Thanks to the excellent collaboration between HeliOffshore’s 109 members, 2017 has been another very productive year in our shared efforts to enhance safety. Despite the challenges our industry has faced over the past 12 months, we’ve collectively made significant progress in implementing the strategy on which our unique organization was founded just over three years… Read more »
Safety management and training company Thought Process Ltd is developing a programme to raise awareness of CAP437 standards for helicopter landing areas. The programme is intended to give offshore helicopter operations personnel a sound understanding of the design criteria for helidecks, as well as associated offshore environmental factors and helicopter performance. The HeliOffshore member company… Read more »
In the recent Q3 earnings call with financial analysts, Era Helicopters President and CEO Chris Bradshaw provided the following commentary as part of his introduction:- “The next topic is an update on the status of H225 and AS332 L2 model helicopters following the fatal accidents off the coast of Norway in April 2016, and resultant… Read more »
Two men working on power lines from the helicopter, and heir safety harness failed because it had been rubbing against the power lines causing it to “snap” the release from Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office reportedly said. Both men fell about 100 feet to their deaths from the helicopter – they were later named as Nicholas Gamalski,… Read more »
Helicopter crashed and burnt out on a road bridge. Scene photo shows part of tail on river bank below bridge. All four POB received fatal injuries. Local power cuts indicate a wire strike but unclear if that was cause of accident or result of the flight altitude at the time
Air Evac Lifeteam aircraft had in-air problem on approach to the local 911 centre and put down in a hurry. Power lines cut – not known if that was cause or effect of the heavy landing. Helicopter ended up on its skids, tail boom creased, main blades missing, upper part of tail bent and significant… Read more »
The sheriff was reported as saying Pilot Robert Krier with Ride the Sky Helicopters and passenger Steve Ahrendt, the owner of the cattle, were in the helicopter when it clipped a power line looking for loose cattle. Both occupants reported as suffering serious injuries.
After analyzing dozens of helicopter accidents that resulted in fatalities for pilots and passengers, the U.S. Helicopter Safety Team (www.USHST.org) has uncovered five vital action items for pilots that will improve safe operations. Focusing pilots on these solutions will allow them to make better choices before and during their flights. The facts show that failure… Read more »
Safety intelligence data sharing is a big part of HeliOffshore’s mission to enhance the safety of offshore helicopter operations. It is set to play an even bigger part, as operations director Francois Lassale explained in a new video interview with FINN: http://tinyurl.com/yaah7mb2
Safety in today’s global aviation market depends to a great extent on international partnerships between aviation regulators. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) fully subscribes to this philosophy, which is why on September 22 the agency updated its long-standing aviation safety agreement with the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) The changes in this agreement enhance the… Read more »
USAIG, one of the world’s leading aviation-specific insurance providers celebrates 40 years of creating and distributing safety posters to the aviation community – free of charge. USAIG has created more than 400 posters and distributed more than two million copies to industry members worldwide. In 1977, USAIG (United States Aircraft Insurance Group, Booth C11032) began… Read more »
Air Partner’s aviation safety consultancy company Baines Simmons has been awarded a two-year contract by Leonardo Helicopters to support the development and enhancement of its safety management performance across its UK sites. Baines Simmons will provide Leonardo Helicopters with specialist consultancy and training support, drawing on over 16 years of industry-leading experience. The programme will… Read more »
Airbus Helicopters have brought an H225 to the Helitech International show which starts tomorrow at the ExCeL exhibition centre close to London City Airport. The helicopter touched down around 11.15L this morning. In an attempt to improve the PR surrounding the helicopter type, Airbus has brought an example which they had stored at the factory… Read more »
The U.S. Helicopter Safety Team (www.USHST.org) has completed its comprehensive analysis of the root causes of fatal accidents and has developed 22 measurable safety enhancements aimed at reducing fatalities. Detailed descriptions for 18 of the proposed safety enhancements can now be found on the USHST web site. [ http://www.ushst.org/MobilApp.aspx] The descriptions offer information on the… Read more »
The U.S. Helicopter Safety Team has completed its comprehensive analysis of the root causes of fatal accidents and has developed 22 measurable safety enhancements aimed at reducing fatalities. The 22 safety enhancements can be grouped into four categories: Safety Management Seven safety enhancements Competency Six safety enhancements IMC and Visibility Four safety enhancements (announced on… Read more »
The U.S. Helicopter Safety Team has completed its comprehensive analysis of the root causes of fatal accidents and has developed 22 measurable safety enhancements aimed at reducing fatalities. The 22 safety enhancements can be grouped into four categories: Loss of Control Five safety enhancements Safety Management Seven safety enhancements (three still in development) Competency Six… Read more »
Each fall, HAI and its Helicopter Tour Operators Committee (HTOC) team up to host their Committee Meeting and Safety Seminar. Our event draws tour operators from every major U.S. air-tour market, including Alaska, Hawaii, Las Vegas, Grand Canyon, and New York; Part 135 operators; and others who use this opportunity to meet with fellow members… Read more »
Airbus Helicopters has made the results of its survey available to operators and oil companies, but not officially to the press. However, we have validated from a reliable source that 62% of respondents say they are most unlikely to, or will never, fly in the H225 again. Airbus are trying to compare this to the… Read more »
Heavy field landing after reported engine failure. Little/no damage to tail boom suggests mainly vertical impact, although main blades broken at the rotorhead. Aircraft is registered to James Delullo at an address in the same town as the accident location.
