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06-Jun-13 N114AE Bell 206L Manchester, US-Kentucky (3F)

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 outages locally

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06-Jun-13 Schweizer S300C Guanghan, China (1F)

Training flight, one fatal, one injured.  Helicopter ended upside-down on the banks of a river

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31-May-13 C-GIMY Sikorsky S76 Moosonee, Canada (4F)

Helicopter down at night (approx 00:11 hrs) with 4 fatalities – two crew, two paramedics.  No patient on board.  See Ornge Media statement  crew were named (here) as

  • Captain Don Filliter, 54, of Skead, Ont.
  • First Officer Jacques Dupuy, 43, of Otterburn-Park, Que.
  • Paramedic Dustin Dagenais, 34, of Moose Factory, Ont.
  • Paramedic Chris Snowball, 38, of Burlington, Ont.

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29-May-13 C-FZWB Bell 206B Fort McMurray, Canada (2F)

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

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28-May-13 Mil Mi-8 Ivanovsky, Russia (2F)

Crashed on training flight, killing two of the four POB

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24-May-13 N569BC Robinson R44 Cross Timbers, US-Missouri (2F)

Crashed in heavy wooded area.  Fatalities named as pilot William Higgenbotham, 32, and the passenger was Catalina Richard, 21.

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23-May-13 PNB-8302 Eurocopter Bo105 Caracas, Venezuela (5F)

Crashed in low visibility while chasing a vehicle containing two hostages.  All five POB died.  Post crash fire

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17-May-13 Virginia Beach, US-Virginia (2F)

Two members of the FBI’s ultra-elite Hostage Rescue Team (Special Agents Christopher Lorek and Stephen Shaw) were killed  during a training accident involving a helicopter off the coast of Virginia Beach.  The military statement said very little except that it encountered unspecified difficulties and the agents fell a “significant distance.”

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06-May-13 RA-24410 Mil Mi-8 Preobrazhenka, Russia (9F)

Helicopter with 9 persons and 2 tons of explosive

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27-Apr-13 N150SP Bell 206B Shepherd, US-Montana (1F)

Sole occupant pilot killed after striking wires

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24-Apr-13 XC-AAF MD Helicopters MD600N Oaxaca, Mexico (4F)

Helicopter on an EMS flight crashed killing a newborn baby less than 24 hours old, his father Pedro Martinez, pilot  Guillermo Chávez Medina and paramedic Pablo Héctor Vicente.  Helicopter destroyed

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23-Apr-13 ZS-HLS Robinson R44 Schoemanskloof, South Africa (4F)

Helicopter departed Nelspruit, picked up passengers at Casterbridge and was en route to Grand Central, but crashed in an open field.  Visibility is quoted in press reports as a possible factor.  The victims were named as Nicholas More, Pierre de Villiers, Lance Cooper and Elmarie Martens.

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21-Apr-13 OM-M959 Dynali H2S Trnava, Slovakia (1F)

Crashed into ploughed field with no obstructions near, killing one.  Both occupants were pilots.

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13-Apr-13 C-FCTD Bell 206L1 Cambell River, Canada (1F)

1 fatality of 6 on board after helicopter crashed into the Homathco River on a fly-fishing charter.   The fatality was named in this report as Michael Monson.  CADAORS 2013P0449

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12-Apr-13 Ouro-Modi, Mali (5F)

Details not clear apart from casualty numbers

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09-Apr-12 Boeing AH-64 Pechigram district, Afghanistan (2F)

Two US soldiers killed in helicopter crash.  A press release from the Pennsylvania National Guard named the pair as Chief Warrant Officer 3 Matthew Ruffner, 34, and Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jarett Yoder, 27.

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07-Apr-13 OB-1916P Mil-8 Loreto, Peru (13F)

Incident summary – Oil exploration support helicopter went down, killing all on board.  Initial reports vary between 13 and 14 fatalities after initial reports of 9.  Some local news sources are saying it exploded in the air, 10 minutes from its destination.  The helicopter was supporting work by Perenco Peru, who issued a statement saying that apart from two crew there was one of their employees on board as well as others from three different contractors.

The flight manifest (according to this page) listed those on board as R. Caballero de la Cruz – Pilot, Pedro Garate Arcila – Co-pilot, Ángel La Rosa Díaz – Flight Engineer, José Vargas Siprian – Mechanic, Máximo Cuello Yumbato, Deyvi Salas Del Águila, F. Saavedra Sánchez, Víctor Vallejos Clavo, Hernán Serrantes Paima, José Navarro Pinto, Frider Pasmiño Vargas, R. Manuyama Sandoval, Jairo Cahuamri Tello

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03-Apr-13 N3101H Robinson R44 Tamiami, US-Florida (2F)

Crashed into a parking lot two miles after take-off, killing both occupants.  Non-aviation witnesses report an explosion before the helicopter reached the ground. Post crash fire.  The deceased were later named by Miami Dade Police as pilot Mark Palmieri and passenger Ross Allen.  One report states it was a post-maintenance test flight

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03-Apr-13 Robinson R44 Nylstroom, South Africa (1F)

Unknown circumstances.  Wreck found next morning after failing to arrive at intended destination

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30-Mar-13 N911AA Eurocopter AS350B3 Talkeetna, US-Alaska

Impacted terrain while maneuvering during an SAR flight near Talkeetna, Alaska. The airline transport pilot, an Alaska state trooper serving as a flight observer for the pilot, and a stranded snowmobiler who had requested rescue were killed, and the helicopter was destroyed by impact and postcrash fire.

