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04-May-15 C-GOHT Robinson R22 Salmon Arm, Canada

R22 piloted by a student on a solo flight from Kelowna (CYLW) to Salmon Arm (CZAM) crashed beside the runway at CZAM. The pilot first approached the airport and crossed mid-field to assess the wind direction; however, it was determined that the aircraft was not into wind. On the second approach from the opposite direction, at about 30 feet above ground elevation, the helicopter was observed to rotate right about three revolutions before falling rapidly, and impacting the ground with little forward momentum. The left main landing skid gear fractured forward of the forward cross-tube and the R22B came to rest after rolling to the left. The pilot was uninjured but the helicopter sustained substantial damage. The pilot reported losing tail rotor authority just before the helicopter yawed right. The main rotor blades showed damage consistent with low rpm. CADORS 2015P0662

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02-May-15 Mil Mi-17 Kohat, Pakistan

Damaged after hitting container (some reports say “hit barrier”) during landing phase.  2 POB injured, not seriously

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30-Apr-15 N558CP MD Helicopters MD500E New Albany, US-Ohio

Emergency field landing during missing person search due to warning light illumination.  Second of two incidents to same aircraft on same day.  Photo here

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30-Apr-15 N558CP MD Helicopters MD500E Hilliard, US-Ohio

Emergency landing a night in a vacated car park of a retail store, shortly after midnight.  First of two incidents to same aircraft on same day. Photo here

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29-Apr-15 Airbus AS350B Langtang Valley, Nepal (1F)

Accident happened in the rescue operations following a major earthquake which hit Nepal on 25-Apr-15.  Nepalese villagers had demanded to be rescued before the tourists and in the ensuing confusion, a villager was killed by the rotor blades – likely that means “walked into the tail rotor”

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27-Apr-15 Eurocopter EC145 Austin, US-Texas (1F)

Flight nurse fell from helicopter to her death during hoist operations.  Named as Kristin McLain

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24-Apr-15 N7371T Robinson R44 Lakeland, US-Florida

Blade damaged while helicopter being fueled.  The location and date suggest that this was at the Sun’N’Fun event

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23-Apr-15 Harbin Z-9AE Douala, Cameroon

Photos show tail missing and helicopter partly on its side with starboard gear collapsed and main blades broken.  Aircraft was involved in practice flights for Cameroon’s National Day on 20th May.  2 POB to hospital but released within 2 days.

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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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22-Apr-15 HS-PLL Robinson R44 Koh Kret, Thailand

Crashed and ended on its port side in farm field. Female passenger slightly wounded, while the two men were transported by a local rescue team to Chonpratan Hospital

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22-Apr-15 F-HLOU Robinson R44 Lyon, France

Date assumed given posting date of the incident on Facebook.  Helicopter had been peppered with over 100 lead shots from close range, causing damage the tail boom close to the root

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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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19-Apr-15 Mil Mi-24 Illizi, Algeria (2F)

Further Details not reported

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19-Apr-15 Boeing CH-47 Lisvane, UK

Chinook dropped part of its underslung load in farm field.  Chinook was flying as part of the Joint Warrior exercise

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17-Apr-15 N103CG MD Helicopters MD520 Burbank, US-California

Bird strike, breaking an antenna. Safe emergency landing made

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16-Apr-15 N111FN Airbus AS350B2 Van Nuys, US-California

Unattended and parked helicopter struck by taxying fixed wing Aero Commander aircraft

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15-Apr-15 Sikorsky CH-53E Solana Beach, US-California

Emergency landing on public beach after reported oil leak

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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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11-Apr-15 Pinnarendi, Australia

Pilot suffered shoulder and pelvis injuries in helicopter accident

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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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09-Apr-15 ZS-HTS Airbus AS350B3 Mazabuka, Zambia (1F)

Pilot Mike O’Donnell, was flying the helicopter from Angola to Zambia (and onwards to South Africa per some reports) when it crashed. Post crash fire, although some reports quote helicopter being on fire in the air

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06-Apr-15 N555JC MD500D Cherokee, US-Alabama (1F)

Crashed into Tennessee River and sank without trace. Pilot was only one on board and is missing presumed drowned. Haverfield Aviation confirmed it to be one of their helicopters and some debris from it found further downstream was labelled with the company name. Nearby angler witnessed the helicopter crashing into the water around 1pm. The search for the helicopter was stood down later due to lack of visibility in fog.  Pilot later named as Abraham Bronn

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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.

