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’.”
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.
The pilot was intending to make a local flight and having completed his pre-flight checks, gradually increased the rotor rpm to about 80%. From the CCTV it can be observed that at about this time, the helicopter rapidly yawed to the left and rotated through about 290° before tipping over onto its right side. The helicopter came to rest with a sufficient gap between the forward right door, which had opened as the helicopter struck the ground, and the concrete apron to enable the pilot to vacate the helicopter unaided. The pilot reported sustaining minor injuries.
Red carpet and various other items laid out for the greeting of a visiting VIP (senior Union Minister Nitin Gadkari) were blown up by rotor downdraft and reportedly struck fenestron
After lift-off, about 30 ft above the ground the pilot reported that the canopy became shrouded in condensation. With a loss of visual reference, the pilot attempted to manoeuvre the helicopter to an area suitable for landing. During the attempt to land, the helicopter struck the ground and rolled on its side. The passenger has minor injuries and the helicopter was substantially damaged.
The helicopter was landing on an unprepared, deeply cultivated field. During the vertical landing, the left skid settled into the soft ground and the helicopter entered into a dynamic rollover. There was substantial damage to the helicopter. There were no injuries to the pilot or passenger. CADORS 2015C2439
Due to weather conditions on Saturday 20th, the helicopter was unable to fly and remained grounded at the site. While parked and unattended on Sunday 21st, the helicopter was damaged by cattle which managed to break through fence from adjacent field. Nose area damaged. Fly Heli Wales had provided the helicopter for the Welsh Game Fair based at Pembrey Country Park. Registration assumed as it is the only helicopter operated by Fly Heli Wales – and the event website referred to a JetRanger being used for tour flights
Crashed in low level agricultural work after impacting a fence, killing pilot Frank Gomes Jnr. Ground crewmen who worked for the operator had just refilled the fertilizer tank on the helicopter prior to its last departure. When the helicopter did not return for its scheduled rinse load the crewmen drove out to the field to be sprayed and observed that the helicopter had crashed on a road near a field. Neither ground crewmen witnessed the crash but stated that the fog was thick and visibility was between 10 and 20 feet at the time of the accident.
The aircraft collided with terrain while conducting aerial agriculture operations. The pilot, the only person on board, died as a result of the accident – named here as Dougal Brett
A private Schweitzer 269C helicopter took off from a sandy beach at Lac Central for Lac Kénogami with a pilot and a passenger on board. During the initial climb, the aircraft (Lycoming HIO-360-D1A engine) experienced a loss of lift for an undetermined reason and crashed in the lake. The occupants were not injured in the accident. CADORS 2015Q1046
Helicopter crashed into shrubs after reportedly some debris struck the main rotor. Helicopter was reported hired by Vodafone Fiji and had taken the company’s maintenance staff to a tower there. 3 POB
Crashed in open field close to the Isle of Man TT motorbike race course. Racing had been suspended for the whole day due to weather – quoted wind gusts of up to 60 mph. 1 fatality confirmed by Isle of Man Police in this statement. Photos show wreckage confined to a small area, later named as Matthew Chapman
The privately owned Enstrom 280FX helicopter, was being flown from Bralorne to Langley. The pilot/owner ditched the aircraft in the Harrison River. The pilot was not injured but the aircraft was significantly damaged. CADORS 2015P0926
The Safari 400 homebuilt helicopter was being operated on the owner’s property. The engine was being tested to ensure the governor was correctly installed. The helicopter became airborne by 2-3 feet and the operator lost control. The helicopter went sideways and struck the ground rolling on its side. The helicopter was destroyed but the pilot was not seriously injured. CADORS 2015A0434
Emergency landing in potato field due to weather. Passengers included Speaker of the National Assembly Justin Muturi, nominated Senator Beatrice Elachi and Kiminini MP Chris Wamalwa. Pilot named as Evans Sigilai
The helicopter took off to perform a patient removal flight to Tabatinga. At approximately 19 NM from Tabatinga, the aircraft collided with treetops and, as a result of this shock came to impact against the ground and caught fire.
Emergency situation led pilot Ken Wilson to put the helicopter down into trees – and it came to rest in the branches 40 feet from the ground. Wilson and passenger Raymond Osan III – working on low level powerlines – were able to get out of the helicopter into the trees, from which they were rescued. The pilot, during a TV interview, said it was an operational emergency and nothing to do with the helicopter itself.