The team at DART Aerospace has made it a priority to promote safety within today’s helicopter industry. In a recent video, DART’s cable cutter system was used to save an aircraft and its crew from a dangerous wire strike in a rural area of Portugal. Thanks to Portugal’s initiative to pass the legislation of a mandatory… Read more »
Passing 500 ft in a descending turn at approximately 50 kt, the pilot reported the helicopter began to vibrate. The pilot was unable to stop the vibration and conducted a precautionary landing. The helicopter landed hard and severed the tail boom. The helicopter sustained substantial damage and the pilot and three passengers were not injured.
In a recent investor call, Jonathan Baliff – President and CEO of Bristow Group – said the following on the company’s position on the Airbus H225 helicopter and their current plans for its Return To Service. “You may be aware that the civil aviation authorities in the United Kingdom and Norway recently issued directives that… Read more »
Helicopter crashed on a photo survey flight – it was chartered by the National Agency for Studies and Follow-up on Railways Investment, who were conducting cartography of the new railway line linking Algiers downtown to the western suburb of Zeralda. Images show the helicopter completely burnt out.
Oil company BP is being reported by Energy Voice as saying it will not consider allowing its offshore workforce using Airbus EC225 or AS332L2 helicopters until the Norwegian investigation authority AIBN has completed and reported on its work regarding the CHC accident of April 2016. This news comes after the UK and Norwegian CAAs both… Read more »
The Malaysian Department of Civil Aviation has recently announced their new safety measures with regards to foreign commercial helicopter pilots. These pilots must undergo special training as well have specific flight hours according to their contract duration in order to fly in the country. This safety measure was created after an accident in 2016. The… Read more »
Helicopter took off at 1046 from Taidong for an aerial photography mission at Fengbin Township, Hualien County. At around 1220, the helicopter was loss of contact and crashed at Fengbin Township, Hualien County. One pilot and two aerial photographers aboard were killed – one was named as Chi Po-Lin, an acclaimed film director. Helicopter almost completely… Read more »
Crashed into the sea during artillery exercise, after colliding with the Bulgarian Navy Wielingen-class Drazki 41 frigate. Pilot (named as Captain Georgi Atanasov) later died in hospital, with the other two occupants seriously injured but stable. Serial confirmed in this article
Helicopter had difficulties on take-off and it appears that a crew member jumped from the aircraft prior to it impacting the ground, but was hit by the rotor blades and died – named as Vikram Lamba. Helicopter had its skids ripped off and all four main blades ended up much shorter than they should have… Read more »
During hoist operations with the rescuer and two patients being lifted, the wire separated from the helicopter causing all three to plunge into a ravine. The police rescuer age 28 and a woman aged 48 died from their injuries and a 47 year old man is seriously injured. It is unknown why the wire separated… Read more »
Date was recorded as 04-Jun-17 when helicopter wreckage was found, but as reports state the pilot’s family were looking “in the middle of the night” for him, and he was last seen on 03-Jun-17, we believe the accident date would most likely have been 03-Jun-17. NTSB also tweeted on 4th June that they were attending… Read more »
Main blades struck street light on final approach to land at the Hohe Düne marina, and the instability created led to the crash. Tail (including rotor) separated in the accident. The complete scene is best seen in this YouTube video. Light injuries to the 4 POB – although some reports say 3 POB and one… Read more »
Crashed after hitting high voltage wires shortly after take-off (one report says three minutes after take off). All 13 POB deceased. DHA news agency is reported as saying the helicopter was carrying a delegation, headed by a major-general, which was inspecting the Senoba region. All 13 POB deceased, named as 23rd Border Division Command Major… Read more »
Emergency landing in a field of crop. No apparent damage from photos in press. Quote > Instruments indicated that the hydraulics powering the flight control system had a loss in pressure, prompting a “land-as-soon-as-possible condition”
French Navy Dauphin made a wheels up landing on the runway, with the helicopter remaining upright on its belly. Three POB not injured The French Navy have two examples based at Papeete/Tahiti-Faaa (PPT / NTAA), serialled 6872 and 6928
While involved in flood relief support, helicopter landed in a residential garden, with the boom breaking off against the roof of the house. Registration validated by photo on this page None of the 11 POB injured. Helicopter substantially damaged
Crashed and destroyed by fire. 3 POB seriously injured. Passengers named as Carlos Marcelo Ruiz Sánchez and Juan Domínguez were transferred to a hospital in Naolinco, while the pilot was taken to a hospital in Xalapa.
