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16-Aug-14 ZK-HYO Eurocopter AS350B2 Mount Alta, New Zealand (1F)

Heliski helicopter crashed on mountain.  Boom detatched from cabin, which rolled further down the slope.  1 fatal (named as Jerome Box) of 7 on board - five skiers, their guide and the pilot. The other six all to hospital, none with life-threatening injuries

Tags: AS350, Civil, Eurocopter, Fatal, Helicopter Line, New Zealand, Safety


13-Aug-14 6-2414 Agusta-Bell 212 Dayer, Iran

Helicopter came down with significant vertical force, causing the skids to splay out, the cabin to touch the ground and the boom to detach at the root.  That said, the main and tail rotor blades were not damaged.  4 of 6 POB injured

Tags: B212, Bell, Iran, Iranian Air Force, Military, Safety


13-Aug-14 Robinson R44 Lancaster, US-Wisconsin

Dale Elio, 54, was crop-spraying herbicide on a bean field when main blades contacted power lines.  Helicopter hit ground nose-first, then fell on its starboard side.  Minor injuries.  Brief power outage from broken power lines.  Operator Back Nine Aerial LLC has four R44s registered with FAA, so it is likely to be one of N197JP (113950, N416HH (0415), N8343P (0313) and N9681R (1046)

Tags: Back Nine Aerial, Civil, R44, Robinson, Safety, US-Wisconsin


13-Aug-14 RA-04368 Robinson R44 Pioner, Russia

Crashed into a lake/swamp with 4 POB, all out OK. Helicopter on its starboard side in water less than 2m deep with port skid above the water level. Pipeline survey flight, low level.  One report suggests all occupants had recently been drinking alcohol

Tags: Civil, R44, Robinson, Russia, Safety


12-Aug-14 N7089J Bell 47G-5 Mansfield, US-Illinois (1F)

Helicopter clipped powerlines and crashed killing pilot Paul Reynolds during a low level transit between fields he was working on.

Tags: Agricultural, B47, Bell, Civil, Fatal, Reynolds Aerial Service, Safety, US-Illinois


12-Aug-14 Mil Mi-17 Sinjar, Iraq (1F)

Helicopter was involved in evacuating people in a humanitarian emergency situation in northern Iraq.  Crashed - killing the pilot (reported as "Majed") - possibly due to overloading. Those on board included

  • Yazidi member of parliament, Vian Dakheel
  • New York Times reporter Alissa Rubin - see story
  • Australian photographer Adam Ferguson, freelancing for the New York Times
  • Photographer Moises Saman, on assignment for TIME - see story

One of the (apparently two) Mi-17s involved in this work was YI-403 (see video here).  The ITV reporter quotes one flight of the Mi-17 taking as many as 50 (yes, fifty) refugees on board, desperate to escape their dire situation (see TIME video for typical flight)

Fuad Hussein, the chief of staff for the president of the Kurdistan region, attributed the crash to an accidental loss of control by the pilot when the aircraft hit a boulder as it was lifting off.

Tags: Fatal, Iraq, Iraqi Air Force, Mi-17, Mil, Military, Safety


12-Aug-14 C-FANC Bell 206B Whitecourt, Canada

Crashed west of Whitecourt, AB after experiencing tail rotor problems. Four occupants suffered minor injuries, two were taken to hospital. The aircraft had significant damage.  Helicopter was contracted to Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development and carrying out a pine beetle survey

CADORS 2014C3111

Tags: B206, Bell, Canada, Civil, Safety, Valhalla Helicopters


11-Aug-14 N7432F Hughes 300C Darrington, US-Washington

Force landed, pilot had minor injuries

Tags: Civil, S300C, Safety, Schweizer, Snohomish Flying Service, US-Washington


11-Aug-14 N18GH MD Helicopters MD520N Idaho Falls, US-Idaho

Helicopter crashed in pilot's garden, ending up on its starboard side with significant damage.  Pilot quoted by press as Dave Hansen, passengers as his wife and daughter.  No injuries.

