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19-Feb-12 JA710H Eurocopter EC120 Minamifurano, Japan

“Damaged the aircraft during takeoff after the transport skiers to the summit Karifuridake, the aircraft is rolling to the right”

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18-Feb-12 D-HEDV CHR Safari Lahr, Germany (1F)

Crashed and caught fire.  Sole occupant (Gustl Schrempp – the owner) killed.

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17-Feb-12 H-501 Helibras-Eurocopter AS350B Solitario, Paraguay

crashed shortly after take-off.  5POB all safe.  Occupants included Lucio Benítez y and Walter Díaz

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17-Feb-12 N390AM Eurocopter EC130 Paris, US-Tennessee

Emergency landing after bird strike with mallard duck and cracked windshield.

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16-Feb-12 N63CF Eurocopter AS365N Dayton, US-Ohio

Rapid yaw to the left on take-off, which the pilot managed to control and bring the helicopter back to a safe landing.  Mechanic found tail/rotor servo cannon plug was coated with residual oil

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16-Feb-12 Robinson R44 Cape Town, South Africa

Heavy landing close to airport due to mechanical issues on climb out

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15-Feb-12 N407HL Bell 407 Jackson, US-Wyoming (1F)

SAR mission, very heavy landing

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15-Feb-12 N440AH Robinson R44 Austin, US-Texas

Unscheduled landing in a parking lot

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14-Feb-12 Mil Mi-8 Sundo Island, North Korea (5F)

A North Korean helicopter crash has killed five of the Stalinist country`s Cabinet-level officials, including Commerce Minister Kim Bong Chol

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13-Feb-12 N5511L Robinson R44 Charleston, US-South Carolina

Unknown circumstances

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13-Feb-12 146453 Bell 412 Yellowknife, Canada

Wirestrike approaching Yellowknife airport at around 7:50 p.m. MT with 3 POB and the aircraft sustained significant damage.  It  was returning to the airport after conducting air operations in support of Exercise Arctic Ram. It is from 408 Tactical Helicopter Detachment and is normally stationed at CFB Edmonton.  The Bell 412 is known as the CH-146 Griffon in Canadian military service.  See also p36 of this PDF

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20-Feb-12 G-SUEZ Agusta-Bell 206B Perth, UK

After suffering an engine failure at 600 ft agl the helicopter completed a successful autorotation into a field. The engine failure was a result of a fracture in fatigue of a stage-two compressor blade.

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11-Feb-12 EY-106 Mil Mi-8 Zabul Province, Afghanistan (4F)

Operated by Central Asian Aviation Services on behalf of logistics company Supreme Group.  4 fatalities were nationals of Tajikistan, including the son of the deputy defense minister, and helicopter was registered there.

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11-Feb-12 Bell 206L Kuching, Malaysia

Helicopter tasked to fly Natural Resources and Environment Minister suffered significant in-flight vibration and pilot elected to return to base.  Safe landing

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11-Feb-12 N20536 Schweizer 300C Las Vegas, US-Nevada

Fell on side during landing

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11-Feb-12 G-SRPH Robinson R44 Crossmaglen, UK

Confined site with various small buildings in the immediate vicinity. As the helicopter lifted off, it yawed to the left but  the pilot over corrected. He then applied more collective in an attempt to escape from the situation but the helicopter yawed through about 180° and reached a height of about 25 to 30 ft, before descending. Before hitting the ground, the pilot pulled the cyclic control aft, to slow down. The tail struck the ground and the main rotor blades struck a nearby Portakabin, causing it severe damage. The helicopter came to rest upright on its skids. The pilot, who had not flown in the preceding 90 days, attributed the accident to over controlling on pedals and collective.

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10-Feb-12 A-2605 Mil Mi-8MTV-1 Bukvica, Bosnia

Crashed during humanitarian aid mission – main blades severed tail boom.  11POB all safe.  Weather reported as gusty.  Potential for white-out with ground snow.  Another potential contributor was the changing CofG due to the aid being moved some metres forward in the minutes prior to the accident – see YouTube video

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09-Feb-12 N809LF Eurocopter AS350B3 Oakesdale, US-Washington

20 minutes into flight, weather rapidly changed putting helicopter in Inadvertent IMC.  Location is estimated based on cruise speed of aircraft and stated routing from Spokane to Lewiston

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08-Feb-12 G-OJMF Enstrom 280FX Barton, UK

In a run-on landing , the helicopter veered after landing and the tail rotor struck the ground.

