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Peter Garden Awarded for International Work

Peter Garden Awarded for International Work

Peter Garden has been made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit due to his conservation and aviation services he has performed. He ran his own company, Peter Garden Helicopters Ltd, for 25 years in Otago and Southland doing agriculture work. This line of work introduced him to working for the Wildlife Services… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-Jan-17

Yamaha launches unmanned spraying ops in Napa Valley vineyards

Yamaha launches unmanned spraying ops in Napa Valley vineyards

Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A., is pleased to announce the inaugural commercial operation of its RMAX remotely piloted helicopter for agriculture spraying service in the U.S. The RMAX flight was completed this week in California for Napa-based Silverado Farming Company, a leading vineyard management company. During its debut the RMAX applied a fungicide for preventative control… Read more »

Source: Yamaha, 20-May-16

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25-Mar-16 VH-WHU Bell 206B Mackay, Australia (1F)

The ATSB is investigating a fatal accident involving a Bell 206B helicopter accident near Camila, Queensland on 25 March 2016. During crop spraying operations, the helicopter struck powerlines before colliding with terrain. The pilot was fatally injured and the helicopter was destroyed by post-impact fire.

25-Mar-16

18-Oct-15 N73224 Bell 47G3B Searchlight, US-Nevada

70 year old pilot Richard Dick was reportedly rounding up cattle at low level in windy conditions, when a gust caused him to crash

18-Oct-15

18-Aug-15 N5743W Bell 206 Cresco, US-Iowa

According to the pilot, he departed with 25 gallons of fuel and 80 gallons of chemical to spray a bean field near Cresco. About 5 minutes into the application, the engine lost power and the pilot initiated an autorotation to a water way on the side of a hill. Upon touchdown on the uneven terrain,… Read more »

18-Aug-15

UAV being tested in orchard rainwater removal role

UAV being tested in orchard rainwater removal role

Washington State University is partnering with Digital Harvest Corp. to test an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that could provide a safer, less expensive means to blow rainwater off cherry orchards to avoid fruit losses. Rain can cause splits in the skin of cherries and similar fruits, rendering them susceptible to premature decay and, thus, commercially… Read more »

Source: WSU, 14-Aug-15

07-Aug-15 N20KD Robinson R44 Dover, US-Wisconsin

Agricultural helicopter hit wire and crashed into cornfield.  Pilot injured and to hospital

07-Aug-15

05-Aug-15 N9427F Hughes 300B Atkinson, US-Illinois

Agricultural Pilot Marion Turpin was seriously injured when his helicopter crashed into soybean crop after hitting powerlines at low level. Post crash fire

05-Aug-15

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29-Jul-15 I-GASF Schweizer 300C Gratosoglio, Italy

Helicopter written off in agricultural accident

29-Jul-15

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24-Jul-15 C-FRAP Robinson R44 Strathroy, Canada

Helicopter was being used to spray fungicide on fields of corn. The pilot approached and overflew one field checking for hazards and wind conditions, and then began a spray swath across the field. Midway through the first swath, the pilot heard the low rotor horn sound. Manually rolling the throttle up did not prevent the… Read more »

24-Jul-15

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24-Jul-15 N1396X Bell 47G.4A Gilbert, US-Iowa

Substantially damaged after force landing in a field during aerial application work

24-Jul-15

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Louisiana Delta Community College adds helicopter program

Louisiana Delta Community College adds helicopter program

Over the last three years there has been a significant increase in use of rotary wing aircraft (helicopters) in agriculture aviation resulting in a growing demand for helicopter pilots. Said Dr. Barbara M. Hanson, Chancellor of Louisiana Delta Community College, “In response to this growing demand, we are adding a rotary wing application to our… Read more »

Source: The news star, 16-Jul-15

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12-Jul-15 N577AT Robinson R44 Viola, US-Tennessee

Substantially damaged after hitting wires during agricultural operations

12-Jul-15

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25-Jun-15 N842SH Robinson R22 Eagle Lake, US-Texas

