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07-Nov-17 N93PH Bell 206B Rolling Fork, US-Mississippi

Force landing during aerial application work.

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08-Nov-17 N275AE Bell 206L3 Union City, US-Tennessee

Air Evac Lifeteam aircraft had in-air problem on approach to the local 911 centre and put down in a hurry.  Power lines cut – not known if that was cause or effect of the heavy landing. Helicopter ended up on its skids, tail boom creased, main blades missing, upper part of tail bent and significant damage in area of rotor head, starboard windshield broken – see photo

3 POB to hospital but no serious injuries reported

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05-Nov-17 N522RL Bell 407 Rig MP281, US-Gulf of Mexico

Bird strike en route to offshore rig

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20-Aug-17 N9526 Bell 47G2A St Marys, US-Pennsylvania

Heavy field landing after reported engine failure.  Little/no damage to tail boom suggests mainly vertical impact, although main blades broken at the rotorhead.  Aircraft is registered to James Delullo at an address in the same town as the accident location.

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10-Aug-17 7T-WU? Bell 206L Douira, Algeria (4F)

Helicopter crashed on a photo survey flight – it was chartered by the National Agency for Studies and Follow-up on Railways Investment, who were conducting cartography of the new railway line linking Algiers downtown to the western suburb of Zeralda.  Images show the helicopter completely burnt out.

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10-Jun-17 B-31118 Bell 206B Fengbin, Taiwan (3F)

Helicopter took off at 1046 from Taidong for an aerial photography mission at Fengbin Township, Hualien County. At around 1220, the helicopter was loss of contact and crashed at Fengbin Township, Hualien County. One pilot and two aerial photographers aboard were killed – one was named as Chi Po-Lin, an acclaimed film director.  Helicopter almost completely burnt out

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10-Jun-17 VH-ONE Bell 206B Avalon, Australia

Successful emergency landing in public park after engine problems.  Helicopter not damaged, all passengers safe.  Helicopter was on a tour flight from Mascot to Palm Beach

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25-May-17 N11FX Bell UH-1 Höfen, Austria

While landing after an aerobatic demo flight, the rotor blades came into contact with a building and the tail rotor gearbox separated from the aircraft.  Subsequent small fire was put out and helicopter written off on the helipad.  Pilot Siegfried Schwarz

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23-May-17 XB-LUB Bel 47D Amacuzac, Mexico (1F)

Helicopter crashed during mosquito control operations, and burnt out in the following fire.  Sole occupant pilot died in the accident

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23-May-17 Bell UH-1 Naccache, Lebanon

Emergency landing made on a road; Photo shows helicopter apparently intact and complete, with no damage

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18-May-17 N6040Y Bell 407 Fort Worth, US-Texas

FAA reported substantially damaged after hard landing on training flight – aircraft operated by Bell Helicopter Training Academy

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13-May-17 Bell 407 Mosul, Iraq

Helicopter shot down from ground fire.  Reports do not agree as to whether the two occupants were fatally injured or not.  In one report, a Bell 407 is shown with holes in the front windscreen

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13-May-17 D-HHFW Bell 206B Hirtshals, Denmark

While being transported, the trailer carrying the helicopter started to fishtail from the towing vehicle – causing the helicopter to work free of the straps/cables holding it in place, and the trailer finally turned over, causing significant damage to the helicopter

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10-May-17 OM-BYM Bell 429 Vyšnej Šebastová, Slovakia (2F)

4POB – two firefighters, who were fatally injured, and two police.  The fatalities were named as Peter Toďor, who died at the scene, and Radoslava Lacka, who died a little time later in hospital.  Reported as a training flight and helicopter spiralled down from 100-200m altitude to a very heavy landing.

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10-May-17 D-HAFB Westland-Bell 47 Pertisau, Austria (2F)

Crashed and burnt out killing both on board, after reportedly hitting the cables of a material cableway.  According to a report in the Tyrolean edition of the “Kronen Zeitung”, Peter H. (55) from Tulfes and Richard G. (52) from Hall.

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07-May-17 Bell 206 Waterloo, US-Illinois

Helicopter involved in low level agricultural work, clipped wires and came down into the field.  Pilot walked away

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04-May-17 Bell UH-1D Tanay, Philippines (3F)

Encountered engine trouble while on a landing approach inside the headquarters of the Philippine Army’s 2nd Infantry Divisiion in Sitio Hilltop, Barangay Sampaloc, Camp Capinpin in Tanay.  Helicopter crashed and burned out in a wooded area

The helicopter was taking part in a disaster rescue operation training course involving 60 soldiers from the 2nd Infantry Division and 12 policemen from Calabarzon in Region-4 with Camp Capinpin as venue.

