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During the landing approach at a height of about 20-30 feet above the ground, a quick right yaw occurs. Pilot lost control resulting in a hard landing and the helicopter rolled to the side and suffered significant damage, but the pilot was not injured.
2000 hr pilot Bernhard de Beer flying his own helicopter on a route he covers most days. Crashed fatally and completely burned out
Main transmission belt came loose, causing engine to lose power. Emergency landing completed successfully but uneven ground caused temporary instability which led to one main blade contacting and cutting tail boom.
Army helicopter with 4 POB. Tail boom chopped off just forward of the stabilizer, and at the root attachment. One of those on board was reported to be Major General José Matos de la Cruz, chief of the Army, who was unharmed. The other three on board – including director of Military Intelligence, Hichi Mercedes Cepeda – were hospitalized
At around 11.15am, fire crews were called to Dyce, after the pilot of the CHC S92 alerted air traffic control and asked for emergency crews to be placed on stand-by as it made a return to base landing. Landed safely
The Bell 206 helicopter was conducting a passenger carrying charter flight with passengers and has collided with terrain on Mt Cook. The helicopter has rolled onto its side and there are two persons with serious injuries and two with minor injuries. One press report quotes the local Mayor saying that the helicopter was hovering close to the rock while he attempted to board when a gust of wind tipped the helicopter, crashing it into the rock.
Accident on night EMS flight just one block short of its intended landing spot at United Regional Hospital in Wichita Falls, inbound from Waurika, OK. Patient (named here as 26-year-old Buddy Rhodes) killed in the accident, and the three crew named here as pilot Zechariah Smith, flight nurse Leslie Stewart and flight paramedic Erasmus J. Vandercolff IV. Post crash fire. Leslie Stewart died from her injuries 5 days later (source). Erasmus J. Vandercolff IV died from his injuries on 22 October (source)
Attempting to take off from a helicopter transport trailer in a cleared section of pine forest . For some reason the helicopter never made it fully airborne, and tipped over on its starboard side beside the trailer. Robert Dale Garzolini, pilot and owner of Terre Haute Helicopters, West Terre Haute, IN, was injured
Bird strike, penetrating the windshield, which shattered – causing only minor injury to the front-seat passenger. Note – wrongly reported elsewhere as N410TD. N409TD confirmed by FAA report and this news story which refers to the ATC call “zero nine tango delta”. pilot made an emergency landing at the West 30th St. HP
Helicopter took off from Lausanne, Switzerland and has crashed in France – reportedly just prior to landing at Montbéliard – Courcelles Aerodrome. Weather reported as foggy and press report says that pilot was looking for a gap in the cloud to land at the airfield. Five of seven POB killed when helicopter landed on a barn used as a wood store
Low level pipeline patrol and “lost power”. Written off. On board were pilot Michael Orlowsky. 48, of West Plains, Missouri; Kevin Douglas Smothers, 44, of Minnesota; and Ronald Justin Dietz, 28, of Sinton. Orlowsky and Smothers were described as being in critical condition with no word on Dietz
Halo Flight attended with a Bell 407
Helicopter owned by Heartland Helicopters but leased out to a third party according to press report
Cheetah helicopter of the Indian Army taking part in the ongoing military exercise at the Jat Regimetanl Centre (JRC) at Bareilly crashed minutes after take-off killing all three on board. It had gained only a few hundred metres in height when it caught fire mid-air. Another report states it was a maintenance flight. The three were named as Major Abhijai Thapa, 29, Major Vikas Varyani, 29 and Captain Avinash Somavanshi, 26.
Crashed on flight searching for two missing mountaineers. Wreckage found three days later. Two occupants hiked for some time and were located further days after that according to this report. The third (Myanmar pilot Aung Myat Toe) was found dead a few days later according to this article. Information not clear as to why the three parted
Crashed in open field not far short of landing at Rand Airport. Both people on board killed – pilot named here as Blake Simpson. The helicopter caught fire after impact and was completely destroyed.
While hovering to assess a potential landing site, the pilot received a LOW ROTOR RPM warning. The pilot then lowered the collective but the helicopter struck a tree and landed hard. Both occupants received minor injuries and the helicopter was substantially damaged.
Helicopter crashed into lake during a scenic flight, although Military Police reported that this type of operation was not permitted for this helicopter and/or pilot. Pilot Abitbol Bruno Nogueira de Andrade got out (and reportedly fled the scene) while the two passengers were trapped inside and drowned. Press report stated “According to police, the driver was offering risky maneuvers danger to people who accompanied him on flights”. Passengers named as Marcos Antônio Alves, 44. and his wife Lívia Reis Carvalho, 27. Video of accident here.
Helicopter overflew a boat before flying at low level and high speed, getting lower very gradually until hitting the water. The water surface was glassy smooth, perhaps contributory. After crashing, the helicopter is said to have sunk almost immediately. The pilot/owner who died has been identified as 41 year old Alexei Afonchenkovu. Passenger survived
Initial reports coming in. Witnesses say they heard a “loud crack” shortly be fire the helicopter started descending rapidly.
The helicopter took off from Dechmont, near Livingston in West Lothian and was due to land at Humberside Airport for refuelling before flying on to Gamston, presumably en route it’s home base at Manston. It had been operating experience flights at Ingliston Showgrounpd on Saturday 13th and appears to have been en route home.
The report here named the pilot as Brian Bridgman and the passenger as John Kent
During the approach to a confined landing area, the pilot was alerted to an object to the left of the helicopter and while manoeuvring to avoid this object, the main rotor and tail rotor struck a tree. The pilot conducted a missed approach and after the subsequent landing, assessed the damage as minor and elected to continue the flight. An engineering inspection at the end of the day revealed substantial damage to the rotor blades.
Pilot killed in crash on firefighting ops – Type and operator confirmed by this report. Registration confirmed from photo on this page – enlarged here. Pilot named as Fernando Baraza on this tribute page
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)
Percautionary landing due to poor weather. On the ground five hours before continuing journey from Vadodara to Udaipur. No indication in the press report how much pre-flight planning the pilot had done with the weather forecast.
Operator Trans Bharat Aviation has three Bell 407s and one 206
Helicopter ditched. Three bodies recovered, fourth not found and presume drowned.
Owner/pilot was billionaire Michael Henriksen of MH Gruppen, which specialises in container shipping. Another name published was that of Morten Friis, an executive in Norrecco, also part of MH Gruppen. Volvo Trucks Denmark named the other two as their CEO Søren Wettergreen and Sales Manager Mark Jacobsen
Crashed shortly after take-off into the car park of a football stadium. Post crash fire. The two deceased were named as Lieven Ghekiere and Johan Deceuninck
Note – despite being registered in the US, this helicopter has been based in Belgium
Crashed near Gelendzhik airport and caught fire. Full video of accident here. From a steady hover the helicopter lost height and hit the ground heavily and bounced. The impact caused the tail boom to shear off and thus the helicopter became dynamically unstable, it immediately crashed onto its belly and caught fire. It burned out completely. Both occupants died – noting that the video does show one person being taken by stretcher to an ambulance.