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18-Nov-15 N711BE Airbus AS350B3 Carlsbad, US-California (2F)

Landing on trolley pad went wrong – aircraft tipped back and hit tail on ground twice, then lurched forward and crashed, breaking off the main blades and tail.  Lack of tail rotor then started the fuselage spinning on the ground, which it did dozens of times (see track in this video) before gradually coming to a halt and finally catching fire

Both occupants suffered fatal injuries – named as 65-year-old pilot Bruce Allen Erickson (chairman of American Bank – Montana) and 60- year-old passenger Wayne Frank Lewis, his real estate agent.

Just moments before spinning out of control, the pilot is reported as saying to ATC that the ground handler(s) had not chocked the wheeled landing trolley, and thus the downdraft made it a moving target, and could have been contributory to the accident.

This AS350B3 was registered N711BE.  The registration is currently showing in FAA records as reserved by Mr Erickson, but not allocated to a given airframe.  This is likely to be an admin “pace” issue.  N711BE was previously allocated to Mr Erickson’s Bell 407, which he sold recently

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18-Nov-15 N36RX Eurocopter EC135P2e Apple Valley, US-California

The crew was conducting an approach to a landing zone inside of a public safety training center. During the approach, a towel was sucked up into the Fenestron tail rotor system resulting in substantial damage. The towel came out of an unsecured trailer next to the landing zone.

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16-Nov-15 N88HA Airbus H120 Elkhart, US-Indiana

Loss of T/R drive due to failure of air conditioning drive pulley. Instructor pilot completed successful autorotation.  Emergency AD followed for all EC120s fitted with a particular type of air conditioning

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12-Nov-15 VH-HWJ Robinson R22 Kiana Station, Australia

The ATSB is investigating a collision with terrain involving a Robinson R22, VH-HWJ, 90km S of McArthur River Mine, Northern Territory, on 12 November 2015.

While conducting aerial mustering operations, the helicopter collided with terrain. The pilot sustained serious injuries and the helicopter was substantially damaged.

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07-Nov-15 VH-GKK Airbus EC135T1 Cooranbong, Australia (3F)

Crashed in remote area killing all three on board – owner Richard Green, his wife Carolyn and their travelling companion, John Davis, a renowned documentary film-maker.

Mr Green used his helicopter as a “flying camper van” and frequently went to obscure locations – and this meant that a search party was not launched for over 36 hours after the accident occurred.

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06-Nov-15 VH-NCL Robinson R22 Newman, Australia

Shortly after take-off, the helicopter collided with terrain, resulting in substantial damage. The pilot and passenger were not injured.

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05-Nov-15 F-GLSF Robinson R22 Andernos les Bains, France

On return from a local flight, pilot stabilizes the hovering helicopter, turns round before starting a fast forward about 5 m height. After about 300m the pilot the helicopter pitched up to stop hovering. He then receives a uncontrolled increase in engine speed and fails to reduce power. He loses control in rotation, the right skid struck the ground and the helicopter goes down on the left side.  Substantially damaged

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04-Nov-15 VT-PWF Airbus AS365N3 off Mumbai, India (2F)

Crashed into sea on night training flight.  Helicopter was operating a training flight for night recency and took-off from rig “WIS”. While landing at “RONTAP MEYER” it met with an accident. After impact ELT was triggered. Cockpit door found at the last known position during SAR.

Pilots named here as TK Guha and Eeso Samuel – the latter with over 20,000 flying hours according to this article and it was reportedly his last flight before retirement

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03-Nov-15 VH-WPX Airbus AS365N3 Jandakot, Australia

After returning from a test flight, a maintenance inspection revealed damage to a main rotor blade.

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02-Nov-15 VH-SFX Airbus AS350BA Whyanbeel, Australia

EMS helicopter reported en route to helicopter accident. Initial reports say four or five on board, most agree on four injured with the pilot needing airlifting

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30-Oct-15 N609AG AgustaWestland AW609 Vercelli, Italy (2F)

We are seeing many reports in the Italian media of an AW609 accident with two fatalities – named here as Pietro Venanzi and Herbert Moran. “on fire in flight between Santhià and Tronzano, the province of Vercelli” seems to be the common link description at this time.