3 fatalities from 4 POB

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02-May-17 N457PH Bell 407 Grand Bay, US-Gulf of Mexico

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.

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02-May-17 N911GE Bell 206B Fort McCoy, US-Florida

A Marion County Sheriff’s Office helicopter that was assisting the Florida Forest Service and Marion County Fire Rescue with active brush fires crashed while dipping a bucket for water in a lake.  Pilot is named in press reports as Sgt. John Rawls

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21-May-16 C-GSHX Bell 206L4 North West Territories, Canada

A Great Slave Helicopter Bell 206L-4 (C-GSHX) rolled over when pilot exited helicopter to unhook sling load. The pilot contacted Ektaki, NT (CYOA) radio.

CADORS 2016C1746

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04-May-16 C-GOPK Bell 206B Fort St James, Canada

C-GOPK, a Highland Helicopters Bell 206 B departed Williams Lake (CYWL) and was carrying out scanning operations over a logged area about 112 nm NW of Prince George when the helicopter spun to the left and descended into the ground. The helicopter was destroyed, the pilot was injured, but the 2 passengers appeared to have no injuries. All 3 were taken to hospital in Fort St. James, BC. There was no post impact fire. The 406 Emergency Locator Transmitter activated

CADORS 2016P0618

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25-Mar-16 VH-WHU Bell 206B Mackay, Australia (1F)

The ATSB is investigating a fatal accident involving a Bell 206B helicopter accident near Camila, Queensland on 25 March 2016.

During crop spraying operations, the helicopter struck powerlines before colliding with terrain. The pilot was fatally injured and the helicopter was destroyed by post-impact fire.

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24-Mar-16 C-GGQL Bell 206B Port Renfrew, Canada

C-GGQL, a Far West Helicopters Bell 206B, was departing with two passengers on board off a helipad at an elevation of about 2500 feet ASL, 4 nautical miles north of Port Renfrew, BC. During the vertical ascent to rise above tree height, the torque gauge was indicating about 90-95%. Upon reaching an estimated 100-150 feet, the rotor RPM (Nr) was down to about 97%. The pilot reduced the collective slightly in an attempt to recover to 100% Nr. When the RPM did not recover, the ascent was stopped (at tree top height, approximately 200-250 feet) and the pilot immediately initiated a descent back towards the helipad. Almost immediately, the rotor RPM had decreased to 90% Nr and the low rotor RPM caution light and horn activated. The landing was hard, the left skid wedged under a helipad log and tilted backward. The main rotor blades struck the ground as the throttle was being rolled off and the helicopter came to rest on its right side. The occupants were not injured and evacuated unassisted.

CADORS 2016P0405

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11-Feb-15 G-OAMI Bell 206B Booker, UK

Date is not confirmed but is between 4th February and 11th when it was transported from Booker (Wycombe Air Park) by road.

Substantially damaged in heavy landing with 5 on board.  Industry sources indicate that the tail boom was badly damaged in the autorotation landing.

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31-Jan-16 N215KA Bell 212 Nakusp, Canada

The pilot was attempting to land on a marked heliski landing site on a ski run called “Nicole”. This was the second landing of the day at this location; the helicopter was carrying 10 guests, 2 guides and the pilot. The first approach was abandoned due to skiers from a previous group waiting on the landing site. On the second approach, visibility was reduced in fog and blown-up snow. The pilot still had the site markers and skiers in sight when it became apparent that the helicopter could not come to a complete hover and touch down would result in a run-on landing. The helicopter touched down on the pilot’s right-hand side due to skiers near the left side of the site. With some forward momentum and sloping ground to the right, the helicopter’s right-side skid dug into the soft snow, resulting in the helicopter rolling over to the right side. The pilot pulled both fire T-handles and exited the aircraft while the guides were assisting guests out from the back seats. There were no injuries or fire.

CADORS 2016P0091

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20-Jan-16 C-GOFH Bell 206L-1 Twin Lakes Camp, Canada

The Custom Helicopters Bell 206L-1, C-GOFH, was hovering prior to touchdown at a remote camp in north eastern Manitoba when an unsecured canvas portion of a Quonset hut was blown into the rotor disc. The aircraft landed without further incident. The helicopter sustained damage to one rotor blade and will remain on location pending inspection and repair.