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06-Apr-15 31249 Hughes OH-6D Okada, Japan

Substantially damaged in force landing in an open field

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06-Apr-15 F-GLHC Robinson R22M Le Plessis Belleville, France

Substantially damaged

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05-Apr-15 RA-06382 Robinson R66 Gorodki, Russia

Fell onto its side during take-off in snowy conditions

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04-Apr-15 9M-IGB Airbus AS365N2 Semenyih, Malaysia (6F)

Helicopter enroute from Kuantan to Subang when it crashed and caught fire. All occupants were guests at the wedding luncheon of the daughter of the Prime Minister in his hometown of Pekan, Kuantan earlier, and were named as

– Rompin Member of Parliament and PR1MA Malaysia Corporation (PR1MA) chairman Tan Sri Dr Jamaluddin Jarjis
– Jamaluddin’s bodyguard, Razakan B Seran.
– Datuk Azlin Alias, the principal private secretary of the prime minister
– businesman Datuk Tan Huat Seang
– pilot Cliff Fournier
– operations assistant Aidana Baizieva

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04-Apr-15 EC-KIR PZL W3 Fernán Pérez, Spain

Date refers to the date that the wreck of this helicopter was found abandoned, and thus the accident could have happened earlier.  Helicopter found having crashed onto its starboard side.  No flight plan was filed (a requirement in Spain for every flight)

One local theory, partly due to the accident location being close to the Spanish south coast, was that the helicopter was carrying drugs from Morocco/Algeria

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03-Apr-15 ZS-HFO Robinson R44 Coniston, South Africa

Very heavy autorotation landing resulted in skids being ripped off and helicopter coming to rest on its starboard side. Owner reported in his own Facebook post that this was after the “newly fitted Lycoming Engine had just 15 minutes of flight time and lost power on its second flight approx 10 minutes after take off”, and happened at a reported 400ft agl. A later report quotes the South African CAA as saying the issue “was solely caused by a Spider Fuel Distributor that came apart in flight after engineers had hand fitted four pipes and failed to use proper equipment to tighten the flexible pipes with metal endings”.

Pilot was owner Prem Balram and suffered minor injuries while passenger Jerome Sumdath was admitted to the ICU with spinal injuries

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03-Apr-15 N8363D Robinson R22 Fort Davis, US-Texas

Rolled over on landing

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02-Apr-15 PP-LLS Airbus EC155B1 Carapicuiba, Brazil (5F)

Crashed onto the roof of a house during a post-maintenance test flight. Video footage indicates items fell from the helicopter in flight prior to impact. Pilot was named as Thomaz Rodrigues Alckmin, son of Sao Paulo governor Geraldo Alckmin, and three of the other four fatalities were engineers working for Helipark.

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02-Apr-15 N5204G Airbus AS350B2 Tomball, US-Texas

Struck birds and windscreen cracked. Emergency landing made at David Wayne Hooks Memorial Airport with no further problem

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01-Apr-15 G-CGUB Airbus EC225 North Sea, UK

Aircraft turned back to Aberdeen before reaching destination.  7 POB.  Reported as a Cowling Open warning light

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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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30-Mar-15 Eurocopter AS350 Wilburton, US-Oklahoma

Turned back after takeoff to check a malfunctioning gauge and landed back at departure point. Infant patient then ferried to destination by another helicopter

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29-Mar-15 OK-RRJ Robinson R44 Modrava, Czech Republic (1F)

Crashed into trees shortly after take-off from a site described as ” inaccessible” – pilot reported to have stayed the night in a cottage in the woods.  Weather mentioned as a possible factor in some reports

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28-Mar-15 N130HA Hiller UH-12E Fresno, US-California

Lost power and landed in a tree

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27-Mar-15 XA-DSO Airbus AS350B3 San Martin de Porres, Mexico (4F)

