Police helicopter ended up on its side during a search operation. The pilot and crew‚ who included a search and rescue unit operator and his search dog‚ survived the crash. Photos suggest the subject helicopter is ZS-RDL (msn 4170) or ZS-RPL (msn 3468)
Two men working on power lines from the helicopter, and heir safety harness failed because it had been rubbing against the power lines causing it to “snap” the release from Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office reportedly said. Both men fell about 100 feet to their deaths from the helicopter – they were later named as Nicholas Gamalski, 27, and Travis Chiokai, 26.
Helicopter crashed and burnt out on a road bridge. Scene photo shows part of tail on river bank below bridge. All four POB received fatal injuries. Local power cuts indicate a wire strike but unclear if that was cause of accident or result of the flight altitude at the time
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
The sheriff was reported as saying Pilot Robert Krier with Ride the Sky Helicopters and passenger Steve Ahrendt, the owner of the cattle, were in the helicopter when it clipped a power line looking for loose cattle. Both occupants reported as suffering serious 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
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.
Passing 500 ft in a descending turn at approximately 50 kt, the pilot reported the helicopter began to vibrate. The pilot was unable to stop the vibration and conducted a precautionary landing. The helicopter landed hard and severed the tail boom. The helicopter sustained substantial damage and the pilot and three passengers were not injured.
Pilot made emergency landing after experiencing problems during photo flight, and subsequent landing in open field left the aircraft on its starboard side. Passenger received light head injuries
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.
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
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
Helicopter had difficulties on take-off and it appears that a crew member jumped from the aircraft prior to it impacting the ground, but was hit by the rotor blades and died – named as Vikram Lamba. Helicopter had its skids ripped off and all four main blades ended up much shorter than they should have been. Photos show the helicopter close to a rocky outcrop and the could possibly have impacted the rock, although unclear either whether that had actually happened, or whether it was cause or effect in the whole scenario.
Pilot Sanjay Wasi and co-pilot Alka Shukla suffered minor injury.
Passengers Naveen Bhai, Leela Ben, Harish Bhai and Ramesh Bhai were not seriously injured.
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.
Date was recorded as 04-Jun-17 when helicopter wreckage was found, but as reports state the pilot’s family were looking “in the middle of the night” for him, and he was last seen on 03-Jun-17, we believe the accident date would most likely have been 03-Jun-17. NTSB also tweeted on 4th June that they were attending “investigating yesterday’s crash of a Robinson R-44 helicopter in Dimmit, TX”. No details of the situation have been reported, bar that it was working low level checking on cattle.
The accident killed 68-year old Don Oppliger – whos company owns ranches and farms in Texas, New Mexico and Nebraska to support the feeding of 230,000 cattle in six large feedlots. More than 90,000 acres of the roughly 150,000 acres held by the company are in Nebraska, including properties near Paxton, Wallace, Atkinson, Tryon and Johnstown.
Main blades struck street light on final approach to land at the Hohe Düne marina, and the instability created led to the crash. Tail (including rotor) separated in the accident. The complete scene is best seen in this YouTube video. Light injuries to the 4 POB – although some reports say 3 POB and one injury on the ground.
There is a marked helipad at this location – see map
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
Emergency landing in a field of crop. No apparent damage from photos in press. Quote > Instruments indicated that the hydraulics powering the flight control system had a loss in pressure, prompting a “land-as-soon-as-possible condition”
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
While involved in flood relief support, helicopter landed in a residential garden, with the boom breaking off against the roof of the house. Registration validated by photo on this page
None of the 11 POB injured. Helicopter substantially damaged
Crashed and destroyed by fire. 3 POB seriously injured. Passengers named as Carlos Marcelo Ruiz Sánchez and Juan Domínguez were transferred to a hospital in Naolinco, while the pilot was taken to a hospital in Xalapa.
