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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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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

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

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

Night training flight

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25-Jun-14 Bell AH-1F Multan, Pakistan (2F)

Crashed on a night flying training mission.  2 POB Killed, and they were named here as Major Yasir and Captain Murtaza

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25-Jun-14 Robinson R44 Bagotville, Canada

During the descent for landing, the pilot was not able to stop the descent and yaw. The pilot pushed the cyclic to exit the vortex and pick up speed, but the main rotor collided with the ground and the aircraft rolled to a stop on the ground. CADORS 2014Q1246

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24-Jun-14 Mil Mi-8 Slaviansk, Ukraine (9F)

All nine on board killed when Ukrainian Army helicopter shot down by rebel forces

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24-Jun-14 LN-OSY Airbus AS350B3e Hjerkinn, Norway

Helicopter lost height and crashed within 30 seconds of take off – video of incident here. Helicopter was operating for the military and ended up on its side, heavily damaged.  5 POB all got out OK.  Helicopter was delivered new less than six weeks prior to accident.

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24-Jun-14 N544BS Robinson R44 Nashville, US-Tennessee

Loss of power on climb-out from John C Tune Airport  after refuelling there, emergency landing made on highway, damaging tail boom.  2 POB unhurt – reported here as registered owner Lenny Sikora and his girlfriend – and they got out, put the ground handling wheels on and moved the helicopter to the side of the highway.  They were En route from Key Largo, Florida, to La Crosse, Wisconsin

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24-Jun-14 Komu, Kenya

Crashed on routine training flight

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23-Jun-14 N407EM Eurocopter AS350B2 Leary, US-Texas

Substantially damaged in field landing

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21-Jun-14 N6828D Rotorway Exec 162F Mount Comfort, US-Indiana

Landed in a field of crop and fell onto its side.  2 POB walk away

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21-Jun-14 RA-3121K Mil Mi-2 Staromavrinskoe, Russia

Both pilots seriously injured in low level accident involving powerlines during agricultural operations – named as Anatoly Kurilov and Alexander Fumchenko

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20-Jun-14 OK-LPS Robinson R22 Prague, Czech Republic

Emergency field landing with high vertical force impact.  Skids splayed out

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20-Jun-14 VH-NKW Bell 206L3 Taroom, Australia

While conducting sling load operations, the load at the end of the long line became tangled. The pilot attempted to land the helicopter, however when at about 10 ft above ground level, the line pulled tight. The pilot was unable to release the line, and the helicopter collided with terrain, resulting in substantial damage. The pilot received minor injuries.

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20-Jun-14 CC-PXA Robinson R44 La Parva, Chile

Written off.  4 POB – two adults, two children – got out OK

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20-Jun-14 N681SH Robinson R22 Long Beach, US-California

Rolled onto its side on landing

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19-Jun-14 NH Industries NH90 Termez, Uzbekistan

Helicopter damaged after engine failure on medical flight.  Helicopter reportedly still in place four months later and cannot be flown

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19-Jun-14 Boeing AH-64 Leray, US-New York

Tenth Combat Aviation officials say the pilots were conducting a maintenance test flight over Jefferson County  when an emergency light came on in the cockpit.

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19-Jun-14 N784SH Robinson R22 Greensfield, US-Missouri

Helicopter fell onto its starboard side during a training flight

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18-Jun-14 N74713 Robinson R44 Coldfoot, US-Alaska

Uncommanded descent and crashed on landing.  Helicopter was carrying a team from the Alaska Division of Geological and Geophysical Surveys

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17-Jun-14 3C-OG Bell OH-58B Wattener Lizum, Austria (1F)

Crashed in mountainous area at 2000m agl, landing very heavily and killing one of the 3 on board.  Taking part in the exercise “Schutz 2014”

NOTE – this is wrongly quoted elsewhere as 3C-OD but has been confirmed to HeliHub.com by Austrian military authorities that the subject helicopter was 3C-OG

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17-Jun-14 N152CC Schweizer 300CBi Allentown, US-Pennsylvania

Substantially damaged, injuring female pilot.  High vertical force impact, remained on skids

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17-Jun-14 N536T Bell 206B Decatur, US-Texas

Substantially damaged during autorotation landing

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17-Jun-14 N6094H Eurocopter AS350BA Waihee, US-Hawaii

Precautionary field landing, no injuries, after reported mechanical issues.  All six passengers were guests of the Make-A-Wish charity.

