Firefighting operations and helicopter hit powerlines, causing it to crash to the ground. Sole occupant pilot, named as Americo Sousa age 51, suffered fatal injuries
Firefighting operations and helicopter hit powerlines, causing it to crash to the ground. Sole occupant pilot, named as Americo Sousa age 51, suffered fatal injuries
Crashed into the sea during artillery exercise, after colliding with the Bulgarian Navy Wielingen-class Drazki 41 frigate. Pilot (named as Captain Georgi Atanasov) later died in hospital, with the other two occupants seriously injured but stable. Serial confirmed in this article
During hoist operations with the rescuer and two patients being lifted, the wire separated from the helicopter causing all three to plunge into a ravine. The police rescuer age 28 and a woman aged 48 died from their injuries and a 47 year old man is seriously injured. It is unknown why the wire separated from the helicopter
The police report of the accident says there were strong winds and the bad weather.
Crashed after hitting high voltage wires shortly after take-off (one report says three minutes after take off). All 13 POB deceased. DHA news agency is reported as saying the helicopter was carrying a delegation, headed by a major-general, which was inspecting the Senoba region.
All 13 POB deceased, named as 23rd Border Division Command Major General Aydoğan Aydın, Colonel Oğuzhan Küçükdemir, Colonel Gökhan Peker, Colonel Songül Yakut, Major Koray Onay, Captain İlker Acar, Captain Nuri Şener, Pilot Captain Serhat Sığınak , Pilot Lieutenant Alldmüttalip Kesikbaş, Chief Sergeant Mehmet Erdogan, Technical Sergeant Fevzi Kıral, Sergeant Zeki Koç, and Infantry Specialist Sergeant Hakan İncekal
French Navy Dauphin made a wheels up landing on the runway, with the helicopter remaining upright on its belly. Three POB not injured
The French Navy have two examples based at Papeete/Tahiti-Faaa (PPT / NTAA), serialled 6872 and 6928
Helicopter was flying from Manekpur in Valsad to Himmatnagar when the engine reportedly heated up. Successful safe emergency landing made. VVIP – the Chief Minister of Gujarat (Vijay Rupani) was on board. The actual helicopter involved has not yet been identified and may have been a replacement in any case – after other issues with the CM’s helicopter earlier in the year.
Rupani was travelling with his personal secretary Shailesh Mandaliya
Registration assumed from a photo of the CM’s helicopter posted online by the Gujerati Government
Air ambulance on training flight. Crash shortly after take off, killing the pilot. No patients or medical crew were on board. Pilot named as Michael Murphy
Helicopter was flying from Santiago (Veraguas Province) to Panama Pacifico airport in the capital city, and was impacted by a flock of birds causing a loss of thrust in its tail rotor. Am Emergency landing was made at Punta Chame, which resulted in the helicopter being on its port side on the edge of the beach.
Pilot named as Major Oriel Reyes, was returning after completing a humanitarian SAR mission with the Joint Task Force, including the National Civil Protection System (SINAPROC) and other SAR Aircraft Units. Helicopter registration was given in Panamanian Navy press release.
Passengers were named as Commissioner Belisario Bonini and Sergeant Primero Augusto Sánchez
Emergency landing after the autopilot system failed and a crew member smelled something electrical burning. Helicopter removed from site by road back to base at CGAS San Francisco
While in cruise flight at 3000 MSL, a “loud bang” was heard with a secondary “loud rushing” noise. The pilot verified no flight control or system malfunction and initiated a precautionary landing to nearest suitable landing area. After landing, a post-flight inspection revealed a broken copilot chin bubble with bird remains. No occupant was seated in the co-pilot seat at time of incident. The crew was in the cabin area, attending to patient care. No injuries were sustained from the incident and no additional aircraft damage was noted.
Flight program = Indiana University Health LifeLine
NOTE – report quotes operator as Metro Aviation, but this aircraft was re-registered to Air Methods in March 2017.
During landing phase, helicopter fell on its port side, killing the pilot. 3 of the 5 passengers were slightly injured. Pilot named in prelim accident report as Schweizer Bürger
Ended up in the water next to the superyacht it is based on – MY Bacarella after the helicopter’s downdraft caused a loose tarpaulin to rise up into the rotors shortly before touchdown, and evasive action by the pilot steered the helicopter away from the boat and into the water alongside. Three POB, one seriously injured, two with minor injuries. One occupant, Quentin Smith, named the seriously injured colleague as David Tang in this television interview and the third occupant as Charles without giving a surname. Hong Kong press later named the third occupant as Charles Chan, chairman of media company TVB
Accident timed at 21.24 local time
Landed on its port side with minimal damage to anything on the starboard side (stabiliser, tail rotor), although starboard skid somewhat bent. Possible dynamic roll-over. 3 POB all to hospital, one with life-threatening injuries
Sole occupant pilot Rick Lucas experienced tail rotor failure and helicopter started to spin so he elected to ditch it in the shallow waters of Porirua Harbour, N of Wellington
After hearing a loud noise at an altitude of 3500ft, the pilot commenced autorotation and landed in a field without further apparent damage. Once on the ground, damage was found to a tail rotor control cable
N914ET was on the return trip back to their base when they had a bird strike. They diverted to a local airport to do a precautionary landing and check for damages. No injuries were associated with this incident. There was no damage noted by the pilot or crew. The aircraft returned to base without further incident.