Tags: Civil, MD Helicopters, MD520N, Safety, US-Idaho


10-Aug-14 N4690 Bell 47G-2 Jeanerette, US-Louisiana (1F)

Crashed on the edge of a sugar cane field killing pilot Kenneth E. Squires, age 60.  Five years ago age 55 the pilot was quoting himself as having flown 19,000 hours

Tags: Agricultural, B47, Bell, Civil, Fatal, Penn-Tex Helicopters, Safety, US-Louisiana


09-Aug-14 OE-XRL Schweizer 300C Stockerau, Austria

Helicopter fell over onto port side on landing.  Male pilot uninjured, female passenger slight injuries.

Tags: Austria, Civil, S300C, Safety, Schweizer


08-Aug-14 I-PAAD Eurocopter SA318C Gaby, Italy (2F)

Crashed into mountain during a thunderstorm killing pilot Domenico Praiale (55) and passenger Sara Piredda Piras (29).  Local reports suggest ​​poor visibility due to fog and clouds.  Helicopter was original an SA318 Alouette but had been extensively modified and was classed as a homebuild

Tags: Civil, Eurocopter, Fatal, Italy, SA318, Safety


07-Aug-14 N213BL Enstrom F28F Tunnel City, US-Wisconsin

Crashed into cornfield while spraying.

Tags: Civil, Enstrom, F28, Safety, US-Wisconsin


07-Aug-14 310921 PZL W-3 Sokol Marawi City, Philippines

Appeared to lose power in hover taxi for take-off  en route to Cagayan de Oro City and lost height, crashing to the ground - see full video

Tags: Military, Philippine Air Force, Philippines, PZL, Safety, W3


06-Aug-14 C-FXAH Eurocopter AS350 Fairview, Canada

Shortly after liftoff, in the climb through 3000 feet ASL (800 feet above ground), the pilot experienced an uncommanded yaw and complete loss of engine power. The pilot performed an autorotation into a wheat field. The helicopter sustained substantial damage to tail boom and tail rotor driveshaft from main rotor blade contact. There were no injuries to the pilot, who was the sole occupant. CADORS 2014C3154

Tags: AS350, Canada, Civil, Eurocopter, Safety


06-Aug-14 Hamakua, US-Hawaii

Hawaii County Fire Department helicopter made an emergency landing after an engine failure during a hurricane evacuation mission along the Hamakua coastline.  No damage, no injuries.  The only helicopter registered to Hawaii County Fire Dept is MD500E N911HY (0602E)

Tags: Civil, Safety, US-Hawaii


03-Aug-14 SX-HVJ Eurocopter EC130 Paros, Greece

During landing and after the helicopter was in contact with the ground, a strong fabric cover that was stored in a table about 20 meters away, lifted in air and hit the main rotor blades first and then passed through the tail rotor blades, starflex and tail rotor system.

Tags: AS350, Civil, Eurocopter, Greece, Safety


03-Aug-14 N553CP MD Helicopters 500E Columbus, US-Ohio

Emergency field landing at night.  Press suggestion it may have run out of fuel

Tags: Civil, Columbus Police, Law Enforcement, MD Helicopters, MD500E, Safety, US-Ohio


01-Aug-14 N3597T Eurocopter AS350 Tahoma, US-Washington

Collision with terrain during take-off.  4 POB, 2 airlifted, one with leg and one with head injuries.

Tags: AS350, Civil, Eurocopter, Heli-Flite, Safety, US-Washington


01-Aug-14 N110JC Robinson R44 Honolulu, US-Hawaii

Fell onto its starboard side close to fuel tanks during landing accident.  Pilot John Corboy and his two teenage passengers Dominic Mills-Patrick  and Nic Politsch got out OK  [note FAA data uses UTC date/time of 2nd August.  Accident occurred 1st August local date]

Tags: Civil, R44, Robinson, Safety, US-Hawaii


01-Aug-14 G-OAJC Robinson R44 Kinnitty, Eire

Hit wires on final approach to field landing.  Ended up on its starboard side, badly damaged.  Pilot named here as John Butler, and he had been due to take newly-weds Damien and Wendy Hussey a short distance from the church in Kinnitty to their reception at Racket Hall Country House in Roscrea, Co Tipperary

