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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

CADORS 2015C3665

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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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02-Sep-15 N146AE Airbus AS350B2 Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Helicopter crashed into the roof of a house, injuring a female asleep in the house as well as sole-occupant pilot Oliver Gutiérrez

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02-Sep-15 Sikorsky UH-60 Rampart Range, US-Colorado

Crashed into trees during a training exercise.  Two severely injured, two minor.

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02-Sep-15 Sikorsky CH-53E Camp Lejeune, US-North Carolina (1F)

Hard landing while conducting Helicopter Rope Suspension Techniques (HRST) training in a landing zone at Stone Bay, a satellite training area aboard Camp Lejeune.  About 20 Marines from Virginia and North Carolina were participating  in night training that requires them to exit through the back of a helicopter using suspended ropes. The rappelling and fast-rope techniques allow Marines to enter terrain where helicopter landings would be difficult.  The sole fatality named here as Jonathan Lewis

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01-Sep-15 C-GFCH Sikorsky S92 St Johns, Canada

Press report of Cougar Helicopters flight CGR151 outbound to a rig when it turned back to base as a result of an “intermittent fire warning,” the operator was quoted as saying.  Uneventful and safe landing back at St John’s, it’s departure point.  According to a company spokeswoman, Cougar Helicopters maintenance staff have since inspected the aircraft and determined it was a false warning.

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01-Sep-15 Sikorsky S92 St John’s, Canada

while approximately 100 nm from St. John’s and en route to the GSF Grand Banks drilling rig, Cougar Flight CGR151 experienced an intermittent Fire Warning Light on the #2 engine. There were no secondary indications of fire

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28-Aug-15 N440SA Robinson R44 Cheyenne, US-Wyoming

The helicopter landed hard from an altitude of about 15 feet and slid about 8 to 10 feet. Both skids were spread apart and broken and the helicopter came to rest on its fuselage. Both tail rotor blades separated and the vertical stabilizer was damaged. There was some buckling of the fuselage. The tail boom and main rotor blades appeared to be undamaged, and there was no discernible tail strike.

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26-Aug-15 I-COLK AgustaWestland AW139 Sassofortino, Italy

Winch cable broke after hitting a powerline during a HEMS winching operation; doctor Riccardo Bolognini and paramedic Roberto Marconiwere dropped from about 5 meters, and were taken to a hospital with multiple injuries. There was no damage to the helicopter itself

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25-Aug-15 N444KD Robinson R44 Ketchum, US-Oklahoma

Pilot John Marcotte suffered minor injuries. Tail boom sliced in two places, helicopter ended on its starboard side in a hay field – approx one mile out after departing local airfield

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23-Aug-15 N315TV Schweizer 300C Mesa, US-Arizona

The pilot reported that during the approach, he noticed erratic cyclic control movements and subsequently landed hard.  Postaccident examination of the helicopter by an Federal Aviation Administration inspector revealed that the main rotor blades and tail boom were substantially damaged.

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22-Aug-15 Robinson R44 College Station, US-Texas

Clipped tree and crashed to the ground during filming operations.  Wayne Bomstad received minor injuries.  Pilot Jacob Oliver was still in hospital four days later according to this report.

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21-Aug-15 I-GBVD Airbus AS350B3 Arzana, Italy

During fire fighting activities, the helicopter, equipped with bambi bucket, immediately after the first water drop experienced control problems. Trying an emergency landing in a nearby area 1 km away, the helicopter in the final phase of the flight, started an abrupt spin and crashed.  Helicopter was on contract to Forest Service of Sardinia.

Only minor injuries to pilot Thomas Miola and engineer Cristian Ligas

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19-Aug-15 N1043T Sikorsky S61 Ironside, US-Oregon

The commercial pilot reported that shortly after picking up a bucket of water from a pond he gained airspeed and initiated a climbing left turn back towards the fire. As the helicopter started to climb, he heard a drop in RPM and the helicopter lost power. He attempted to continue the climb; however, the helicopter was too heavy. He released the water and landed the helicopter on a mountain side; subsequently, the helicopter rolled onto its right side.

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18-Aug-15 N5743W Bell 206 Cresco, US-Iowa

According to the pilot, he departed with 25 gallons of fuel and 80 gallons of chemical to spray a bean field near Cresco. About 5 minutes into the application, the engine lost power and the pilot initiated an autorotation to a water way on the side of a hill. Upon touchdown on the uneven terrain, the main rotor blades contacted and severed the tailboom. The pilot shutdown and exited the helicopter.

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18-Aug-15 N17YS Schweizer 300C Las Vegas, US-Nevada

hard landing off field.  Substantially damaged

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18-Aug-15 N5VH Robinson R22 Prescott, US-Arizona

Training accident.  Recording of ATC transmissions on this YouTube video.

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18-Aug-15 N86EH Robinson R22B Ronkonkoma, US-New York

Details TBA

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18-Aug-15 CHR Safari Nanaimo, Canada

The helicopter landed on a gravel bar about 15 nm west of Nanaimo Airport, BC (CYCD). Shortly after landing the pilot engaged the cyclic control lock and exited the helicopter to take a photograph with the engine running and rotors turning. After re-entering the helicopter, it was lifted off into a hover with the cyclic control lock still engaged. The aircraft rolled over and was substantially damaged.