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07-Feb-12 Mil Mi-8 Kyzyl, Russia

Helicopter destroyed in hangar fire along with two An-2 fixed wing aircraft.  Preliminary cause given centred on welding work being done in the hangar at the time.  One possible candidate for this helicopter is  RA-24234 (98730691) but that is not confirmed

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06-Feb-12 RA-04054 Eurocopter AS350B3 Plekhanovo, Russia

Engine allowed to over-speed causing turbine blades to fail

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06-Feb-12 SE-JNE Guimbal Cabri G2 Hjallsta, Sweden

Precautionary landing due to engine vibration

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06-Feb-12 Robinson R22 Megara, Greece

Emergency landing after suspected mechanical issues on night flight in gusty weather.

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06-Feb-12 Eastern Afghanistan

An International Security Assistance Force helicopter crew survived after their aircraft crashed in eastern Afghanistan.  The crew members have been safely recovered and moved to a nearby base, officials said. The site has been secured and initial reports indicate there was no enemy activity in the area.

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05-Feb-12 N807LE Robinson R44 Modesto, US-California

Emergency landing on school field shortly after refuelling at Modesto Airport.  No damage

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04-Feb-12 VH-COK Robinson R44 Jaspers Brush, Australia (2F)

Crashed during take off, subsequent fire destroyed the aircraft.  Passenger named as film maker Mike DeGruy and pilot was the aircraft owner, Andrew Wight, of Great Wight Productions P/L.

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03-Feb-12 ZS-RUH Eurocopter SA330 Pristina, Serbia

Power loss during takeoff, ground impact

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27-Jan-12 N311YS AgustaWestland AW119 Philadelphia, US-Pennsylvania

Window “blew” – aircraft was only registered brand new 6 days prior, and thus likely on test flight out of AW facility at Philadelphia

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25-Jan-12 VH-FUJ Schweizer 300C Long Hill, Australia

During the return from crop spraying operations, the engine lost power, resulting in a forced landing. The pilot was not injured, however the helicopter caught fire and was destroyed.

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23-Jan-12 VH-HYC Robinson R44 Parramatta, Australia

The pilot of the Robinson R44 took avoiding action when the Piper PA-28 passed in close proximity. No radio broadcasts were heard from the PA-28 and the pilot did not respond to radio calls.

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22-Jan-12 N555NB Bell B206 Las Colinas, US-Texas

Tail boom damaged.  4 POB not seriously injured

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22-Jan-12 PT-YLS Helibras HB350B2 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

In flight fire, emergency landing.

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21-Jan-12 N4510T Robinson R44 Anchorage, US-Alaska

Loose cargo bag flew into rotors

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20-Jan-12 N902SF Bell OH-58A Brawley, US-California

Crashed on take-off

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19-Jan-12 Sikorsky CH-53D Helmand Province, Afghanistan (6F)

The ceceased were named as Capt. Daniel Bartle, 27, of Ferndale, WA; Capt. Nathan McHone, 29, of Crystal Lake, IL; Master Sgt. Travis Riddick, 40, of Centerville, IA; Cpl. Jesse Stites, 23, of North Beach, MD; Cpl. Kevin Reinhard, 25, of Colonia, NJ; and Cpl. Joseph Logan, 22, of Willis, TX

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19-Jan-12 LV-ZXO Bell 412EP Petit Martinique, Grenada

Emergency landing while en route St Lucia to Tobago

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19-Jan-12 PP-MOF Robinson R44 Lake Paranoá, Brazil

R44 took off from edge of car park and did not gain height, ditched into shallow water at edge of lake shortly after.  4POB exited without further problems

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19-Jan-12 N369TL Robinson R44 St Mary Parish, US-Louisiana (2K)

Crashed in marshy area, killing both POB.   pilot named as Jason McKean, 40,  and passenger Lanny Ledet, 43.

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19-Jan-12 Forrestdale Lakes, Australia

Crime Reporter for ABC News Perth reported this on Twitter “Helicopter pilot makes emergency landing in paddock near Forrestdale Lakes. All on board safe. #perthnews

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18-Jan-12 YV1985 Bell 206L4 Canaima National Park, Venezuela (5F)

Tourist flight.  May be weather related.  Pilot named as Henry Francisco Viana Arias, with passengers Adriana Recao, Carlos Garmendia, Alvaro Trayer y Gerardo Barreto

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18-Jan-12 Eurocopter EC225 Aberdeen, UK

Emergency landing made after a transmission temperature indicator came on.