Tags: Civil, Eire, R44, Robinson, Safety


31-Jul-14 N7194H Robinson R44 Allen, US-Nebraska

Cropspraying helicopter caught powerlines. Pilot reported here as Dennis Monday, 56, of Weyers Cave, Virginia

Tags: Agricultural, Civil, R44, Robinson, Safety, US-Nebraska


30-Jul-14 C-GTSU Robinson R44 Saint-Damasse, Canada

During the run-up before takeoff at night, the aircraft rapidly rotated about 180 degrees to the left. The pilot initiated a takeoff and the helicopter rolled onto its left side. The pilot and passenger suffered minor injuries and the aircraft sustained substantial damage.

CADORS 2014Q1491

Tags: Canada, Civil, R44, Robinson, Safety


30-Jul-14 N866H Bell 206 Houston, US-Texas

Take off accident at David Wayne Hooks Airport

Tags: B206, Bell, Civil, helicopter Services Inc, Safety, US-Texas


29-Jul-14 N89ZC Hughes 500D Bellefontaine, US-Ohio

Helicopter involved in underslung chainsaw operations, cutting back trees for a new bike track.  Helicopter crashed into the trees.  No immediate indication of cause.  Pilot Leo Boucher seriously injured

Tags: Civil, MD Helicopters, MD500D, Rotor Blade Inc, Safety, US-Ohio


27-Jul-14 I-LUPU Eurocopter AS350B3 Varco Sabino, Italy (2F)

Firefighting reconnaissance flight from Fassinoro.  Helicopter encountered difficulties and emergency landing procedure made - but hit a low level cable  shortly prior to intended landing point.  One killed in crash, second died during recovery operation.  Third and last occupant flown to hospital.

Tags: AS350, Civil, EliOssala, Eurocopter, Fatal, Italy, Safety


27-Jul-14 C-FGSG Bell 206L Ekati Diamond Mines, Canada

In visibility of 1 mile in smoke, the helicopter overflew a lake with a glassy surface. The pilot lost visual reference and the helicopter collided with the water surface, pitched inverted, and sank. The pilot and both passengers egressed from the helicopter with only minor injuries.

CADORS 2014C2858

Tags: B206, Bell, Canada, Civil, Great Slave Helicopters, Safety


26-Jul-14 N240SJ Bell 206B Lincoln, US-Nebraska

Emergency field landing, during which main rotors chopped tail boom - Pilot listed in press as Al Curnan

Tags: B206, Bell, Civil, Safety, Samaritan Air, US-Nebraska


26-Jul-14 N107HA Hiller UH-12E Anson County, US-North Carolina

"Lost power and flipped over" per FAA

Tags: Civil, Hiller, Safety, Summit Helicopters, UH-12, US-North Carolina


25-Jul-14 HAL Dhruv Ataria, India (7F)

Emergency declared shortly after take-off, then crashed killing all seven on board.  Copilot named here as Sqn. Ldr. R. Manu

Tags: Dhruv, Fatal, HAL, India, Indian Air Force, Military, Safety


25-Jul-14 PR-HSC Eurocopter AS350B2 Novo Progresso, Brazil

Hit wires on final approach, leading to emergency landing in an area to the side of a highway. The aircraft sustained substantial damage to the windshield, upper cowling and tail boom.

