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21-Mar-15 PK-FUP Sikorsky S76C Tanjung Dewa, Indonesia

Helicopter crashed while being operated for Total E&P Indonesie (TEPI) on a mission to inspect pipelines.  Helicopter ended upside down as seen in this photo Press report next day stated “The six victims who will soon leave Siloam Hospital in Balikpapan include two Total Indonesie employees, Rakhmat Yunanto, 35, and Agung Danur Wenda, 33, and two… Read more »

21-Mar-15

20-Mar-15 Aerokopter AK1-3 Hefei, China (1F)

Helicopter crashed into lake, pilot missing and passenger recovered uninjured.  Local CCTV camera appears to catch helicopter gradually descending in mist towards the smooth surface of the lake

20-Mar-15

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20-Mar-15 VH-HUA Robinson R22 Mount Isa, Australia

During manoeuvring the helicopter collided with terrain resulting in substantial damage. The pilot and passenger were not injured.

20-Mar-15

20-Mar-15 N701CT Robinson R44 Hot Springs, US-Arkansas

While landing at his own helipad, the pilot said the ground gave way beneath the pad causing the tail rotor to strike the dirt. This caused the helicopter to spin uncontrollably, and it ended up in nearby trees

20-Mar-15

UK AAIB Bulletin – March 2015

UK AAIB Bulletin – March 2015

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accident(s) of:- Sikorsky S-76C (G-WIWI), unintentional descent towards trees, Peasmarsh, East Sussex, 3 May 2012

Source: AAIB, 19-Mar-15

18-Mar-15 Esuofua, Ghana

A helicopter carrying some consignment of gold from the Obuasi Mine of Anglogold Ashanti to Accra crash landed in a thick forest at Esuofua near Asuboi, a remote village near Akyem Oda

18-Mar-15

17-Mar-15 Q-15 Boeing AH-64D Gao, Mali (2F)

Captain Rene Zeetsen, 30, was killed in the crash and First Lieutenant Ernst Mollinger, 26, died later in a field hospital

17-Mar-15

17-Mar-15 MM80722 Agusta-Bell 205A.1 Casera Razzo, Italy

17-Mar-15 MM80722 Agusta-Bell 205A.1 Casera Razzo, Italy

Heavy landing on snow, damaging the helicopter. two pilots and two technicians on board were not seriously injured.  Army code EI-351

17-Mar-15

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17-Mar-15 N7062F Robinson R22 Ewa Beach, US-Hawaii

Pilot made an emergency landing after noticing smoke coming from the engine compartment, 2 POB uninjured – Sources say the pilot, Michael Tepper was on an introductory instructional flight with his passenger, Brandon Ahlo.

17-Mar-15

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16-Mar-15 Bell TH-67A Tainan City, Taiwan (1 of 2)

16-Mar-15 Bell TH-67A Tainan City, Taiwan (1 of 2)

Manoevring accident – in hover, tail rotor hit the tail rotor of another helicopter on the apron

16-Mar-15

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16-Mar-15 Bell TH-67A Tainan City, Taiwan (2 of 2)

Manoevring accident – in hover, tail rotor hit the tail rotor of another helicopter on the apron

16-Mar-15

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16-Mar-15 N1510L Bell 206B Dallas, US-Texas

On patrol at 600′ AGL flying south along Interstate 45 over the Trinity River struck two ducks. Landed safely with minor damage

16-Mar-15

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16-Mar-15 F-GIJQ Airbus AS350BA Sinnamary, French Guyana

On flight from Cayenne to Grand Santi, pilot was flying very low and struck trees.  Pilot returned to Cayenne airfield.