Crashed from low level during agricultural ops. Aircraft destroyed

25-Jun-15

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20-Jun-15 N4427F Bell 47G5 Salinas, US-California (1F)

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… Read more »

20-Jun-15

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Brazil approves Simplex spray system for R44

Brazil approves Simplex spray system for R44

Simplex Aerospace has been granted validation of Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) from the Brazilian Agencia Nacional de Dviacao Civil (ANAC) for its Model 244 Agricultural Spray System for the Robinson R44 helicopter. The Brazilian ANAC approval, CST# 2015S05-06, gives Brazilian helicopter operators the opportunity to meet contract requirements in Brazil’s growing agricultural industry. The Brazil… Read more »

Source: Simplex, 12-Jun-15

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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

27-May-15

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FAA Approves Yamaha RMAX Drone To Spray Crops In US

FAA Approves Yamaha RMAX Drone To Spray Crops In US

Unmanned flight prepares to move deeper into the agriculture sector, now that federal regulators have approved Yamaha’s crop dusting drone. See Full Story

Source: Tech Times, 11-May-15

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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

13-Apr-15

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

Lost power and landed in a tree

28-Mar-15

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13-Mar-15 N5688N Enstrom F28C-2 Shelby, US-Montana

Minor damage after skid touched ground while hovering

13-Mar-15

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27-Feb-15 N4774S Bell 47G2A Ivanhoe, US-California

Agricultural aircraft hit powerlines and came down in orange orchard.  Pilot seriously injured and airlifted to hospital

27-Feb-15

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Pacific Air Research and pilot contest fines in Oregon pesticide violation case

Pacific Air Research and pilot contest fines in Oregon pesticide violation case

A helicopter spraying company and a pilot who were each fined $10,000 for spraying pesticides on rural homes in Southern Oregon have asked for an administrative hearing at which they will contest the penalty.  see full story.  This article refers to the helicopter being an OH-58

Source: MyInforms, 12-Feb-15

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Commercial Farming, Other Industries React to Forthcoming FAA Drone Rules

Commercial Farming, Other Industries React to Forthcoming FAA Drone Rules

News about forthcoming rules from the Federal Aviation Administration for the operation of drones was met with mixed reaction by those experimenting with unmanned aerial vehicles. At least one person expressed concern that the rules may inhibit adoption by farmers, while others saw any potential movement by the FAA as a good sign that the… Read more »

Source: Suas News, 28-Nov-14

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06-Sep-14 N699TQ Robinson R44 Macedonia, US-Iowa (1F)

Struck powerline while on low level agricultural work.  Pilot died in hospital on 11th September from his injuries – and was named here as Chris Moore

06-Sep-14

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20-Aug-14 VH-JRX Robinson R66 Giru, Australia

While conducting aerial agricultural operations, the helicopter struck a wire and subsequently collided with terrain. The helicopter was substantially damaged and the pilot received minor injuries.

20-Aug-14

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Ag helicopter pilot fined $10,000, loses license for a year

Ag helicopter pilot fined $10,000, loses license for a year

A helicopter pilot who flew over Curry County residents last October and sprayed them with herbicides meant for timberland will have his spraying license revoked for a year and be fined $10,000, the maximum allowed by law, the Oregon Department of Agriculture announced Tuesday. See Full Story

Source: Oregonlive, 14-Aug-14

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12-Aug-14 N7089J Bell 47G-5 Mansfield, US-Illinois (1F)

Helicopter clipped powerlines and crashed killing pilot Paul Reynolds during a low level transit between fields he was working on.

