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31-Jan-14 N85SK Eurocopter EC130 Westminster, US-Maryland

Force landed in field near Clearview Airport

31-Jan-14

Clutha lawyers call for UK public enquiry into helicopter safety

Clutha lawyers call for UK public enquiry into helicopter safety

Specialist aviation lawyers representing a growing number of victims of the Clutha tragedy in Glasgow have written to Secretary of State for Transport Patrick McLoughlin, urging him to launch a public inquiry into commercial helicopter safety in the UK and review the laws that exempt helicopters from having to carry crucial black box equipment. In… Read more »

Source: Irwin Mitchell, 30-Jan-14

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30-Jan-14 Agusta 109LUH Segamat, Malaysia

Crashed in to jungle on night training flight.  Tail and main blades heavily damaged.  Described in the non-aviation press as a write-off.  4 POB injured and in hospital

30-Jan-14

Baldwin Safety & Compliance to help AMGH harmonize SMS program across group

Baldwin Safety & Compliance to help AMGH harmonize SMS program across group

Air Medical Group Holdings (AMGH), a leader in providing air medical services throughout the United States, has engaged Baldwin Safety & Compliance as its safety management system (SMS) provider for all AMGH subsidiaries. Texas based AMGH, the world’s largest privately held air medical services provider operates through five subsidiaries: Med-Trans Corp, Air Evac Lifeteam, EagleMed,… Read more »

Source: AMGH, 29-Jan-14

AUVSI Encourages FAA to Allow Limited Small UAS Operations

AUVSI Encourages FAA to Allow Limited Small UAS Operations

On 27 Jan., AUVSI sent a letter to the FAA encouraging the agency to allow limited unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) operations before the small UAS rule is finalized. The letter also urged the FAA to stick to its newest deadline for publication of the small UAS Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM), and to make the… Read more »

Source: AUVSI, 29-Jan-14

29-Jan-14 Boeing AH-64 Richland, US-Pennsylvania

Helicopter calling emergency with one engine shut down and 2 POB.  Cambria County Airport area.  Safe night landing

29-Jan-14

29-Jan-14 Mil Mi-8 Oselan, Yemen

Military helicopter (apparently carrying oil workers) crashed (5 injured)

29-Jan-14

29-Jan-14 Eurocopter AS332L2 Sumburgh, UK

Pilot of offshore helicopter issued distress call 45 miles from Sumburgh and was escorted to a safe landing by Coast Guard helicopter.   Report suggests pilot had indication of a “pump failure” without providing more details.  Aircraft grounded awaiting engineering support

29-Jan-14

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Pilots union calls for independent judicial inquiry into North Sea safety

Pilots union calls for independent judicial inquiry into North Sea safety

Pilots will call for an independent judicial inquiry into North Sea helicopter safety in evidence to the House of Commons Transport Select Committee this afternoon. Captain Colin Milne, the Chairman of BALPA’s Helicopter Affairs Committee, will give evidence to the Committee’s inquiry into helicopter safety at 1500 today, Monday, 27 January 2014 at the Committee’s… Read more »

Source: BALPA, 28-Jan-14

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Safety Statement from FAA Administrator

Safety Statement from FAA Administrator

Improving general aviation safety is a top priority for the FAA and industry.  The general aviation fatal accident rate has flattened over the past six years and there were 259 fatal accidents in 2013, at a cost of 449 lives. Today I met with general aviation leaders to jump start our efforts for this year’s… Read more »

Source: FAA, 28-Jan-14

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28-Jan-14 C-GMCI Schweizer 300CBi Pitt Lake, Canada

2POB escaped unharmed.  helicopter rolled off bank into the waters of Pitt Lake, British Columbia CADORS 2014P0128

28-Jan-14

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27-Jan-14 N207DS Bell 206L3 Silt, US-Colorado (3F)

Crashed from low level during powerline survey work for Holy Cross Energy.  All 3 POB fatally injured, including Doug Sheffer, owner and chief pilot of DBS Helicopters (from this page).  The others were named here as Larry Shaffer and Christopher Gaskill

27-Jan-14

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27-Jan-14 G-CCUO Hughes 500D Droitwich, UK

Shortly after takeoff the pilot experienced yaw control difficulties, resulting in the loss of control of the helicopter and a subsequent crash landing. The pilot escaped with minor injuries. In the absence of any mechanical abnormalities, the most likely cause of the accident is a loss of tail rotor effectiveness.

