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11-Jun-15 HB-ZOA Guimbal G2 Cabri Gruyère, Switzerland

During autorotation practice,  the main rotor blades contacted the tail boom after the helicopter bounced off the ground in a heavy landing

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09-Jun-15 Schweizer 300 Lac Central, Canada

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

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08-Jun-15 N501PH Bell 407 Fresh Water City, US-Louisiana

Emergency landing in marsh area.  Boom damaged

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08-Jun-15 N911NV Bell UH-1H Washoe Valley, US-Nevada

Main blades clipped trees.  Landed without further incident

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08-Jun-15 DQ-IHI Airbus AS350B2 Beqa Island, Fiji

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

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08-Jun-15 ZD981 Boeing Chinook HC.2 Manchester, UK

Emergency landing at Manchester Airport and engineer called.

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06-Jun-15 G-RAMY Bell 206B Baldwin Valley, Isle of Man (1F)

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

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05-Jun-15 Enstrom F280FX Harrison River, Canada

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

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01-Jun-15 C-GRJI Safari 400 Conception Bay South, Canada

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

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31-May-15 N462CC Bell UH-1B Minam Lodge Cove, US-Oregon

Substantially damaged in heavy landing

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31-May-15 OE-XJK Robinson R22 Kasten bei Böheimkirchen, Austria

Substantially damaged after hitting roof of a house and crashing in the front garden.  House unoccupied at the time.   Both occupants seriously injure.

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30-May-15 Delareyville, South Africa (1F)

Pilot Apie Reyneke died in a helicopter crash in unknown circumstances, while his passengers – wife Yolande and son Abraham were taken to hospital with serious injuries.

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30-May-15 5Y-GYM Airbus EC130 Kinangop, Kenya

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

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29-May-15 PR-ADA Airbus AS355N Atalaia do Norte, Brazil (5F)

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.

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29-May-15 MOH-2 Bell 430 Abdali, Kuwait

Date assumed from Facebook posting.  Stone strike shattered co-pilot wind shield.  Inside layer of the laminated glass prevented it falling through into the cockpit.

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29-May-15 N206ED Bell 206B Caledonia, US-Michegan

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.

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28-May-15 VH-HRW Robinson R22 Mitchell, Australia (1F)

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

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28-May-15 Airbus EC225 North Sea, UK

Emergency landing at Aberdeen with 19 POB plus 2 crew after alarm sounded – later reported as false

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28-May-15 9M-LLM Bell 206B Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

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

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28-May-15 C-GJID Bell 206 Cochrane, Canada

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.

CADORS 2015O1072

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27-May-15 N138HA Hiller UH-12E Wasco, US-California

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

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22-May-15 Robinson R44 Bumbu River, Papua New Guinea

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

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20-May-15 PR-POL Airbus AS350B2 Ibateguara, Brazil

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 .

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19-May-15 MSP-012 MD Helicopters MD500E Talamanca, Costa Rica

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

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18-May-15 OH-HNR MD Helicopters MD500D Bocognano, Corsica

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

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13-May-15 Airbus H155 Norwich, UK

Near miss between two (Eurofighter) Typhoon jets and an EC155

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12-May-15 EI-SAI Airbus SA330J Pristina, Kosovo

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.

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11-May-15 Bell AH-1W South Gate, US-California

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

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04-May-15 C-GOHT Robinson R22 Salmon Arm, Canada

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

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04-May-15 Sikorsky S92 St John’s, Canada

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

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04-May-15 N504WD Airbus AS350BA Hamilton, US-Montana

On shutting down after practice autorotations, a wrinkle was discovered in the tail boom

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02-May-15 Mil Mi-17 Kohat, Pakistan

Damaged after hitting container (some reports say “hit barrier”) during landing phase.  2 POB injured, not seriously

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30-Apr-15 N558CP MD Helicopters MD500E New Albany, US-Ohio

Emergency field landing during missing person search due to warning light illumination.  Second of two incidents to same aircraft on same day.  Photo here

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30-Apr-15 N558CP MD Helicopters MD500E Hilliard, US-Ohio

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

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29-Apr-15 Airbus AS350B Langtang Valley, Nepal (1F)

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”

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27-Apr-15 Eurocopter EC145 Austin, US-Texas (1F)

Flight nurse fell from helicopter to her death during hoist operations.  Named as Kristin McLain

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25-Apr-15 Mil Mi-35 Sriganganagar, India

on Army training exercise.  3 POB evacuated safely

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24-Apr-15 N7371T Robinson R44 Lakeland, US-Florida

Blade damaged while helicopter being fueled.  The location and date suggest that this was at the Sun’N’Fun event

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23-Apr-15 Harbin Z-9AE Douala, Cameroon

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.