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16-Jun-14 EP-665 Mil MI-171Sh Ayacucho, Peru

Four of five POB injured.  Crashed into trees on take off from the grounds of the barracks No. 42 of counterinsurgency battalion Vraem (who do counter narcotics work)

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15-Jun-14 Bell 206B Rowlett, US-Texas

Emergency landing in park, possibly due to mechanical issue

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13-Jun-14 OO-JCS Schweizer S300C Cerfontaine, Belgium (1F)

Annual licence renewal flight.  Instructor Louis Janssens (69) from Theux died in the accident

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13-Jun-14 N555YE Eurocopter EC135P2+ Lanai, US-Hawaii

Safe emergency landing after engine failure

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13-Jun-14 Rishikesh, India

Uttarakhand chief minister Harish Rawa fractured a bone in his neck after the helicopter “suffered three consecutive jolts” within a couple of minutes after its take-off.  Emergency landing made shortly after.  The CM was only wearing a seatbelt loosely

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12-Jun-14 G-BWAV Schweizer S300C Dunsfold, UK

The pilot was attempting a practice autorotation when the accident occurred. He did not realise that he had failed to achieve a split between engine and rotor rpm, with the result that the rotor rpm reduced to below the normal operating range. The pilot was unable to prevent the helicopter striking the ground hard. It was destroyed in the accident, although the pilot escaped injury.

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11-Jun-14 N207MY Bell 206L4 Terrebonne Bay, US-Gulf of Mexico (2F)

Helicopter ditched in Gulf of Mexico.  US Coast Guard found two bodies and helicopter appears to have sunk.  The two victims were identified as George Leloup, the pilot of the helicopter, and Rory Bourgeois, a technician with BNA Marine Services.

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11-Jun-14 N356EV Eurocopter AS350B3 Anchorage, US-Alaska

Engine and main rotor over-speed event during engine start, resulting in ground resonance and substantial damage to the helicopter’s fuselage, and main rotor drive system.

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08-Jun-14 N504MP MD Helicopters MD500E Gilbert, US-Arizona

Reported engine failure during night patrol – in ensuing hard landing the tail boom was broken.  2 POB not injured.  Accident was around 1am

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07-Jun-14 PT-YJJ Helibras AS350B Rio Araguaia, Brazil (5F)

The aircraft departed from a camping area on an island of the Araguaia River  at 1.30am, destined for a helipad in the town of Aruanã. Soon after getting airborne, at a distance of approximately 700m from the point of origin, while still on the departure axis, the aircraft crashed into the ground, killing all five on board including ex Brazilian World Cup player Fernandão

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05-Jun-14 Bell TH-57 Whiting Field, US-Florida

Both instructor and student injured in training flight accident at NAS Whiting Field

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04-Jun-14 N223G Robinson R22 Prescott, US-Arizona

Force landing in a field one mile from destination airport

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03-Jun-14 G-IDUP Enstrom F280C Sywell, UK

Main blades hit hangar while manoevering close to the fuel pumps

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03-Jun-14 XB-IYO Robinson R44 Veracruz, Mexico

Force landing in water about 1 metre deep.  Minor damage to fuselage plus obvious water damage throughout.  Pilot named in press report as Fausto Calderón with his brother as passenger

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03-Jun-14 N78291 Rotorway Exec 162F Merced, US-California

Crashed into field and landed on its side in crop over 1m tall.  Only skids visible in photos

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02-Jun-14 XZ936 Eurocopter SA341 Boscombe Down, UK

On touchdown the aircraft ‘porpoised’, initially nose down, due to contact with the heels of the skids followed almost immediately by the cyclic being displaced fully aft and a progressive left (lateral) cyclic displacement. The cyclic was then centralised longitudinally as the aircraft pitched up before it was again displaced fully aft, on this occasion for a protracted period, out of phase with the oscillation in pitch attitude. The pitch oscillation continued (albeit to a lesser extent) and whilst full aft cyclic was maintained, the collective was lowered fully causing the disc attitude to be such that the MRB struck the tail. There was a subsequent violent roll of the airframe, before a full cessation of movement; this is assessed to be as a consequence of the impact forces.

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31-May-14 Mil Mi-8 Munozero Lake, Russia (16F)

At least 16 people were missing after a helicopter believed to be carrying top regional officials and businessmen crashed into a lake in northwestern Russia, police and the emergencies ministry said

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31-May-14 AgustaWestland AW139 Balsam Lake, Canada

Door came open in flight. en route to Haliburton from Toronto

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31-May-14 N7122E Robinson R22 San Manuel, US-Arizona

Struck powerline and impacted the ground

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31-May-14 N902CP Schweizer 300C Temple, US-Texas

Rotor separated on landing

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30-May-14 N650MH Bell OH-58 Whitefield, US-Maine

Helicopter came down into woods one mile from home base.  Helicopter remained upright with heavy landin

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11-Jun-14 Bell 407 US-Gulf of Mexico

Contolled landing close to rig.  Floats deployed and helicopter remained upright on floats on calm seas, 6 POB safely evacuated by liferaft

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29-May-14 Mil Mi-8 Slavyansk, Ukraine (14F)

Ukraine AF helicopter shot down by rebel forces

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29-May-14 N66CN Robinson R66 Woodhead Pass, UK

Emergency landing due to weather with three on board going to a rugby match at Huddersfield

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28-May-14 N392GP Robinson R44 Chugiak, US-Alaska (1F)

Pilot killed during loadlifting training operations – named here as Thomas Moore.  Post crash fire.  Ground crew seriously burned in attempts to rescue pilot

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28-May-14 Bell 47G Ripley Township, US-Minnesota (1F)

Crahed into roof of barn.  Pilot named in news reports as Gary Oleen, aged 71, critically injured.  AirCare helicopter attended per this YouTube clip

On 05-Jun-14 this became a fatal accident following the pilot’s death from his injuries as reported here

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28-May-14 Boeing CH-47 Maruf District, Afghanistan (1F)

An ISAF service member died as a result of a helicopter crash in southern Afghanistan.  One report states the Chinook contacted a telecoms tower when taking off at night.