27-Jan-14

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Glasgow EC135 crash: Admission of liability welcome ‘But more to be done’

Glasgow EC135 crash: Admission of liability welcome ‘But more to be done’

Specialist aviation lawyers acting for injured victims and families who lost loved ones in the Clutha helicopter tragedy in Glasgow in November have welcomed Bond Aviation Group’s admission of liability in relation to the incident, but warned much more needs to be done to improve helicopter safety. Irwin Mitchell’s Aviation Law team, ranked as one… Read more »

Source: Irwin Mitchell, 26-Jan-14

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Canadian Astronaut to deliver keynote speech at 2014 CHC Safety & Quality Summit

Canadian Astronaut to deliver keynote speech at 2014 CHC Safety & Quality Summit

Chris Hadfield, a Canadian astronaut and former commander of the International Space Station (ISS), has been confirmed as the keynote speaker for the gala dinner at the 10th-anniversary CHC Safety & Quality Summit. The Tuesday, April 1, dinner at the Westin Bayshore hotel is expected to attract 600 guests – many of the people attending what… Read more »

Source: CHC, 26-Jan-14

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26-Jan-14 D-HDRL Eurocopter EC135P2 Oberwiesenthal, Germany

Landed at a ski resort.  With the rotors still turning and the crew still in the aircraft, it slid 30m down a slight (but snowy) slope until it hit a snowmobile and a sign, damaging a main rotor blade and the rear cabin area (see video of accident)

26-Jan-14

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25-Jan-14 el-Kharouba, Egypt (5F)

Militants claim that an Egyptian Air Force helicopter has crashed with five fatalities.  The nearest we have managed to get to photo evidence of this accident is this press photo which claims to be a funeral of one of those in the helicopter

25-Jan-14

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Oil & Gas UK responds to AAIB Special Bulletin

Oil & Gas UK responds to AAIB Special Bulletin

In response to today’s AAIB Special Bulletin, Oil & Gas UK Health, Safety & Employment Issues Director, Robert Paterson, said: “Oil & Gas UK fully supports the safety action made in today’s AAIB special bulletin. We are now working closely with helicopter operators to ensure safety briefings clearly explain the application of the re-breather system which… Read more »

Source: Oil & Gas UK, 24-Jan-14

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UK AAIB issues special bulletin on offshore pre-flight briefings

UK AAIB issues special bulletin on offshore pre-flight briefings

OThe AAIB has issued a Special Bulletin specifically referring to the CHC AS332L2 fatal accident of G-WNSB near Sumburgh on 23 August 2013.  The key information from this bulletin is shown below, but it is best taken in context of their full report. This Special Bulletin is published to highlight a safety concern relating to… Read more »

Source: AAIB, 24-Jan-14

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24-Jan-14 HB-ZHZ Eurocopter SA315B Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland

Crew injured alighting from helicopter in snowy conditions

24-Jan-14

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23-Jan-14 MM80888 Agusta-Bell 206B Viterbo, Italy (2F)

Training flight, killing student Lieutenant Paolo Tozzi and General Feltrinelli Calligaris, head of Italian Army Aviation [named here].  Powerline reported down and press suggesting that was the cause.

23-Jan-14

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23-Jan-14 N72AP Robinson R22 North Palm Beach, US-Florida

Training accident, helicopter ended up on its starboard side

23-Jan-14

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23-Jan-14 C-GNMU Bell 206B Haines Junction, Canada

The helicopter had just been started with an ground power unit (GPU). The pilot exited the aircraft in order to disconnect the GPU, when a gust of wind pushed the helicopter into the trees next to the helipad. The pilot was not injured.  CADORS 2014C0375

23-Jan-14

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22-Jan-14 HA-5166 Bell 412EP Long Tulip, Indonesia

Precautionary landing in jungle due to weather.  Location meant that helicopter crew was out of contact for 15+ hours, causing SAR response etc.  10 POB all safe

22-Jan-14

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22-Jan-14 A6-DYR Eurocopter EC130 Dubai, UAE

The helicopter impacted the helipad surface shortly after lift-off. It was airborne for less  than a minute and had climbed to approx. 20 meters. After impact, the helicopter continued to spin counter clockwise about its landing gears, on the tarmac for approximately 149 meters destroying the surrounding trees/markers before coming to rest at the end of the tarmac…. Read more »

22-Jan-14

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Former soldier sues Sikorsky over January 2009 Black Hawk crash

Matthew J. Smith filed a lawsuit Jan. 14 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas against Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Sikorsky Support Services, United Technologies Corp., Parker-Hannifin Corp. and Parker Aerospace Group, citing negligence. See full story

Source: SE Texas Record, 21-Jan-14

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21-Jan-14 N93067 Bell 47D1 Pell City, US-Alabama

Landing accident after reported transmission issue.  Skids collapsed, main blades chopped tail boom

21-Jan-14

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21-Jan-14 N51683 Enstrom 280C Showlow, US-Arizona

Substantially damaged in landing accident

21-Jan-14

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21-Jan-14 N2110J Schweizer 300CBi Titusville, US-Florida

Landing accident, helicopter on its side

21-Jan-14

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21-Jan-14 6578 Eurocopter HH-65C New Haven Township, US-Michigan

Flying from Traverse City to Lansing for maintenance of a compass malfunction when it developed mechanical problems requiring the emergency landing.  Roaded out.