16-Mar-15

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14-Mar-15 N472SH Robinson R22 Sarasota, US-Florida

Minor damage on landing

14-Mar-15

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14-Mar-15 N220AF Rotorway A600 Lake Wales, US-Florida

Crashed in unknown circumstances

14-Mar-15

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13-Mar-15 4K-AZ117 AgustaWestland AW139 Yavlakh, Azerbaijan

AW139 noted with emergency squawk 7700 flying Baku to Ganja.  Very odd routing from radar plot just prior to Flightrader24 screen grab.  No further details available

13-Mar-15

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13-Mar-15 12551 Mil Mi-17 Belgrade, Serbia (7F)

EMS flight in poor weather conditions, crashed killing two medical staff, four crew and the baby patient, only a few days old.  A later report indicated “The post mortem showed there were 0.68 milligrams per milliliter of alcohol in Mehic’s blood, and 1.30 mg/ml in his urine.”

13-Mar-15

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13-Mar-15 B511 Eurocopter AS565MB Gageodo Island, Korea (4F)

Crashed in waters off Gageodo Island, while trying to land near a seawall to carry out a mission to transport an emergency patient to an inland hospital. The accident left one dead and three others aboard the helicopter missing.

13-Mar-15

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13-Mar-15 ZK-IWL Robinson R44 French Pass, New Zealand (1F)

Heilcopter struck wires crossing an 800m wide sea inlet known as French Pass between D’Urville Island and the mainland.  Sole occupant pilot named as Ian John Simcox, 65, from Blenheim was killed

13-Mar-15

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13-Mar-15 N702TF Robinson R44 Hammerton, US-New Jersey

Emergency, with no apparent damage from press photo

13-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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13-Mar-15 N814EH Airbus AS350B2 Anchorage, US-Alaska

Tail rotor spider assembly fractured in-flight, resulting in an emergency run-on landing at Merrill Field, Anchorage

13-Mar-15

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12-Mar-15 CC-CLD Eurocopter SA315B Rancagua, Chile (1F)

External load operations (carrying food and supplies to a mining camp in Colchagua) at 12,700ft amsl but only 50m above the ground when an engine problem caused pilot to jettison the load and take evasive action, descending to the right intending flying down a gorge. Sadly the pilot, named as Francisco Bismara from Argentina, died… Read more »

12-Mar-15

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12-Mar-15 N919EM Airbus AS350B2 Stidham, US-Oklahoma (1F)

flying to McAlester from Tulsa when it crashed, according to the Federal Aviation Administration, and no patients were on board.  Timed at around 11.25pm 3 POB, 1 Fatal

12-Mar-15

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12-Mar-15 Boeing V-22 Futenma, Japan

Aluminum part about 20.3 centimeters long and 7.6 centimeters wide, weighing about 164 grams, fell from aircraft in flight.  US military reportedly took four days to advise local Japanese authorities

12-Mar-15

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12-Mar-15 EW-249LH Robinson R44 Kobrin, Belarus

Fell onto side in landing accident.  No injuries to 4 POB

12-Mar-15

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12-Mar-15 F-HOLA Guimbal G2 Plateau de Matheysine, France

The instructor explained that during a go-around after practice approach altitude on a field, the helicopter suddenly made several turns to the left around the yaw axis.  He managed to land in a snowy field at about 5400 ft.

12-Mar-15

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New NTSB Chair Sets Priorities

New NTSB Chair Sets Priorities

Christopher Hart was confirmed last week as NTSB chairman, and he discussed his priorities for the safety agency at a Washington Aero Club luncheon last week. Chairman Hart wants to redesign the way the agency conducts investigations “from scratch.” He said the main focus of the redesign will have two parts, including incorporating “major IT… Read more »

Source: HAI, 10-Mar-15

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10-Mar-15 PT-YPB Robinson R22 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Emergency landing in “Bosque da Barra” swamp on a training flight after bird strike to tail rotor. Minor damage only, from photos

10-Mar-15

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10-Mar-15 RA-06397 Robinson R44 Barlak, Russia

Helicopter damaged, but no details on circumstances.  pilot not injured

10-Mar-15

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09-Mar-15 Sikorsky UH-60 Pensacola, US-Florida (11F)