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22-Apr-15 ZU-UHI Bell UH-1 Bainskloof, South Africa (2F)

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)

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22-Apr-15 HS-PLL Robinson R44 Koh Kret, Thailand

Crashed and ended on its port side in farm field. Female passenger slightly wounded, while the two men were transported by a local rescue team to Chonpratan Hospital

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22-Apr-15 F-HLOU Robinson R44 Lyon, France

Date assumed given posting date of the incident on Facebook.  Helicopter had been peppered with over 100 lead shots from close range, causing damage the tail boom close to the root

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21-Apr-15 HA-5066 Bell 205A1 Ahmad Yani, Indonesia

Photos show UH-1 after very heavy landing, upright but skids partially collapsed. Main blades appear complete and still attached to rotorhead.

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19-Apr-15 Mil Mi-24 Illizi, Algeria (2F)

Further Details not reported

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19-Apr-15 Boeing CH-47 Lisvane, UK

Chinook dropped part of its underslung load in farm field.  Chinook was flying as part of the Joint Warrior exercise

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17-Apr-15 N103CG MD Helicopters MD520 Burbank, US-California

Bird strike, breaking an antenna. Safe emergency landing made

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16-Apr-15 N111FN Airbus AS350B2 Van Nuys, US-California

Unattended and parked helicopter struck by taxying fixed wing Aero Commander aircraft

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15-Apr-15 Sikorsky CH-53E Solana Beach, US-California

Emergency landing on public beach after reported oil leak

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13-Apr-15 Bell 206B Lezhi, China (1F)

Crashed, killing the pilot, after hitting powerlines while spraying at low level.  Part of the boom, including the stabilizer and tail, remained attached to the powerline

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11-Apr-15 Pinnarendi, Australia

Pilot suffered shoulder and pelvis injuries in helicopter accident

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10-Apr-15 5N-GEJ Bell 412EP Lagos, Nigeria

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

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09-Apr-15 ZS-HTS Airbus AS350B3 Mazabuka, Zambia (1F)

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

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06-Apr-15 N555JC MD500D Cherokee, US-Alabama (1F)

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

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06-Apr-15 C-GSIT Bell 205A.1 Key Lake, Canada

After landing, the pilot exited the helicopter with the engine running to attach a longline. The force trim was not set, and the aircraft started to spin and rotated off the helipad with nobody onboard. The aircraft collided with a metal container that was located by the helipad causing substantial damage to the boom, left skid and to the left side of the airframe. There were no injuries.

CADORS 2015C1237

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06-Apr-15 31249 Hughes OH-6D Okada, Japan

Substantially damaged in force landing in an open field

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06-Apr-15 F-GLHC Robinson R22M Le Plessis Belleville, France

Substantially damaged

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05-Apr-15 RA-06382 Robinson R66 Gorodki, Russia

Fell onto its side during take-off in snowy conditions

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04-Apr-15 9M-IGB Airbus AS365N2 Semenyih, Malaysia (6F)

Helicopter enroute from Kuantan to Subang when it crashed and caught fire. All occupants were guests at the wedding luncheon of the daughter of the Prime Minister in his hometown of Pekan, Kuantan earlier, and were named as

– Rompin Member of Parliament and PR1MA Malaysia Corporation (PR1MA) chairman Tan Sri Dr Jamaluddin Jarjis
– Jamaluddin’s bodyguard, Razakan B Seran.
– Datuk Azlin Alias, the principal private secretary of the prime minister
– businesman Datuk Tan Huat Seang
– pilot Cliff Fournier
– operations assistant Aidana Baizieva

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04-Apr-15 EC-KIR PZL W3 Fernán Pérez, Spain

Date refers to the date that the wreck of this helicopter was found abandoned, and thus the accident could have happened earlier.  Helicopter found having crashed onto its starboard side with tail rotor separated. No marks on the ground around, and relatively light damage to cabin and cockpit area suggests either take-0ff or landing issue.  No flight plan was filed (a requirement in Spain for every flight)