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30-Mar-13 N911AA Eurocopter AS350B3 Talkeetna, US-Alaska (3F)

Two Alaska State Troopers and a rescued snowmobiler died in the crash.  A press release later named them as Alaska State Trooper pilot Mel Nading, Trooper Tage Toll of Talkeetna, and Carl Ober, the 56-year-old injured snowmachiner from Talkeetna

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29-Mar-13 AgustaWestland A109LUH Kruger, South Africa (5F)

Helicopter crashed during rhino poaching patrols.  Al five POB killed – later named as  Captain Jacobus Andries van Rensburg; Captain MP Chabalala; Sergeant Paulus Shongela Ndishishi; Sergeant GP Ruiters and Lance Corporal Bheki Petros Cele

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26-Mar-13 N910WC Hughes OH-6A Caddo, US-Texas (1F)

Landed in pond instead of the nearby field as intended after gusty wind conditions experienced.  Pilot escaped, but passenger killed, both aged 75 according to press reports

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21-Mar-13 VH-HWQ Robinson R44 Bulli Tops, Australia (4F)

Clipped tree(s) during landing phase and crashed killing all four on board.  Helicopter operator Bankstown Helicopters confirmed that the aircraft had been hired by a private pilot

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21-Mar-13 D-HLTM Eurocopter EC155 Berlin, Germany (1F)

Two helicopters collided in white-out conditions during a police exercise.  An AS332L2 and a EC155 had landed and kicked up a lot of snow.  The pilot of a second AS332 landing soon after then suffered white-out and landed too close to the EC155, killing the pilot.  Three other injuries reported.

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16-Mar-13 Mil Mi-8 Khankala, Russia (3F)

Three killed out of four on board a Russian Border Guard Mi-8 which crashed in poor visibility.  A criminal investigation has been opened.

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16-Mar-13 Bell OH-58D Daman district, Afghanistan (1F)

Officials from the International Security Assistance Force said they have no indication that the helicopter was brought down by enemy activity in the area.

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15-Mar-13 N574EH Sikorsky S76A++ Lake Charles, US-Louisiana (3F)

Post maintenance test flight.  Cameron County Sheriff identified the deceased as pilot, William R. Croucher, 69, and two mechanics: Michael Lee Tyree, 55, and Timothy Lloyd Goehring, 41.  Operator Era Helicopters made a brief statement confirming the accident

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12-Mar-13 Bell AH-1 Shfela, Israel (2F)

Accident around 1am local on night training mission.  Both reservists killed, named by IDF as Lt.-Col. (res.) Noam Ron, 49, and Maj. (res.) Erez Flekser, 31. The pilots had radioed the Palmahim air base before the crash, saying they would land there in six minutes. There was no distress call prior to the accident.

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12-Mar-13 AVIC Z-9 Lusaka City Airport, Zambia (1F)

Major Misapa Mukupa was killed in an accident at Lusaka City Airport, while co-pilot Captain Kenneth Chilala sustained minor injuries

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11-Mar-13 Sikorsky UH-60 Daman district, Afghanistan (5F)

Helicopter went down during rain storm

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09-Mar-13 RA-22472 Mil Mi-8AMT Bukavu, Congo (4F)

Crashed in mountainous area in poor weather, flying for United Nations.  Photo suggests controlled flight into terrain.

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09-Mar-13 ZK-IHU Robinson R66 Oamaru Valley, New Zealand (1F)

Crashed on a ridge above the Oamaru Valley, east of Turangi, after dropping off a hunting party.  The body of pilot Mark Didsbury was found 50m away from the helicopter

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07-Mar-13 Eurocopter/IAR SA330L Bacau, Romania (2F)

Two killed and three injured when helicopter crashed on training flight.  The two fatalities were named by the Romanian military as Petty Officer Lawrence Chiru and Sergeant Basil Manolache

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05-Mar-13 IN445 Eurocopter SA316B Visakhapatanam, India (2F)

Crashed off the Vishakhapatnam harbour  Two crew members were immediately rescued while two others were missing and a search was underway for them.

