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12-Mar-13 Bell AH-1 Shfela, Israel (2F)

Accident around 1am local on night training mission.  Both reservists killed, named by IDF as Lt.-Col. (res.) Noam Ron, 49, and Maj. (res.) Erez Flekser, 31. The pilots had radioed the Palmahim air base before the crash, saying they would land there in six minutes. There was no distress call prior to the accident.

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12-Mar-13 AVIC Z-9 Lusaka City Airport, Zambia (1F)

Major Misapa Mukupa was killed in an accident at Lusaka City Airport, while co-pilot Captain Kenneth Chilala sustained minor injuries

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11-Mar-13 Sikorsky UH-60 Daman district, Afghanistan (5F)

Helicopter went down during rain storm

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11-Mar-13 Sikorsky S76C++ Muskegon, US-Michigan

Rotor downdraft caused the trunk of a parked vehicle parked in the lot to fly open. The trunk lid then flew back and smashed the back window of the vehicle.

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09-Mar-13 RA-22472 Mil Mi-8AMT Bukavu, Congo (4F)

Crashed in mountainous area in poor weather, flying for United Nations.  Photo suggests controlled flight into terrain.

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09-Mar-13 ZK-IHU Robinson R66 Oamaru Valley, New Zealand (1F)

Crashed on a ridge above the Oamaru Valley, east of Turangi, after dropping off a hunting party.  The body of pilot Mark Didsbury was found 50m away from the helicopter

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07-Mar-13 Eurocopter/IAR SA330L Bacau, Romania (2F)

Two killed and three injured when helicopter crashed on training flight.  The two fatalities were named by the Romanian military as Petty Officer Lawrence Chiru and Sergeant Basil Manolache

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07-Mar-13 N909SH Eurocopter EC145 Humboldt, US-South Dakota

Emergency landing after bird strike – while flying a patient from Mitchell to Sioux Falls

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05-Mar-13 IN445 Eurocopter SA316B Visakhapatanam, India (2F)

Crashed off the Vishakhapatnam harbour  Two crew members were immediately rescued while two others were missing and a search was underway for them.

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15-Mar-13 Sikorsky MH-60R Chula Vista, US-California

Precautionary landing today at Terra Nova Park in Chula Vista.  No one was injured as a result of the landing and there was no damage to the aircraft.

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04-Mar-13 Eurocopter EC505 Tiger Linderhof, Germany

Crashed into a field and caught fire

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03-Mar-13 OM-ECI Eurocopter EC120 Horný Čepeň, Slovakia (1F)

Helicopter struck wire and fell into river, killing teenage passenger and injuring the other three on board.  On report stated there were traces of alcohol on the 40 year old pilot

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03-Mar-13 MOI-12 Sikorsky S92 Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (1F)

Crew Member (named as First Class Pvt Abdul Aziz Bin Abdullah Al Qah’tani ) fell from the helicopter and died during the celebration of the World Civil Defence Day

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03-Mar-13 N911LL Bell 407 Scottsbluff, US-Nebraska

Bird strike to side of helicopter very shortly after night take-off

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02-Mar-13 N471M Hughes 500C Majuro, Marshall Islands (1F)

The helicopter from one fishing boat crashed into another boat while they were fishing near the Marshall Islands, seriously injuring a Chinese fisherman, 48-year old Shuiyao Wang, who died at sea two days later.    Filipino pilot Thomas Bustos, 51,  is being treated for injuries

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02-Mar-13 N834RC Robinson R44 Ciales, Puerto Rico

Struck powerlines and crashed, reportedly after engine failure.  Helicopter destroyed

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01-Mar-13 F-GPGM Eurocopter SA316B Chattonay, France (1F)

Collided with trees and crashed into a lake killing the pilot

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25-Feb-13 FAP-667 Schweizer 300C Centro Poblado Camacho, Peru

Training accident, helicopter ended up on its side in grassy field.  The two occupants of the aircraft were identified as pilot Captain Manuel Poblete FAP Pardo Aguilar (30) and passenger Major FAP Candle Italo Fernandez (36)

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25-Feb-13 EJC-3378 Mil Mi-17 San Juan de Sumapaz, Colombia

Crashed from low level hover due to high winds

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25-Feb-13 Bell UH-1N Parshall, US-North Dakota

