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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

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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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24-Dec-11 VH-SYZ AgustaWestland AW139 Carrington Falls, Australia (1F)

During winch operations, something occurred at the bottom of the line which has necessitated the cutting of the winch line and releasing it from the helicopter.  As a result, paramedic Michael Wilson on the end of the line received injuries from which he died.  No implication on the helicopter itself, more about the environment.

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24-Dec-11 PR-ZXZ CHR Safari Trinidade, Brazil

Crashed in open field, boom had been sliced by main blades

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23-Dec-11 Southeast Iran, Iran (2F)

Two killed after a police helicopter hit telecom tower,  located on a base of Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards.  Some reports say 3 killed, not 2

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23-Dec-11 ZS-RNZ Robinson R22 Port Alfred, South Africa

Training accident from low level, helicopter ended up on its starboard side.  Instructor and pupil light injuries only and walked away.

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23-Dec-11 Nahr-e Saraj, Afghanistan

Helicopter took gunfire from Taliban.  No injuries.  More local news is suggesting it was shot down with all killed.

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22-Dec-11 Sikorsky MH-60S Bridgeport, US-California

All five members of a Navy helicopter crew are reported to be unhurt after crashing during a training mission on the edge of the Sierra Nevada.

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21-Dec-11 N964SA Eurocopter AS350B2 Hilo, US-Hawaii

Precautionary landing made on road, no injuries, no damage

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21-Dec-11 N500TN MD Helicopters 500D Fall Branch, US-Tennessee

Clipped wires and landed with minimal damage to helicopter.  Owner of field stated that weather was very foggy and he thought the pilot was making a precautionary landing for the weather and did not see the wires.

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20-Dec-11 RA-06121 Mil MI-26 Khanty Mansi, Russia (1F)

Went into uncontrollable spin on final approach.  Hit ground and caught fire.  6POB, 1 fatal – flight engineer Igor Eroshkin

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20-Dec-11 ZS-HHW Bell B206 Sun City, South Africa (1F)

Helicopter caught zip wire cable, causing it to crash.  Sole occupant fatal, later named as businessman Arie Neven.  Was reported as inbound from Wonderboom to pick up one person and then planned outbound to Bakubunt

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17-Dec-11 Eurocopter Bo105 Antarctica (2 of 2)

Flight conditions further rapidly deteriorated and became extremely bad, one of the helicopters had an accident during the flight back to the Germany research ship Polarstern. Fortunately, the passengers were only slightly injured. Instant support could be given by the other helicopter team, which at the same time had a hard but safe landing

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17-Dec-11 Eurocopter Bo105 Antarctica (1 of 2)

Flight conditions further rapidly deteriorated and became extremely bad, one of the helicopters had an accident during the flight back to the Germany research ship Polarstern. Fortunately, the passengers were only slightly injured. Instant support could be given by the other helicopter team, which at the same time had a hard but safe landing

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17-Dec-11 Eurocopter AS350 Keiyo, Kenya

Crashed shortly after take-off with two high profile politicians on board – total 5POB.  Potential damage is to port skid?  But it may just be uneven ground.

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17-Dec-11 ZS-RZD Robinson R44 Ventersdorp, South Africa

Two male occupants  were treated for superficial wounds and bruises

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15-Dec-11 YV-2717 Eurocopter Bo105 Puerto Ordaz, Venezuela (1F)

Crashed and burned in a residential area on a post maintenance test flight.  1 fatal from 2POB – Pilot Pedro Malaver survived and engineer Edsel Pachecho did not.

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14-Dec-11 VH-VSA Eurocopter BK117 Port Pirie, Australia

Emergency single-engine landing after chip light illuminated.  Aircraft was en route to pick up patient.

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14-Dec-11 N4052G Robinson R22 Tucson, US-Arizona

Early reports of private helicopter down on Raytheon property nr Tucson Airport.  Pilot airlifted to UMC Trauma Center, no info on the other person on board.  FAA spokesman said pilot reported engine failure prior to landing.

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13-Dec-11 Bell AH-1W Yuma, US-Arizona

Pilot elected to make an emergency landing, which was executed safely with no damage to the helicopter

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13-Dec-11 N8067Z Bell 407 Rock Springs, US-Wyoming

“fell to the ground from low level” – tail boom severed by main blades, skids collapsed.  5 POB but none were patients.

