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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

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13-Aug-14 N8343P 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.

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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

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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.

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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 TIMEsee 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.

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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

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

Force landed, pilot had minor injuries

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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.

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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

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

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

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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

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

Crashed into cornfield while spraying.

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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

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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

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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)

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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.

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

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

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02-Aug-14 HB-YJS Revolution Mini 500 Yverdon, Switzerland

Damanged in uncontrolled landing – registration cancelled the following month suggests that the helicopter will not be rebuilt.

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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.

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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]

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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

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

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

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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

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

Take off accident at David Wayne Hooks Airport

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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26-Jul-14 I-CUDP Eurocopter SA318 El Camero, Peru

before the third take off, the pilot increasing the power and feel vibrations and become no stabilize. The tail rise and the main blades hit the ground and the helicopter wasw serious damaged. No fatalities. After the accident the helicopter spread 300 kgs of agricultural insecticide.

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

“Lost power and flipped over” per FAA

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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

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

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

Crashed killing both on board

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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

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23-Jul-14 Oquawka, US-Illinois

helicopter crash injured a 68-year-old Oquawka man

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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

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

Crashed during logging operations after tail hit a logging cable.

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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

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

Rolled over on landing

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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

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

Agricultural ops – crashed in field after hitting powerline

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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

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

Emergency landing after loss of hydraulics

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17-Jul-14 XS568 Westland Wasp Gosport, UK

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

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

Emergency landing, no damage, no injuries

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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

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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

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16-Jul-14 G-PACL Robinson R22 Liverpool, UK

While practising a simulated engine failure in the hover, the helicopter rolled about its left skid and came to rest on its side.

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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.

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

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

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

Force landed in field

 

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

Crashed in unknown circumstances

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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.

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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

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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04-Jul-14 RF-31351 Mil Mi-26 Khabarovsk, Russia

Caught fire during refuelling and completely burnt out (photo)

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04-Jul-14 Sikorsky S61 Halat, Lebanon

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

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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

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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.

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02-Jul-14 Failaka Island, Kuwait

Damaged in emergency landing

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

Tail strike on landing

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

Force landing on beach

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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

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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

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

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

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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

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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

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

Crashed after striking a pole during agricultural work

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