7 Marines and 4 Army personnel killed in poor visibility on Florida coast. The missing Marines were from a special operations regiment out of Camp LeJeune in North Carolina – identified as  Capt. Stanford Henry Shaw III , Master Sgt. Thomas Saunders, Staff Sgt. Liam Flynn, Staff Sgt. Trevor P. Blaylock , Staff Sgt. Kerry… Read more »

09-Mar-15

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09-Mar-15 LQ-FJQ Airbus AS350B3 Villa Castelli, Argentina (5F)

Mid air crash of two AS350 helicopters resulting in the fatal crash of both aircraft with a total of 10 lives lost.  Aircraft burnt out in post-crash fire, and were involved in the filming of a reality TV show called Dropped. Eight French nationals, including three sports stars, and the Argentine pilots died when the… Read more »

09-Mar-15

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09-Mar-15 LQ-CGK Airbus AS350B3 Villa Castelli, Argentina (5F)

Mid air crash of two AS350 helicopters resulting in the fatal crash of both aircraft with a total of 10 lives lost.  Aircraft burnt out in post-crash fire, and were involved in the filming of a reality TV show called Dropped. Eight French nationals, including three sports stars, and the Argentine pilots died when the… Read more »

09-Mar-15

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08-Mar-15 ZS-HBV Bell UH-1 Olifantsbos, South Africa (1F)

The helicopter went down in mountainous terrain while water bombing the area, killing the pilot – named later here as Hendrik Marais

08-Mar-15

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07-Mar-15 N206FW Bell 206B Fort Worth, US-Texas

Force landed in a field, no injuries

07-Mar-15

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06-Mar-15 JA6741 Airbus AS332L1 Kihokucho, Japan (2F)

Helicopter was engaged in low level powerline work, hit powerline and crashed killing both on board.  Post crash fire.

06-Mar-15

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06-Mar-15 N356AM Airbus EC130 St Louis, US-Missouri (1F)

Security video shows helicopter search light spinning to the left. The video shows that the helicopter entered a steep descent and impacted the side of the hospital building and parking lot at night.  Operated by Air Methods for ARCH Air Medical.  Pilot named here as Ronald Rector

06-Mar-15

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05-Mar-15 D-HDDD Eurocopter BK117 Stuttgart, Germany (1F)

Hospital worker walked into spinning tail rotor shortly after helicopter had landed, and died from his injuries

05-Mar-15

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05-Mar-15 N41BH Bell 407 Fort Worth, US-Texas

Tail rotor strike on landing, substantially damaged

05-Mar-15

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05-Mar-15 F-GOLT Robinson R44 Beaune, France

Extensively damaged – hired by PPL from Hélitravaux.  3 POB all to hospital.

05-Mar-15

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03-Mar-15 N4003S Robinson R22 San Bernardino, US-California

Landing accident, extensively damaged

03-Mar-15

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02-Mar-15 C-GLVI Bell 205 Revelstoke, Canada

The Pilot was repositioning 12 passengers from the bottom to the top of the Ghosts Drimie ski run. Upon departure, the Pilot elected to take-off downhill and downwind due to the terrain. The aircraft started to settle as it transited across a field and entered a ‘snowball’ at which time the pilot lost visual reference…. Read more »

02-Mar-15

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01-Mar-15 N960LA Airbus AS350B2 Santa Clarita, US-California

Sheriff helicopter made emergency landing in fields of Hart High School due to lightning

01-Mar-15

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28-Feb-15 N7425T Robinson R44 Lexington, US-Oregon

Force landing on a road intersection

28-Feb-15

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28-Feb-15 VH-CMK Robinson R22 Archerfield, Australia

During training operations, the helicopter rolled onto its side. The helicopter was substantially damaged, however both pilots were uninjured.

28-Feb-15

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28-Feb-15 VH-YHD Enstrom 280C Deception Bay, Australia

Crashed into mudflats.  Pilot out and OK.