Tags: AS350, Brazil, Civil, Eurocopter, Helisul Taxi Aereo, Safety


25-Jul-14 N154GC Eurocopter EC130 Boulder City, US-Colorado

During hover taxi to land, made contact with fixed wing DHC-6 N190GC taxiing on taxiway for departure.  Extensively damaged

Tags: AS350, Civil, Eurocopter, Grand Canyon Helicopters, Safety, Tours, US-Colorado


25-Jul-14 F-GMHZ Eurocopter EC120B Chateaublanc, France

Very heavy landing - remained upright but skids splayed out and main rotors chopped tail boom.  Photos here and here

Tags: Civil, EC120, Eurocopter, France, Safety


24-Jul-14 C-GMJQ Schweizer 300C Saint-Lazare-de-Bellechasse, Canada

Struck cables while crop spraying, extensively damaged. CADORS 2014Q1500

Tags: Agricultural, Canada, Civil, S300C, Safety, Schweizer


23-Jul-14 RA-1975G Robinson R44 Ivashka, Russia (2F)

Crashed killing both on board

Tags: Civil, Fatal, R44, Robinson, Russia, Safety


23-Jul-14 N949FM Bell 206B Wenatchee, US-Washington (1F)

Crashed from low level killing the sole occupant pilot, while flying agricultural ops drying orchards

Tags: Agricultural, B206, Bell, Civil, Fatal, Safety, US Helicopter WA, US-Washington


23-Jul-14 Oquawka, US-Illinois

helicopter crash injured a 68-year-old Oquawka man

Tags: Civil, Safety, US-Illinois


23-Jul-14 C-GTEQ Airbus AS350B3 Points North Landing, Canada

In the initial climb at less than 20ft agl and engine lost power and the pilot observed illumination of the overtorque warning light and heard the low rotor RPM warning tone. A forced landing was completed. There were no injuries to the pilot or passenger; the helicopter sustained substantial damage to the tail boom. After landing the pilot shut down the engine that was operating at idle.

CADORS 2014C2819

Tags: Airbus Helicopters, AS350, Canada, Civil, Eurocopter, Geotech Aviation, Safety


22-Jul-14 N5225C Hughes 500D Oso, US-Washington

Crashed during logging operations after tail hit a logging cable.

Tags: Civil, Loadlifting, MD Helicopters, MD500D, Olympic Air, Safety, US-Washington


21-Jul-14 Mil Mi-35P Bama, Nigeria (1F)

A Nigerian Air Force Mi-35 Helicopter on a training mission crashed, reportedly due to a technical fault - although some reports suggest the involvement of insurgents in Borno State.

Initial reports stated one dead, one survived, one missing presumed dead - but the latter trekked through the bush and back to base

Tags: Fatal, Mi-24, Mil, Military, Nigeria, Nigerian Air Force, Safety


21-Jul-14 N1830D Schweizer 300CBi Titusville, US-Florida

Rolled over on landing

Tags: Bristow Academy, Civil, S300CBi, Safety, Schweizer, Training, US-Florida


20-Jul-14 D-HSTH Robinson R22 Melle-Grönegau, Germany

Crashed shortly after take-off and rolled onto its side.  Passenger badly injured, pilot uninjured

Tags: Civil, Germany, R22, Robinson, Safety


18-Jul-14 N47DT Bell 47G2A Merced, US-California

Agricultural ops - crashed in field after hitting powerline

Tags: Agricultural, B47, Bell, Bettencourt Flying Services, Civil, Safety, US-California


18-Jul-14 Mil Mi-8MTV Issyk-Kul, Kyrgyzstan

Crashed into snowy mountains of Issyk-Kul region during evacuation of a mountain climber, who broke his leg.  The crew and the climber were not injured.  Photo here

Tags: Kyrgyzstan, Kyrgyzstan Air Force, Mi-8, Mil, Military, Safety


18-Jul-14 N197BH Eurocopter AS350B2 Kapalua, US-Hawaii

Emergency landing after loss of hydraulics

Tags: AS350, Blue Hawaiian Helicopters, Civil, Eurocopter, Safety, Tours, US-Hawaii


17-Jul-14 XS568 Westland Wasp Gosport, UK

Damaged when fell off the back of a lorry near the gate of HMS Sultan, Gosport

Tags: Military, Safety, UK, Wasp, Westland


18-Jul-14 RA-70902 Mil Mi-8MTV Kujus, Russia

Emergency landing, no damage, no injuries

Tags: Civil, Mi-8, Mil, Russia, Safety


17-Jul-14 HL9461 Eurocopter AS365N3 Gwangju, Korea (5F)