21-Jan-14

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21-Jan-14 VH-JYV Eurocopter EC120 Port Headland, Australia

During a practice autorotation from 1 500 ft, the engine failed and the crew completed an autorotation landing. An engineering inspection did not reveal the reason for the failure

21-Jan-14

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20-Jan-14 N916PD Bell OH-58A Sacramento, US-California

Precautionary landing in public park.  Engineer called

20-Jan-14

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18-Jan-14 VT-ELD Eurocopter AS365N Birbhum, India

Helicopter wheels stuck in concrete – helipad had been hastily built for new Santiniketan-Calcutta service  and had not fully set!

18-Jan-14

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NTSB adds Helicopter Safety to top 10 Most Wanted list

NTSB adds Helicopter Safety to top 10 Most Wanted list

The National Transportation Safety Board today released its 2014 Most Wanted List, the top 10 advocacy and awareness priorities for the agency for 2014, which for the first time includes improving operational safety in rail mass transit. Millions of Americans rely on commuter rail, subways and light rail for their daily commute. The NTSB in… Read more »

Source: NTSB, 17-Jan-14

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17-Jan-14 ZA130 Westland Sea King HAR.5 Androssan, UK

Emergency field landing.  Engineer called.  Flew out later same day

17-Jan-14

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17-Jan-14 N578AE Eurocopter AS350B3 Houlton, US-Maine

Emergency landing followed by uncontained engine failure and fire.  2 POB safely exited helicopter

17-Jan-14

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17-Jan-14 XC-BBF Bell UH-1H Tancitaro, Mexico

Hit cable at low level and crashed into wooded area.  Some reports suggest the cable was intentionally put there by the dissident groups, and that this helicopter was one of 11 put into the region to restore order after the dissident group took control. Helicopter fitted with cable cutters. 5 pOB received minor injuries, and… Read more »

17-Jan-14

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US Special Ops Black Hawk has fatal training accident

US Special Ops Black Hawk has fatal training accident

Word is just reaching the HeliHub.com office of a night training flight accident just before midnight on Wednesday involving a Black Hawk.  One of the three crew was killed and the other two seriously injured.  Helicopter was with the 3rd Battalion, 160th Special Operations Regiment out of Fort Campbell. More info will be posted here as… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 16-Jan-14

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15-Jan-14 Sikorsky UH-60 Savannah, US-Georgia (1F)

One killed, two injured in training accident.  Helicopter operated by Special ops 160SOAR unit.  Fatality named here as Capt. Clayton O. Carpenter

15-Jan-14

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Fatal air ambulance EC135 accident in Norway

Fatal air ambulance EC135 accident in Norway

A Norsk Luftambulanse EC135P2+ stationed at Loerenskog has crashed about 20 miles north west of Oslo on landing at a road traffic accident scene.  The helicopter reportedly struck powerlines on final approach, leading to instability which the pilot was unable to control.  Norsk Luftambulanse have confirmed that two of their employees have died and the national… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 14-Jan-14

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14-Jan-14 LN-OOI Eurocopter EC135P2+ Solihøgda, Norway (2F)

Air Ambulance helicopter struck powerlines (video) on final approach to road traffic accident landing site.  Norsk Luftambulanse has confirmed two of its employees have died in the accident.  Fatalities confirmed here as pilot Bjorn Nergård and doctor Anders Nakstad with the paramedic Sondre Bjartland seriously injured

14-Jan-14

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Lawyers send claim letter to Bond over Glasgow EC135 crash

Lawyers send claim letter to Bond over Glasgow EC135 crash

Specialist aviation lawyers representing persons injured and  bereaved as a result of the Clutha helicopter crash in Glasgow have formally launched their fight for justice in relation to the tragedy and outlined their hopes that the move will lead to increased efforts to review and improve flight safety. Irwin Mitchell’s Aviation Law team, which is… Read more »

Source: Irwin Mitchell, 13-Jan-14

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French wine activists claim fatal R44 crash was no accident