Helicopter from Minot AFB made emergency landing, which injured two of the five occupants

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24-Feb-13 EJC-2154 Sikorsky UH-60L Vistahermosa, Colombia (4F)

Crashed and exploded (possibly due to a mine) while engaged with  FARC guerrillas

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24-Feb-13 ZK-HAD Robinson R44 Lake Rotorua, New Zealand

Witnesses heard a loud bang before the R44 on a scenic tour made an emergency landing in the lake.  Helicopter remained upright in less than 1m of water.  All 4 POB exited safely

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24-Feb-13 SX-HJV Eurocopter AS355N Trikala, Greece

Helicopter suffered gunshot damage in bungled prison breakout

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23-Feb-13 Kabwe, Zambia

Emergency landing, while carrying journalists accompanying Vice president Guy Scott

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22-Feb-13 N917EM Eurocopter AS350B2 Oklahoma City, US-Oklahoma (2F)

Crashed close to buildings.  Pilot Mark Montgomery and crew member Chris Denning killed, third crew member Billy Wynn is critical. (names were released here) Two explosions after the helicopter crash landed in upright position.  Completely burnt out in post-crash fire.

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20-Feb-13 Boeing CH-46E Phitsanulok, Thailand

Hard emergency landing in a forest in Phitsanulok province.  Four of six (or seven?) occupants were admitted to hospital – Brigan Forney, Sarah Smith, Matthew Marcinko and Gavin Christian. Brigan Forney is reported to be suffering serious burns.  Helicopter was taking part in Exercise “Cobra Gold 2013”

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20-Feb-13 HB-YJX Elisport CH-7 Kienberg, Germany

Helicopter destroyed on landing in mountainous region on German side of border with Austria, pilot seriously injured.   Ground was snow covered, and accident occurred at around 1,700m (5,577 ft) altitude

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18-Feb-13 N20620 Bell 206 Ely, US-Nevada (1F)

Ted McBride, 74, died after contact with a power line during agricultural operations

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18-Feb-13 Sikorsky S92 North Sea, UK

Emergency shutdown on rig after overheating indication, which later turned out to be false

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17-Feb-13 VH-VDC Enstrom 480B Trida, Australia

Crop spraying helicopter hit powerlines and crashed.

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16-Feb-13 Woodland, US-California

Helicopter was powered-up but still on the ground, when the engineer reached in through the open door and hit a lever, causing it to take off to a few feet altitude and then crash onto its side away from the engineer.  A second person was present, but it is unclear from the press report whether they were in the helicopter or  not.  The crash caused the engine to separate

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15-Feb-13 VH-VSA Eurocopter BK117B2 Port Pirie, Australia

Emergency landing after mechanical issues

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15-Feb-13 D-HDRJ Eurocopter BK117C1 Mitterberg, Austria

Severe damage to rotor blades and skid after being hit by a truck while parked on is base helipad at Fresach/Freizeitpark Millstättersee Heliport, Austria. All four rotorblades including the rotorhead had to be changed, causing a total damage of 600.000 €

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15-Feb-13 UP-BL007 Bell 206L3 Bakanas, Kazakhstan

Five POB – pilot and four tourists, including two from Ukraine.  No injuries

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15-Feb-13 N820DF Robinson R44 Honolulu, US-Hawaii

FAA report

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15-Feb-13 C-FVIT Eurocopter AS350B2 Quebec/Jean-Lesage, Canada

Ground vehicle skidded on ice and ran into parked helicopter, causing significant damage.  CADAORS ref 2013Q0397

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14-Feb-13 Eurocopter EC145 Danville, US-Pennsylvania

EMS EC145 clipped crane on hospital it was operating out of

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14-Feb-13 HK-2887 Bell 206B Caldono, Colombia

Four injured in emergency landing in a garden.  Pilot Eduardo Augusto Ospina was flying three military personnel – mobile brigade commander 29, Colonel Carlos Salamanca; Corporal Hector Fabio Sogamoso, and professional soldier Jaider Cardenas Posso.