Firefighting helicopter crashed in built-up area killing all five on board - video online shows helicopter descending at high speed in 70 degree nose-down attitude.  Aircraft identified from this photo showing a Dauphin tail with GW001 code and this photo tracking it to HL9461

Tags: AS365, Civil, Eurocopter, Fatal, Firefighting, Korea, Safety


17-Jul-14 N507CF AgustaWestland AW109E Newkirk, US-New Mexico (3F)

Night EMS flight flying from Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center in Santa Fe to Tucumcari.  All three on board killed.  No patient being carried at the time

Tags: AgustaW, AgustaWestland, Civil, Fatal, Safety, TriState CareFlight, US-New Mexico


14-Jul-14 Harbin Z-9 Dangkor, Cambodia (5F)

Five military trainees killed and one seriously injured.  The helicopter was one of 12 helicopters Cambodia bought from China last year to boost its military capacity.

Tags: Cambodia, Fatal, Harbin, Military, Royal Cambodian Air Force, Safety, Z9


14-Jul-14 SE-JKJ MD Helicopters MD600N Lennartsnäs, Sweden

Substantially damaged when it turned over on landing.  Pilot got out OK.

Tags: Civil, MD Helicopters, MD600, Safety, Sweden


13-Jul-14 N230DM Robinson R44 Colfax, US-Iowa

Force landed in field

 

Tags: Civil, R44, Robinson, Safety, Tri-State Helicopters, US-Iowa


12-Jul-14 N9061R Hughes 269A Howe, US-Texas

Crashed in unknown circumstances

Tags: Civil, S300A, Safety, Schweizer, US-Texas


12-Jul-14 VH-ZZM Robinson R22 Dingo, Australia

While conducting a practice autorotation, the helicopter collided with terrain. The helicopter was substantially damaged and a pilot sustained serious injuries.  As part of the investigation, the ATSB will interview the pilot and gather additional information.

Tags: Australia, Civil, R22, Robinson, Safety, Stock-Air Heliworks


12-Jul-14 N88771 Bell 47K Kingston, US-Washington

Ditched in shallow water.  3 POB got out OK, one named by local press as Tatyana Kutsenko

Tags: B47, Bell, Civil, Safety, US-Washington


10-Jul-14 MAP-7712 Mil Mi-17V-5 Strumica, Macedonia (4F)

Police helicopter on night mission hit 140m high antenna, and crashed to the ground killing all four on board.  Cabin burnt out in post-crash fire

Tags: Fatal, Macedonia, Macedonian Police, Mi-8, Mil, Military, Safety


10-Jul-14 RA-23721 Mil Mi-2 Varyeganskiy, Russia (1F)

Tail boom (or rotor?) hit wires on take-off, causing crash.  Tail some metres from rest of wreckage, but unclear if that was contributory or result of accident.  Aircraft had been leased by Lukoil and had just dropped off oil workers. Pilot Nicholas Vandakurov killed.

Tags: Civil, Convers Avia, Fatal, Mi-2, Mil, Russia, Safety


07-Jul-14 Mil Mi-171 Hanoi, Vietnam (18F)

Military helicotpter on parachute training flight came down killing 16 and injuring a further 5.  2 of the 5 succumbed to their injuries in hospital within 48 hours, taking the toll up to 18

Tags: Fatal, Mi-8, Mil, Military, Safety, Vietnam, Vietnamese Air Force


06-Jul-14 ZK-HON Schweizer 300C Ward, New Zealand

Crashed on hunting expedition.  Both occupants airlifted - pilot Grant McCallum with a broken leg and passenger Sam Kersten with serious back injuries

Tags: Civil, Cloudy Bay Helicopters, New Zealand, S300, Safety, Schweizer


05-Jul-14 RA-04288 Robinson R44 Novosheshminskij, Russia

Substantially damaged in hard landing due to poor weather - fast approaching thunderstorm with associated winds.  Pilot Vadim Gilmanov was seriously injured, but his life is not in danger according to reports

Tags: Ak Bars Aero, Civil, R44, Robinson, Russia, Safety


04-Jul-14 Sikorsky S61 Halat, Lebanon

Emergency landing for a firefighting helicopter - Lebanon has three ex Bristow S61s registered AD-1601 through 1603

Tags: Lebanese Air Force, Lebanon, Military, S61, Safety, Sikorsky


03-Jul-14 N832PA Airbus AS350B3 Winnemucca, US-Nevada

Heavy landing during sling-load operations for Bureau of Land Management.  Level of damage not known.