 

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27-Oct-15 Al-Maya, Libya (18F)

A helicopter carrying two senior officers allied to Libya’s Islamist-backed Tripoli government was shot down in the Al-Maya coastal region west of Tripoli, killing at least 14 of its 23 passengers, a Tripoli military official said.  A later report then raised the figure to 18

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27-Oct-15 C-GIFY Bell 206 Kinley, Canada (1F)

1976 Bell 206 crashed into a farm field after reporting severe icing.  En route from Calgary to Saskatoon

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27-Oct-15 Sikorsky CH-53E Castelvetrano, Italy

Emergency landing made in public park

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26-Oct-15 C-GSLY Airbus AS350B2 Deadhorse, US-Alaska

The pilot reported he was conducting an approach in flat light conditions, visibility was decreasing, and during a turn, the right skid impacted terrain. The pilot reported the helicopter then came to rest on its side and he egressed from the cockpit. Substantial damage sustained to the helicopter. The purpose of the flight was to extract a work crew.

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26-Oct-15 Boeing AH-64 Elkton, US-Kentucky

Emergency landing on sports field after suspected fire.  No injuries or damage.  Helicopter operating from Fort Campbell

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25-Oct-15 FAH-977 Bell 412EP Ocotepeque, Honduras

On second attempt to take off, helicopter gained height very slowly and caught some wires, causing it to crash.  Three on board injured. Later report gave those on board as Victor Sosa (pilot), Ariel Murillo (copilot), Ariel Soriano (commander), and paratroopers; Oscar Matamoros (captain), Deivy Ayestas, Alfonso Mejia, Daniel Korea and Fabricio Flores.

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24-Oct-15 N911WL Airbus AS350B3 Folsom Lake, US-California

Partial loss of engine power during autorotation flare. Hard landing.French report says “substantial damage” but local press report shows

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24-Oct-15 F-GOLH Airbus EC130 Megève, France

Sightseeing flight – failed to take-off, lost height and rolled over on landing.  Only one of the 7 POB was not injured.  Registration to be confirmed – Type, Colour scheme and operator match to our records

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23-Oct-15 Monson, US-Massachusetts

Police are looking for a “large section of windshield” which fell from a helicopter

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22-Oct-15 C-FOHE MD Helicopters MD500D Paynton, Canada (2F)

A 55-year-old male pilot from Campbell River, B.C., and a 35-year-old male passenger from Prince Albert, Sask., were the only 2 POB when it crashed. They were pronounced dead at the scene.  Helicopter was contracted by electric utility SaskPower to access and repair power poles and struck a powerline causing the aircraft to crash.  Post crash fire completely consumed the aircraft.

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22-Oct-15 Airbus AS332B off Morocco

Helicopter ditched and sank.  All three on board were originally reported as rescued by Moroccan military but that later proved incorrect and there were then fears they had been kidnapped after the helicopter was found with an empty liferaft beside it (report).  Helicopter was en route from a military exercise in Senegal, bound for the Canary Islands

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21-Oct-15 Z-3349 Mil Mi-17V5 Mumbai, India

EMergency landing in Bandra-Kurla Complex, just two miles south of Mumbai International Airport.  [Must have been quite a serious emergency to not head for the airport?]

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18-Oct-15 N73224 Bell 47G3B Searchlight, US-Nevada

70 year old pilot Richard Dick was reportedly rounding up cattle at low level in windy conditions, when a gust caused him to crash

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16-Oct-15 ZS-HII Guimbal G2 Mossel Bay, South Africa

Pilot had completed a 360° turn to the right and was commencing with the same exercise to the left, approximately 90° through the turn the skid gear impacted with the ground, the helicopter continue to rotate to the left and tail rotor stinger and lower fenestron fin assembly impacted with the ground, which had caused the entire fenestron assembly to break off and helicopter impacted with the ground after several rotations in the air, 53 m further on. The wind at the time was from the southeast at between 10 to 15 knots, with clear sky conditions prevailing.