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28-May-14 Sikorsky S92 North Sea, UK

Temporarily grounded after fuel leakage on offshore “floating storage unit”

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28-May-14 M20-17 Eurocopter SA316 Pokok Sena, Malaysia

Emergency landing in school field.  Press refers to “trainee pilot” so we assume on a training flight.  Later flown to base for closer inspection

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26-May-14 N365WM Eurocopter AS365N2 Constantine, US-Michigan

Hand landing causing damage to nose wheel and starboard landing wheels.  Helicopter came to rest on an angle without the blades striking the ground

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26-May-14 Weaverville, US-California

Homebuild helicopter, according to press story.  Pilot to hospital

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25-May-14 N9023Z Brantly B2B Hart-Miller Island, US-Maryland

Helicopter was reported “in difficulties” and had reported tail rotor control issues.  Hard landing, helicopter fell over onto its port side on landing.  Pilot and Passenger walked away

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24-May-14 Robinson R44 Casares, Spain (1F)

Contacted powerlines and crashed, killing sole occupant pilot.  Post crash fire.  Helicopter apparently Swiss registered judging by flag on tail in this image   Based on the colour scheme it could be one of HB-ZJK (12182), HB-ZPE (12862), HB-ZSA (10365), HB-ZSC (13426) – although it is also possible that an R44 previously flown in Switzerland (and may thus still have the flag on the tail) could be possible, which would also bring in CN-HAG (10859), owned in Morocco and previously flown in Switzerland as HB-ZGW

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23-May-14 N4081H Robinson R22 Santa Paula, US-California (1F)

County fire spokesman said the helicopter apparently clipped and downed power lines before crashing. A brush fire broke out that burned less than an acre before it was put out.  Fatal injuries to sole occupant pilot – named here as Philip Margolis

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23-May-14 C-GVTM Bell 206 Chamiss Bay, Canada

Dynamic roll over on take-off after catching a fuel drum with a skid. The pilot, the sole occupant, sustained minor injuries. The 406 ELT activated and was shut off immediately. CADORS 2014P0717

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23-May-14 VH-WDB Robinson R22 Congararra Station, Australia

During approach to land, the tail boom detached from the helicopter. The helicopter touched down then rolled over. The pilot sustained no injuries but the helicopter was destroyed.

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23-May-14 N260TA Bell UH-1H Waitsburg, US-Washington

Owner Tom Archer was taking off from his own property after not flying the helicopter in about a month.  Rotorhead and main blades ended up 10-15m from the fuselage

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21-May-14 Abalo-kodi, Uganda

Pilot lost control after bird strike reported as “an eagle”

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21-May-14 N55SL Bell 206L Beverly, US-Massachusetts

Heavy landing with tail missing – boom potentially sliced by main blades

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21-May-14 Eurocopter EC225 Aberdeen, UK

Emergency landing

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21-May-14 C-GLHZ Eurocopter AS350B3 Conklin, Canada

The helicopter was performing some sling operations and the load became unstable which caused the loss of control. CADORS 2014C1821

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19-May-14 RA-07232 Eurocopter EC120B Lepsari, Russia (2F)

Crashed into wooded area killing both on board

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19-May-14 Robinson R22 Tomaszów Bolesławiecki, Poland

Crashed heavily in open ploughed field and remained upright. Reported engine issues.  Blades still attached at root, skid splayed out

NOTE – this is wrongly reported elsewhere as G-OLRT.  The boom from the real G-OLRT (which is still in UK) was sold to a Polish buyer, who fitted it on another R22 without correcting the registration.  HeliHub.com team is still researching exactly which R22 the boom was added to – it’s a later Beta II model, for a start.

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18-May-14 N840PA Eurocopter AS350B3 Peach Springs, US-Arizona (1F)

After landing, the pilot exited the running helicopter; shortly thereafter the helicopter became airborne without the pilot at the flight controls. The helicopter subsequently impacted the ground and rolled over. The pilot was struck by one or more of the main rotor blades and was fatally injured.

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18-May-14 N16414 Bell 47G Bakersfield, US-California

Skid caught on ground handling trailer on take-off and rolled onto its side

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18-May-14 VH-HAY Robinson R22 Fitzroy Crossing, Australia

R22  conducting mustering operations near Fitzroy Crossing WA, collided with terrain. The pilot sustained minor injuries and the helicopter was substantially damaged.

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