28-Feb-15

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27-Feb-15 UP-EC010 Eurocopter EC130 Karatau, Kazakhstan

According to preliminary information, after take-off from the helipad on a helicopter has failed directional control system, the pilot decided to make an emergency landing to determine the circumstances and causes of the failure. During landing the helicopter rolled over on its right side and collapsed.  Reportedly destroyed.  Location was a helipad located at the… Read more »

27-Feb-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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26-Feb-15 Imamzadeh Ebrahim, Iran (3F)

No details released apart from fatality numbers.  One unconfirmed report quotes the type as AB212

26-Feb-15

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26-Feb-15 HB-ZRV AgustaWestland AW109SP Erstfeld, Switzerland

Heavy landing on return to base, remained upright but wheels collapsed.  All 4 POB to hospital, although one released soon after.

26-Feb-15

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26-Feb-15 N834CS Airbus EC13P2e Vacaville, US-California

Precautionary landing shortly after take-off

26-Feb-15

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26-Feb-15 Robinson R22 Akitio, New Zealand

“Landed in a tree”.   Pilot was able to climb out of the helicopter and down from the tree to phone for help.

26-Feb-15

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25-Feb-15 G-CEDG Robinson R44 Aspley Guise, UK

3 POB not seriously injured after emergency landing in farmland and helicopter ended upside down.  Was en route to Sussex Appears from BBC story that pilot had problem with tail rotor control and executed a run on landing on a level but soft field, and then one skid dug into the mud and flipped the… Read more »

25-Feb-15

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Australia and New Zealand soften impact of R44 blade AD

Australia and New Zealand soften impact of R44 blade AD

Following the issue of Emergency ADs over the weekend on all Robinson R44s with C016-7 “Dash 7” blades, new documentation has been issued by Australia and New Zealand with less onerous requirements.  These helicopters are no longer grounded, but require inspection of the blades by the pilot before each and every flight. In issuing DCA/R44/32,… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 24-Feb-15

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24-Feb-15 Mil Mi-171 Gudauri, Georgia

Damaged in hard landing at mountain resort.  No injuries to pilot or four passengers.  Helicopter was either 4L-TBS (103M12) or 4L-TLS (95588)

24-Feb-15

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Interim solution gets German NH90s airborne again

Interim solution gets German NH90s airborne again

[electronic translation] In the incident with a NH90 on 19 June 2014 in Termez / Uzbekistan occurred in connection with the engine stagnation in triggering the fire extinguishing system of the engine to a short circuit in the overhead Control Panel. To this end, the company announced AIRBUS Helicopter the Ministry of Defense and the… Read more »

Source: Bundeswehr, 23-Feb-15

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Australia and New Zealand ground R44s with C016-7 “Dash 7” blades

Australia and New Zealand ground R44s with C016-7 “Dash 7” blades

Australia and New Zealand have prohibited Robinson R44 helicopters from further flight if they are fitted with main rotor blades with reference C016-7.  This follows the fatal accident of an R44 in New Zealand last week from the fleet of Over The Top Helicopters, which killed one of their instructors and his 18 year old… Read more »

23-Feb-15

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23-Feb-15 CC-AFR Airbus AS350B3 Yungay, Chile

Tail rotor hit rock during firefighting work on approach to land to pick up a forest fire brigade team

23-Feb-15

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23-Feb-15 Westland Lynx Cape Town, South Africa

Emergency landing on golf course

23-Feb-15

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HAI puts on Safety Double-Header at Heli-Expo

HAI puts on Safety Double-Header at Heli-Expo

You’ve planned to attend the HAI Safety Symposium (NTSB – Managing Risk in Public Helicopter Operations) from 8:00–10:00 in room S310 on Mon., March 2 at HAI HELI-EXPO 2015. Be sure to also add to your diary, and attend, the Safety Directors Forum (Your Helicopter Crashed – Now What?) right after, from 10:30–12:00 in room S230C. Presented by Clint Johnson,… Read more »