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16-Oct-15 N443MM Robinson R44 II Lincoln Park, US-Illinois

Emergency landing in the parking lot outside a store after reported fuel problems.  No Damage apparent in press photos

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15-Oct-15 5Y-DKK Airbus AS350B3 Selous Game Reserve, Tanzania (4F)

Crashed and burnt out.  Helicopter was being used in support of parliamentary candidate Deo Filikunjombe, who died along with the other three on board.  Another parliamentary candidate, Jerry Silaa, posted on his Instagram that his father William Silaa had been the pilot

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15-Oct-15 Bell Hc – Mong Kua, Thailand

Developed an engine problem and was forced to put down in a banana plantation.  Helicopter damaged, extent unknown

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11-Oct-15 XW229 Airbus SA330 Kabul, Afghanistan (5F)

Two UK RAF servicemen, two US servicemen and one French civilian contractor died in the crash after reportedly striking the cable of a tethered surveillance balloon.  The two British fatalitites were named as Flight Lieutenant Geraint Roberts and Flight Lieutenant Alan Scott, while the American pair were named as Major Phyllis Pelky and Master Sgt. Gregory Kuhse

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11-Oct-15 PK-BKA Airbus EC130 Lake Toba, Indonesia (4F)

Helicopter crashed into Lake Toba with 5 POB, and one survivor Fransiskus Subihardayan found afloat in the shallow water on the side of the lake two days later.  Others on board, missing presumed deceased, have been named as pilot Capt Teguh Mulyanto, crew Hari Poerwantono, and passengers Sugianto (who had chartered the aircraft) and Nurhayanto

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10-Oct-15 Sikorsky S92 St John’s, Canada

Turned back to base after indicator light came on

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08-Oct-15 JA9660 Airbus AS332L Takahama Cho, Japan

Took off from a temporary helipad in Takahama Cho, Fukui Prefecture, Japan at 10:12 Japan Standard Time. During carrying loads externally, wooden frame, about 1.3 m by 0.5 m, was dropped unintentionally at an altitude about 170 m. The frame was found in a car park. No one was injured. The helicopter sustained no damage.

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07-Oct-15 ZS-HIG Robinson R44 Lephalale, South Africa

Helicopter crashed, injuring vet Niel Kriel and game keeper Dirk Uys

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07-Oct-15 VH-ZWA Robinson R44 Darwin, Australia

During takeoff, the helicopter rolled over. The pilot, the only person on board, received minor injuries and the helicopter was substantially damaged.

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06-Oct-15 XC-VER Bell 430 Emiliano Zapata, Mexico (2F)

Crashed and caught fire, killing both pilots – named as David Barrera and Fausto Calderón

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06-Oct-15 Sikorsky S92 Hibernia rig, Canada

Cougar Flight 232 was shut down upon arrival at the Hibernia Gravity Based Structure (GBS) after experiencing engine fuel bypass indications on both engines. The aircrew awaited the arrival of maintenance crew. Overnight the Aircraft Maintenance Engineers, in consultation with the engine manufacturer, conducted all required maintenance procedures. The helicopter was subsequently flight tested and certified serviceable on the morning of October 7. Cougar aircrew then returned the aircraft to St. John’s without further incident.

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05-Oct-15 PNC-073 Bell UH-1H Puerto Gaitan, Colombia (6F)

Crashed and burned out after reported loss of hydraulics led to loss of tail rotor control and an emergency landing.  Six fatalities named as Pilot Javier Arias F, copilot Germán David Beltrán;  Col. Carlos Alberto Melendez, police commander for Meta region, along with colleagues Jeison Alejandro García and Luís Felipe Nieva Gómez, plus one other not named

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05-Oct-15 ZS-HDW Bell 206B Senwabarwana, South Africa (2F)

Helicopter was involved in installing an antenna, when it crashed and completely burnt out. Most reports say it hit a pole, but not clear if that was before or after it “experienced difficulties”.