It has been reported that the helicopter’s tail rotor clipped a tree resulting in a loss of control and subsequent collision with terrain. The pilot was fatally injured – and named here as Jeff Dean
Solo student pilot lost control on landing and helicopter ended up on its starboard side. Pilot named here as Fatin Nadeera Mohamad Jeffrey. Post crash fire extinquished by airport fire crew
The Expedition Helicopters Bell 206B (C-GJID) was flying with a pilot and three passengers. The passengers were checking land claims and were dropped off before the helicopter proceeded to an area where it landed and waited for the passengers. The ground was soft and the pilot landed with caution to ensure the skid gear would not sink into the soft ground. When the pilot received the call to pick up the passengers, the helicopter was started and as the pilot applied collective to lift off, he turned back to look at his skid gear to verify they weren’t stuck. The pilot felt the helicopter rolling to the right and applied opposite cyclic control. The recovered attempt was unsuccessful and the aircraft came to rest on its right side. The pilot secured the aircraft by selecting; the fuel valve to the off position, battery off, and pulled the boost pump circuit breakers. The pilot evacuated the aircraft and after waiting a few minutes to make sure there was no fire, returned to the aircraft and removed the first aid kit and satellite phone. The pilot contacted the company which dispatched a helicopter to the accident site to pick up the pilot.
Crashed from low level into an onion field during agricultural operations. Pilot seriously injured, including both legs broken and 80% burns in the post-crash fire
Crashed into a shallow river, possibly after hitting wires. 4 POB rescued OK. Even if the helicopter survived in a rebuildable state, the locals manage to pull it apart sufficiently in this video that it is most unlikely to be rebuilt. This tweet claims it was unregistered. The occupants were all from Frabelle Fishing, a Filipino company
During a go-around manoeuvre, the helicopter cut a low voltage power cable and landed a few metres ahead of the intended spot. After removing a piece of cable from the rotorhead, and inspecting the aircraft, it was flown 70km back to base .
Emergency landing due to poor weather ended up in minor damage for the helicopter after pilot Sebastián Gadea Castro put the helicopter down into vegetation during an anti-drug flight. Photos show all five blades intact, but cabin and tail in direct contact with vegetation and boom slightly bent near gearbox. 5 POB safely exited the helicopter
During a low level flight prior to attending to vegetation near powerlines, pilot noticed a decrease in engine power. The subsequent autorotation avoiding powerlines and buildings led to a hard landing and completely burnt out in post crash fire in the garden of a house. 2 POB seriously injured
The aircraft was on a training flight and the pilots were simulating engine failure after the “Landing Decision Point (LDP)”. After the firm touchdown the helicopter bounced and when it touched down again it veered off and tipped over on its right side and caused substantial damage to the Helicopter.
Emergency landing Monday in the bed of the Los Angeles River near South Gate due to electrical problem. No injuries to 2 POB or damage to the helicopter. Military registration not known, but carries squadron code 423 by the nose
R22 piloted by a student on a solo flight from Kelowna (CYLW) to Salmon Arm (CZAM) crashed beside the runway at CZAM. The pilot first approached the airport and crossed mid-field to assess the wind direction; however, it was determined that the aircraft was not into wind. On the second approach from the opposite direction, at about 30 feet above ground elevation, the helicopter was observed to rotate right about three revolutions before falling rapidly, and impacting the ground with little forward momentum. The left main landing skid gear fractured forward of the forward cross-tube and the R22B came to rest after rolling to the left. The pilot was uninjured but the helicopter sustained substantial damage. The pilot reported losing tail rotor authority just before the helicopter yawed right. The main rotor blades showed damage consistent with low rpm. CADORS 2015P0662
While in the hover and conducting preflight checks, Cougar flight CGR181 experienced a #2 engine power loss. The aircraft was in a 10 foot hover when the incident occurred. With the remaining engine the aircraft landed safely without further incident. All 8 passengers were briefed by the two crew members onboard the helicopter as well as upon their arrival in the terminal
Emergency field landing during missing person search due to warning light illumination. Second of two incidents to same aircraft on same day. Photo here
Emergency landing a night in a vacated car park of a retail store, shortly after midnight. First of two incidents to same aircraft on same day. Photo here
Accident happened in the rescue operations following a major earthquake which hit Nepal on 25-Apr-15. Nepalese villagers had demanded to be rescued before the tourists and in the ensuing confusion, a villager was killed by the rotor blades – likely that means “walked into the tail rotor”
Photos show tail missing and helicopter partly on its side with starboard gear collapsed and main blades broken. Aircraft was involved in practice flights for Cameroon’s National Day on 20th May. 2 POB to hospital but released within 2 days.
Firefighting helicopter crashes with two fatalities – named later as pilot Darrell Rea and crew Jastin Visagie. Further details to follow and registration awaiting final confirmation – another source is quoting ZS-HBU (4491)
Nigerian Police helicopter crashed at the main Lagos Airport close to the VIP area. Helicopter may be used for presidential work and has been referred to in some reports as a “presidential helicopter”. 4 POB – pilot, copilot and two NAF employees – all injured but not seriously
Pilot Mike O’Donnell, was flying the helicopter from Angola to Zambia (and onwards to South Africa per some reports) when it crashed. Post crash fire, although some reports quote helicopter being on fire in the air
Crashed into Tennessee River and sank without trace. Pilot was only one on board and is missing presumed drowned. Haverfield Aviation confirmed it to be one of their helicopters and some debris from it found further downstream was labelled with the company name. Nearby angler witnessed the helicopter crashing into the water around 1pm. The search for the helicopter was stood down later due to lack of visibility in fog. Pilot later named as Abraham Bronn