One local theory, partly due to the accident location being close to the Spanish south coast, was that the helicopter was carrying drugs from Morocco/Algeria

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03-Apr-15 ZS-HFO Robinson R44 Coniston, South Africa

Very heavy autorotation landing resulted in skids being ripped off and helicopter coming to rest on its starboard side. Owner reported in his own Facebook post that this was after the “newly fitted Lycoming Engine had just 15 minutes of flight time and lost power on its second flight approx 10 minutes after take off”, and happened at a reported 400ft agl. A later report quotes the South African CAA as saying the issue “was solely caused by a Spider Fuel Distributor that came apart in flight after engineers had hand fitted four pipes and failed to use proper equipment to tighten the flexible pipes with metal endings”.

Pilot was owner Prem Balram and suffered minor injuries while passenger Jerome Sumdath was admitted to the ICU with spinal injuries

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03-Apr-15 N8363D Robinson R22 Fort Davis, US-Texas

Rolled over on landing

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02-Apr-15 PP-LLS Airbus EC155B1 Carapicuiba, Brazil (5F)

Crashed onto the roof of a house during a post-maintenance test flight. Video footage indicates items fell from the helicopter in flight prior to impact. Pilot was named as Thomaz Rodrigues Alckmin, son of Sao Paulo governor Geraldo Alckmin, and three of the other four fatalities were engineers working for Helipark.

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02-Apr-15 N5204G Airbus AS350B2 Tomball, US-Texas

Struck birds and windscreen cracked. Emergency landing made at David Wayne Hooks Memorial Airport with no further problem

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01-Apr-15 G-CGUB Airbus EC225 North Sea, UK

Aircraft turned back to Aberdeen before reaching destination.  7 POB.  Reported as a Cowling Open warning light

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31-Mar-15 CC-APP Bell 206L4 Diego de Almagro, Chile (4F)

Crashed in mountainous area with the loss of all 4 POB. The helicopter was transporting workers sent to restore water service to the tens of thousands of people left without drinking water after the floods.  Pilot Pedro Pablo Aldunate Arriola was married to a cousin of Chilean President Michelle Bachelet.

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30-Mar-15 N50KH Bell 206L.1 Saucier, US-Mississippi (2F)

Helicopter down with two fatalities (named here as Steve Cobb and pilot Brandon Ricks) and one serious injury (Brendan Mullen). Bell 206L1 was contracted to US Forestry Service and the crew were working on a prescribed burn of 800 acres in the Desoto National Forest.

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30-Mar-15 Eurocopter AS350 Wilburton, US-Oklahoma

Turned back after takeoff to check a malfunctioning gauge and landed back at departure point. Infant patient then ferried to destination by another helicopter

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29-Mar-15 OK-RRJ Robinson R44 Modrava, Czech Republic (1F)

Crashed into trees shortly after take-off from a site described as ” inaccessible” – pilot reported to have stayed the night in a cottage in the woods.  Weather mentioned as a possible factor in some reports

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28-Mar-15 N130HA Hiller UH-12E Fresno, US-California

Lost power and landed in a tree

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27-Mar-15 XA-DSO Airbus AS350B3 San Martin de Porres, Mexico (4F)

Crashed in poor weather while working on telephone lines for Telefonos de Mexico – three died on impact, fourth later in hospital

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27-Mar-15 C-GVHA Bell 47G.2 Chilliwack, Canada

1 POB with minor injuries.  CADORS 2015P0442

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27-Mar-15 163220 Bell TH-57B Pensacola, US-Florida

US Navy TH-57B rolled over onto its starboard side during a night training flight.  Instructor and student not seriously injured

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26-Mar-15 Mil Mi-8 Phu Quy Island, Vietnam

Crashed on final approach due to gusty conditions.  Rolled over onto its side. Three of 8 POB taken to hospital were named as  Tran Van Thong, 36; Nguyen Xuan Toan, 53; and Dong Van Vu, 34

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26-Mar-15 EC-KYJ Airbus AS355N Montmelo, Spain

After engine failure indication the pilot decided to land in the heliport of the Montmelo motor racing circuit. During approach there was an explosion of the engine, provoking the power turbine and exhaust nozzle to detach. Important damage to the engine and the exhaust nozzle.

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25-Mar-15 Bell UH-1 Sanaa, Yemen

Destroyed in reported Saudi air attack on hangar at Al-Dailami air base.  Photo shows Bell 412 on the left of this image

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