Two fatalities and three serious injuries, including those on the ground hit by debris.  The two fatalities were named as pilot David Boul and passenger Ronald Matsunga, and a third who reportedly jumped from the helicopter named as Phineas Sekwela

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05-Oct-15 N442RP Robinson R44 Parkston, US-South Dakota

R44 with four POB crashed at the AgLand Cooperative fertilizer plant. Images show (1) tail boom sliced by main rotor blades and (2) heavy damage to the front of the cabin and all occupants injured, with two treated locally at Avera St. Benedict Hospital and two with more serious injuries transferred to a more equipped medical center in Sioux Falls.  The three pasengers were all AgLand employees.  The location is very close to Parkston Municpal Airport

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04-Oct-15 F-OIAO Airbus AS350B3 Voh, New Caledonia (2F)

Crashed in a nose-down attitude during firefighting ops.  2 deceased – reported as a 47 year old female pilot with 5000 hrs experience and 31 year old engineer

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02-Oct-15 JA9678 Airbus AS332L1 Itoigawa, Japan

Took off from a temporary helipad about 11:00 Japan Standard Time to carry liquid concrete in the externally slung bucket with a cargo hook. After unloaded the liquid concrete, the pilot mistakenly operated the cargo hook release switch and the empty bucket, the weight of which was about 210 kg, was dropped unintentionally at an altitude about 240 m AGL. No one was injured. The aircraft sustained no damage.

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27-Sep-15 SP-SOO MD Helicopters MD500E Burkatów, Poland

Encountered problem (variously reported, but likely a tail rotor problem) at low level while on powerline work.  Crashed into residential area.  Pilot injured, passenger seriously injured.  Helicopter was intentionally equipped for powerline work (see this video)

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25-Sep-15 C-FTJU Bell 407 Goose Bay, Canada

Helicopter was landing at a gravel pit near a hunting camp. While manoeuvring to land to refuel the helicopter, the tail rotor struck a fuel drum. The rotor blade was destroyed, the tail rotor drive train was damaged and one main rotor blade was damaged by debris. The helicopter landed safely and the pilot, the sole occupant, was not injured.

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25-Sep-15 G-DEFY Robinson R22 Elstree, UK

Student pilot (reportedly on first solo), and helicopter ended on its side

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24-Sep-15 ZS-OCB Airbus AS350B2 South Africa

The pilot was engaged in a private flight, and was accompanied by his wife. After activating the air-conditioning unit during their return flight to FAGC smoke started entering the cockpit/cabin area. The pilot, who had identified an open area below entered into auto-rotational flight in order to land as soon as possible. As they neared the ground he note a game fence in front of them. In order to avoid colliding with the fence he pulled back on the cyclic and allowed the tail stinger to impact hard with the ground, which caused the aft tail boom tail to twist to the left (looking from the aft position) and the tail rotor blades to make contact with the ground, with one of the blades separating from the tail rotor hub assembly. It was found that the air-conditioning drive belt had melted and smoke from the belt was sucked into the cockpit/cabin area.

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22-Sep-15 OB-1941-P Airbus AS350B3 Ollantaytambo, Peru (5F)

During a transferring flight of “Odebrecht” Co. personnel, from Quillabamba to Cusco, crossing the Andes Mountains, the Helicopter crashed on a slope surrounding the “Veronica” snowy, destroying it completely. The wreckage was found at an altitude of over 4000m

All five on board died, identified here as Miguel Angel Pinto Panta (pilot), Felix Cardenas Gonzales (airline mechanic), Juan Carlos Lezama Mucching (mechanical Los Andes), Luis Garcia Villanueva Hoses and Nolberto Retarnozo (Odebrecht workers).

