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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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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 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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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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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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