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03-Mar-13 OM-ECI Eurocopter EC120 Horný Čepeň, Slovakia (1F)

Helicopter struck wire and fell into river, killing teenage passenger and injuring the other three on board.  On report stated there were traces of alcohol on the 40 year old pilot

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03-Mar-13 MOI-12 Sikorsky S92 Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (1F)

Crew Member (named as First Class Pvt Abdul Aziz Bin Abdullah Al Qah’tani ) fell from the helicopter and died during the celebration of the World Civil Defence Day

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02-Mar-13 N471M Hughes 500C Majuro, Marshall Islands (1F)

The helicopter from one fishing boat crashed into another boat while they were fishing near the Marshall Islands, seriously injuring a Chinese fisherman, 48-year old Shuiyao Wang, who died at sea two days later.    Filipino pilot Thomas Bustos, 51,  is being treated for injuries

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01-Mar-13 F-GPGM Eurocopter SA316B Chattonay, France (1F)

Collided with trees and crashed into a lake killing the pilot

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24-Feb-13 EJC-2154 Sikorsky UH-60L Vistahermosa, Colombia (4F)

Crashed and exploded (possibly due to a mine) while engaged with  FARC guerrillas

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22-Feb-13 N917EM Eurocopter AS350B2 Oklahoma City, US-Oklahoma (2F)

Crashed close to buildings.  Pilot Mark Montgomery and crew member Chris Denning killed, third crew member Billy Wynn is critical. (names were released here) Two explosions after the helicopter crash landed in upright position.  Completely burnt out in post-crash fire.

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18-Feb-13 N20620 Bell 206 Ely, US-Nevada (1F)

Ted McBride, 74, died after contact with a power line during agricultural operations

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11-Feb-13 Mil Mi-171 Caspian Sea, Azerbaijan (3F)

Crashed into the sea on an EMS mission, killing all three on board – named as Captain Yashar Ahmadov, Senior Lieutenant Rustam Rustamov and Lieutenant Bahruz Zeynalov

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10-Feb-13 N59518 Bell 206B Acton, US-California (3F)

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 titles as operator.  Casualties named as pilot David Gibbs, 59, cinematographer Darren Rydstrom, 46, and Michael Donatelli, 45 – they were involved in filming for the Discovery Channel.

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02-Feb-13 ZP-HAH Robinson R44 Puerto Antequera, Paraguay (3F)

Presidential candidate Lino Oviedo died in the accident along with his bodyguard Derlis Galeano, and the pilot, Ramón Aurelio Picco.  The flight was scheduled for 7.15pm but did not take off until 9.00pm, despite objections from the pilot that the helicopter was not suitably equipped for night flight and that there was an approaching storm front.

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28-Jan-13 C-GOCM Robinson R44 Grand Cache, Canada (1F)

Survey helicopter overdue.  Weather may have been an issue as a Canadian military Bell 412 involved in the search had to return to base due to weather.  CADAORS 2013C0386

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21-Jan-13 PR-JBN Bell 206B Jaragua, Brazil (1F)

Crashed and hit house killing one of four on board

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16-Jan-13 G-CRST AgustaWestland AW109E Vauxhall, UK (2F)

AW109 Helicopterhit crane and crashed to ground, killing the pilot Pete Barnes and one person on the ground, Matt Wood. Top of the crane may have been in the cloud – check photos on the second link below.  The crane is marginally south of the H4 heliroute, which has a 1500ft restriction at this point.  Weather likely to have led to flying lower, but as a twin would technically not be restricted to following the routes.  Helicopter was en route Redhill to Elstree, but diverting to Battersea due to low visibility.  Pilot named here as Peter Barnes.  13 people hurt on the ground.

 

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11-Jan-13 Mil MI-35 Myitkyina, Myanmar (3F)

Shot down by rebels in border region.  Army itself says “emergency landing due to engine failure”

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10-Jan-13 D-HIZZ Robinson R44 Schwäbisch Hall, Germany (1F)

Helicopter crashed on to highway, killing pilot. Post crash fire. Truck driver injured in the ensuing chaos.  No other injuries, despite heavy traffic at the time.  Weather reported as wet.  Helicopter _may_ have hit wires, causing crash.  Pilot reported as ” 42 year old small business owner from Hohenlohe”

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07-Jan-13 N241CH Boeing 234LR Pucallpa, Peru (7K)

Minutes after take-off from Pucallpa, the helicopter appeared to have a problem en route and smoke was coming from the aircraft.  Shortly after it crashed into a jungle area killing all 7 on board – 2 Peruvians – Joel Castillo and Luis Ramos, and 5 Americans – Dan Immel , Ed Córdova, Jaime Pickett, Lee Bradford and Darrel Birkes.  It was reported that most worked for Petrominerales – for whom the helicopter was being operated

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05-Jan-13 Bell 412 Tumaco, Colombia (1F)

Colombian Navy 412 crashed on an EMS mission, killing Ocoró John Jairo Torres, who had over 15 years military experience.  Four others to hospital – Pilot Miguel Córdoba, Copilot Juan Pablo Zuloaga; and rescuers Luis Miguel Ibáñez and Ronal Jiménez.

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03-Jan-13 PR-DUB Robinson R66 Caraguatatuba, Brazil (2F)

Details unknown.  Helicopter “missing from radar screens” and not found until 15 days after the accident

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02-Jan-13 N445MT Bell 407 Ventura, US-Iowa (3F)

Three killed in night time accident north of Ventura – pilot Gene Grell, nurse Shelly Lair-Langenbau and paramedic Russell Piehl.   Reports state it was the helicopter based at Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa.  Post impact fire.  Was en route from Mason City to Emmetsburg.