Operator Heliflight was reported here as saying the aircraft had 1422.5 flying hours

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22-Sep-15 C-GNET Schweizer S300C Dawson City, Canada

Helicopter was hovering approximately 40 feet AGL to assess the landing area. The helicopter moved laterally to the right in order to increase the visibility of the landing area. During this time, the helicopter rotated to the right and started to spin about the vertical axis. An attempt to control the rotational spin was made, however, there was little to no tail rotor effectiveness. CGNET was put down after the second rotation while striking the tail rotor on the ground and damaging the landing skids. There were no injuries

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22-Sep-15 UR-UMSR Aerokopter AK1-3 Kremenchug, Ukraine

“Lost power on a training flight” says the news reports.  What the photos show is the helicopter ended up in a private garden with the port skid collapsed and the tail boom sliced by the main rotor close to the tail rotor gearbox.

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21-Sep-15 B-7445 Airbus AS350B3 Gullin, China (2F)

Helicopter took off at 00h15, the last radio communication with ATC was at 00h30, the flight crew reported to the ATC operation normal. At about 02h00, ATC unable to contact with the helicopter, the dispatcher reported that the helicopter was operating normal. At about 04h32, the CAAC regional office received a report by the local people that a helicopter crashed and caught fire

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21-Sep-15 HB-ZGP Airbus SA315B Wolfenschiessen, Switzerland

During an aerial transport, the crew wanted to land near the station of the Bannalp cableway to pick up a container deposited there. During the approach, the helicopter’s tail rotor came in contact with a cable of a small transport cableway. The pilot was able to land the helicopter.

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16-Sep-15 F-HCSC Airbus AS350B3 Boisses, France

Two of Tignes ski patrol were seriously injured in the crash at 8.15am.   There were four trackers on board, in addition to the pilot and a mechanic, to be dropped to reactivate the remote avalanche triggering devices after maintenance period occurred this summer.

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15-Sep-15 Mil Mi-8 Ramit, Tajikistan

Tail rotor damaged in emergency landing after reportedly being hit by an armed group led by former deputy defence minister Abdukhalim Nazarzoda

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15-Sep-15 Airbus EC155 Norwich, UK

Oil rig support helicopter had malfunction leading to one engine being shut down and immediate return to base

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14-Sep-15 LN-OFC Airbus AS350 Narvik, Norway

A total of five helicopters were damaged by rocks while parked due to an uncontrolled blast 100m away from the pad. Two needed roading to Helitrans main base in Værnes including LN-OFC

Can anyone help us with the registrations of the other four helicopters? If so, email us at [email protected]

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14-Sep-15 N442CF Robinson R44 Kingsville, US-Texas

Force landing in field

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14-Sep-15 Agusta-Bell 205 Sinazongwe, Zambia

Helicopter ended on its port side.  5 POB, three with minor injuries and the other two to hospital.

Note, accident date was 14th not 15th (as reported elsewhere) – reports did not emerge until 15th as this flight was reportedly a private flight for the Defence Minister and not officially sanctioned.

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13-Sep-15 Bell 407GX Hucao, China (4F)

helicopter went down in the Chinese city of Chongqing on Sunday, killing all four on board, including two cameramen Jiang Ya and Song Hao’en from Chongqing Broadcasting Group, a local satellite TV station.

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13-Sep-15 Taif, Saudi Arabia (1F)

Pilot killed in accident on “routing training flight”

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13-Sep-15 N135PA CHR Safari Stuart, US-Iowa

Crashed into corn field, minor injuries to pilot.  Helicopter is registered to Gary G Guisinger from the town where the accident happened

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12-Sep-15 G-LROK Robinson R66 Denham, UK

Take-off accident, ended on its starboard side with creased tail boom, destroyed rotor mast and blades.  One of the two occupants needed first aid only.