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17-Aug-15 G-LHXL Robinson R44 Goodwood, UK

Large taildragger fixed wing (Boeing Stearman N56200) taxied directly into the parked and unattended R44, causing extensive damage to cabin, avionics etc.

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15-Aug-15 SE-JJM Airbus H120 Reisadalen, Norway

Ferry flight at approximately 2-300 ft (AGL). Turbulence experienced. Due to an observation on ground, pilot initiated a 360 degree turn with 15 degree bank to the right. Airspeed varied between 80 to 45 kt during the turn due to wind conditions. In the last part of the turn, the pilot experienced a loss of lift, pushed the cyclic forward and increased collective to 117 % torque, but helicopter continued downwards and hit the ground vertically. The helicopter was exposed to the heavy landing and the landing gear was deformed. In addition the attachment structure for the tail skid was damaged. The nose hit a stone and the right hand windshield cracked

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15-Aug-15 XC-VVE Bell 429 Balleza, Mexico

Crashed from a reported 5m altitude and subsequenty consumed by fire.  VVIP on board – Chihuahua State Governor Cesar Duarte; his wife, Lady Bertha Gómez Duarte; journalist Lolita Ayala; two of his aides and a security element. The passengers and crew were taken to the General Hospital of Parral for evaluation – and early reports stated “injuries, but not life threatening”

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15-Aug-15 N120LA Bell 412EP Whittier, US-California

Emergency landing in a cemetery, during which the main blades sliced the tail boom off.  Helicopter substantially damaged but remained on its skids

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14-Aug-15 N485AE Bell 407 San Antonio, US-Texas

Struck lower tail fin on concrete curb while repositioning after refuelling

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14-Aug-15 N15HX Bell 205A-1 La Verne, US-California

Struck powerlines and made a controlled landing in Angeles National Forest.  Substantially damaged

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13-Aug-15 N3103Q Robinson R22 Caldwell, US-Idaho

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12-Aug-15 5N-BGD Sikorsky S76C Oworonshoki, Nigeria (6F)

Crashed into Lagos Lagoon, on approach to the Murtala Muhammed International Airport at Lagos.Names were released by the AIB and published by Vanguard:-

  • 6 recovered,named as Joshua Emekeme, Dolu Ebiejuara, Onoriode Onojete, Solomon Udeh, Iniala Opaimi, Chukwudi Onah
  • 6 fatalities, named as pilot Peter Bello co-pilot Jay Wyatt, Chukwuma Erise, Chidi Ukwunta, Ita Ekpeyong, and Chis Abua

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11-Aug-15 N74823 Bell 47D1 Clanton, US-Alabama

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08-Aug-15 RA-04383 Robinson R44 Alehnovo, Russia (4F)

Mid-air with Cessna U206F Floatplane RA-67523 killing all four in the R44 and five in the Cessna.  Initial reports say the Cessna pilot was taking off in the evening into the sun and likely did not see the helicopter

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08-Aug-15 CS-HIA Airbus AS350B3 Lapa, Portugal

Positioning flight back to base at low level when it crashed and was written off

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07-Aug-15 N20KD Robinson R44 Dover, US-Wisconsin

Agricultural helicopter hit wire and crashed into cornfield.  Pilot injured and to hospital

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06-Aug-15 Mil Mi-17 Zabul province, Afghanistan (17F)

Crashed in unknown circumstances.  Helicopter was flying between Zabul’s capital of Qalat and the town of Shinkay, 20 kilometers (12 miles) away. Accident killed all on board –  12 soldiers and five crew members. The Taliban claimed they had shot down the aircraft

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06-Aug-15 Mil Mi-17 Lassan Nawab, Pakistan (12F)

The helicopter, involved in medical evacuation work after recent floods, was en route from Rawalpindi to Gilgit when it crashed near Lassan Nawab. Local media reported that weather was a contributory factor, and noted that there was a post-crash fire. The deceased were named as Major Humayun (Pilot), Major Muzammil (Pilot), Major Shahzad (Doctor), Major Atif (Doctor), Major Usman (Doctor), Havaldar Munir Abbasi, Nursing Assistant Amanullah, Naik Amir Saeed, Naik OT Maqbool, Sepoy Rehmat-ullah and Sepoy Waqar.

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06-Aug-15 EP-662 Mil Mi-17 Piura, Peru (1F)

Student Dioselinda Zapata Feijó was walking near the helicopter shortly after it landed was struck fatally by the tail rotor, after reportedly ignoring the security cordon. Municipal official Kathia Izquierdo said the woman’s brother reported she was trying to deliver a letter to the Cabinet chief asking that a relative be freed from prison.

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06-Aug-15 Mil Mi-17 Khot, Pakistan

Pakistan Air Force helicopter, engaged in relief and rescue efforts, crashed in the Khot area of upper Chitral, injuring several people. Media reports say the blades hit a tree, un-stablilising the helicopter on take=off, and it subsequently hit a house and crashed.

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06-Aug-15 N800BP Robinson R22 Hollywood, US-Florida

Precautionary landing on golf course. Later cleared for onward flight

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05-Aug-15 N43792 MD Helicopters 500E Whitefish, US-Montana

Crashed into Beaver Lake while picking up water to fight a fire

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05-Aug-15 N9427F Hughes 300B Atkinson, US-Illinois

Agricultural Pilot Marion Turpin was seriously injured when his helicopter crashed into soybean crop after hitting powerlines at low level. Post crash fire

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