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04-Aug-15 VT-PHK Airbus AS365N3 Khonsa, India (3F)

Went missing over dense jungle. Foggy weather during flight.  Wreckage not located until 10-Aug-15

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04-Aug-15 D-HBRM Hughes 500C Ramatuelle, France

Substantially damaged in autorotation landing after pilot noticed a decrease in engine power

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03-Aug-15 N4002G Bell 47G3B1 Camden, US-Alabama

The pilot reported that when he was at 300 feet altitude and half a mile out on approach, the hydraulics to the controls went out and they became very stiff. He elected to continue the approach into the landing zone. During the landing touchdown, the heel of the left skid struck a berm, rocking the helicopter forward. Subsequently the toe of the right skid struck the ground causing the helicopter to oscillate and start to roll to the left. The pilot attempted to correct, but the helicopter continued to rollover until it impacted the ground.

As the pilot evacuated the cockpit, he turned off the fuel and electrical equipment. Fuel was pouring out of the right tank into the area around the cockpit and engine. As he walked away he heard “crackling, popping, then a whoosh.” as the fuel ignited.

An inspector with the FAA responded to the accident site and examined the wreckage. The cockpit was consumed by the post impact fire and there was fire damage to the engine and transmission components. The tail boom remained attached to the fuselage, but was bent mid span. Both rotor blades were fire damaged near the rotor head and exhibited strike damage further out that occurred during the accident sequence.

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02-Aug-15 RF-95316 Mil Mi-28N Dubrovichi, Russia (1F)

During a display of the “Golden Eagles” display team, one of the helicopters started to spin on its axis and gradually descend until it hit the ground hard, killing the pilot and seriously injuring the co-pilot.  Post crash fire

Full video of the accident here and here (second one shows co-pilot emerging from the helicopter)

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01-Aug-15 OO-KMN Robinson R44 Belgium

Date is estimated, and may be any time in the range 23-Jun (last known flight) to 05-Aug, when the helicopter was seen damaged on a trailer in the insurance compound at Fairoaks Airport in the UK. Helicopter looks mostly complete, but tail boom a little bent and the lower part of the tail is bent round, suggesting a tail strike.

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31-Jul-15 I-CMCM Airbus AS350B3 Alpe Zocca, Italy (3F)

Hit mountain, and subsequent crash killed all three on board – pilot Folini Augustine, engineer Stefano Olcelli, and flight engineer Marco Gianatti

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30-Jul-15 C-GBPS Airbus AS350BA Rigolet, Canada (1F)

While operating in the vicinity of Rigolet, Newfoundland & Labrador, the helicopter contacted wires and crashed. CADORS 2015A0667

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29-Jul-15 N6095U Airbus AS350B2 Tucson, US-Arizona

The Customs and Border Patrol Instructor Pilot demonstrated an autorotation, yet misjudged the flare. Helicopter destroyed

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29-Jul-15 I-GASF Schweizer 300C Gratosoglio, Italy

Helicopter written off in agricultural accident

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28-Jul-15 Mil Mi-17 Hradisko, Slovakia (1F)

The helicopter crashed during a routine training exercise and the helicopter burnt out in the post-crash fire.  One fatal, two seriously injured

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28-Jul-15 VH-JEW Cicare CH-7B Roy Hill Station, Australia (1F)

Initial ATSB report says “collided with terrain”.

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27-Jul-15 RDPL-34062 Mil Mi-17 Longcheng, Laos (23F)

Weather played a significant part in this accident, and helicopter wreckage was found on the slopes of a mountain.  Helicopter had made three attempts to take off from the capital Vientiane due to the weather.

