The pilot reported that during the approach, he noticed erratic cyclic control movements and subsequently landed hard. Postaccident examination of the helicopter by an Federal Aviation Administration inspector revealed that the main rotor blades and tail boom were substantially damaged.
The Customs and Border Patrol Instructor Pilot demonstrated an autorotation, yet misjudged the flare. Helicopter destroyed
Operated by Airwest Helicopters for Cochise County Sheriff. Main blades chopped tail boom and skids splayed out in heavy landing. Two POB were listed as pilot Larry Pucci and the observer Officer Justin Dannels (the son of Cochise County Sheriff Mark Dannels)
After landing, the pilot exited the running helicopter; shortly thereafter the helicopter became airborne without the pilot at the flight controls. The helicopter subsequently impacted the ground and rolled over. The pilot was struck by one or more of the main rotor blades and was fatally injured.
Helicopter contacted a mound of earth on landing, causing it to end up on its side. Some reports suggest the wind was gusty and may have been contributory. Two of the four POB injured and airlifted to hospital
Heavy impact, post crash fire, no survivors. Two POB were pilot/owner Chad Nelson and passenger Brynne Smith. This report quotes Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office saying the debris field is a radius of half a mile.
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
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”
Emergency landing in residential area. Skids collapsed, pilot walked away. Pilot was flying from Chandler to Falcon Field in Mesa. Plenty of photos of the helicopter in happier times on this page
The aircraft was on a two-hour sightseeing tour when it went down in 60 feet of water only 25 minutes after taking off from Scottsdale Airpark. The pilot is identified as 62-year-old Fred Cleeves, owner of Skyblue Helicopters. The passengers were George Riedel, 64, and Julie Barba, 49.
Pilot put R22 Mariner down into Lake Havasu after experiencingd unspecified mechanical problems. Mohave County Sheriff’s reported the pilot as Michael Christiansen, and his passenger as Michael Rabo. It is unclear from press reports how this helicopter sank, given it has fixed floats
Helicopter crashed into river, killing all four occupants, on a flight from Sedona to Scottsdale.Â Wreckage located the next day.Â A later report from KGUN9suggested that authorities had “discovered a severed cable near the crash site and found marks on the rotor blade consistent with hitting a cable”.Â Fatalities were named as helicopter owner/pilot Raymond Perry (70), Karen Stinn (68), Mike Dunaway (63), and Linda Dunaway (64).
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
Royal Air Force Chinook suffered unspecificed “mishap” during training exercise.Â It is known that Chinooks ZA671, ZA711 and ZA712 (and maybe a fourth?) are all currently based in Yuma on training work, so subject aircraft will be one of these.
the helicopter was taking part in the filming of an episode of â€œTop Gear-Koreaâ€ when it crashed.Â Initial reports indicate the crash was caused by a mechanical malfunction at a low altitude.Â 2 POB were reported safe soon after the accident.Â A video was posted on LiveLeak.com from inside the cockpit of the whole sequence
Early reports of private helicopter down on Raytheon property nr Tucson Airport.Â Pilot airlifted to UMC Trauma Center, no info on the other person on board.Â FAA spokesman said pilot reported engine failure prior to landing.
Emergency services attended a helicopter that made a hard landing in a residential area, and was “leaking fluid”.Â Photographs appear to show the skids have been deformed and the tail touching the ground.Â Location is just north of Pierce Field (10AZ).
The Pima County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed that civilian pilot Loren Leonberger was pronounced dead at the scene of the PCSO helicopter crash near Avra Valley.Â Other occupants were Edwin Nettleton, 58, and Paul Panzica, 41, who were released from the hospital ahead of Larry Sayers, 64, who was seriously injured.
FAA prelim report stated that this R22 “ended up on its side”. We note that we have another report dated 29th October of the same type of helicopter in Prescott AZ – perhaps the FAA got the wrong date on this report?