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02-Jan-13 N828AC Bell 206 Delano, US-California (1F)

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

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25-Dec-12 Mil Mi-8MT Oleksandriia, Ukraine (5F)

Crashed shortly after take-off, killing all five on board.  Three were the helicopter crew, two were ground handlers from the airport

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21-Dec-12 RA-27003 Mil MI-8AMT Likuangole, Sudan (4F)

Shot down – four Russian nationals on board all died – named later in a UN statement as Pilot in Command Ilin Sergei, Co-Pilot Abrakov Alfir, Flight Engineer Egorov Sergei and Flight Attendant Shpanov Nikolai

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15-Dec-12 07 AgustaWestland AW109E Okoroba, Nigeria (6F)

Six killed including  the Governor of Kaduna State, Patrick Yakowa and former National Security Adviser, Gen. Andrew Owoeye Azazi. Aircraft was involved in shuttle operations transporting people to/from the funeral of the father of Oronto Douglas, one of the President’s aides.  Airframe total time 1704 hours according to this report

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10-Dec-12 N911BK Eurocopter BK117B3 Rochelle, US-Illinois (3F)

Three killed in an EMS helicopter accident – en route from Rockford base to Mendota to pick up a patient.  Weather reported as a factor.  Pilot later named as Andy Olesen, and the two flight nurses were Jim Dillow and Karen Hollis

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

Crashed during crop spraying operations.  Sole occupant pilot killed.

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05-Dec-12 C-FRSO Robinson R44 Slave Lake, Canada (1F)

Emergency beacon activated, helicopter in forested area – sole occupant pilot Glen Freeland died in the accident. Three rescuers had to be dropped by helicopter to cut out a landing pad. CADAORS 2012C5203

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01-Dec-12 N3755Z Bell 47G2 Walkerville, US-Michigan (1F)

Crash into forest area killed pilot Thomas Slocum, 49, and injured passenger Matt Williams, 28

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30-Nov-12 N2626N Robinson R22 Apollo Beach, US-Florida (1F)

Crashed into water, killing sole occupant pilot John “Larry” Ward.  Witness reported rotor blade separation

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28-Nov-12 Balikpapan Bay, Indonesia (1F)

Flying very low and struck passenger in speedboat, killing him

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27-Nov-12 N28MP Hughes 500D Childress, US-Texas (1F)

Helicopter lost power while working at low level on powerlines for  Cross Texas Transmission. Jonathan David Suhr, 23, was suspended 50 ft below the helicopter as part of this work and was certified dead a short time later.

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25-Nov-12 N4204A Robinson R44 Corona, US-California (1F)

Helicopter exploded after striking fuel bay canopy.  Sole occupant pilot was killed.  Occurred at 11.08pm local time.  The casualty was later named as owner James Belcher

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22-Nov-12 C6-APV Eurocopter AS355F1 Great Guana Cay, Bahamas (1F)

1 killed (named here as Lance Valdez) and 4 injured including billionaire Jeffery Soffer, Dan and Paula Riordan and an unnamed pilot

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21-Nov-12 PR-UTJ Robinson R22 Serra da Grota Funda, Brazil (2F)

Crashed in a wooded area on training flight.  Instructor Silvestre Travassos Neto, 34, and student Felipe Barreto, 18, died at the scene

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20-Nov-12 I-MIAE Eurocopter AS350BA Trichiana, Italy (2F)

Helicopter was involved in low-level aerial work to drop rabies vaccines for foxes as part of a Health Authority program.  AS350BA crashed into field close to houses after hitting high voltage cables, killing both occupants – pilot Silvio Botto Steglia, 37, and Felice Faivano, 35.  Two houses damaged (see photo essay).  Some local reports cite poor visibility at the time of the accident

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17-Nov-12 Mil Mi-2 Ivanovo, Russia (2F)

2 killed when helicopter crashed into forest

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16-Nov-12 Mil Mi-17 Al-Ghota Al-Sharqeya, Syria (5F)

Syrian rebels claim to have shot down a Mi-17 helicopter

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15-Nov-12 N369AW Hughes 500D Corning, US-New York (2F)

Helicopter on low level patrol, hit wires and crashed.  Fatalities were pilot Mackenzie Bleth from Haverfield Aviation and Dale Crout – an employee of New York State Electric and Gas.  Post crash fire, and we note from this story that the tail was some distance from the helicopter and not affected by the fire.

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14-Nov-12 Bell 214B Khorassan Razavi, Iran (10F)

Struck wires in poor visibility and crashed after rescuing five from a minibus road crash.  A further five crew on board were killed.  Extensive photo cover in news agency photo albums here , here and here

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14-Nov-12 Guelmim, Morocco (9F)

Nine people were killed and two seriously injured in a military helicopter crash in the Guelmim area of southwest Morocco late on Wednesday.  Eight of the passengers were pronounced dead on the spot and another succumbed to injuries in hospital.  One source names operator as Moroccan Royal Gendarmerie

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10-Nov-12 Sikorsky S70 Bilgili, Turkey (17F)

Controlled flight into terrain in poor visibility.  All 17 aboard killed

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06-Jun-13 N114AE Bell 206L Manchester, US-Kentucky (3F)

