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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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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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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 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 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

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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 Boeing V-22 Futenma, Japan

Aluminum part about 20.3 centimeters long and 7.6 centimeters wide, weighing about 164 grams, fell from aircraft in flight.  US military reportedly took four days to advise local Japanese authorities

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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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10-Mar-15 PT-YPB Robinson R22 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Emergency landing in “Bosque da Barra” swamp on a training flight after bird strike to tail rotor. Minor damage only, from photos

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10-Mar-15 RA-06397 Robinson R44 Barlak, Russia

Helicopter damaged, but no details on circumstances.  pilot not injured

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09-Mar-15 Sikorsky UH-60 Pensacola, US-Florida (11F)

7 Marines and 4 Army personnel killed in poor visibility on Florida coast.

The missing Marines were from a special operations regiment out of Camp LeJeune in North Carolina – identified as  Capt. Stanford Henry Shaw III , Master Sgt. Thomas Saunders, Staff Sgt. Liam Flynn, Staff Sgt. Trevor P. Blaylock , Staff Sgt. Kerry Michael Kemp , Staff Sgt. Andrew Seif  and Staff Sgt. Marcus Bawol

The helicopter and air crew were assigned to the Army National Guard unit out of Hammond, Louisiana.   Piloting the helicopter were Chief Warrant Officer George Wayne Griffin Jr and Chief Warrant Officer George David Strother. Also killed were Staff Sgt. Lance Bergeron and Staff Sgt. Thomas Florich

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09-Mar-15 LQ-FJQ Airbus AS350B3 Villa Castelli, Argentina (5F)

Mid air crash of two AS350 helicopters resulting in the fatal crash of both aircraft with a total of 10 lives lost.  Aircraft burnt out in post-crash fire, and were involved in the filming of a reality TV show called Dropped. Eight French nationals, including three sports stars, and the Argentine pilots died when the two helicopters collided.

Sports starts were Olympic swimmer Camille Muffat, boxer Alexis Vastine and sailor Florence ArthaudThe five other French nationals killed were said to have worked for Adventure Line Productions (ALP), the company making the programme, and were named as Laurent Sbasnik, Lucie Mei-Dalby, Volodia Guinard, Brice Guilbert and Edouard Gilles.

The Argentine Pilots were Juan Carlos Castillo and Roberto Abate.

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09-Mar-15 LQ-CGK Airbus AS350B3 Villa Castelli, Argentina (5F)

Mid air crash of two AS350 helicopters resulting in the fatal crash of both aircraft with a total of 10 lives lost.  Aircraft burnt out in post-crash fire, and were involved in the filming of a reality TV show called Dropped. Eight French nationals, including three sports stars, and the Argentine pilots died when the two helicopters collided.

Sports starts were Olympic swimmer Camille Muffat, boxer Alexis Vastine and sailor Florence ArthaudThe five other French nationals killed were said to have worked for Adventure Line Productions (ALP), the company making the programme, and were named as Laurent Sbasnik, Lucie Mei-Dalby, Volodia Guinard, Brice Guilbert and Edouard Gilles.

The Argentine Pilots were Juan Carlos Castillo and Roberto Abate.

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08-Mar-15 ZS-HBV Bell UH-1 Olifantsbos, South Africa (1F)

The helicopter went down in mountainous terrain while water bombing the area, killing the pilot – named later here as Hendrik Marais

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07-Mar-15 N206FW Bell 206B Fort Worth, US-Texas

Force landed in a field, no injuries

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06-Mar-15 JA6741 Airbus AS332L1 Kihokucho, Japan (2F)

Helicopter was engaged in low level powerline work, hit powerline and crashed killing both on board.  Post crash fire.

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06-Mar-15 N356AM Airbus EC130 St Louis, US-Missouri (1F)

Security video shows helicopter search light spinning to the left. The video shows that the helicopter entered a steep descent and impacted the side of the hospital building and parking lot at night.  Operated by Air Methods for ARCH Air Medical.  Pilot named here as Ronald Rector

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05-Mar-15 D-HDDD Eurocopter BK117 Stuttgart, Germany (1F)

Hospital worker walked into spinning tail rotor shortly after helicopter had landed, and died from his injuries

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05-Mar-15 N41BH Bell 407 Fort Worth, US-Texas

Tail rotor strike on landing, substantially damaged

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05-Mar-15 F-GOLT Robinson R44 Beaune, France

Extensively damaged – hired by PPL from Hélitravaux.  3 POB all to hospital.