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27-Jul-15 5Y-HCC Robinson R44 Karuga, Kenya

Landing accident with helicopter ending on its starboard side.  3 POB not serious injured

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25-Jul-15 D-HDIM Robinson R22 Davis Strait, Canada

Helicopter was operating VFR from CYFB Iqaluit, NU to BGGH Nuuk, Greenland as part of a solo circumnavigation attempt. The pilot (Sergey Ananov from Russia) autorotated and ditched the aircraft in the Davis Strait, 204 nm east of CYFB, reportedly due to a broken drive belt. He was wearing an immersion suit and managed to take the life raft while exiting the aircraft. The aircraft sank. There was no ELT signal captured. Although there were several alerting devices on board the aircraft, the pilot only had time to retrieve the life raft before the aircraft sank. He managed to swim to a nearby ice floe. The pilot was being tracked by a responsible person. When the target had not moved for a period of 30 minutes, authorities were advised and search & rescue efforts commenced. Rescue efforts were affected by dense fog. The pilot floated on the ice floe until noticing the lights of the Coast Guard vessel 3 miles away. He fired a flare to attract attention and was rescued by helicopter approximately 32 hours after ditching. He was not injured.

CADORS 2015C2735

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24-Jul-15 C-FNOB Bell 407 Bugaboo Provincial Park, Canada

Transporting 6 workers from the Bobbie Burns lodge when the engine lost power. The pilot carried out an emergency landing to an area of new growth trees. The landing with low rotor rpm was hard, but the helicopter stayed upright. The tail section of the helicopter was struck by a main rotor blade and severed. The pilot and 2 passengers had no injuries, 3 passengers had minor injuries and 1 incurred a serious injury. CADORS 2015P1390

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24-Jul-15 C-FRAP Robinson R44 Strathroy, Canada

Helicopter was being used to spray fungicide on fields of corn. The pilot approached and overflew one field checking for hazards and wind conditions, and then began a spray swath across the field. Midway through the first swath, the pilot heard the low rotor horn sound. Manually rolling the throttle up did not prevent the rotor RPM from continuing to drop. The pilot then attempted a quick stop and a controlled autorotation into the corn. The helicopter was substantially damaged by the impact but the pilot who was wearing a four point shoulder harness and a helmet was not injured.

CADORS 2015O1892

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24-Jul-15 N1396X Bell 47G.4A Gilbert, US-Iowa

Substantially damaged after force landing in a field during aerial application work

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23-Jul-15 N520NS Robinson R22 Corona, US-California

Substantially damaged after “force landing in the dirt” (FAA)

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22-Jul-15 JA6777 Airbus AS332L1 Akita Prefecture, Japan

Took off from a temporary helipad in Akita prefecture, Japan at about 11:31 Japan Standard Time. While carrying a hut, at an altitude of about 300 ft, three of the doors of the hut were dropped. Each of them was about 5 kg and 180 cm by 90 cm. No one was injured. The helicopter sustained no damage

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22-Jul-15 G-BYKF Enstrom 28F Dunkeswell, UK

Details to be confirmed, but reported “in a nose down attitude in the business park”

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21-Jul-15 Eurocopter Tiger Darwin, Australia

Precautionary landing by a road after warning light illuminated – later cleared for direct flight back to base

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21-Jul-15 81-23609 Sikorsky UH-60 McPherson, US-Kansas

Main blades contacted tail boom in night training landing

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20-Jul-15 VH-YHF AgustaWestland AW139 Litchfield National Park, Australia

EMS Aircraft went AOG on scene and could not take off.

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20-Jul-15 N121PT Bell UH-1H Walla Walla, US-Washington

Press “pilot walked away from an emergency landing”.  FAA “Aircraft destroyed”.  Firefighting ops.

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19-Jul-15 D-HAID Airbus BK117B2 Mannheim, Germany

Static and unattended EMS helicopter was blown partly off its mobile helipad in severe weather, leaving it with its tail resting on the ground.  Known as Christoph 53.  See Photo

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19-Jul-15 N280CH Enstrom 280FX Carlingford, Ireland

Heavy landing, and likely “unscheduled”.  Main blades damaged and available photo shows some damage on starboard side.  Skids not visible in long grass and nose of helicopter almost hit dry stone wall.