Crashed in poor weather while working on telephone lines for Telefonos de Mexico – three died on impact, fourth later in hospital

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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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26-Mar-15 Mil Mi-8 Phu Quy Island, Vietnam

Crashed on final approach due to gusty conditions.  Rolled over onto its side. Three of 8 POB taken to hospital were named as  Tran Van Thong, 36; Nguyen Xuan Toan, 53; and Dong Van Vu, 34

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26-Mar-15 EC-KYJ Airbus AS355N Montmelo, Spain

After engine failure indication the pilot decided to land in the heliport of the Montmelo motor racing circuit. During approach there was an explosion of the engine, provoking the power turbine and exhaust nozzle to detach. Important damage to the engine and the exhaust nozzle.

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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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25-Mar-15 Bell 412 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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24-Mar-15 Mil Mi-2 Yelizovo, Russia (2F)

Two deaths reported – helicopter on a post maintenance test flight after engine was replaced.  Registration variously quoted as RF-01186 or RF-01168

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24-Mar-15 29 Yellow Mil Mi-24 Kiev, Ukraine (1F)

1 killed and 2 injured when helicopter came down close to Ukraine’s capital Kiev (Kyiv) . Video from crash scene here

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24-Mar-15 N43CM Bell 206B Taylors Island, US-Maryland

Landed in shallow water close to the shore of Taylor’s Island.  Remained upright and the 2 POB got out and walked to the shore after experiencing a mechanical problem.  Pilot named as 45-year-old Vincent Giglio of New Jersey and passenger 61-year-old Ronald Lopes of New York

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23-Mar-15 N1511L Bell 206B Lake Ray Hubbard, US-Texas

Bird strike while conducting low level search at night over a lake.  Helicopter landed safely with a hole in the windshield

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22-Mar-15 N30242 Robinson R44 Orlando, US-Florida (3F)

R44 went down two miles west of the airport it took off from, crashing into a house and killing the pilot and two passengers – later named here as Bruce Teitelbaum, 48, and Marsha Khan, 55,  and Harry Anderson, 42

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22-Mar-15 2393 Mil Mi-14PL Jabal al-Zawiya, Syria (1F)

Pilot carried out an “emergency landing due to technical failure”. Four occupants were captured by opposition fighters, one crew member was shot by his captors and the fait of a sixth crew member is unknown.  Registration confirmed from this YouTube video

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21-Mar-15 PK-FUP Sikorsky S76C Tanjung Dewa, Indonesia

Helicopter crashed while being operated for Total E&P Indonesie (TEPI) on a mission to inspect pipelines.  Helicopter ended upside down as seen in this photo

Press report next day stated “The six victims who will soon leave Siloam Hospital in Balikpapan include two Total Indonesie employees, Rakhmat Yunanto, 35, and Agung Danur Wenda, 33, and two TEPI contractors, Cahaya Ramadhan, 22, from PT Kreasi Lima Perdana, and Muhammad Sudarman from PT Biru Tiga Utama. Copilot Agung Yudi Kusumo, 33, and technician Andri Artanto, 35, are also allowed to leave the hospital.  Only pilot Ahmad Zaini, 57, still needs further medical treatment.”

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20-Mar-15 Aerokopter AK1-3 Hefei, China (1F)

Helicopter crashed into lake, pilot missing and passenger recovered uninjured.  Local CCTV camera appears to catch helicopter gradually descending in mist towards the smooth surface of the lake

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20-Mar-15 VH-HUA Robinson R22 Mount Isa, Australia

During manoeuvring the helicopter collided with terrain resulting in substantial damage. The pilot and passenger were not injured.