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03-Mar-15 N4003S Robinson R22 San Bernardino, US-California

Landing accident, extensively damaged

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02-Mar-15 C-GLVI Bell 205 Revelstoke, Canada

The Pilot was repositioning 12 passengers from the bottom to the top of the Ghosts Drimie ski run. Upon departure, the Pilot elected to take-off downhill and downwind due to the terrain. The aircraft started to settle as it transited across a field and entered a ‘snowball’ at which time the pilot lost visual reference. The main rotor blades struck a tree and the helicopter touched down in the snow, remaining upright. There was substantial damage to the helicopter but there were no injuries.

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01-Mar-15 N960LA Airbus AS350B2 Santa Clarita, US-California

Sheriff helicopter made emergency landing in fields of Hart High School due to lightning

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28-Feb-15 N7425T Robinson R44 Lexington, US-Oregon

Force landing on a road intersection

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28-Feb-15 VH-CMK Robinson R22 Archerfield, Australia

During training operations, the helicopter rolled onto its side. The helicopter was substantially damaged, however both pilots were uninjured.

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28-Feb-15 VH-YHD Enstrom 280C Deception Bay, Australia

Crashed into mudflats.  Pilot out and OK.

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27-Feb-15 UP-EC010 Eurocopter EC130 Karatau, Kazakhstan

According to preliminary information, after take-off from the helipad on a helicopter has failed directional control system, the pilot decided to make an emergency landing to determine the circumstances and causes of the failure. During landing the helicopter rolled over on its right side and collapsed.  Reportedly destroyed.  Location was a helipad located at the sodium cyanide plant of Talas Investment Company.

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27-Feb-15 N4774S Bell 47G2A Ivanhoe, US-California

Agricultural aircraft hit powerlines and came down in orange orchard.  Pilot seriously injured and airlifted to hospital

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26-Feb-15 Imamzadeh Ebrahim, Iran (3F)

No details released apart from fatality numbers.  One unconfirmed report quotes the type as AB212

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26-Feb-15 HB-ZRV AgustaWestland AW109SP Erstfeld, Switzerland

Heavy landing on return to base, remained upright but wheels collapsed.  All 4 POB to hospital, although one released soon after.

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26-Feb-15 N834CS Airbus EC13P2e Vacaville, US-California

Precautionary landing shortly after take-off

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26-Feb-15 Robinson R22 Akitio, New Zealand

“Landed in a tree”.   Pilot was able to climb out of the helicopter and down from the tree to phone for help.

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25-Feb-15 G-CEDG Robinson R44 Aspley Guise, UK

3 POB not seriously injured after emergency landing in farmland and helicopter ended upside down.  Was en route to Sussex

Appears from BBC story that pilot had problem with tail rotor control and executed a run on landing on a level but soft field, and then one skid dug into the mud and flipped the helicopter over.

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24-Feb-15 Mil Mi-171 Gudauri, Georgia

Damaged in hard landing at mountain resort.  No injuries to pilot or four passengers.  Helicopter was either 4L-TBS (103M12) or 4L-TLS (95588)

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23-Feb-15 Westland Lynx Cape Town, South Africa

Emergency landing on golf course

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20-Feb-15 N802SM AgustaWestland AW119Ke Houma, US-Louisiana

Uncommanded left yaw, diverted and landed at Dulac Heliport

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19-Feb-15 Robinson R44 Queenstown, New Zealand (2F)

Accident on training flight.  Fatalities named in the press as Stephen Anthony Nicholson Combe, aged 42, of Wanaka, and James Louis Patterson Gardner, aged 18, of Queenstown

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19-Feb-15 N166DR Bell UH-1H Shelton, US-Washington

Fell onto its side on take-off

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17-Feb-15 32634 Kawasaki OH-1 Shirahama, Japan

Ditched into the sea after engine problem.  2 POB rescued safely

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16-Feb-15 Sikorsky UH-60 Hafar al-Batin, Saudi Arabia (4F)

Crashed on night training flight, killing four – The ministry identified the dead crew members as Lt. Col. Ali al-Arfaj, 1st Lt. Majid al-Fifeefi, 1st Lt. Jadie Qablan and technician Raed al-Jahni.

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15-Feb-15 N7181S Robinson R22 Asherton, US-Texas

Crashed after tail rotor struck bush

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15-Feb-15 P2-HFZ Bell 206L4 Wabo, Papua New Guinea

Sole occupant pilot safe but was immediately flown back to Port Moresby for transfer to hospital for X-ray and medical observation.  Unknown circumstances or level of damage to helicopter

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