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17-Jan-12 C-FMPG Eurocopter AS350B3 Cultus Lake, Canada (1F)

Reports say the pilot has suffered cardiac arrest and the aircraft crashed. Pilot airlifted to Chilliwack Hospital, but BCAS later reported pilot deceased. RCMP named pilot as Dave Brolin. CADORS ref 2012P0085

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16-Jan-12 N5748M Bell 214ST Nadi-Ali, Afghanistan (3F)

Helicopter of AAR Airlift crashed while operating for US Dept of Defense.  3 fatalities.  Type/registration not known at this time.

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16-Jan-12 N59479 Bell 206B Comfort, US-West Virginia

Emergency landing made, pilot and passenger then evacuated the helicopter hurriedly.

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16-Jan-12 N63HZ Fairchild-Hiller FH1100 Soest, Germany

Tail rotor touched ground causing helicopter to crash heavily

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16-Jan-12 N605PD Bell 407 Rockville Centre, US-New York

Reports coming in of a Nassau County Police Dept helicopter “Helo 5” making an emergency landing at 00.36 local time at Southside Middle School,

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16-Jan-12 G-FIRS Robinson R22 Llanwddyn, UK

Attempting to land on the Lake Vyrnwy Hotel`s designated helicopter pad. Cam down approx 100m short of the pad.  Fire was put out – foam evident in the Photo here  2POB were a male aged 30 and female aged 32.

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16-Jan-12 N728PG Robinson R44 Huntington Beach, US-California

Pilot reported smoke in the cabin and brought the craft down as a precaution on the junction of Pacific Coast Highway and Magnolia at 9.40am local.  1POB, not injured.

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15-Jan-12 Robinson R22 San Liberato, Italy (2F)

Crashed after hitting cables on approach to airfield, killing Filippo Sini, 39, and Vittorio Mestichelli, 57.  [Warning – some photos in the Italian press show at least one of the bodies without it being covered up]

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15-Jan-12 SP-SSW PZL SW4 Fairbanks, US-Alaska

A PZL SW4 has crashed at Fairbanks International Airport while operating there for “Cold Weather Testing”.  3POB.  The incident happened at 2:23 p.m. and the temperature at the airport was minus 36 degrees that afternoon, according to the National Weather Service.

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15-Jan-12 VT-BSN HAL Dhruv Maha Airport, India

Heavily damaged after crashing from 100ft altitude on take off on a test flight.  Pilot P D Tiwari, Co-pilot also named as P D Tiwari, and technicians Anand Bharti, Pankaj Pal and Subroto Chandra

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13-Jan-12 Short Hills, US-New Jersey

New Jersey State Police, en route to Morristown airport,  made an emergency landing for “safety reasons” because of ice.”

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12-Jan-12 LN-OJE Eurocopter EC225 Asgard B rig, Norway

The incident happened when the helicopter alarm system alerted the pilots of loss of pressure in the left hydraulic system.

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12-Jan-12 PNP-352 Bell UH-1H Pucallpa, Peru

Apparent mechanical failure at low level

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11-Jan-12 SE-JPZ Robinson R44 Mosjøen, Norway (2F)

Reindeer herd owner and his Swedish pilot were herding the animals assisted by people on scooters when the accident happened. Heavy snow was reported in the area at the time.  “The weather was bad and visibility was minimal,” Geir Mortensen, press spokesperson for the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre Northern Norway, tells NRK.

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10-Jan-12 G-WDEV Eurocopter SA341G Salisbury, UK

Helicopter down in wooded area.  3POB – owner/pilot Andy Ridings was airlifted to Southampton General Hospital with chest and head injuries, along with another man who was suffering from back pain and head injuries.  The third is believed to have suffered a dislocated ankle.  Second/third POB were Mike Rosser and Ian Sutton

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10-Jan-12 D-HHTA Robinson R22 Egelsbach, Germany

Accident on first solo.  R22 ended up on its port side

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08-Jan-12 FAC-0005 Bell 412 Barrancabermeja, Colombia

En route from Cartagena to an air force base in Puerto Salgar, helicopter landed heavily on edge of a flat roof with significant vertical speed, causing heavy impact damage.  Impact reportedly included a small fire which was easily put out.  4POB injured.