12-Aug-14

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10-Aug-14 N4690 Bell 47G-2 Jeanerette, US-Louisiana (1F)

Crashed on the edge of a sugar cane field killing pilot Kenneth E. Squires, age 60.  Five years ago age 55 the pilot was quoting himself as having flown 19,000 hours

10-Aug-14

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31-Jul-14 N7194H Robinson R44 Allen, US-Nebraska

Cropspraying helicopter caught powerlines. Pilot reported here as Dennis Monday, 56, of Weyers Cave, Virginia

31-Jul-14

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24-Jul-14 C-GMJQ Schweizer 300C Saint-Lazare-de-Bellechasse, Canada

Struck cables while crop spraying, extensively damaged. CADORS 2014Q1500

24-Jul-14

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23-Jul-14 N949FM Bell 206B Wenatchee, US-Washington (1F)

Crashed from low level killing the sole occupant pilot, while flying agricultural ops drying orchards

23-Jul-14

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18-Jul-14 N47DT Bell 47G2A Merced, US-California

Agricultural ops – crashed in field after hitting powerline

18-Jul-14

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03-Jul-14 N684PC Bell 47G3B2 Gaston, US-Oregon

Rigging for lifting work caught on skid on take-off and helicopter fell to the ground hard.  Pilot reported here as 31-year-old Warren Larson

03-Jul-14

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27-Jun-14 N560LH Robinson R44 Quincy, US-Washington

Crashed after striking a pole during agricultural work

27-Jun-14

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21-Jun-14 RA-3121K Mil Mi-2 Staromavrinskoe, Russia

Both pilots seriously injured in low level accident involving powerlines during agricultural operations – named as Anatoly Kurilov and Alexander Fumchenko

21-Jun-14

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28-May-14 Bell 47G Ripley Township, US-Minnesota (1F)

Crahed into roof of barn.  Pilot named in news reports as Gary Oleen, aged 71, critically injured.  AirCare helicopter attended per this YouTube clip On 05-Jun-14 this became a fatal accident following the pilot’s death from his injuries as reported here

28-May-14

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Helibras participates in the 21th edition of Agrishow

Helibras participates in the 21th edition of Agrishow

Helibrás will attend the 21th edition of Agrishow , International Fair of Agricultural Technology, which runs from April 28 to May 2, in Ribeirão Preto, São Paulo. The event is an opportunity to show the news of the company for the agribusiness sector, the market in which the employment of the helicopter has been growing in recent years… Read more »

Source: Helibras, 25-Apr-14

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Pacific Air Research could face herbicide penalties

Pacific Air Research could face herbicide penalties

A state investigation has determined that a helicopter hired to spray herbicides on some commercial timberlands in southwestern Oregon more than likely allowed some to fall over people’s homes as it flew by.  See full story

Source: KAJO, 09-Apr-14

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23-Feb-14 VH-HAK Hughes 300C Legerwood, Australia

The helicopter took off to reposition for refuelling and after about 1 minute, at about 30 ft above ground level, the engine stopped. The helicopter landed heavily, collided with an embankment and was substantially damaged.

Source: Legerwood, Tasmania, 23-Feb-14

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20-Feb-14 VH-BNG Bell 206B Mission Beach, Australia

During agricultural operations on a banana plantation, the helicopter clipped a tree and subsequently collided with terrain. As a result of the collision the pilot sustained injuries and the helicopter was completely wrecked (photo)

20-Feb-14

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17-Dec-13 F-BNTO Agusta-Bell 47G Northern Cyprus

Crashed after the impact of the high-voltage transmission line during the agricultural spraying operation.  Post impact fire

17-Dec-13

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14-Nov-13 ZK-HJL Schweizer 300C Te Kauwhata, New Zealand

During a tea tree spray operation in a gully, helicopter turned into a wire, 20-30 ft. AGL. Pilot was aware of the wire.  NZ occurrence ref 13/5709

14-Nov-13

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30-Oct-13 CC-CNB Bell 206L1 LongRanger Catemu, Chile (1F)

Impacted terrain on agricultural flight after hitting power cables, killing one of two on board

30-Oct-13

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16-Oct-13 I-HASB Eurocopter AS350B3 San Bernardo di Mendatica, Italy

Main blades struck tree during aerial work operations

16-Oct-13

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15-Oct-13 ZK-HWF Eurocopter AS350BA Awatere Valley, New Zealand

During a frost protection exercise, the tail rotor struck grape vine cables. The aircraft was flown back to base and the post-flight inspection revealed damage was sustained by the tail rotor blades, stabilisers and the tail boom.  