Main rotor blades and hub reportedly detached in flight, and a video online purports to show this subsystem spinning down to earth. The remainder of the helicopter descended at high rate, impacting rocky ground with 13 fatalities on impact and being consumed in the post-impact fire. The helicopter was being operated for Statoil, and en route from the Gullfaks B platform to Bergen Airport
C-FBLW, a TRK Helicopters Aerospatiale AS350 BA helicopter, was operated under contract to SKEENA Heli-Ski from the Bear Creek Lodge, BC, about 82 nautical miles north west of Smithers, BC. The flight was returning to base camp in the late afternoon with a pilot and 6 passengers on board. As the pilot was maneuvering the helicopter close to the steepening terrain, the cyclic control was moved forward. The nose of the helicopter pitched down and the speed increased to Vne (+/-). The pilot then moved the cyclic back and left, however the helicopter rolled right and pitched up. The cyclic stick was difficult to move, and the helicopter collided with terrain on a steep snow covered slope. The main rotor blades cut a swath through the deep snowpack on the left side, and continued to turn until the pilot shut down the engine (Honeywell LTS 101-700D-2) and applied the rotor brake. All occupants appeared uninjured and expedited egress to the left side due to the steep, downhill slope on the right side. The helicopter was substantially damaged, but the ELT was not triggered to send out an emergency signal.
Police helicopter crashed killing two and the third is in a critical condition. More news awaited. D-HVBB registration to be finally confirmed
The privately-registered Eurocopter EC-120B helicopter was on a local VFR flight from Toronto Billy Bishop/Toronto City Centre Airport, ON (CYTZ). The helicopter was being flown in circuits at Brampton Airport, ON (CNC3) when it experienced a loss of power. The helicopter crashed near the southern end of the airport property. Two (2) souls on board — no reported injuries. The helicopter was substantially damaged. Transportation Safety Board (TSB) advised.
Helicopter was conducting fire control work with one crewperson on board. The fire control work included use of a Bambi Bucket to drop water on the fires, slung under the helicopter by a 100 ft long-line. The pilot elected to land the helicopter at Glenbrook helipad to refuel. The helicopter landed with the bucket and line in front of the helicopter, and the fuel drum to the right of the helicopter. The pilot realised that the helicopter’s fuel cap was on the left side and therefore needed to turn the helicopter around to access the fuel drum.
The crewperson exited, stood in front of the helicopter, and took hold of the long-line to ensure it remained clear during the turn. The pilot then lifted the helicopter to about 2 ft above ground level. The crewperson used hand signals to direct the pilot to conduct a right turn, walking to stay in front of the helicopter and remain in the pilot’s sight. After the helicopter had turned around, the crewperson gave the signal to lower the helicopter, which the pilot followed. As the helicopter lowered down, the tail rotor struck the bucket, which was on the ground behind the helicopter. The pilot detected the strike as a vibration through the pedals, and immediately moved the helicopter forward slightly, lowered the collective, and landed.
The tail rotor was damaged; the pilot and crewperson were uninjured.
CHC EC225 made emergency landing following warning light in cockpit. Helicopter was reported as 60 miles out east from Aberdeen to a rig when it turned round and returned to Aberdeen
As a result of a forced landing, the aircraft fell on a banana plantation and suffered substantial damage. Pilot named in this article as Lieutenant Colonel Harold Jimenez of the Army of the Dominican Republic
Aircraft was taken off from Dimapur with 4 passengers onboard and just after 35 minutes of flight the helicopter had made a crash landing. Helicopter rear portion caught fire after landing and destroyed.
A bird is reported to have hit the tail rotor shortly after take-off. While the pilot was trying to make an emergency landing, the helicopter hit power lines, crashed and caught fire. The helicopter was ferrying pilgrims to the Vaishno Devi temple. The seven fatalities were named as pilot Sumita Vijayn from Kerala, Arjun Singh, Mahesh and Vandana from Jammu, Sachin, Akshita (5) and Aaryanjeet from Delhi.
Crashed on a glacier and fell down a crevasse, killing pilot Mitch Gameren, two Australian tourists Sovannmony Leang and Josephine Gibson and four British tourists Nigel Charlton and his wife Cynthia, Andrew Virco and his partner Katharine Walker, head of radiotherapy at a major trauma centre.