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10-Dec-15 N408FC Bell 407 McFarland, US-California (4F)

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

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27-Oct-15 C-GIFY Bell 206 Kinley, Canada (1F)

1976 Bell 206 crashed into a farm field after reporting severe icing.  En route from Calgary to Saskatoon

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25-Oct-15 FAH-977 Bell 412EP Ocotepeque, Honduras

On second attempt to take off, helicopter gained height very slowly and caught some wires, causing it to crash.  Three on board injured. Later report gave those on board as Victor Sosa (pilot), Ariel Murillo (copilot), Ariel Soriano (commander), and paratroopers; Oscar Matamoros (captain), Deivy Ayestas, Alfonso Mejia, Daniel Korea and Fabricio Flores.

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18-Oct-15 N73224 Bell 47G3B Searchlight, US-Nevada

70 year old pilot Richard Dick was reportedly rounding up cattle at low level in windy conditions, when a gust caused him to crash

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15-Oct-15 Bell Hc – Mong Kua, Thailand

Developed an engine problem and was forced to put down in a banana plantation.  Helicopter damaged, extent unknown

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06-Oct-15 XC-VER Bell 430 Emiliano Zapata, Mexico (2F)

Crashed and caught fire, killing both pilots – named as David Barrera and Fausto Calderón

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05-Oct-15 PNC-073 Bell UH-1H Puerto Gaitan, Colombia (6F)

Crashed and burned out after reported loss of hydraulics led to loss of tail rotor control and an emergency landing.  Six fatalities named as Pilot Javier Arias F, copilot Germán David Beltrán;  Col. Carlos Alberto Melendez, police commander for Meta region, along with colleagues Jeison Alejandro García and Luís Felipe Nieva Gómez, plus one other not named

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05-Oct-15 ZS-HDW Bell 206B Senwabarwana, South Africa (2F)

Helicopter was involved in installing an antenna, when it crashed and completely burnt out. Most reports say it hit a pole, but not clear if that was before or after it “experienced difficulties”.

Two fatalities and three serious injuries, including those on the ground hit by debris.  The two fatalities were named as pilot David Boul and passenger Ronald Matsunga, and a third who reportedly jumped from the helicopter named as Phineas Sekwela

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25-Sep-15 C-FTJU Bell 407 Goose Bay, Canada

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.

CADORS 2015A0947

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14-Sep-15 Agusta-Bell 205 Sinazongwe, Zambia

Helicopter ended on its port side.  5 POB, three with minor injuries and the other two to hospital.

Note, accident date was 14th not 15th (as reported elsewhere) – reports did not emerge until 15th as this flight was reportedly a private flight for the Defence Minister and not officially sanctioned.

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13-Sep-15 Bell 407GX Hucao, China (4F)

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.

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09-Sep-15 YV-2349 Bell 206B Curiapo, Venezuela

Pilot encountered some sort of issue and reportedly landed away from a built-up area by crashing into the Orinoco River.  That said, there apepars to have been more than that as the main blades and rotorhead are ripped off.  The 2 POB named as Ceylan Orestes Requena Piña and Rafael José Aguirre Aguilera were safe with little/no injuries – the latter is described in some reports as an instructor, so this could have been a training flight

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06-Sep-15 I-CFAC Agusta-Bell 412EP Montecristo, Italy

Helicopter crashed heavily onto a sloping rock face, seriously injuring the pilot.  The other two POB only had minor injuries

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02-Sep-15 C-GYBK Bell 206B Sept Iles, Canada (2F)

Heilcopter with 5 POB went down on a wide rock adjacent to a river, with the tail boom detached. Two fatalities, three seriously injured

Blandine Pinette-Fontaine and Pierre-Michel Fontaine have been identified by the Quebec coroner as the two fatalities.  The pilot was reported as Gabriel Turbide

CADORS 2015Q1696

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18-Aug-15 N5743W Bell 206 Cresco, US-Iowa

According to the pilot, he departed with 25 gallons of fuel and 80 gallons of chemical to spray a bean field near Cresco. About 5 minutes into the application, the engine lost power and the pilot initiated an autorotation to a water way on the side of a hill. Upon touchdown on the uneven terrain, the main rotor blades contacted and severed the tailboom. The pilot shutdown and exited the helicopter.