15-Oct-13

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29-Sep-13 Bell 47G Guadalupe, US-California

Struck powerlines on agricultural operations, cutting power to around 500 homes.  In ensuing manoeuvre, main blades cut tail boom.  Pilot not injured

29-Sep-13

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16-Aug-13 Bell 47 Washington Lake Township, US-Minnesota

Agricultural ops, clipped wires, pilot Daniel Lee landed the helicopter with “moderate damage”, but reported back in service the next day

16-Aug-13

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09-Aug-13 F-GELB Agusta-Bell 47G-2 Basse-Pointe, Martinique

During takeoff, the pilot lost control of the helicopter. To avoid another aircraft to his right, he turns left. The blades hit the ground and the helicopter came to rest on its starboard side

09-Aug-13

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FAA STC for Bell 212 agricultural spray system

FAA STC for Bell 212 agricultural spray system

Simplex® Aerospace announced today it has received FAA STC number SR02276SE for their latest agricultural spray system for the Bell 212 helicopter. The spray system, Simplex® Aerospace Model 204, is a next generation spray system integrating several of Simplex® Aerospace’s newly developed agricultural spray technologies. Simplex is the sole producer of FAA STC’d spray systems… Read more »

Source: Simplex, 05-Aug-13

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04-Aug-13 N90146 Bell 206B Gonzales, US-California

Crashed into Braga Ranch lettuce field near Chualar River Road in Gonzales after reported engine failure. Pilot Doug Walker was not injured. Helicopter ended up on its side, tail boom cut by main blades

04-Aug-13

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23-Jul-13 VH-KHJ Bell 47G.2A Amberley, Australia

During aerial work, the engine failed and the pilot conducted a forced landing. The occupants were uninjured and the helicopter sustained substantial damage.

23-Jul-13

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AutoCopter™ – The Precision Ag Solution

AutoCopter™ – The Precision Ag Solution

The AutoCopter™ is a UAV helicopter providing remote sensing of crops using three full-sized cameras (multi-spectral, DSLR and HD Video) while flying a GPS plan for over two hours without the need to refill fuel.  After landing the data is moved to the ground control station and processed and created into GeoTiff images to import directly into… Read more »

Source: AutoCopter, 26-Jun-13

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19-Jun-13 N5024N Bell 47G Maplewood, US-Minnesota (1F)

Crashed into the back yard of a house while on mosquito control work.  Maplewood acting Police Chief Dave Kvam identified the pilot as Michael Kramer, 44

19-Jun-13

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Remote-controlled helicopter tested for use in vineyard applications

Remote-controlled helicopter tested for use in vineyard applications

Under the watchful eye of news media and area winegrape growers, a remote-controlled helicopter, fitted with a spray applicator system, was field tested today over a vineyard in the heart of the famed Napa Valley by engineers at the University of California, Davis, and Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA. For 20 years, the small motorcyle-sized helicopter,… Read more »

Source: UC Davis, 17-Jun-13

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16-Jun-13 PZL SW-4 Yinan, China (1F)

SW-4 on crop spraying operation crashed, killing the pilot

16-Jun-13

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13-Jun-13 D-HIBS Hughes 500D Bernkastel-Wehlen, Germany

50 year old pilot seriously injured and 30 year old passenger minor injuries after helicopter crashed c9.30am local time while spraying a vineyard on a steep slope.  Helicopter is believed to be D-HIBS 500D (1035D) but we await confirmation

13-Jun-13

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12-Jun-13 N7057H Hughes TH-55 Morgantown, US-West Virginia

Force landing after contacting powerlines during crop spraying operation

12-Jun-13

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21-May-13 RA-20977 Mil Mi-2 Seversky, Russia

Helicopter crashed into field during agricultural operations

21-May-13

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10-May-13 N94PH Bell 206B Heflin, US-Kentucky

Hit powerline while spraying.  Pilot walked away – he was named here as Michael Stewart

10-May-13

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04-May-13 N911RN Bell OH-58A Somerton, US-California

Spraying accident at night

04-May-13

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02-May-13 N442RN Robinson R44 Pomeroy, US-Washington

Rolled over during aerial spraying operation

02-May-13

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17-Feb-13 VH-VDC Enstrom 480B Trida, Australia

Crop spraying helicopter hit powerlines and crashed.