It is of particular note that the two visible main blades in most photos (example) are near intact.
Landing on trolley pad went wrong – aircraft tipped back and hit tail on ground twice, then lurched forward and crashed, breaking off the main blades and tail. Lack of tail rotor then started the fuselage spinning on the ground, which it did dozens of times (see track in this video) before gradually coming to a halt and finally catching fire
Both occupants suffered fatal injuries – named as 65-year-old pilot Bruce Allen Erickson (chairman of American Bank – Montana) and 60- year-old passenger Wayne Frank Lewis, his real estate agent.
Just moments before spinning out of control, the pilot is reported as saying to ATC that the ground handler(s) had not chocked the wheeled landing trolley, and thus the downdraft made it a moving target, and could have been contributory to the accident.
This AS350B3 was registered N711BE. The registration is currently showing in FAA records as reserved by Mr Erickson, but not allocated to a given airframe. This is likely to be an admin “pace” issue. N711BE was previously allocated to Mr Erickson’s Bell 407, which he sold recently
The crew was conducting an approach to a landing zone inside of a public safety training center. During the approach, a towel was sucked up into the Fenestron tail rotor system resulting in substantial damage. The towel came out of an unsecured trailer next to the landing zone.
Loss of T/R drive due to failure of air conditioning drive pulley. Instructor pilot completed successful autorotation. Emergency AD followed for all EC120s fitted with a particular type of air conditioning
Crashed in remote area killing all three on board – owner Richard Green, his wife Carolyn and their travelling companion, John Davis, a renowned documentary film-maker.
Mr Green used his helicopter as a “flying camper van” and frequently went to obscure locations – and this meant that a search party was not launched for over 36 hours after the accident occurred.
Crashed into sea on night training flight. Helicopter was operating a training flight for night recency and took-off from rig “WIS”. While landing at “RONTAP MEYER” it met with an accident. After impact ELT was triggered. Cockpit door found at the last known position during SAR.
EMS helicopter reported en route to helicopter accident. Initial reports say four or five on board, most agree on four injured with the pilot needing airlifting
The pilot reported he was conducting an approach in flat light conditions, visibility was decreasing, and during a turn, the right skid impacted terrain. The pilot reported the helicopter then came to rest on its side and he egressed from the cockpit. Substantial damage sustained to the helicopter. The purpose of the flight was to extract a work crew.
Partial loss of engine power during autorotation flare. Hard landing.French report says “substantial damage” but local press report shows
Sightseeing flight – failed to take-off, lost height and rolled over on landing. Only one of the 7 POB was not injured. Registration to be confirmed – Type, Colour scheme and operator match to our records
Helicopter ditched and sank. All three on board were originally reported as rescued by Moroccan military but that later proved incorrect and there were then fears they had been kidnapped after the helicopter was found with an empty liferaft beside it (report). Helicopter was en route from a military exercise in Senegal, bound for the Canary Islands
Crashed and burnt out. Helicopter was being used in support of parliamentary candidate Deo Filikunjombe, who died along with the other three on board. Another parliamentary candidate, Jerry Silaa, posted on his Instagram that his father William Silaa had been the pilot
Two UK RAF servicemen, two US servicemen and one French civilian contractor died in the crash after reportedly striking the cable of a tethered surveillance balloon. The two British fatalitites were named as Flight Lieutenant Geraint Roberts and Flight Lieutenant Alan Scott, while the American pair were named as Major Phyllis Pelky and Master Sgt. Gregory Kuhse
Helicopter crashed into Lake Toba with 5 POB, and one survivor Fransiskus Subihardayan found afloat in the shallow water on the side of the lake two days later. Others on board, missing presumed deceased, have been named as pilot Capt Teguh Mulyanto, crew Hari Poerwantono, and passengers Sugianto (who had chartered the aircraft) and Nurhayanto
Took off from a temporary helipad in Takahama Cho, Fukui Prefecture, Japan at 10:12 Japan Standard Time. During carrying loads externally, wooden frame, about 1.3 m by 0.5 m, was dropped unintentionally at an altitude about 170 m. The frame was found in a car park. No one was injured. The helicopter sustained no damage.
Crashed in a nose-down attitude during firefighting ops. 2 deceased – reported as a 47 year old female pilot with 5000 hrs experience and 31 year old engineer
Took off from a temporary helipad about 11:00 Japan Standard Time to carry liquid concrete in the externally slung bucket with a cargo hook. After unloaded the liquid concrete, the pilot mistakenly operated the cargo hook release switch and the empty bucket, the weight of which was about 210 kg, was dropped unintentionally at an altitude about 240 m AGL. No one was injured. The aircraft sustained no damage.