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14-Feb-13 N337PW Bell OH-58A Pine Springs, US-Texas

Substantially damaged after tail rotor failure

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12-Feb-13 S2-AFZ MD Helicopters MD600 Nawraparha, Bangladesh

Autorotation landing from 1000ft, main blades cut tail boom.  Corporate operation.  MD600 remained upright and all six got out with some injuries.   Six were identified as Tahmina Mostofa, 24,  Asif Iqbal, 45, Kazi Safayet Hossain, 45, Abul Kalam, and pilots Gulzar Hossain, 42, and Shafiqul Islam, 35.

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11-Feb-13 Mil Mi-171 Caspian Sea, Azerbaijan (3F)

Crashed into the sea on an EMS mission, killing all three on board – named as Captain Yashar Ahmadov, Senior Lieutenant Rustam Rustamov and Lieutenant Bahruz Zeynalov

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11-Feb-13 N360AW Bell 206B Albuquerque, US-New Mexico

Substantially damaged in force landing – helicopter ended up on its side.  Aerowest Helicopters operating for New Mexico Dept of of Game and Fish.  All three occupants injured – one Game & Fish officer, one veterinarian and the helicopter pilot reported minor injuries.

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10-Feb-13 N59518 Bell 206B Acton, US-California (3F)

Three killed when a JetRanger went down at 3.42am on a reality TV shoot on a remote ranch.  Helicopter had been supplied via Crossbow Helicopters, who act as brokers between film companies and helicopter operators.  Photos posted of this 206 on Orbic Air’s website (example) in the last few weeks indicate that it carried their titles as operator.  Casualties named as pilot David Gibbs, 59, cinematographer Darren Rydstrom, 46, and Michael Donatelli, 45 – they were involved in filming for the Discovery Channel.

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10-Feb-13 N802KA Bell 206B Paso Robles, US-California

Helicopter destroyed per FAA data

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09-Feb-13 I-LALM Robinson R22 Pontecagnano, Italy

Private pilot injured in accident on take-off.  Local language TV report at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eDXhMP-fBrU

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08-Feb-13 Boeing CH-47 Rowsley, UK

Shattered windscreen from bird strike.  Emergency field landing

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07-Feb-13 VH-EWM Eurocopter AS350B2 Hobart, Australia

Firefighting helicopter collided with terrain. The pilot sustained minor injuries and the helicopter was substantially damaged.  Helicopter was contracted to Tasmania Fire Service

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06-Feb-12 G-WNSH Sikorsky S92 North Sea, UK

Reported lightning strike – shipped to Norway for repair by associated company HeliOne.   Helicopter has not flown in the two months after 6th February, so while that date is not 100% confirmed, it would be very close if it is not correct.

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06-Feb-13 N5072R Hiller UH-12B Meritt Island, US-Florida

Heavy landing from 75ft after pilot reported loss of power,  Port skid collapsed, tail rotor damaged.  3 POB, 1 to hospital, 2 refused.

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05-Feb-13 F-GYBH Eurocopter AS350B3 Cormet-de-Roselend, France

Pilot chose to make precautionary landing due to deteriorating weather.  Helicopter rolled over when landing on snowy surface

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03-Feb-13 C-GPHN Eurocopter AS350BA Sept-Îles, Canada

Training accident. Two of three on board injured. CADAORS ref 2013Q0276

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02-Feb-13 ZP-HAH Robinson R44 Puerto Antequera, Paraguay (3F)

Presidential candidate Lino Oviedo died in the accident along with his bodyguard Derlis Galeano, and the pilot, Ramón Aurelio Picco.  The flight was scheduled for 7.15pm but did not take off until 9.00pm, despite objections from the pilot that the helicopter was not suitably equipped for night flight and that there was an approaching storm front.

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01-Feb-13 N3059Q Robinson R22 Gillett, US-Texas

Helicopter crashed while hunting feral hogs at low level, ending up on its port side. Two persons were injured in the crash which happened about 2:45pm local

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31-Jan-13 N333PJ Robinson R22 Kailua, US-Hawaii

Hard landing

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31-Jan-13 RA-31803 Kamov Ka32 Russia

Emergency landing – reportedly due to a hydraulic problem.  HeliHub.com research queries whether registration was actually RA-31603

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31-Jan-13 Boeing AH-64D Raleigh, US-North Carolina