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12-Sep-15 ZK-ICS Guimbal G2 Rolleston, New Zealand

Landing accident and helicopter ended up on its side.  Note that from the two links provided, the TVNZ link shows the helicopter at the accident location and The Press link shows it after being removed from there to a grassy area for recovery away from the site

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12-Sep-15 D-HHLB Schweizer S300C Delitzsch, Germany

Reported engine failure with a total loss of engine power whilst on aerial photography, and helicopter rolled onto starboard side and suffered significant damage.  The 39-year-old pilot and his 65 years old co-pilot were slightly injured

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10-Sep-15 HU.27-02 Airbus AS532UL Requena, Spain

Training flight.  Helicopter ended up on its side with main blades and tail boom ripped off.  Three POB all safe with minimal injuries.

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09-Sep-15 C-GZFX Robinson R44 Foleyet, Canada (2F)

Helicopter crashed into trees, dropping vertically nose-first between the trees down to the ground, killing both on board – named as 24-year-old Jeremie Belanger and 41-year-old Ken Mielke – both were pilots were pilots for Apex Helicopters, which was performing aerial spraying for a forestry company in the area.

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09-Sep-15 G-IGHH Enstrom 280 Aldbury, UK

Helicopter struck and cut powercables on take-off, crashing in the field below shortly after, minor injuries to the pilot.  Helicopter rolled over and ended up on its rotorhead

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09-Sep-15 N253HP Airbus AS350B3 Draper, US-Utah

Rope became entangled in main rotor during a manoevre with one skid on a rock ledge while hovering,  Pilot Kent Harrison made some aggressive manoevres to avoid ground crews nearby, during which the tail hit a nearby cliff face.  Helicopter continued spinning, but pilot regained some control and continued to a safer landing zone and made an upright landing

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09-Sep-15 YV-2349 Bell 206B Curiapo, Venezuela

Pilot encountered some sort of issue and reportedly landed away from a built-up area by crashing into the Orinoco River.  That said, there apepars to have been more than that as the main blades and rotorhead are ripped off.  The 2 POB named as Ceylan Orestes Requena Piña and Rafael José Aguirre Aguilera were safe with little/no injuries – the latter is described in some reports as an instructor, so this could have been a training flight

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08-Sep-15 SP-NHE Guimbal G2 Sielicach, Poland

Practising autorotation when it hit the ground tail first at very low rotor RPM and one blade struck the tail boom. The helicopter came to rest on its skids and there were no injuries to the instructor or student.  BEA data refers to ” A broken cam of the throttle was found.”  That report also states helicopter destroyed, but our enquiries with Helicoptères Guimbal in France tell us it is definitely repairable

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07-Sep-15 RA-04151 Robinson R44 Baltasinsky, Russia

During a hard landing in a field with low-level crop (presumably an emergency landing?), the helicopter rocked back onto its tail, resulting in the tail rotor gearbox and tail shearing off.   Rest of helicopter appears unscathed, apart from the skids being splayed out as a result of the heavy landing.

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06-Sep-15 I-CFAC Agusta-Bell 412EP Montecristo, Italy

Helicopter crashed heavily onto a sloping rock face, seriously injuring the pilot.  The other two POB only had minor injuries

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06-Sep-15 N914SM Airbus AS350B3 Ironton, US-Colorado

Tail rotor struck vegetation landing.  No injuries, damage unknown

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04-Sep-15 Sikorsky UH-60 Sanford, US-Florida

Light aircraft ground taxying ran into parked and unattended US Army Blackhawk

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03-Sep-15 N16056 MD Helicopters MD500E New Smyrna Beach, US-Florida

Brian Hayes, Volusia County Mosquito Control’s chief pilot, was flying a routine larvae-cide mission when the helicopter crashed.

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02-Sep-15 C-GYBK Bell 206B Sept Iles, Canada (2F)

Heilcopter with 5 POB went down on a wide rock adjacent to a river, with the tail boom detached. Two fatalities, three seriously injured

Blandine Pinette-Fontaine and Pierre-Michel Fontaine have been identified by the Quebec coroner as the two fatalities.  The pilot was reported as Gabriel Turbide

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02-Sep-15 N9068F Hughes 500C Pago Pago, American Samoa (1F)

Few details available, but helicopter crashed into the sea killing one and seriously injuring another.

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