Ditched and turned over. 5 POB exited safely, although some needed help getting out of the cabin when it was submerged in water.
Source: HeliHub.com, 07-Jun-13
AEL statement on Facebook - We are saddened to confirm that three members of our Manchester, Ky., crew were killed in a helicopter accident late Thursday evening. We are devastated at the loss of these crew members who we consider family. We have no details regarding the cause of the accident but will be working with [...]
Lost height on climb out from golf complex. Fatalities named as Juan Ignacio Torres Landa, Elizárraga Alejandro Felix (pilot), Jaime Olescowski, Manuel Palacios Alcocer, while Joseph Olescowski Nutt was seriously injured.
Emergency landing after engine problems. Tail boom cut but helicopter did end up on its skids
Late evening accident in the grounds of an elementary school on positioning flight back to base in Manchester after delivering patient to London. Three fatalities named as pilot Eddie Sizemore, flight paramedic Herman “Lee” Dobbs and flight nurse Jesse Jones. Reports include mention of fog and that electricity lines have been cut and there are power [...]
Source: Philly, 31-May-13
The mother of a man killed when a helicopter crashed during a shoot for a reality television show has claimed in a wrongful death lawsuit that the aircraft’s operators and producers negligently operated the helicopter. (See Full Story) – and see also the HeliHub.com page for this accident here
Helicopter working for Alberta Sustainable Resource Development, coming down in a forested area. Crash killed pilot Bryce Campbell and passenger biologist Kristina Norstrom. The other passenger Simon Slater survived – names from this article
Source: US DoD, 28-May-13
L-3 Communications Corp., Madison, Miss., is being awarded a $53,002,714 indefinite-delivery requirements contract for logistics services support of the TH-57 aircraft fleet. Services to be provided include repair and/or overhaul of aircraft, engines, avionics and related components. Work will be performed at Naval Air Station Whiting Field, Milton, Fla., and is expected to be completed [...]
Source: DART Aerospace, 17-May-13
DART Aerospace announces that the Rear Locker Extender™ that increases the baggage compartment capacity by 21” is now FAA and TCCA approved for Bell 206A/B/L/L1/L3/L4 and 407 (including 407GX) aircraft. Constructed from a high quality, rugged composite, the rear locker extender is a perfect lightweight solution to stow extra sets of golf clubs, long-handled shovels [...]
Helicopter hijacked, linked to recovery of monies owed by the operator to another aviation company
Hit powerline while spraying. Pilot walked away – he was named here as Michael Stewart
Crashed in open land and fell onto its side. Reported as on photo mission. Three occupants had minor injuries
Source: Newark Advocate, 29-Apr-13
In its first year of service for Licking County, the helicopters of Air Evac Lifeteam 107 made more than 200 flights and were requested for service more than 460 times. (See Full Story)
Sole occupant pilot killed after striking wires
Substantially damaged in landing accident. Although this is a tour helicopter, only two flight crew were on board, no passengers
Tail rotor damaged on landing
Source: Latitude, 27-Mar-13
Latitude Technologies (Latitude) announced that the company has received a FAA STC for the SkyNode S100 flight following and flight date transceiver for installation in more than 800 Part 23 category aircraft. Latitude has also recently received FAA approval of the SkyNode S100 including the IONode Flight Data Monitoring system for light helicopters including Bell [...]
Helicopter substantially damaged in emergency landing on road. Bridegroom Rishi Ramdeo, his parents Vijay and Danmathie and best man Robert Soogram were injured after their helicopter crashed outside the wedding venue. The pilot and the groom were reported in a critical condition and the other occupants were treated for mild to serious injuries.
Training accident. Main rotors severed tail boom, aircraft ended upright on its skids
Source: WUFT, 21-Mar-13
Gainesville Police Department launched its helicopter back in the air Tuesday after a 15-month hiatus.Helicopter (see full story). File photo
Source: Tennessee Highway Patrol, 13-Mar-13
Department of Safety and Homeland Security Commissioner Bill Gibbons joined Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) Colonel Tracy Trott to announce the permanent assignment of a THP helicopter and pilot to assist with aviation support of law enforcement in west Tennessee. This permanent aviation support will enhance public safety by increasing response time to incidents or missions [...]
Source: Bristow Academy, 05-Mar-13
Bristow Academy announced today an agreement with Aero Dynamix to use Aero Dynamix night vision systems to enhance its night vision training program, as well as offer the installation of Aero Dynamix night vision systems to its customers worldwide. Both companies are industry leaders in night vision applications – Bristow Academy in rotary pilot training [...]