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… Read more »

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06-Jun-13 Schweizer S300C Guanghan, China (1F)

Training flight, one fatal, one injured.  Helicopter ended upside-down on the banks of a river

06-Jun-13

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31-May-13 C-GIMY Sikorsky S76 Moosonee, Canada (4F)

Helicopter down at night (approx 00:11 hrs) with 4 fatalities – two crew, two paramedics.  No patient on board.  See Ornge Media statement  crew were named (here) as Captain Don Filliter, 54, of Skead, Ont. First Officer Jacques Dupuy, 43, of Otterburn-Park, Que. Paramedic Dustin Dagenais, 34, of Moose Factory, Ont. Paramedic Chris Snowball, 38,… Read more »

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29-May-13 C-FZWB Bell 206B Fort McMurray, Canada (2F)

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

29-May-13

28-May-13 Mil Mi-8 Ivanovsky, Russia (2F)

Crashed on training flight, killing two of the four POB

28-May-13

24-May-13 N569BC Robinson R44 Cross Timbers, US-Missouri (2F)

Crashed in heavy wooded area.  Fatalities named as pilot William Higgenbotham, 32, and the passenger was Catalina Richard, 21.

24-May-13

23-May-13 PNB-8302 Eurocopter Bo105 Caracas, Venezuela (5F)

Crashed in low visibility while chasing a vehicle containing two hostages.  All five POB died.  Post crash fire

23-May-13

17-May-13 Virginia Beach, US-Virginia (2F)

Two members of the FBI’s ultra-elite Hostage Rescue Team (Special Agents Christopher Lorek and Stephen Shaw) were killed  during a training accident involving a helicopter off the coast of Virginia Beach.  The military statement said very little except that it encountered unspecified difficulties and the agents fell a “significant distance.”

17-May-13

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06-May-13 RA-24410 Mil Mi-8 Preobrazhenka, Russia (9F)

Helicopter with 9 persons and 2 tons of explosive

06-May-13

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27-Apr-13 N150SP Bell 206B Shepherd, US-Montana (1F)

Sole occupant pilot killed after striking wires

27-Apr-13

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24-Apr-13 XC-AAF MD Helicopters MD600N Oaxaca, Mexico (4F)

Helicopter on an EMS flight crashed killing a newborn baby less than 24 hours old, his father Pedro Martinez, pilot  Guillermo Chávez Medina and paramedic Pablo Héctor Vicente.  Helicopter destroyed

24-Apr-13

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23-Apr-13 ZS-HLS Robinson R44 Schoemanskloof, South Africa (4F)

Helicopter departed Nelspruit, picked up passengers at Casterbridge and was en route to Grand Central, but crashed in an open field.  Visibility is quoted in press reports as a possible factor.  The victims were named as Nicholas More, Pierre de Villiers, Lance Cooper and Elmarie Martens.

23-Apr-13

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21-Apr-13 OM-M959 Dynali H2S Trnava, Slovakia (1F)

Crashed into ploughed field with no obstructions near, killing one.  Both occupants were pilots.

21-Apr-13

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13-Apr-13 C-FCTD Bell 206L1 Cambell River, Canada (1F)

1 fatality of 6 on board after helicopter crashed into the Homathco River on a fly-fishing charter.   The fatality was named in this report as Michael Monson.  CADAORS 2013P0449

13-Apr-13

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12-Apr-13 Ouro-Modi, Mali (5F)

Details not clear apart from casualty numbers

12-Apr-13

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09-Apr-12 Boeing AH-64 Pechigram district, Afghanistan (2F)

Two US soldiers killed in helicopter crash.  A press release from the Pennsylvania National Guard named the pair as Chief Warrant Officer 3 Matthew Ruffner, 34, and Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jarett Yoder, 27.

09-Apr-13

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07-Apr-13 OB-1916P Mil-8 Loreto, Peru (13F)

Incident summary – Oil exploration support helicopter went down, killing all on board.  Initial reports vary between 13 and 14 fatalities after initial reports of 9.  Some local news sources are saying it exploded in the air, 10 minutes from its destination.  The helicopter was supporting work by Perenco Peru, who issued a statement saying that apart from… Read more »

07-Apr-13

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03-Apr-13 N3101H Robinson R44 Tamiami, US-Florida (2F)

Crashed into a parking lot two miles after take-off, killing both occupants.  Non-aviation witnesses report an explosion before the helicopter reached the ground. Post crash fire.  The deceased were later named by Miami Dade Police as pilot Mark Palmieri and passenger Ross Allen.  One report states it was a post-maintenance test flight

03-Apr-13

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03-Apr-13 Robinson R44 Nylstroom, South Africa (1F)

Unknown circumstances.  Wreck found next morning after failing to arrive at intended destination

03-Apr-13

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30-Mar-13 N911AA Eurocopter AS350B3 Talkeetna, US-Alaska

Impacted terrain while maneuvering during an SAR flight near Talkeetna, Alaska. The airline transport pilot, an Alaska state trooper serving as a flight observer for the pilot, and a stranded snowmobiler who had requested rescue were killed, and the helicopter was destroyed by impact and postcrash fire.