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18-Jul-15 1209 TP-1 Oryx Goma, DRCongo

Nosewheel collapsed during ground taxi after hitting 5cm edge of newly laid tarmac.  operating for UN

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17-Jul-15 OM-ATB Agusta 109K2 Hrabusice, Slovakia (4F)

EMS helicopter hit wires at 50ft agl on approach to scene landing – crashed into a deep gulley in the valley of the Hornád River killing all four on board

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16-Jul-15 N804DF Robinson R44 Fentress, US-Texas

Force landing in field.  3 POB.  Minor damage

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16-Jul-15 D-HCOL Airbus AS350B2 Portugal

Aerial electrical cable collision following water discharge during fire-fighting operation. The pilot managed to immediately land the helicopter. Initial assessment reveals bucket, helicopter tail and one main rotor blade damage.

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15-Jul-15 G-BXTH Airbus SA341G Abbeyshrule, Ireland

Helicopter ended up on its side on a narrow strip of grass between hotel and canal after main blades struck building.  Unclear from early press reports whether it was an intentional or emergency landing.  Pilot “detained on suspicion of endangerment”

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15-Jul-15 N8337Z Robinson R44 Sandusky, US-Michigan

Helicopter landed at a manufacturing business, severing powerline.  After brief stop on the ground – and “the authorities had arrived at the scene“, the helicopter took off again and departed the area

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14-Jul-15 Sikorsky UH-60 El Bejuco, Colombia (4F)

Helicopter on anti-drug operation landed in a clearing which was mined – the mine exploded, killing four, seriously injuring two and minor injuries to another four.  Full infra-red video released from second helicopter providing top cover above.

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14-Jul-15 HB-ZIS Airbus AS350B3 Guggigletscher, Switzerland (1F)

Pilot, the only occupant, killed in crash of Air Glaciers helicopter at Guggigletscher nr Lauterbrunnen.   Helicopter came down vertically and the cabin area burnt out.  Tail boom, tail , stabiliser and tail rotors all remain attached.

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14-Jul-15 VH-VOH Robinson R44 Alice Springs, Australia

During mustering operations, the helicopter collided with terrain, resulting in substantial damage (photo). The pilot, who was the sole occupant of the helicopter, sustained minor injuries.

Final report says “According to the Carburettor Icing Probability chart, the conditions indicated a high probability of serious carburettor icing at descent power.”

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14-Jul-15 Mil MI-172 Gohpur, India

Pawan Hans helicopter with 19 passengers and three crew members on board made emergency landing after sudden change in weather

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13-Jul-15 N184SH Robinson R22 Caldwell, US-Idaho

Main blade struck tail boom on landing

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12-Jul-15 N498PT Airbus AS350B Bridgeport, US-California

On landing, object flew out and struck blades

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12-Jul-15 N441MM Robinson R22 Panguitch, US-Utah

Pilot Duane Fielding, of St. George, and his 14-year-old son/passenger were not seriously injured.  Gust of wind while in a low hover led tail to touch the ground, causing the helicopter to become unstable and crash

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12-Jul-15 Mosquito XE Town of Norway, US-Wisconsin

Eyewitnesses report helicopter fell to the ground suddenly from a 15ft hover.  Pilot to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries

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12-Jul-15 N577AT Robinson R44 Viola, US-Tennessee

Substantially damaged after hitting wires during agricultural operations

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11-Jul-15 C-FWTK Bell 412 Slave Lake, Canada

Crashed on firefighting ops, pilot to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries

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10-Jul-15 C-FTJG Robinson R44 Canmore, Canada

There were no reported injuries among the 4 souls on board. Search and rescue located the site via emergency locator transmitter (ELT) signal and extracted the occupants. Unknown damage to the aircraft. CADORS 2015C2524

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10-Jul-15 N572AM Airbus AS350B2 Tallahassee, US-Florida

Emergency field landing.  Pilot was only one on board

Date could be 09-Jul-15 (press report was very early morning on 10-Jul-15)