Emergency landing after electrical malfunction

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30-Jan-13 N153P Bell 206L3 LaTrobe, US-Pennsylvania

Helicopter blown onto its side by high winds

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29-Jan-13 Eurocopter AS350 Havasu, US-Arizona

Precautionary landing in park after oil pressure warning

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28-Jan-13 C-GOCM Robinson R44 Grand Cache, Canada (1F)

Survey helicopter overdue.  Weather may have been an issue as a Canadian military Bell 412 involved in the search had to return to base due to weather.  CADAORS 2013C0386

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28-Jan-13 ZK-HKV Eurocopter EC130 Hawkes Bay, New Zealand

Emergency landing after fuel indication dropped to zero with rotor speed warning.  Apparent wiring issue

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26-Jan-13 N9041U Hiller UH-12B Adams Ranch, US-Florida

Apparent engine failure on a flight to shoot feral hogs.   Pilot William Harward and his two passengers, Massad Ayoob and Jonathan Strayer, were treated at Raulerson Memorial Hospital in Okeechobee and released

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26-Jan-13 PR-HBE Eurocopter AS355N Ipixuna, Brazil

When on finals, pilot noticed master caution light illuminated, and an indication of low oil pressure in engine No.2.  Shut down immediately, got out and noticed fire from the exhaust – used extinguisher to quell the fire but was not fully successful.  N2 turbine had got jammed.

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25-Jan-13 228 Mil Mi-171Sh Duga Resa, Croatia

Emergency landing at night on snow after overheating.  Stayed a while and returned to base in Zagreb.  Serial 228 to be confirmed (may possibly be 226).  Aircraft type is Mi-171Sh and not Mi-8 per the press reports.

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25-Jan-13 ZS-RYP Robinson R44 Grey Goose, South Africa

Helicopter came down after hitting powerlines.  Pilot  Francois Liebenberg and his two passengers were all taken to hospital with injuries. Close up video tour of wreckage here on YouTube

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24-Jan-13 Agusta-Bell 212 Praia, Italy

Precautionary landing on sports pitch. probably weather related

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23-Jan-13 Mil Mi-8 Dudinka, Russia

Avionics problem and pilot returned to his departure point at Dudinka.  Aircraft was operating a regular flight number 9356 on route Dudinka – Ust-Awam – n Volochanka.  No injuries to 3 crew and 12 passengers

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22-Jan-13 ZK-IMZ Robinson R22B Nokomai Station, New Zealand

Helicopter was flying up a valley and suddenly lost altitude due to a suspected downdraft. the helicopter hit the ground and rolled 6 times, breaking off the tail

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22-Jan-13 N143PG Eagle Helicycle Mesa, US-Arizona

Emergency landing in residential area.  Skids collapsed, pilot walked away.  Pilot was flying from Chandler to Falcon Field in Mesa.  Plenty of photos of the helicopter in happier times on this page

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21-Jan-13 PR-JBN Bell 206B Jaragua, Brazil (1F)

Crashed and hit house killing one of four on board

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21-Jan-13 ZK-HIY Robinson R22B Karamea, New Zealand

Helicopter experienced unusual vibrations while flying at 4500ft. Pilot decided to make a precautionary landing but the tail struck the ground during landing and helicopter rolled over.

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19-Jan-13 VH-HGI Robinson R22 Batchelor, Australia

During the final approach, the pilot conducted a missed approach. The pilot subsequently lost control and the helicopter collided with the ground.

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19-Jan-13 VH-ZMN Bell 206B Baskerville, Australia

During low-level aerial filming operations, the helicopter rotated quickly to the right and descended. The pilot made an emergency landing on the sloping terrain. The helicopter rolled over and was subtantially damaged with minor injuries to the occupants.

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18-Jan-13 ZU-HRS Westland-Bell 47G.3B.1 Hibberdene, South Africa

Pilot heard a change in the engine pitch and managed an emergency landing before the helicopter burst into flames.  Agricultural ops

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18-Jan-13 Mil Mi-17 Timberwara, India

Force landing after being shot at by militants – photos here.  The hydraulic system and genrators were damaged.  1 of the 7 POB was injured

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17-Jan-13 N26NE Robinson R22 Ellington, US-Connecticut

Rolled over onto starboard side on training flight, 2 POB not injured

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