Source: Ravco, 03-Mar-13
Eight Foreign National military pilots graduated with flying colors today from RAVCO’s inaugural Spanish language mountain helicopter course at its Leadville Mountain/High Altitude Training and Test Site. The three week training program featured advanced instruction and techniques flying in some of most technical and demanding flying environments available in the United States. “This is graduate [...]
Source: Astronics, 01-Mar-13
Astronics Corporation’s Max-Viz-1500 enhanced vision system has received approval by the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) for retrofit installation in Bell B206B/206L-4/407 helicopters. Astronics Executive Vice President Elliott Troutman said, “Astronics concurs with Bell Helicopter’s assessment that China will be the world’s strongest helicopter growth market with a need for 2,000 aircraft during the [...]
Source: LA Times, 21-Feb-13
The pilot of a helicopter that crashed in Acton this month had his pilot privileges suspended twice in the last decade, according to FAA records (see full story). Details on the accident referred to can be found at 10-Feb-13 N59518 Bell 206B Acton, US-California (3F)
Source: Cadorath Aerospace, 20-Feb-13
Cadorath Aerospace announcedit’s development of 178 new Bell Helicopter repairs in 2012. The Cadorath Aerospace design and engineering department continues to develop approved repairs for the Bell Helicopter line numbering close to a total of 900 repairs now available. Cadorath Aerospace completed a long list of new extended repairs throughout 2012 on the Bell Helicopter [...]
Ted McBride, 74, died after contact with a power line during agricultural operations
Five POB – pilot and four tourists, including two from Ukraine. No injuries
Four injured in emergency landing in a garden. Pilot Eduardo Augusto Ospina was flying three military personnel – mobile brigade commander 29, Colonel Carlos Salamanca; Corporal Hector Fabio Sogamoso, and professional soldier Jaider Cardenas Posso.
Substantially damaged in force landing – helicopter ended up on its side. Aerowest Helicopters operating for New Mexico Dept of of Game and Fish. All three occupants injured – one Game & Fish officer, one veterinarian and the helicopter pilot reported minor injuries.
Three killed when a JetRanger went down at 3.42am on a reality TV shoot on a remote ranch. Helicopter had been supplied via Crossbow Helicopters, who act as brokers between film companies and helicopter operators. Photos posted of this 206 on Orbic Air’s website (example) in the last few weeks indicate that it carried their [...]
Helicopter destroyed per FAA data
DeSoto County Sheriff is buying a 1976-build Bell Jet Ranger helicopter from the Georgia State Highway Patrol (see full story) File photo
Helicopter blown onto its side by high winds
Crashed and hit house killing one of four on board
During low-level aerial filming operations, the helicopter rotated quickly to the right and descended. The pilot made an emergency landing on the sloping terrain. The helicopter rolled over and was subtantially damaged with minor injuries to the occupants.
Emergency field landing, with no damage to aircraft. Press reports “sawdust in the gearbox”….
Source: Elbit, 14-Jan-13
Elbit Systems Ltd. (the “Company”) recently announced that it was awarded two follow-on contracts by the Israeli Ministry of Defense (“IMOD”) for the operation and maintenance of the Israeli Air Force’s (“IAF”) Flight Academy trainer aircraft and helicopters. These contracts were part of the Company’s December 31, 2012 announcement regarding contract awards by the IMOD [...]
Source: HeliHub.com, 11-Jan-13
This news item is part of the accident data provided by HeliHub.com on this site. Information provided in this update may potentially be incomplete or inaccurate as we frequently post these stories only a very short time after the accident has occurred. Users of HeliHub.com are advised to carry out their own checks and searches, [...]
Helicopter landed on ice floe, which then collapsed and the helicopter sank. Pilot rescued. Local temperature with windchill around -50C CADAORS 2013C0108
Helicopter was one of a pair on low level frost control flight over a vineyard. Weather reported as foggy. Pilot named as Karen L. Johnson, age 62
Emergency field landing. Cause not yet advised, as press report of “blown off course” seems so improbable
Star Helicopters, one of the leading helicopter tour operators in Los Angeles, is proud to begin operating charter and air taxi helicopter rides with an FAA Part 135 certification. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requires that all aircraft operators carrying passengers for hire in point-to-point helicopter rides or charters and commuter flights must carry this [...]