30-Mar-13

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30-Mar-13 N911AA Eurocopter AS350B3 Talkeetna, US-Alaska (3F)

Two Alaska State Troopers and a rescued snowmobiler died in the crash.  A press release later named them as Alaska State Trooper pilot Mel Nading, Trooper Tage Toll of Talkeetna, and Carl Ober, the 56-year-old injured snowmachiner from Talkeetna

30-Mar-13

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29-Mar-13 AgustaWestland A109LUH Kruger, South Africa (5F)

Helicopter crashed during rhino poaching patrols.  Al five POB killed – later named as  Captain Jacobus Andries van Rensburg; Captain MP Chabalala; Sergeant Paulus Shongela Ndishishi; Sergeant GP Ruiters and Lance Corporal Bheki Petros Cele

29-Mar-13

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26-Mar-13 N910WC Hughes OH-6A Caddo, US-Texas (1F)

Landed in pond instead of the nearby field as intended after gusty wind conditions experienced.  Pilot escaped, but passenger killed, both aged 75 according to press reports

26-Mar-13

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21-Mar-13 VH-HWQ Robinson R44 Bulli Tops, Australia (4F)

Clipped tree(s) during landing phase and crashed killing all four on board.  Helicopter operator Bankstown Helicopters confirmed that the aircraft had been hired by a private pilot

21-Mar-13

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21-Mar-13 D-HLTM Eurocopter EC155 Berlin, Germany (1F)

Two helicopters collided in white-out conditions during a police exercise.  An AS332L2 and a EC155 had landed and kicked up a lot of snow.  The pilot of a second AS332 landing soon after then suffered white-out and landed too close to the EC155, killing the pilot.  Three other injuries reported.

21-Mar-13

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16-Mar-13 Mil Mi-8 Khankala, Russia (3F)

Three killed out of four on board a Russian Border Guard Mi-8 which crashed in poor visibility.  A criminal investigation has been opened.

16-Mar-13

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16-Mar-13 Bell OH-58D Daman district, Afghanistan (1F)

Officials from the International Security Assistance Force said they have no indication that the helicopter was brought down by enemy activity in the area.

16-Mar-13

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15-Mar-13 N574EH Sikorsky S76A++ Lake Charles, US-Louisiana (3F)

Post maintenance test flight.  Cameron County Sheriff identified the deceased as pilot, William R. Croucher, 69, and two mechanics: Michael Lee Tyree, 55, and Timothy Lloyd Goehring, 41.  Operator Era Helicopters made a brief statement confirming the accident

15-Mar-13

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12-Mar-13 Bell AH-1 Shfela, Israel (2F)

Accident around 1am local on night training mission.  Both reservists killed, named by IDF as Lt.-Col. (res.) Noam Ron, 49, and Maj. (res.) Erez Flekser, 31. The pilots had radioed the Palmahim air base before the crash, saying they would land there in six minutes. There was no distress call prior to the accident.

12-Mar-13

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12-Mar-13 AVIC Z-9 Lusaka City Airport, Zambia (1F)

Major Misapa Mukupa was killed in an accident at Lusaka City Airport, while co-pilot Captain Kenneth Chilala sustained minor injuries

12-Mar-13

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11-Mar-13 Sikorsky UH-60 Daman district, Afghanistan (5F)

Helicopter went down during rain storm

11-Mar-13

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09-Mar-13 RA-22472 Mil Mi-8AMT Bukavu, Congo (4F)

Crashed in mountainous area in poor weather, flying for United Nations.  Photo suggests controlled flight into terrain.

09-Mar-13

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09-Mar-13 ZK-IHU Robinson R66 Oamaru Valley, New Zealand (1F)

Crashed on a ridge above the Oamaru Valley, east of Turangi, after dropping off a hunting party.  The body of pilot Mark Didsbury was found 50m away from the helicopter

09-Mar-13

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07-Mar-13 Eurocopter/IAR SA330L Bacau, Romania (2F)

Two killed and three injured when helicopter crashed on training flight.  The two fatalities were named by the Romanian military as Petty Officer Lawrence Chiru and Sergeant Basil Manolache

07-Mar-13

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05-Mar-13 IN445 Eurocopter SA316B Visakhapatanam, India (2F)

Crashed off the Vishakhapatnam harbour  Two crew members were immediately rescued while two others were missing and a search was underway for them.

05-Mar-13

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03-Mar-13 OM-ECI Eurocopter EC120 Horný Čepeň, Slovakia (1F)

Helicopter struck wire and fell into river, killing teenage passenger and injuring the other three on board.  On report stated there were traces of alcohol on the 40 year old pilot

03-Mar-13

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03-Mar-13 MOI-12 Sikorsky S92 Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (1F)

Crew Member (named as First Class Pvt Abdul Aziz Bin Abdullah Al Qah’tani ) fell from the helicopter and died during the celebration of the World Civil Defence Day

03-Mar-13

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02-Mar-13 N471M Hughes 500C Majuro, Marshall Islands (1F)