37-year- old SLAF airman, YMS Yaparathna, fall off a helicopter while conducting a rescue operation, along with the two individuals he was rescuing. All three were injured when they fell, and were admitted to the Karapitiya Teaching Hospital where the airman later died of his injuries. He was posthumously promoted from Flight Sergeant to the… Read more »
Helicopter was flying from Manekpur in Valsad to Himmatnagar when the engine reportedly heated up. Successful safe emergency landing made. VVIP – the Chief Minister of Gujarat (Vijay Rupani) was on board. The actual helicopter involved has not yet been identified and may have been a replacement in any case – after other issues with… Read more »
Helicopter came down less than 30 seconds after take-off. Video shows a sudden spark 41 seconds after take-off on a very low climb-out (which could suggest it hit wires), and the helicopter descended quickly from there. 4 POB including the Chief Minister of the State of Maharashtra, but no significant injuries. The helicopter did not… Read more »
While landing after an aerobatic demo flight, the rotor blades came into contact with a building and the tail rotor gearbox separated from the aircraft. Subsequent small fire was put out and helicopter written off on the helipad. Pilot Siegfried Schwarz
Maclean District Hospital has had to close down their attached helipad after the Northern NSW Local Health District conducted a safety audit. New safety and engineering rules have been set in place to ensure the overall safety of helicopter landing sites. Maclean District Hospital’s helipad did not meet these guidelines. A temporary landing site for… Read more »
As a global leader in aviation safety and vetting tools for consumers of aviation services ARGUS is pleased to announce the ARGUS Unmanned Safety Partnership Program for commercial UAS operators. The ARGUS Unmanned Safety Partnership Program has several package options. Each package contains valuable operational and safety tools as well as the globally respected ARGUS… Read more »
Helicopter was flying from Santiago (Veraguas Province) to Panama Pacifico airport in the capital city, and was impacted by a flock of birds causing a loss of thrust in its tail rotor. Am Emergency landing was made at Punta Chame, which resulted in the helicopter being on its port side on the edge of the… Read more »
Helicopter crashed in open farmland on a night reconnaissance mission, killing three POB. Post crash fire. Reported location is right by significant amounts of high voltage lines converging on a power station site, and the Algerian Navy later confirmed (below) that the helicopter hit powerlines. The official statement in the news section of the Algerian… Read more »
two farmers and their sons were returning home from the Nampo Harvest Day on Bothaville in the Free State when the accident occurred. One farmer, Douw Wentzel Snr, and the other farmer’s son Andre Deale suffered fatal injuries.
While in cruise flight at 3000 MSL, a “loud bang” was heard with a secondary “loud rushing” noise. The pilot verified no flight control or system malfunction and initiated a precautionary landing to nearest suitable landing area. After landing, a post-flight inspection revealed a broken copilot chin bubble with bird remains. No occupant was seated… Read more »
When the rescue helicopter — which was hovering over the scene — moved its position, rocks and tree branches suddenly tumbled down the slope over the patient (who had fallen and summoned help) and the two rescue workers on the ground. The man was airlifted to a hospital in Kofu where he was confirmed dead…. Read more »