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20-Mar-15 N701CT Robinson R44 Hot Springs, US-Arkansas

While landing at his own helipad, the pilot said the ground gave way beneath the pad causing the tail rotor to strike the dirt. This caused the helicopter to spin uncontrollably, and it ended up in nearby trees

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18-Mar-15 Esuofua, Ghana

A helicopter carrying some consignment of gold from the Obuasi Mine of Anglogold Ashanti to Accra crash landed in a thick forest at Esuofua near Asuboi, a remote village near Akyem Oda

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17-Mar-15 Q-15 Boeing AH-64D Gao, Mali (2F)

Captain Rene Zeetsen, 30, was killed in the crash and First Lieutenant Ernst Mollinger, 26, died later in a field hospital

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17-Mar-15 MM80722 Agusta-Bell 205A.1 Casera Razzo, Italy

Heavy landing on snow, damaging the helicopter. two pilots and two technicians on board were not seriously injured.  Army code EI-351

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17-Mar-15 N7062F Robinson R22 Ewa Beach, US-Hawaii

Pilot made an emergency landing after noticing smoke coming from the engine compartment, 2 POB uninjured – Sources say the pilot, Michael Tepper was on an introductory instructional flight with his passenger, Brandon Ahlo.

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16-Mar-15 Bell TH-67A Tainan City, Taiwan (1 of 2)

Manoevring accident – in hover, tail rotor hit the tail rotor of another helicopter on the apron

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16-Mar-15 Bell TH-67A Tainan City, Taiwan (2 of 2)

Manoevring accident – in hover, tail rotor hit the tail rotor of another helicopter on the apron

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16-Mar-15 N1510L Bell 206B Dallas, US-Texas

On patrol at 600′ AGL flying south along Interstate 45 over the Trinity River struck two ducks. Landed safely with minor damage

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16-Mar-15 F-GIJQ Airbus AS350BA Sinnamary, French Guyana

On flight from Cayenne to Grand Santi, pilot was flying very low and struck trees.  Pilot returned to Cayenne airfield.

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14-Mar-15 N472SH Robinson R22 Sarasota, US-Florida

Minor damage on landing

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14-Mar-15 N220AF Rotorway A600 Lake Wales, US-Florida

Crashed in unknown circumstances

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13-Mar-15 4K-AZ117 AgustaWestland AW139 Yavlakh, Azerbaijan

AW139 noted with emergency squawk 7700 flying Baku to Ganja.  Very odd routing from radar plot just prior to Flightrader24 screen grab.  No further details available

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13-Mar-15 12551 Mil Mi-17 Belgrade, Serbia (7F)

EMS flight in poor weather conditions, crashed killing two medical staff, four crew and the baby patient, only a few days old.  A later report indicated “The post mortem showed there were 0.68 milligrams per milliliter of alcohol in Mehic’s blood, and 1.30 mg/ml in his urine.”

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13-Mar-15 B511 Eurocopter AS565MB Gageodo Island, Korea (4F)

Crashed in waters off Gageodo Island, while trying to land near a seawall to carry out a mission to transport an emergency patient to an inland hospital. The accident left one dead and three others aboard the helicopter missing.

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13-Mar-15 ZK-IWL Robinson R44 French Pass, New Zealand (1F)

Heilcopter struck wires crossing an 800m wide sea inlet known as French Pass between D’Urville Island and the mainland.  Sole occupant pilot named as Ian John Simcox, 65, from Blenheim was killed

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13-Mar-15 N702TF Robinson R44 Hammerton, US-New Jersey

Emergency, with no apparent damage from press photo

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13-Mar-15 N5688N Enstrom F28C-2 Shelby, US-Montana

Minor damage after skid touched ground while hovering

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13-Mar-15 N814EH Airbus AS350B2 Anchorage, US-Alaska

Tail rotor spider assembly fractured in-flight, resulting in an emergency run-on landing at Merrill Field, Anchorage

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12-Mar-15 CC-CLD Eurocopter SA315B Rancagua, Chile (1F)

External load operations (carrying food and supplies to a mining camp in Colchagua) at 12,700ft amsl but only 50m above the ground when an engine problem caused pilot to jettison the load and take evasive action, descending to the right intending flying down a gorge. Sadly the pilot, named as Francisco Bismara from Argentina, died in the ensuing crash when it hit the ground shortly after.

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12-Mar-15 N919EM Airbus AS350B2 Stidham, US-Oklahoma (1F)

flying to McAlester from Tulsa when it crashed, according to the Federal Aviation Administration, and no patients were on board.  Timed at around 11.25pm 3 POB, 1 Fatal

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12-Mar-15 EW-249LH Robinson R44 Kobrin, Belarus

Fell onto side in landing accident.  No injuries to 4 POB

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