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10-Jul-15 Mil Mi-171 Apatrampa, Ghana

Flight with Ghana’s President John Mahama and First lady Lordina Maham on board.  Landed due to severe weather.  No mention in local press as to whether pilot obtained a forecast before take-off

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09-Jul-15 Bell 407 Jiangde, China (2F)

2 fatal and 5 injured when helicopter of State Grid General Aviation Company crashed at Tongyong Airport.  Photo shows helicopter missing one blade – another photo here

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08-Jul-15 N3QY Bell 206L4 Sacramento, US-California

Force landed on school property.  FAA has no other details, but industry forum suggesting engine failure.  Helicopter is operated by TV station KCRA

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07-Jul-15 12414 Sikorsky S61 Lawrencetown, Canada

helicopter was on a routine flight when the crew noticed a drop in hydraulic pressure and were forced to land

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07-Jul-15 Leguruki, Tanzania

4 POB injured and to hospital after helicopter crashes shortly after take off in poor weather.  Helicopter was transporting MP Joshua Nassari who was speaking on an election event.

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06-Jul-15 YU-HET Airbus SA342J Stapleford, UK

During ground run post-maintenance, the SA342J Gazelle took off to 10ft and then dropped to the ground.  MW Helicopters engineer on board was reportedly not a qualified pilot – and was not injured in the accident.  Starboard skid ripped off, tail boom badly creased.

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05-Jul-15 RP-C2726 AgustaWestland AW109E Mt. Maculot, Philippines (2F)

8 POB and photos show helicopter crashed in mountainous area and completely destroyed – some reports such as this one state the weather was “heavy rain and thick fog”.  This news item has a video report from the crash scene

Pilot Felicisimo Taborlupa was killed in the accident, and Archimedes “Archie” King, founder and owner of the Victoria Court motel chain died later at the Martin Marasigan Memorial Memorial Hospital in Cuenca. The six injured passengers were named as King’s wife, Ling-ling, Tatler Philippines editor-in-chief Anton San Diego, Christopher Chilip, Patricia Chilip, and model-designer Tina Maristela-Ocampo and her husband Rico.

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05-Jul-15 Sikorsky UH-60 Tamaulipas, Mexico

Came under fire from the ground in an area regarded as the centre of a turf war between rival drugs cartels

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05-Jul-15 Elisport CH-7 Gruffy, France

Crashed into field and burned out.  Pilot seriously injured. Helicopter type to be confirmed

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05-Jul-15 F-PAKZ Aerokopter AK1-3 Mülheim, Germany

Crashed into the Moselle river.  Two occupants jumped clear and swam to safety

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03-Jul-15 N390LG Airbus AS350B3e Frisco, US-Colorado (1F)

With pilot and two paramedics on board, the helicopter started spinning shortly after take off and crashed about 20 seconds later, causing fatal injuries to pilot Patrick Mahany.The helicopter hit a parked pickup truck and travel camper and the helicopter was consumed by the ensuing fire.

Flight paramedic Dave Repsher was burned in the crash and was described shortly after as being in critical condition, while flight nurse Matt Bowe sustained unspecified injuries and is in fair condition.

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03-Jul-15 N974BR Airbus EC130 Somerset, US-Colorado

Clipped powerline and damaged blades.  Landed with no injuries to those on board

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02-Jul-15 D2-EWA Airbus AS365N3 Nhime, Angola (6F)

Crashed and burnt out.  Wreckage not found for six days.  Helicopter was being operated for National Institute of Medical Emergencies

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01-Jul-15 N9490F Hughes 300C Asotin, US-Washington (2F)

Two fatalities – later named as Hudson Simmons and Hayden Simmons. Unknown circumstances

Location is very close to state line. Incident location reported relative to both Lewiston ID and Asotin WA which are opposite sides of the river forming the state line at this point.