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13-Dec-11 N309MH Bell 407 Cantwell, US-Alaska

Tail rotor struck vegetation

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12-Dec-11 Bell OH-58D Lewis-McChord, US-Washington (2F) [1 of 2]

One of two OH-58Ds which crashed around the same time at Joint Base Lewis-McChord on night training flights.  Each involved 2 fatalities.  Not yet released whether it was one accident or two. The four were named as Capt. Anne M. Montgomery, and Chief Warrant Officers Frank A. Buoniconti, Joseph S. Satterfield and Lucas Daniel Sigfrid

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12-Dec-11 Bell OH-58D Lewis-McChord, US-Washington (2F) [2 of 2]

One of two OH-58Ds which crashed around the same time at Joint Base Lewis-McChord on night training flights.  Each involved 2 fatalities.  Not yet released whether it was one accident or two. The four were named as Capt. Anne M. Montgomery, and Chief Warrant Officers Frank A. Buoniconti, Joseph S. Satterfield and Lucas Daniel Sigfrid

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12-Dec-11 Bell 407 Gadsden, US-Alabama

Damaged in hangar prior to being put into service.  Fixed wing aircraft manoevred and struck helicopter twice, causing two long scratches, which are reported as “relatively minor” were then covered up using a marker pen.  All activity caught on hangar video surveillance.  Gadsden Police on the case

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12-Dec-11 CC-ABX Eurocopter AS350B3 Minera Pascua-Lama, Chile

External load operations.  Load had been transferred when pilot felt something unusual and elected to make an autorotation landing.  Lost control in the flare and the helicopter landed heavily and rolled onto its side – severely damaged. Pilot listed as Eduardo Boisset Encina

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12-Dec-11 IN556 Westland Sea King Mk.42C Mangalore, India

Helicopter caught fire shortly after landing.  13 POB all safe

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12-Dec-11 N3202X Bell 206B Woodland Hills, US-California

Precautionary landing after “Engine out” warning.  Maintenance engineers attended scene and reportedly “repaired the faulty wiring”

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10-Dec-11 N164CF Eurocopter AS365N2 Dayton, US-Ohio

Emergency landing due to mechanical issue.  Upon inspection by the mechanic, a clogged left hydraulic filter was found which had made the collective feel stiff. After replacement, the aircraft was returned to service.

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09-Dec-11 PR-KLA Robinson R44 Sao Bento do Sul, Brazil (1F)

Impacted terrain. The commercial-rated pilot was fatally injured. Instrument meteorological conditions prevailed

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09-Dec-11 Boeing AH-64D Upper Galilee, Israel

Emergency landing in a peanut field.  Photos appear to show helicopter intact and undamaged

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08-Dec-11 B-7810 Kamov Ka32 Antarctica

Chinese Antarctic Expedition

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08-Dec-11 N911GV Bell OH-58C Alachua, US-Florida

Pilot  Richard Bran put the police helicopter down in a built up area after an unnamed problem

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07-Dec-11 N37SH Eurocopter AS350B2 Las Vegas, US-Nevada (5F)

5 killed on “sunset” tour flight.  Pilot has been named as  Landon Nield, 31.  Passengers named include Delwin and Tamara Chapman, from Utica, Kansas, who were celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary.  The other two passengers were 26-year-old Anupama Bhola and 28-year-old Lovish Bhanot, both from New Delhi, India.

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07-Dec-11 N817AB Robinson R22 Honolulu, US-Hawaii

Substantial damage in field landing while practicing autorotations

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05-Dec-11 VH-XTY Schweizer 300CBi Moorabbin, Australia

During flying training, the helicopter rolled over and subsequently impacted the ground. The two occupants were uninjured but the helicopter was seriously damaged.

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04-Dec-11 N146CF AgustaWestland AW109E Southlake, US-Texas

Main rotor blade struck street sign

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03-Dec-11 SIkorsky UH-60 San Jeronimo, Colombia

Extensively damaged in accident after the helicopter refueled, said Army aviation division commander Gen. Javier Rey, adding that the aircraft had problems “with a crosswind” that forced it to the ground.  All nine occupants survived

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03-Dec-11 N431MA Bell 222U Pahrump, US-Nevada

Tailrotor struck a mound of dirt on landing

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02-Dec-11 N70512 MD Helicopters MD520N Mesa, US-Arizona

Minor damage on landing

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01-Dec-11 XZ210 AgustaWestland Lynx AH.7 Gutersloh, Germany

Very heavy landing in ploughed field.  Skids collapsed, post crash fire, all three POB safe

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01-Dec-11 N435PH Bell 407 US-Gulf of Mexico

Autorotated into the water and rolled over

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30-Nov-11 ZK-IMB Eurocopter AS350BA Matai Bay, New Zealand (2F)

Went missing during fire fighting operations.  Located some hours later in 7m of water. Bodies of pilot John “Prickles” de Ridder and passenger William MacRae from Dept of Conservation have been confirmed by divers as being inside the helicopter.  Salt Air – Company statement here

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30-Nov-11 UR-14322 Mil Mi-2 Kapitanovka, Ukraine (1F)