Source: HAI, 22-Feb-15

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20-Feb-15 N802SM AgustaWestland AW119Ke Houma, US-Louisiana

Uncommanded left yaw, diverted and landed at Dulac Heliport

20-Feb-15

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19-Feb-15 ZK-IPY Robinson R44 Queenstown, New Zealand (2F)

Fatalities named in the press as Stephen Anthony Nicholson Combe, aged 42, of Wanaka, and James Louis Patterson Gardner, aged 18, of Queenstown

19-Feb-15

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19-Feb-15 N166DR Bell UH-1H Shelton, US-Washington

Fell onto its side on take-off

19-Feb-15

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18-Feb-15 Sikorsky S92 Hibernia rig, Canada

 Cougar Flight 231 was shut down on arrival at the Hibernia Gravity Based Structure (GBS) on February 18 due to an issue related to anti-vibration control and a chip light indication. Two Aircraft Maintenance Engineers deployed by Cougar to investigate determined that replacement parts are necessary. The parts are being shipped to Hibernia by vessel… Read more »

18-Feb-15

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NTSB: Icing caused fatal Mercy Air Med crash

NTSB: Icing caused fatal Mercy Air Med crash

Icing was the probable cause of a Mercy Air Med helicopter crash near Ventura that killed three people on Jan. 2, 2013, according to the National Transportation Safety Board. See Full Story.

Source: Globe Gazette, 17-Feb-15

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Investigation determines Marine’s fatal fall from aircraft was accidental

Investigation determines Marine’s fatal fall from aircraft was accidental

The investigation into the May 19, 2014, mishap that resulted in the death of a Marine MV-22 Osprey crew chief has determined that the Marine’s death was likely the result of an accidental fall from the aircraft. See Full Story.  

Source: Wwaytv3, 17-Feb-15

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17-Feb-15 32634 Kawasaki OH-1 Shirahama, Japan

Ditched into the sea after engine problem.  2 POB rescued safely

17-Feb-15

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16-Feb-15 Sikorsky UH-60 Hafar al-Batin, Saudi Arabia (4F)

Crashed on night training flight, killing four – The ministry identified the dead crew members as Lt. Col. Ali al-Arfaj, 1st Lt. Majid al-Fifeefi, 1st Lt. Jadie Qablan and technician Raed al-Jahni.

16-Feb-15

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15-Feb-15 N7181S Robinson R22 Asherton, US-Texas

Crashed after tail rotor struck bush

15-Feb-15

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15-Feb-15 P2-HFZ Bell 206L4 Wabo, Papua New Guinea

Sole occupant pilot safe but was immediately flown back to Port Moresby for transfer to hospital for X-ray and medical observation.  Unknown circumstances or level of damage to helicopter

15-Feb-15

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15-Feb-15 461 MD Helicopters MD530 Al-Barka, Philippines

Philippine military press office stated “We also commend the heroic pilots of MG MD-520 attack helicopter that was hit by enemy fire while providing close air support to the ground troops which were swarmed by the bandits,”.  Safe emergency landing made in confined area with no further damage apparent from photo

15-Feb-15

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13-Feb-15 CC-PHY Robinson R44 San Lorenzo, Chile (3F)

Helicopter with four on board crashed in forest area.  One passenger (named as Miguel Zunino Valenzuela) jumped clear just before the helicopter crashed and the other three died in the accident, including Ítalo Zunino Muratori, Nicolás Fossatti and pilot Luis Alvarado.

13-Feb-15

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13-Feb-15 N279AE Bell 206L-1 White House, US-Tennessee

Emergency landing after vibration experienced. No patient on board

13-Feb-15

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13-Feb-15 G-THLA Robinson R22 Brenzett, UK

Crashed in ploughed field on training flight.  Instructor and student suffered minor injuries

13-Feb-15

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13-Feb-15 N8311A Robinson R22 Riverside, US-California

Minor damage on landing

13-Feb-15

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