Tags: Airbus Helicopters, AS350, Civil, Eurocopter, Grand Canyon Helicopters, Safety, Tours, US-Nevada


03-Jul-14 N684PC Bell 47G3B2 Gaston, US-Oregon

Rigging for lifting work caught on skid on take-off and helicopter fell to the ground hard.  Pilot reported here as 31-year-old Warren Larson

Tags: Agricultural, B47, Bell, Civil, Safety, US-Oregon, Western Helicopter Services


02-Jul-14 Failaka Island, Kuwait

Damaged in emergency landing

Tags: Kuwait, Kuwait Air Force, Military, Safety


01-Jul-14 N225TV Robinson R44 Olathe, US-Kansas

Tail strike on landing

Tags: Civil, K C Copters, R44, Robinson, Safety, US-Kansas


28-Jun-14 N567NA Eurocopter AS350B2 Chisik Island, US-Alaska

Force landing on beach

Tags: AS350, Civil, Eurocopter, Safety, US-Alaska


21-Jun-14 Mil Mi-8 Lyzohubivka, Ukraine (3F)

Crashed en route from Nezhin air base to Chuhuiv air base.  Quoted by one source as "21 yellow" msn 9788612 but with no evidence provided to validate

Tags: Fatal, Mi-8, Mil, Military, Safety, Ukraine, Ukraine Air Force


30-Jun-14 RA-24541 Mil Mi-8 Chekunda, Russia

15 POB (including 12 firefighters) survived the crash of this Mi-8.  Post crash fire.  Registration validated by this local language report

Tags: Civil, Mi-8, Mil, Russia, Safety


29-Jun-14 N350CR Eurocopter AS350B2 Dietrich, US-Idaho

Helicopter completely demolished in crash in hay field.  All three occupants airlifted to hospital

Tags: Airbus Helicopters, AS350, Civil, Eurocopter, Reeder Flying Service, Safety, US-Idaho


28-Jun-14 RA-1588G Robinson R66 Temnolesskaya, Russia (4F)

Details not yet known, but helicopter crashed killing all four POB including pilot A.I. Goncharenko, businessman Samvel Elugyan plus his 22-year-old daughter Alina Elugyan and 13-year-old son Eugene Elugyan.  Post crash fire

Tags: Civil, Fatal, R66, Robinson, Russia, Safety


27-Jun-14 N69PJ Eurocopter AS350 Mayhill, US-New Mexico

Landed heavily causing damage.  2 of 4 POB to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries

Tags: AS350, Civil, Eurocopter, Safety, US-New Mexico


27-Jun-14 N560LH Robinson R44 Quincy, US-Washington

Crashed after striking a pole during agricultural work

Tags: Agricultural, Civil, R44, Robinson, Safety, US-Washington


26-Jun-14 Mil MI-35 Tikrit, Iraq (5F)

Shot down by insurgents.  All 5 POB killed.  The link given is reported to be the subject helicopter, but we have not been able to corroborate that.  Similarly one source quotes registration YI-352 but no supporting evidence

Tags: Fatal, Iraq, Mi-24, Mil, Military, Safety


26-Jun-14 N808LF Eurocopter AS350B3 Temple, US-Texas

Tags: AS350, Civil, Eurocopter, Safety, US-Texas


26-Jun-14 Boeing AH-64 Molinelli, US-Alabama

Night training flight

Tags: AH-64, Boeing, Military, Safety, US Army, US-Alabama