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15-Aug-15 XC-VVE Bell 429 Balleza, Mexico

Crashed from a reported 5m altitude and subsequenty consumed by fire.  VVIP on board – Chihuahua State Governor Cesar Duarte; his wife, Lady Bertha Gómez Duarte; journalist Lolita Ayala; two of his aides and a security element. The passengers and crew were taken to the General Hospital of Parral for evaluation – and early reports stated “injuries, but not life threatening”

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15-Aug-15 N120LA Bell 412EP Whittier, US-California

Emergency landing in a cemetery, during which the main blades sliced the tail boom off.  Helicopter substantially damaged but remained on its skids

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14-Aug-15 N485AE Bell 407 San Antonio, US-Texas

Struck lower tail fin on concrete curb while repositioning after refuelling

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14-Aug-15 N15HX Bell 205A-1 La Verne, US-California

Struck powerlines and made a controlled landing in Angeles National Forest.  Substantially damaged

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11-Aug-15 N74823 Bell 47D1 Clanton, US-Alabama

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03-Aug-15 N4002G Bell 47G3B1 Camden, US-Alabama

The pilot reported that when he was at 300 feet altitude and half a mile out on approach, the hydraulics to the controls went out and they became very stiff. He elected to continue the approach into the landing zone. During the landing touchdown, the heel of the left skid struck a berm, rocking the helicopter forward. Subsequently the toe of the right skid struck the ground causing the helicopter to oscillate and start to roll to the left. The pilot attempted to correct, but the helicopter continued to rollover until it impacted the ground.

As the pilot evacuated the cockpit, he turned off the fuel and electrical equipment. Fuel was pouring out of the right tank into the area around the cockpit and engine. As he walked away he heard “crackling, popping, then a whoosh.” as the fuel ignited.

An inspector with the FAA responded to the accident site and examined the wreckage. The cockpit was consumed by the post impact fire and there was fire damage to the engine and transmission components. The tail boom remained attached to the fuselage, but was bent mid span. Both rotor blades were fire damaged near the rotor head and exhibited strike damage further out that occurred during the accident sequence.

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24-Jul-15 C-FNOB Bell 407 Bugaboo Provincial Park, Canada

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

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24-Jul-15 N1396X Bell 47G.4A Gilbert, US-Iowa

Substantially damaged after force landing in a field during aerial application work

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20-Jul-15 N121PT Bell UH-1H Walla Walla, US-Washington

Press “pilot walked away from an emergency landing”.  FAA “Aircraft destroyed”.  Firefighting ops.

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11-Jul-15 C-FWTK Bell 412 Slave Lake, Canada

Crashed on firefighting ops, pilot to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries

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09-Jul-15 Bell 407 Jiangde, China (2F)

2 fatal and 5 injured when helicopter of State Grid General Aviation Company crashed at Tongyong Airport.  Photo shows helicopter missing one blade – another photo here

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08-Jul-15 N3QY Bell 206L4 Sacramento, US-California

Force landed on school property.  FAA has no other details, but industry forum suggesting engine failure.  Helicopter is operated by TV station KCRA

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28-Jun-15 N311RL Bell 407 Platform 127, US-Gulf of Mexico

“Blown off the side of the platform” during run-up on offshore rig. 1 minor injury

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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 Game Fair based at Pembrey Country Park.  Registration assumed as it is the only helicopter operated by Fly Heli Wales – and the event website referred to a JetRanger being used for tour flights

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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 be sprayed and observed that the helicopter had crashed on a road near a field. Neither ground crewmen witnessed the crash but stated that the fog was thick and visibility was between 10 and 20 feet at the time of the accident.

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08-Jun-15 N501PH Bell 407 Fresh Water City, US-Louisiana

Emergency landing in marsh area.  Boom damaged

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08-Jun-15 N911NV Bell UH-1H Washoe Valley, US-Nevada

Main blades clipped trees.  Landed without further incident

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06-Jun-15 G-RAMY Bell 206B Baldwin Valley, Isle of Man (1F)

Crashed in open field close to the Isle of Man TT motorbike race course.  Racing had been suspended for the whole day due to weather – quoted wind gusts of up to 60 mph.  1 fatality confirmed by Isle of Man Police in this statement.  Photos show wreckage confined to a small area, later named as Matthew Chapman

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31-May-15 N462CC Bell UH-1B Minam Lodge Cove, US-Oregon

Substantially damaged in heavy landing

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29-May-15 MOH-2 Bell 430 Abdali, Kuwait

Date assumed from Facebook posting.  Stone strike shattered co-pilot wind shield.  Inside layer of the laminated glass prevented it falling through into the cockpit.