The helicopter from one fishing boat crashed into another boat while they were fishing near the Marshall Islands, seriously injuring a Chinese fisherman, 48-year old Shuiyao Wang, who died at sea two days later.    Filipino pilot Thomas Bustos, 51,  is being treated for injuries

02-Mar-13

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01-Mar-13 F-GPGM Eurocopter SA316B Chattonay, France (1F)

Collided with trees and crashed into a lake killing the pilot

01-Mar-13

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24-Feb-13 EJC-2154 Sikorsky UH-60L Vistahermosa, Colombia (4F)

Crashed and exploded (possibly due to a mine) while engaged with  FARC guerrillas

24-Feb-13

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22-Feb-13 N917EM Eurocopter AS350B2 Oklahoma City, US-Oklahoma (2F)

Crashed close to buildings.  Pilot Mark Montgomery and crew member Chris Denning killed, third crew member Billy Wynn is critical. (names were released here) Two explosions after the helicopter crash landed in upright position.  Completely burnt out in post-crash fire.

22-Feb-13

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18-Feb-13 N20620 Bell 206 Ely, US-Nevada (1F)

Ted McBride, 74, died after contact with a power line during agricultural operations

18-Feb-13

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11-Feb-13 Mil Mi-171 Caspian Sea, Azerbaijan (3F)

Crashed into the sea on an EMS mission, killing all three on board – named as Captain Yashar Ahmadov, Senior Lieutenant Rustam Rustamov and Lieutenant Bahruz Zeynalov

11-Feb-13

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10-Feb-13 N59518 Bell 206B Acton, US-California (3F)

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… Read more »

10-Feb-13

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02-Feb-13 ZP-HAH Robinson R44 Puerto Antequera, Paraguay (3F)

Presidential candidate Lino Oviedo died in the accident along with his bodyguard Derlis Galeano, and the pilot, Ramón Aurelio Picco.  The flight was scheduled for 7.15pm but did not take off until 9.00pm, despite objections from the pilot that the helicopter was not suitably equipped for night flight and that there was an approaching storm… Read more »

02-Feb-13

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28-Jan-13 C-GOCM Robinson R44 Grand Cache, Canada (1F)

Survey helicopter overdue.  Weather may have been an issue as a Canadian military Bell 412 involved in the search had to return to base due to weather.  CADAORS 2013C0386

28-Jan-13

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21-Jan-13 PR-JBN Bell 206B Jaragua, Brazil (1F)

Crashed and hit house killing one of four on board

21-Jan-13

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16-Jan-13 G-CRST AgustaWestland AW109E Vauxhall, UK (2F)

AW109 Helicopterhit crane and crashed to ground, killing the pilot Pete Barnes and one person on the ground, Matt Wood. Top of the crane may have been in the cloud – check photos on the second link below.  The crane is marginally south of the H4 heliroute, which has a 1500ft restriction at this point. … Read more »

16-Jan-13

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11-Jan-13 Mil MI-35 Myitkyina, Myanmar (3F)

Shot down by rebels in border region.  Army itself says “emergency landing due to engine failure”

11-Jan-13

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10-Jan-13 D-HIZZ Robinson R44 Schwäbisch Hall, Germany (1F)

Helicopter crashed on to highway, killing pilot. Post crash fire. Truck driver injured in the ensuing chaos.  No other injuries, despite heavy traffic at the time.  Weather reported as wet.  Helicopter _may_ have hit wires, causing crash.  Pilot reported as ” 42 year old small business owner from Hohenlohe”

10-Jan-13

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07-Jan-13 N241CH Boeing 234LR Pucallpa, Peru (7K)

Minutes after take-off from Pucallpa, the helicopter appeared to have a problem en route and smoke was coming from the aircraft.  Shortly after it crashed into a jungle area killing all 7 on board – 2 Peruvians – Joel Castillo and Luis Ramos, and 5 Americans – Dan Immel , Ed Córdova, Jaime Pickett, Lee… Read more »

07-Jan-13

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05-Jan-13 Bell 412 Tumaco, Colombia (1F)

Colombian Navy 412 crashed on an EMS mission, killing Ocoró John Jairo Torres, who had over 15 years military experience.  Four others to hospital – Pilot Miguel Córdoba, Copilot Juan Pablo Zuloaga; and rescuers Luis Miguel Ibáñez and Ronal Jiménez.

05-Jan-13

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03-Jan-13 PR-DUB Robinson R66 Caraguatatuba, Brazil (2F)

Details unknown.  Helicopter “missing from radar screens” and not found until 15 days after the accident

03-Jan-13

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02-Jan-13 N445MT Bell 407 Ventura, US-Iowa (3F)

Three killed in night time accident north of Ventura – pilot Gene Grell, nurse Shelly Lair-Langenbau and paramedic Russell Piehl.   Reports state it was the helicopter based at Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa.  Post impact fire.  Was en route from Mason City to Emmetsburg.