17-Feb-13

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18-Jan-13 ZU-HRS Westland-Bell 47G.3B.1 Hibberdene, South Africa

Pilot heard a change in the engine pitch and managed an emergency landing before the helicopter burst into flames.  Agricultural ops

18-Jan-13

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UC Davis demo unmanned helicopter spraying vineyards

UC Davis demo unmanned helicopter spraying vineyards

Professors at the University of California, Davis, recently demonstrated an unmanned helicopter that could have numerous vineyard uses including spraying liquid and granular pesticides, seeding cover crops and sensing and implementing precision agriculture. (see full story)

Source: Wines & Vines, 09-Jan-13

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08-Jan-13 N911PT Bell OH-58C Lemoore, US-California

Helicopter on agricultural ops crashed near HWY 41 and Harlan Ave. near the Fresno Co and Kings Co border

08-Jan-13

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09-Dec-12 VH-WOH Robinson R44 Mudgee, Australia (1F)

Crashed during crop spraying operations.  Sole occupant pilot killed.

09-Dec-12

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06-Nov-12 Bell 206L Chincolco, Chile

Helicopter crashed during agricultural work.  Pilot reported as Hernán Cabrera, age 47.  Distant photo shows helicopter landed upright in the crop, although tail does not look quite right!  Chilean sources are quoting the accident as a UH-1H, but we do not agree – see the two stabilizer end-plates, definitely a LongRanger!

06-Nov-12

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Florida – Brevard County buys two AS350B3e for mosquito control

Florida – Brevard County buys two AS350B3e for mosquito control

American Eurocopter today announced Brevard County, Florida, has purchased two AS350 B3e helicopters. The aircraft will be utilized for mosquito control, firefighting and herbicide application throughout the county, which is located along Florida’s east coast, replacing an AS350 B3 and two 206Bs currently being used. “We carefully considered our options before making the purchase,” said… Read more »

Source: American Eurocopter, 31-Oct-12

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01-Oct-12 C-GTPG Bell 206B Sudbury, Canada

Contacted the ground during a sharp turn while spraying, causing the helicopter to crash. The pilot (the sole occupant) suffered minor injuries. The helicopter reportedly was substantially damaged. CADAORS ref 2012O2922

01-Oct-12

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19-Sep-12 N222GR Bell 206 Mammoth Lakes, US-California

Tail rotor struck ground.  Helicopter had been working on powerlines at the time of the accident.  Helicopter caught fire and burned out – also causing a 1.5 acre brush fire

19-Sep-12

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18-Sep-12 N957R Robinson R44 Slaton, US-Texas

Pilot lost control in the hover, helicopter crashed and burnt out

18-Sep-12

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18-Sep-12 F-GHYS Agusta-Bell 47G-2 Basse-Pointe, Martinique

Tail rotor contacted crop during agricultural operations, pilot lost control and helicopter crashed.  Aircraft destroyed.

18-Sep-12

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30-Aug-12 F-GHYS Agusta-Bell 47G-2 Ajoupa-Bouillon, Martinique

Emergency landing after loss of engine power while on agricultural operations

30-Aug-12

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27-Aug-12 N503DR Bell OH-58C Escalon, US-California

Pilot Bill Cavanaugh, was taken to San Joaquin General Hospital following crash on agricultural operations.  His son told a TV station that his father had over 20,000 hours of flying experience

27-Aug-12

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