The pilot was engaged in a private flight, and was accompanied by his wife. After activating the air-conditioning unit during their return flight to FAGC smoke started entering the cockpit/cabin area. The pilot, who had identified an open area below entered into auto-rotational flight in order to land as soon as possible. As they neared the ground he note a game fence in front of them. In order to avoid colliding with the fence he pulled back on the cyclic and allowed the tail stinger to impact hard with the ground, which caused the aft tail boom tail to twist to the left (looking from the aft position) and the tail rotor blades to make contact with the ground, with one of the blades separating from the tail rotor hub assembly. It was found that the air-conditioning drive belt had melted and smoke from the belt was sucked into the cockpit/cabin area.
During a transferring flight of “Odebrecht” Co. personnel, from Quillabamba to Cusco, crossing the Andes Mountains, the Helicopter crashed on a slope surrounding the “Veronica” snowy, destroying it completely. The wreckage was found at an altitude of over 4000m
All five on board died, identified here as Miguel Angel Pinto Panta (pilot), Felix Cardenas Gonzales (airline mechanic), Juan Carlos Lezama Mucching (mechanical Los Andes), Luis Garcia Villanueva Hoses and Nolberto Retarnozo (Odebrecht workers).
Operator Heliflight was reported here as saying the aircraft had 1422.5 flying hours
Helicopter took off at 00h15, the last radio communication with ATC was at 00h30, the flight crew reported to the ATC operation normal. At about 02h00, ATC unable to contact with the helicopter, the dispatcher reported that the helicopter was operating normal. At about 04h32, the CAAC regional office received a report by the local people that a helicopter crashed and caught fire
During an aerial transport, the crew wanted to land near the station of the Bannalp cableway to pick up a container deposited there. During the approach, the helicopter’s tail rotor came in contact with a cable of a small transport cableway. The pilot was able to land the helicopter.
Two of Tignes ski patrol were seriously injured in the crash at 8.15am. There were four trackers on board, in addition to the pilot and a mechanic, to be dropped to reactivate the remote avalanche triggering devices after maintenance period occurred this summer.
A total of five helicopters were damaged by rocks while parked due to an uncontrolled blast 100m away from the pad. Two needed roading to Helitrans main base in Værnes including LN-OFC
Can anyone help us with the registrations of the other four helicopters? If so, email us at [email protected]
Rope became entangled in main rotor during a manoevre with one skid on a rock ledge while hovering, Pilot Kent Harrison made some aggressive manoevres to avoid ground crews nearby, during which the tail hit a nearby cliff face. Helicopter continued spinning, but pilot regained some control and continued to a safer landing zone and made an upright landing
During fire fighting activities, the helicopter, equipped with bambi bucket, immediately after the first water drop experienced control problems. Trying an emergency landing in a nearby area 1 km away, the helicopter in the final phase of the flight, started an abrupt spin and crashed. Helicopter was on contract to Forest Service of Sardinia.
Only minor injuries to pilot Thomas Miola and engineer Cristian Ligas
Ferry flight at approximately 2-300 ft (AGL). Turbulence experienced. Due to an observation on ground, pilot initiated a 360 degree turn with 15 degree bank to the right. Airspeed varied between 80 to 45 kt during the turn due to wind conditions. In the last part of the turn, the pilot experienced a loss of lift, pushed the cyclic forward and increased collective to 117 % torque, but helicopter continued downwards and hit the ground vertically. The helicopter was exposed to the heavy landing and the landing gear was deformed. In addition the attachment structure for the tail skid was damaged. The nose hit a stone and the right hand windshield cracked
The Customs and Border Patrol Instructor Pilot demonstrated an autorotation, yet misjudged the flare. Helicopter destroyed
Took off from a temporary helipad in Akita prefecture, Japan at about 11:31 Japan Standard Time. While carrying a hut, at an altitude of about 300 ft, three of the doors of the hut were dropped. Each of them was about 5 kg and 180 cm by 90 cm. No one was injured. The helicopter sustained no damage
Static and unattended EMS helicopter was blown partly off its mobile helipad in severe weather, leaving it with its tail resting on the ground. Known as Christoph 53. See Photo
Aerial electrical cable collision following water discharge during fire-fighting operation. The pilot managed to immediately land the helicopter. Initial assessment reveals bucket, helicopter tail and one main rotor blade damage.
Helicopter ended up on its side on a narrow strip of grass between hotel and canal after main blades struck building. Unclear from early press reports whether it was an intentional or emergency landing. Pilot “detained on suspicion of endangerment”
Pilot, the only occupant, killed in crash of Air Glaciers helicopter at Guggigletscher nr Lauterbrunnen. Helicopter came down vertically and the cabin area burnt out. Tail boom, tail , stabiliser and tail rotors all remain attached.