Source: Able Aerospace Services, 12-Dec-12
Able Aerospace Services, a leader in dynamic component repairs, overhauls, and approved replacement part solutions, announced today the availability of a new Bell 206 Main Rotor Strap Fitting and Pin replacement part (PMA). Operators of Bell 206 helicopters can now further reduce operating costs by utilizing these exclusive FAA-certified PMA parts along with other cost-saving [...]
Struck a parked aircraft
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!
Emergency landing after bird strike – EMS unit “Pafford AirOne” with patient on board. We believe they operate either/both of LongRanger 4 N1813 (52335) and LongRanger 3 N3180L (51055)
Loud bang heard with an associated yaw to the right and loss of power. An autorotative landing was carried out into a nearby stream. The pilot and 1 passenger were uninjured. CADAORS ref 2012P1768
Helicopter crashed after hitting guy wire of radio tower. Sole occupant pilot (named as Hugh Clifton Kelley) killed
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
Very heavy landing – main blades appear completely intact. All 4 POB injured, two seriously
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
Struck power cables on climb out of field. The severed cables caused a small fire. Helicopter landed very heavily on its skids, starboard skid low CADAORS ref 2012C4146
Lost power and forced to land in a field. Main blades hit tail boom
Substantially damaged in training accident. The Instructor and student were transported to a hospital for medical evaluation and were later released with minor injuries.
Helicopter landed with considerable forward speed and cartwheeled over its nose on landing – indicating skids possible dug into ground. Helicopter destroyed but all 5 POB (including spiritual leader Asaram Bapu) safely exited with only minor injuries
Safe night emergency landing made in sports field after bird strike caused 24 inch diameter hole in windshield
Loss of control landing in strong winds – main blades hit building
Lack of fuel. The helicopter landed hard and the main rotor blades contacted and severed the tail boom, forward of the tail rotor assembly.
Tail rotor struck wire on approach after crew were distracted by vehicle on ground potentially entering landing zone. Landed without further incident
Source: Commercial Appeal, 27-Jul-12
Memphis Police have a fleet of three Bell 206 JetRangers an a Eurocopter AS350. Each is currently grounded by a maintenance requirement (see full story)
One killed and two injured when helicopter crashed into reservoir. Operator flies at least two LongRanger IVs – B-7712 (52305) and B-7715 (52357)
Rolled over on landing
Starboard skid got stuck on terrain, resulting in dynamic roll-over onto its side. Minor injuries to sole occupant pilot. CADAORS 2012Q1523
Industry sources tell us that the helicopter made a very heavy landing inside the circuit causing sufficient damage to require it to be taken out by road for repair. Date needs confirming
While taking off, the helicopter’s low rotor rpm warning horn sounded. The pilot entered autorotation and carried out a forced landing into a field.
Source: Era Training Center, 06-Jul-12
As an approved training provider for USAIG Safety Bucks customers, Era Training Center LLC (ETC) provides industry relevant training programs to the global helicopter industry. In early June 2012, ETC provided Bell 206B helicopter recurrent training to Aircoastal Helicopters, an FAA Approved Part 135 operator in Palm Beach, Florida. As a longtime USAIG customer, Aircoastal [...]
Helicopter missing for 4+ days. Three crew missing are New Zealander Antony Annan, 49 and two Australians, one named as Russel Aitken, 42.
JetRanger crashed in open field during agricultural operations. Pilot in hospital after walking to nearest farm for help. Helicopter destroyed. CADAORS 2012C2726
Crashed while conducting low level manoeuvres east of Saskatoon. An ELT signal was reported by several overflying aircraft. CADAORS 2012C2707
Source: Bell, 05-Jun-12
Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today it has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to open the first Bell Helicopter authorized flight training school in China. Bell Helicopter and Guanchen Aviation signed the MOU during the opening ceremony of the 4th Annual Anyang International Aviation Sports Festival in Anyang, China. “Bell [...]
Crashed into an apple orchard after losing power. Tail damage. Pilot not injured
The aircraft had just completed a routine inspection and the mechanic was doing a post-inspection ground run when the aircraft inadvertently lifted from its stationary position and struck a hangar. Mechanic injured
Helicopter under contract to the City of Whitehorse for mosquito control work was flying low level when it hit wires – pilot was blinded by the sunshine during a turn. Pilot put 206 down safely in a creek. No damage to helicopter or injury to pilot. 400 properties temporarily without power. CADAORS 2012C2112