02-Jan-13

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02-Jan-13 N828AC Bell 206 Delano, US-California (1F)

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

02-Jan-13

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25-Dec-12 Mil Mi-8MT Oleksandriia, Ukraine (5F)

Crashed shortly after take-off, killing all five on board.  Three were the helicopter crew, two were ground handlers from the airport

25-Dec-12

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21-Dec-12 RA-27003 Mil MI-8AMT Likuangole, Sudan (4F)

Shot down – four Russian nationals on board all died – named later in a UN statement as Pilot in Command Ilin Sergei, Co-Pilot Abrakov Alfir, Flight Engineer Egorov Sergei and Flight Attendant Shpanov Nikolai

21-Dec-12

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15-Dec-12 07 AgustaWestland AW109E Okoroba, Nigeria (6F)

Six killed including  the Governor of Kaduna State, Patrick Yakowa and former National Security Adviser, Gen. Andrew Owoeye Azazi. Aircraft was involved in shuttle operations transporting people to/from the funeral of the father of Oronto Douglas, one of the President’s aides.  Airframe total time 1704 hours according to this report

15-Dec-12

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10-Dec-12 N911BK Eurocopter BK117B3 Rochelle, US-Illinois (3F)

Three killed in an EMS helicopter accident – en route from Rockford base to Mendota to pick up a patient.  Weather reported as a factor.  Pilot later named as Andy Olesen, and the two flight nurses were Jim Dillow and Karen Hollis

10-Dec-12

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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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05-Dec-12 C-FRSO Robinson R44 Slave Lake, Canada (1F)

Emergency beacon activated, helicopter in forested area – sole occupant pilot Glen Freeland died in the accident. Three rescuers had to be dropped by helicopter to cut out a landing pad. CADAORS 2012C5203

05-Dec-12

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01-Dec-12 N3755Z Bell 47G2 Walkerville, US-Michigan (1F)

Crash into forest area killed pilot Thomas Slocum, 49, and injured passenger Matt Williams, 28

01-Dec-12

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30-Nov-12 N2626N Robinson R22 Apollo Beach, US-Florida (1F)

Crashed into water, killing sole occupant pilot John “Larry” Ward.  Witness reported rotor blade separation

30-Nov-12

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28-Nov-12 Balikpapan Bay, Indonesia (1F)

Flying very low and struck passenger in speedboat, killing him

28-Nov-12

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27-Nov-12 N28MP Hughes 500D Childress, US-Texas (1F)

Helicopter lost power while working at low level on powerlines for  Cross Texas Transmission. Jonathan David Suhr, 23, was suspended 50 ft below the helicopter as part of this work and was certified dead a short time later.

27-Nov-12

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25-Nov-12 N4204A Robinson R44 Corona, US-California (1F)

Helicopter exploded after striking fuel bay canopy.  Sole occupant pilot was killed.  Occurred at 11.08pm local time.  The casualty was later named as owner James Belcher

25-Nov-12

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22-Nov-12 C6-APV Eurocopter AS355F1 Great Guana Cay, Bahamas (1F)

1 killed (named here as Lance Valdez) and 4 injured including billionaire Jeffery Soffer, Dan and Paula Riordan and an unnamed pilot

22-Nov-12

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21-Nov-12 PR-UTJ Robinson R22 Serra da Grota Funda, Brazil (2F)

Crashed in a wooded area on training flight.  Instructor Silvestre Travassos Neto, 34, and student Felipe Barreto, 18, died at the scene

21-Nov-12

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20-Nov-12 I-MIAE Eurocopter AS350BA Trichiana, Italy (2F)

Helicopter was involved in low-level aerial work to drop rabies vaccines for foxes as part of a Health Authority program.  AS350BA crashed into field close to houses after hitting high voltage cables, killing both occupants – pilot Silvio Botto Steglia, 37, and Felice Faivano, 35.  Two houses damaged (see photo essay).  Some local reports cite… Read more »

20-Nov-12

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17-Nov-12 Mil Mi-2 Ivanovo, Russia (2F)

2 killed when helicopter crashed into forest

17-Nov-12

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16-Nov-12 Mil Mi-17 Al-Ghota Al-Sharqeya, Syria (5F)

Syrian rebels claim to have shot down a Mi-17 helicopter

16-Nov-12

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15-Nov-12 N369AW Hughes 500D Corning, US-New York (2F)

Helicopter on low level patrol, hit wires and crashed.  Fatalities were pilot Mackenzie Bleth from Haverfield Aviation and Dale Crout – an employee of New York State Electric and Gas.  Post crash fire, and we note from this story that the tail was some distance from the helicopter and not affected by the fire.

15-Nov-12

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14-Nov-12 Bell 214B Khorassan Razavi, Iran (10F)

Struck wires in poor visibility and crashed after rescuing five from a minibus road crash.  A further five crew on board were killed.  Extensive photo cover in news agency photo albums here , here and here

14-Nov-12

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14-Nov-12 Guelmim, Morocco (9F)

Nine people were killed and two seriously injured in a military helicopter crash in the Guelmim area of southwest Morocco late on Wednesday.  Eight of the passengers were pronounced dead on the spot and another succumbed to injuries in hospital.  One source names operator as Moroccan Royal Gendarmerie

14-Nov-12

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10-Nov-12 Sikorsky S70 Bilgili, Turkey (17F)

Controlled flight into terrain in poor visibility.  All 17 aboard killed

10-Nov-12

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