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29-May-15 N206ED Bell 206B Caledonia, US-Michegan

Emergency situation led pilot Ken Wilson to put the helicopter down into trees – and it came to rest in the branches 40 feet from the ground.  Wilson and passenger Raymond Osan III – working on low level powerlines – were able to get out of the helicopter into the trees, from which they were rescued.  The pilot, during a TV interview, said it was an operational emergency and nothing to do with the helicopter itself.

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28-May-15 9M-LLM Bell 206B Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

Solo student pilot lost control on landing and helicopter ended up on its starboard side.  Pilot named here as Fatin Nadeera Mohamad Jeffrey.  Post crash fire extinquished by airport fire crew

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28-May-15 C-GJID Bell 206 Cochrane, Canada

The Expedition Helicopters Bell 206B (C-GJID) was flying with a pilot and three passengers. The passengers were checking land claims and were dropped off before the helicopter proceeded to an area where it landed and waited for the passengers. The ground was soft and the pilot landed with caution to ensure the skid gear would not sink into the soft ground. When the pilot received the call to pick up the passengers, the helicopter was started and as the pilot applied collective to lift off, he turned back to look at his skid gear to verify they weren’t stuck. The pilot felt the helicopter rolling to the right and applied opposite cyclic control. The recovered attempt was unsuccessful and the aircraft came to rest on its right side. The pilot secured the aircraft by selecting; the fuel valve to the off position, battery off, and pulled the boost pump circuit breakers. The pilot evacuated the aircraft and after waiting a few minutes to make sure there was no fire, returned to the aircraft and removed the first aid kit and satellite phone. The pilot contacted the company which dispatched a helicopter to the accident site to pick up the pilot.

CADORS 2015O1072

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11-May-15 Bell AH-1W South Gate, US-California

Emergency landing Monday in the bed of the Los Angeles River near South Gate due to electrical problem.  No injuries to 2 POB or damage to the helicopter.  Military registration not known, but carries squadron code 423 by the nose

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22-Apr-15 ZU-UHI Bell UH-1 Bainskloof, South Africa (2F)

Firefighting helicopter crashes with two fatalities – named later as pilot Darrell Rea and crew Jastin Visagie.  Further details to follow and registration awaiting final confirmation – another source is quoting ZS-HBU (4491)

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21-Apr-15 HA-5066 Bell 205A1 Ahmad Yani, Indonesia

Photos show UH-1 after very heavy landing, upright but skids partially collapsed. Main blades appear complete and still attached to rotorhead.

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13-Apr-15 Bell 206B Lezhi, China (1F)

Crashed, killing the pilot, after hitting powerlines while spraying at low level.  Part of the boom, including the stabilizer and tail, remained attached to the powerline

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10-Apr-15 5N-GEJ Bell 412EP Lagos, Nigeria

Nigerian Police helicopter crashed at the main Lagos Airport close to the VIP area. Helicopter may be used for presidential work and has been referred to in some reports as a “presidential helicopter”. 4 POB – pilot, copilot and two NAF employees – all injured but not seriously

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06-Apr-15 C-GSIT Bell 205A.1 Key Lake, Canada

After landing, the pilot exited the helicopter with the engine running to attach a longline. The force trim was not set, and the aircraft started to spin and rotated off the helipad with nobody onboard. The aircraft collided with a metal container that was located by the helipad causing substantial damage to the boom, left skid and to the left side of the airframe. There were no injuries.

CADORS 2015C1237

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31-Mar-15 CC-APP Bell 206L4 Diego de Almagro, Chile (4F)

Crashed in mountainous area with the loss of all 4 POB. The helicopter was transporting workers sent to restore water service to the tens of thousands of people left without drinking water after the floods.  Pilot Pedro Pablo Aldunate Arriola was married to a cousin of Chilean President Michelle Bachelet.

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30-Mar-15 N50KH Bell 206L.1 Saucier, US-Mississippi (2F)

Helicopter down with two fatalities (named here as Steve Cobb and pilot Brandon Ricks) and one serious injury (Brendan Mullen). Bell 206L1 was contracted to US Forestry Service and the crew were working on a prescribed burn of 800 acres in the Desoto National Forest.

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27-Mar-15 C-GVHA Bell 47G.2 Chilliwack, Canada

1 POB with minor injuries.  CADORS 2015P0442

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27-Mar-15 163220 Bell TH-57B Pensacola, US-Florida

US Navy TH-57B rolled over onto its starboard side during a night training flight.  Instructor and student not seriously injured

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25-Mar-15 Bell UH-1 Sanaa, Yemen

Destroyed in reported Saudi air attack on hangar at Al-Dailami air base.  Photo shows Bell 412 on the left of this image

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