Impacted ground in fog while on low level pipeline patrol.  2POB, 1 fatal

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30-Nov-11 A25-204 Sikorsky UH-60 Thornleigh, Australia

We are receiving initial reports of a Black Hawk making an emergency landing in Headen Park on the northern outskirts of Sydney.   It was en route to Newcastle when a warning light came on.  No damage, no injuries

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29-Nov-11 Mil Mi-24 Pruzhany, Belarus (3F)

The helicopter was doing training flights and crashed down during landing approach.  All three POB killed

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29-Nov-11 9N-AIK Eurocopter AS350 Lubuche, Nepal

Helicopter was taking off at Lubuche when it suffered damage to the tail boom/rotor.  All 3 occupants safe

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29-Nov-11 ZS-RDG Robinson R44 II Wonderboom, South Africa

Crashed while giving an 80-year-old her birthday present flight.  Ended up on its starboard side with the tail boom apparently separated midway down its length.

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29-Nov-11 D-HAAE Hiller UH-12ET Stahlberg, Germany

Crashed in ploughed field with two minor injuries after falling 40m while working on powerlines.  Helicopter substantially damaged

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29-Nov-11 VH-EQG CHR Safari Ayr, Australia

Two critically injured in crash of amateur-construction Safari helicopter. Rescuers had to pull pilot/owner Neville Walker from the wreckage after he suffered a heart attack.

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28-Nov-11 C-GVAR Robinson R22 Waterloo, Canada (1F)

Appeared to lose power approximately one mile south of the airport. The helicopter was observed in a rapid descent into a wooded area south of the airport. 1 fatal, 1 injured.  Fatality later named as instructor Tiffany Hanna, 29.  CADAORS 2011O3540

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27-Nov-11 VH-RKN Robinson R22 El Questro, Australia

During an approach to land, the low RPM light and warning horn activated and the helicopter made a hard landing.

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26-Nov-11 C-FRKY Eurocopter AS350B2 Wabush, Canada

Helicopter crashed Saturday in a wooded area near Labrador City, but the only person on board has walked away without serious injuries.  CADAORS 2011A1083

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25-Nov-11 Robinson R22 Mossel Bay, South Africa

Rolled over in run-on landing.

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25-Nov-11 HC-CLH Bell 212 Quito, Ecuador

Impacted terrain close to company helipad.  Local DGAC records show the helicopter was only certified in Ecuador 7 days before.  Four occupants – Pilot Patricio Villalba, front seat passenger Jorge Luis Villegas and two mechanics Luis Ferrario and Pedro Medina were all injured

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24-Nov-11 N821JV Robinson R44 Hackensack, US-Minnesota (1F)

went down into Ten Mile Lake, near Hackensack, MN killing pilot John Zacher, whose body was found the next day.  His wife Vicki Zacher was the only passenger and survived.

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24-Nov-11 Eastern Afghanistan

An ISAF helicopter made a precautionary landing in eastern Afghanistan, Nov. 24. ISAF is still in the process of assessing the circumstances to determine more facts; however, initial reporting indicates that there was no enemy activity in the area. All crew members have recovered with no reported injuries. When the assessment is completed, details will be released as appropriate.

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23-Nov-11 ZK-HIG Eurocopter AS350B2 Auckland, New Zealand

Main blades struck wire while helicopter was helping install Christmas Tree on Auckland waterfront.  Helicopter split in two and thrashed itself to pieces from a 10m hover.  Pilot Greg Gribble escaped serious injury.  Event was being broadcast live on TVNZ

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23-Nov-11 ZS-RSU Robinson R44 II Grand Central, South Africa

Helicopter ended up on its port side with the tail boom sliced.  23-Nov-11 is assumed date – the first reference we can find is in the evening of that date.

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21-Nov-11 Sikorsky S92 Henry Goodrich rig, Canada

Hydraulic leak – went AOG on the rig

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20-Nov-11 VT-RAJ AgustaWestland AW109E Chandkoti, India

Emergency landing after unexpected vibration levels.   Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on board

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19-Nov-11 Trenton, US-New Jersey

EMS helicopter was stranded on the helicopter landing pad of Capital Health Regional Medical Center because of a leaking fuel tank

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18-Nov-11 RA-04348 Robinson R44 Litvintseva, Russia (1F)

Sole occupant pilot Yevgeniy Kurbatov killed.  High energy impact with terrain, helicopter broken in many parts, but no sign of post crash fire.  Reported as low time pilot with only 20 hours experience, and flying at night.  Helicopter was found on 26th November by a volunteer search team Liza Alert the day after the state authorities officially ended the active phase of their search.

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18-Nov-11 Kuantan, Malaysia

Fire and Rescue Department helicopter hovered too low in built up area causing damage from the downdraft

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18-Nov-11 N880SF Bell 230 Springfield, US-Illinois

Gear collapsed on landing

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