French wine activists claim fatal R44 crash was no accident

In a typed letter which appeared in print in the French newspaper Midi Libre, the Agricultural Action Committee claimed that James Gregoire, who sold Château de la Rivière to Chinese businessman Lam Kok, “paid with his life for selling the vineyard to a foreign buyer exactly 10 days after we had warned him not to.”… Read more »

Source: Wine Searcher, 13-Jan-14

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HAI at Aviation Issues Conference in Hawaii

HAI at Aviation Issues Conference in Hawaii

HAI Vice President of Government Affairs Ann Carroll is at what has become one of U.S. aviation’s most important gatherings to discuss governmental issues — the American Association of Airport Executives 28th annual issues conference. Held each hear in Hawaii, aviation leaders and current and former members of Congress come together to discuss industry issues… Read more »

Source: HAI, 12-Jan-14

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12-Jan-14 Robinson R44 Gwanda, Zimbabwe (1F)

Helicopter crashed and burnt out.  It appears that owner/pilot Christian Malila Ndou jumped out prior to impact as his body was found 30m away from the crash site.  South African registered R44 may have been ZS-RYB (10918) but this is not yet proven

12-Jan-14

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12-Jan-14 PP-ABW Robinson R22B Santa Maria Madalena, Brazil

Training accident – landed in the tops of the trees in a mountainous area.  Both occupants injured – named as Alcemir Campos Pereira, 39, and  Gabriel Silva Mataruna Assunção, 23.

12-Jan-14

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12-Jan-14 Robinson R22 Santa Maria Madalena, Brazil

Both occupants injured on training flight after landing on top of trees.  Occupants named as Alcemir Campos Pereira, 39, and Gabriel Silva Mataruna Asuncion, 23

12-Jan-14

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Final report after fatal R44 accident in Norway

Final report after fatal R44 accident in Norway

The Accident Investigation Board of Norway (AIBN) has published its final report after an accident that occurred on 11 January 2012 southeast of Mosjøen, Nordland, involving a Swedish helicopter with the registration SE-JPZ. The aircraft, a Robinson R44 Raven II, had been hired for a reindeer-herding operation between an area south of Mosjøen and Sjåmoen… Read more »

Source: Nordic Rotors, 10-Jan-14

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10-Jan-14 N3948A Eurocopter AS350B3 Falfurrias, US-Texas

Emergency landing after pilot suspected (wrongly as it happens) an engine fire.  Helicopter ended up on its side.  3 POB all injured and to hospital.  US Customs & Border Patrol helicopter was reportedly on low level work

10-Jan-14

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10-Jan-14 West Palm Beach, US-Florida

Helicopter clipped wing of parked fixed wing.  Unclear whether helicopter was taking off, landing or being repositioned at the time

10-Jan-14

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10-Jan-14 F-GIZR Enstrom F28A Saint-Amans-des-Cots, France

10-Jan-14 F-GIZR Enstrom F28A Saint-Amans-des-Cots, France

Pilot observed a significant reduction in engine noise and a different regime. The helicopter slowly loses the height. The pilot decided to land in the countryside. A 2 meters on the ground, the device drops abruptly. One of the main rotor blades struck the ground in front of the camera then severed the tail boom.

10-Jan-14

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Universal Helicopters 10th year without accident or incident

Universal Helicopters 10th year without accident or incident

Universal Helicopters (UHI) with locations in Arizona, Utah, Kansas, and California, is proud to announce that they are in their 10th year with no incident, accident, or crashes. Dr. Gordon A Jiroux, President and CEO of UHI, stated “with safety, quality and crash free flying as our primary focus each and every day, UHI is… Read more »

Source: Universal Helicopters, 09-Jan-14

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UK AAIB Bulletin – January 2014

UK AAIB Bulletin – January 2014

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accident(s) of:- Special Bulletin S9/2013 – Eurocopter EC135 T2+, G-SPAO, Glasgow City Centre, 29 November 2013 Sikorsky S-76C (G-XXEB), yaw control restriction on approach, Denham Aerodrome, 23 May 2013

Source: AAIB, 09-Jan-14

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09-Jan-14 HK-4462 Bell 206L3 Anori, Colombia (5F)

Crashed killing all five occupants – military personnel flying in a civilian helicopter.  Former president quoted here said that crash caused by FARC terrorists

09-Jan-14

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09-Jan-14 Eurocopter AS350 Richardson Glacier, New Zealand

Fell onto its side in landing on snow

09-Jan-14

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09-Jan-14 Boeing CH-47 Laurel, US-Mississippi

