaged landing on gravel road around 3am local time after experiencing engine trouble on positioning flight after refuelling.Â Sole occupant pilot not injured.
While en route to a medical emergency at Steele, LifeSaver 1 from Birmingham was struck by a goose and landed in the parking lot at Margaret Elementary School.
** NOTE ** Registration is assumed from operator website. Â The FAA repors code “LSV1” which refers to “LifeSaver 1” and recent photos on the LifeSaver 1 facebook pageÂ show N124AM
Emergency landing in wooded area.Â Helicopter ended up on its skids with its nose against a wall,Â narrowly missing a convenience store.Â Pilot and copilot both both injured
Helicopter struck wires and crashed into the icy waters of the River Volga, killing the pilot.Â The helicopter was inverted and half under the ice with the pilot (named as Igor Sevbo) trapped inside.Â Helicopter lifted out by Mil Mi-8 airlift
On February 21, 2012, about 1400 central standard time, a Bell 407 helicopter, XA-JMB, had a loss of engine power and impacted terrain near Loma Bonita, Veracruz, Mexico. The commercial pilot, who was the sole occupant, was seriously injured. The helicopter was substantially damaged and was operated by Heliservicio Campeche S.A. de C.V. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed. The local flight and had departed from Veracruz, Mexico.
Damaged in hangar prior to being put into service.Â Fixed wing aircraft manoevred and struck helicopter twice, causing two long scratches, which are reported as “relatively minor” were then covered up using a marker pen.Â All activity caught on hangar video surveillance.Â Gadsden Police on the case
Fatal crash while on geological mission on Nelson Glacier.Â Aircraft remains found at 5,100ft altitude.Â Victims later named by RCMP as 35 year old pilot Randy Lambert from Abbotsford, 40 year old Colin Dionne from Powell River and 32 year old Mathieu Lefebvre-Masse from Lund BC
Helicopter was on electricity line survey when it went down at the crest of the mountain of Puerto Angulo, in a rocky and inaccessible by land vehicle.Â Locals reported a fire and the authorities later confirmed two fatalities.Â Foggy weather conditions may have contributed