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01-Jul-15 N2096W Schweizer 300C Chehalem Airpark, US-Oregon (2F)

Crashed on routine night training flight, killing instructor and student.  A later report named the instructor as Anthony Gallerai and the student as Kristian Blackwell

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01-Jul-15 N824DK Robinson R44 Gettysburg, US-South Dakota

Clipped a power line on climb-out at 9.30pm, landed and skidded on a highway and came to a stop in a ditch

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30-Jun-15 St John’s, Canada

 helicopter en route to the West Hercules drilling rig returned to base due to a low oil pressure indication in one of its two engines. The incident occurred on Tuesday, June 30 when the helicopter was 20 km outside St. John’s. The helicopter returned to St. John’s without incident and the seven passengers on board were briefed by the pilots.

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30-Jun-15 C-GXLD Airbus AS350B2 Fort Simpson, Canada

conducting forest fire fighting operations in the area of Fort Simpson, NT. Prior to landing in CYFS, the pilot maneuvered to set down the water bucket. While preparing to set down on the landing pad beside the bucket, the tail rotor blades contacted a fuel drum. The helicopter touched down shortly thereafter and remained upright. There was significant damage to the tail rotor, tail rotor gear box, tail boom, ventral fin and collateral damage to the horizontal stabilizer from tail rotor blade fragments. The pilot, who was the sole occupant, was uninjured. CADORS 2015C2436

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30-Jun-15 N7150J Robinson R22 Houston, US-Texas

Force landed in field.  Damage level unknown

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30-Jun-15 Sikorsky S92 St John’s, Canada

Turned back to base due to low oil pressure warning.   The culprit of the oil leak, according to Statoil, was likely a wrong-sized O-ring installed during maintenance.

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29-Jun-15 HAL Chetak Ramachandrapuram, India

Precautionary landing due to suspected engine problem.  Engineers checked it over and it returned to base at INS Dega the same evening

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29-Jun-15 Airbus MH-65 San Francisco, US-California

Landing accident on post maintenance test flight.  ended up on its side

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29-Jun-15 HB-ZRY AgustaWestland AW109SP Amden, Switzerland

Blades broke telephone line.  Pilot named in report as Schweizer Bürger

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29-Jun-15 N143SH Robinson R22 Denver, US-Colorado

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29-Jun-15 CS-HMH Airbus AS350B3 Lamoso, Portugal

Crashed into water during firefighting operations and sank

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28-Jun-15 VH-RBO Robinson R22 Daly Waters, Australia

When at about 100 ft above ground level and an airspeed of 40 knots, the pilot conducted a turn into wind. As the helicopter turned, the pilot received a low rotor rpm warning. The helicopter collided with terrain and rolled onto its side, resulting in substantial damage (photo). The pilot sustained minor injuries.

Final report says “The Robinson Helicopter Company Safety Notice SN-24 states that rotor stall due to low RPM causes a very high percentage of helicopter accidents. These mostly occur close to the ground during take-off and landing. Safety Notice SN-10 reminds pilots to have their ‘reflexes conditioned so they will instantly add throttle and lower collective to maintain RPM in an emergency’.”

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28-Jun-15 N311RL Bell 407 Platform 127, US-Gulf of Mexico

“Blown off the side of the platform” during run-up on offshore rig. 1 minor injury

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27-Jun-15 RA-05765 Robinson R44 Tisulskom, Russia (3F)

After striking a low level wire, the pilot elected to land on the shoreline (or sandbank?) of a river.  On subsequent take-off the pilot lost control and crashed – photo shows it on a rocky shoreline.

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27-Jun-15 MD Helicopters MD500 Poerua Glacier, New Zealand

Crashed on take off, injuring the pilot Brad Maclachlan and two hunters he had just picked up

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27-Jun-15 F-PPCO Rotorway 162F Montséret, France

Engine failed, and  helicopter fell onto its side during autorotation landing. Pilot and his passenger/wife got out OK

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26-Jun-15 Aberdeen, UK

Bristow aircraft returned to base after caution light illuminated – reportedly in error

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