37-year- old SLAF airman, YMS Yaparathna, fall off a helicopter while conducting a rescue operation, along with the two individuals he was rescuing. All three were injured when they fell, and were admitted to the Karapitiya Teaching Hospital where the airman later died of his injuries. He was posthumously promoted from Flight Sergeant to the rank of Warrant Officer
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 came down less than 30 seconds after take-off. Video shows a sudden spark 41 seconds after take-off on a very low climb-out (which could suggest it hit wires), and the helicopter descended quickly from there. 4 POB including the Chief Minister of the State of Maharashtra, but no significant injuries. The helicopter did not gain any significant height between take-off and impacting the wires.
Thge official line from the state press dept is > ”The pilot decided on an emergency landing within 2 minutes of take-off. The helicopter didn’t crash-land, but got caught in wires while landing. We experienced sudden jerks, but no one suffered any injury. The CM has called for a detailed probe into the incident,’’ said Ketan Pathak, officer on special-duty (OSD) with the Chief Minister’s Office.
This report states air temperature was 45C. The “brown out” from blown up earth/dust could be contributory – one suggestion was that the helipad had not been sufficiently watered and thus the dust cloud greater than it could have been.
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
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
Helicopter crashed in open farmland on a night reconnaissance mission, killing three POB. Post crash fire. Reported location is right by significant amounts of high voltage lines converging on a power station site, and the Algerian Navy later confirmed (below) that the helicopter hit powerlines.
The official statement in the news section of the Algerian Navy website shows an AW101 and official naval photos of three men in their uniforms, thus confirming 3 fatalities and not 5 as reported in some sources.
The statement reads as follows – During a night training patrol on the Blida-Tipaza axis, a rescue helicopter belonging to the Naval Forces was crashed on Sunday the 21st of May 2017, at 9.40 pm after having struck high-voltage power lines near the commune of Hamr El Ain, in the Wilaya of Tipaza, causing the death of the members of its crew, composed of three officers. In this painful circumstance, Major General HAOULI Mohamed Larbi Commandant of the Naval Forces sends his heartfelt condolences to the victims’ families and assures them of his deep compassion and support in the aftermath of this tragic accident.
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
two farmers and their sons were returning home from the Nampo Harvest Day on Bothaville in the Free State when the accident occurred. One farmer, Douw Wentzel Snr, and the other farmer’s son Andre Deale suffered fatal injuries.
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.
When the rescue helicopter — which was hovering over the scene — moved its position, rocks and tree branches suddenly tumbled down the slope over the patient (who had fallen and summoned help) and the two rescue workers on the ground. The man was airlifted to a hospital in Kofu where he was confirmed dead. The two rescue workers sustained light injuries. Police are investigating the details of the rock slide, which may have been caused by the helicopter. There is no mention in available press of damage to the helicopter
Fatality named as 49-year-old Tomohiro Ito, a banker from Yokohama.
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
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
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.
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.
Helicopter had started the day in Pisa, flying north and refuelling at Bolzano. On next leg to Salzburg it encountered some difficulties and one report suggests it was on fire before reaching the ground and burning out in a ravine. Sole occupant pilot fatally injured – reported as a 75 year old Austrian national
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
Helicopter struck wires and made an emergency landing into shallow water – but ended upright with little apparent damage from available press images. However, one crew member knocked unconscious in the manoeuvre and later died in hospital from his injuries
Civil registration HL9414, and also carries Korea Forest Service fleet code FP 608
Two passengers and a pilot were taking a waterfront tour, when the R44 experienced mechanical problems and an emergency landing was made. The helicopter struck two vans near a golf course and caught fire, but all three occupants got out before the flames broke out.
Operator was Santa Barbara Helicopter Tours, who lease it from Spitzer Helicopters
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
Crashed killing 3 onboard as the helicopter was monitoring forest fires in Bashkortostan, Russia. Reports coming in state that the pilot and 2 forestry workers were killed instantly when the R44 came down in the forest
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
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.
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