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07-Jan-12 Walterboro, US-South Carolina

Emergency landing after patient tried to jump out of helicopter inflight from road accident to hospital.  Patient had reportedly drinking heavily

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07-Jan-12 “Alligator Alley”, US-Florida

A helicopter made an emergency landing on Alligator Alley Saturday night, authorities said.  No one was injured and the helicopter was quickly cleared from the roadway, according to the Broward Sheriff’s Office.

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07-Jan-12 TF-GNA Eurocopter AS332L1 Est Vestmannaeyjar, Iceland

Cable break during a hoist exercise at night

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06-Jan-12 G-CHZN Robinson R22 Witchford, UK (1F)

While on planned route Manston to Fenland, crashed in open field.  Helicopter ended upside down with roof of cabin and rotorhead apparently taking the bulk of the impact – tail boom mainly undamaged.  Port skid had been ripped off, and tail was separated but only a few metres away from the boom.  Registration confirmed in this TV report and pilot named as Robert Crofts-Bolster here

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06-Jan-12 Robinson R22 St Petersburg, US-Florida

helicopter made a hard landing and ended up on its side

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05-Jan-12 Bell UH-1N Corbin City, US-New Jersey

Field landing with no damage after reported tail rotor servo failure.  4POB, no injuries.  En route  to Virginia from joint base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst.  Engineers from Fort Dix attended and helicopter flew again about 1 hour later

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03-Jan-12 C-FGBX Robinson R44 Chinchaga River area, Canada

Main blade struck tree.  CADAORS 2012P0016

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03-Jan-12 VH-FHR Robinson R22 Richmond, Australia

After takeoff, the helicopter lost power and the pilot made a forced landing. The helicopter rolled onto its side and was destroyed in a post-impact fire. The pilot sustained minor injuries.

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01-Jan-12 N9021R Bell 47G2 Lohn, US-Texas

Crashed in a field (FAA reported this as 47J, but register says 47G2)

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01-Jan-12 Bell UH-1H Trilahue, Chile

Details to follow

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30-Dec-11 El-Obeid, Sudan (6F)

“Russian-made gunship helicopter” crashed three minutes after take-off.  Post fire crash.  6 killed.

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30-Dec-11 PR-FPE Robinson R44 Iguabinha, Brazil

Helicopter clipped powerlines while flying at low level over a crowd of around 2,000 at a Christmas event.  The 4POB suffered slight injuries and it is miraculous that no-one on the ground was killed.  Check the YouTube videos here and here.

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30-Dec-11 I-NAPE Robinson R44 San Tammaro, Italy

Tourist flight.  Tail boom cut by main rotors, helicopter ended up on port side.  Ground covered in snow – potential for vertical reference issues.

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30-Dec-11 CC-CIX Eurocopter AS350B3 Fundo Colo, Chile

Helicopter destroyed by arson attack at 2.45am when parked.  Helicopter was operated by INAER Chile for CONAF (Chilean national fire service) in support of forest firefightingm,  which is what it is currently actively involved in.  Slogans were left nearby suggesting the perpetrators were campaigning for the freedom of “political prisoners”.

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29-Dec-11 Sar-e-Pul province, Afghanistan

The aircraft experienced mechanical problems and the crew made a precautionary landing in accordance with standard emergency procedures.  The crew was recovered unharmed and the aircraft was recovered to a local Forward Operating Base without incident.

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27-Dec-11 N319AE Bell 206L4 Columbiana, US-Ohio

Helicopter made precautionary landing in soccer field beside the Upper Room Fellowship church due to poor weather on ferry flight back to base after dropping patient at hospital.  Landing site was soggy ground and helicopter started to sink, thus hovered short distance to parking lot and then ground handled to covered area

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26-Dec-11 N5016M Bell 206B Palatka, US-Florida (3F)

3 died when their JetRanger crashed en route from Jacksonville to Gainesville to retrieve a heart meant for a patient at the Mayo Clinic, police and hospital officials said.  The crash killed cardiac surgeon Luis Bonilla, procurement technician David Hines and pilot Hoke Smith shortly before 6 a.m. in a dense pine forest southwest of Green Cove Springs. Smith was the owner of helicopter operator SK Jets and had recently celebrated his 50th wedding anniversary.  Reg N5016M not N95SK as previously reported

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