Safe emergency landing made with no damage to aircraft.  Helicopter AOG awaiting engineer

09-Jan-14

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09-Jan-14 SE-JKP Bell 206B Rögla, Sweden

Powerline patrol – encountered wind change at low level and was unable to recover.  Main blades chopped boom

09-Jan-14

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Safety Management Systems Offering New Internationally Approved-courses

Safety Management Systems Offering New Internationally Approved-courses

Safety Management Systems (SMS) has expanded its course selection to include globally-recognized Offshore Petroleum Industry Training Organization (OPITO) training. Classes begin Jan. 8. OPITO, an industry-owned organization that sets standards for international oil & gas training, approved SMS as a provider after a rigorous process to assure the quality and content of SMS’ offshore safety… Read more »

Source: SMS, 08-Jan-14

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08-Jan-14 Sikorsky MH-53E Virginia Beach, US-Virginia (3F)

Crashed into the ocean.  Four of five POB rescued, but two of the four later died, named as pilot Lt. Wesley Van Dorn and Naval Aircrewman 3rd Class Brian Collins.  Search for fifth person – pilot  Lt. Sean Christopher Snyder – was later abandoned

08-Jan-14

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2013 Fatal helicopter accident statistics

2013 Fatal helicopter accident statistics

HeliHub.com publishes what we believe to be the most comprehensive helicopter accident information available on the internet.  We do not vouch for completeness – and indeed we regularly add more data for both recent and historical events – but from the feedback we receive from our readers, we are confident that we provide a very comprehensive repository of helicopter… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 07-Jan-14

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07-Jan-14 88-26109 Sikorsky HH-60G Cley, UK (4F)

Lakenheath-based Pave Hawk helicopter crashed during a night low-level training exercise due to a multiple bird strike, killing all four on board – named as Capt Christopher S. Stover, Capt Sean M. Ruane, Technical Sergeant Dale E. Mathews and Staff Sergeant Afton M. Ponce.. The helicopter went down between a beach car park at Cley… Read more »

07-Jan-14

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07-Jan-14 Glen Aplin, Australia

Air Ambulance helicopter went AOG at accident scene

07-Jan-14

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07-Jan-14 ZS-RIU Eurocopter AS350B3 Grand Central, South Africa

This was a training flight and the crew was practising a simulated governor/FADEC failure when the helicopter landed hard short of the helipad, resulting in substantial damage to the skid gear, which broke off. The pilot flying closed the throttle at a height of 30 ft AGL, which resulted in a sudden decay in main… Read more »

07-Jan-14

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04-Jan-14 ZS-HOS Eurocopter AS365 Cape Town, South Africa

The helicopter lifted an external load of 485 kg from the deck of a vessel at sea to transport it to land. After lifting the load, the helicopter gained climbing speed and began to climb to 300 ft AMSL for the cruise. Once at 300 ft the load was reported to be stable, the PIC… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 04-Jan-14

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$100M lawsuit over 2012 AS355 Bahamas accident withdrawn

$100M lawsuit over 2012 AS355 Bahamas accident withdrawn

Bob Martinez, a lawyer for Jeffrey Soffer, chairman and chief executive of Turnberry Associates, said today that Daria Pastouhkova Gogoleva has voluntarily withdrawn a $100 million lawsuit filed last month in federal district court in Miami against Mr. Soffer and others over a helicopter accident that occurred in 2012 in The Bahamas. The accident resulted… Read more »

Source: Turnberry Associates, 03-Jan-14

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03-Jan-14 AgustaWestland AW139 Haliburton, Canada

Lost window in flight, diverted to Muskoka airport

03-Jan-14

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03-Jan-14 N585TJ Eurocopter Bo105 Pembroke, US-New York

Badly damaged when fell off the trailer it was being transported on Interstate 90.  Road conditions were snowy.  Helicopter was withdrawn in 2011 and has been sold to a new owner in Australia.  It still appears to be carrying old registration N505TJ (since taken up by a new Bell 429) and not its reassigned reg N585TJ.

03-Jan-14

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RMT union calls for public inquiry into North Sea safety issues

RMT union calls for public inquiry into North Sea safety issues

Transport and offshore union RMT today issued a fresh call for First Minister Alex Salmond to take immediate and decisive action to establish a public inquiry into helicopter safety and a series of wider, associated issues relating to safety in the North Sea offshore industry. RMT has written to the First Minister and is awaiting… Read more »

Source: RMT, 02-Jan-14

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02-Jan-14 N400XL Bell 206B Temple, US-Texas

Helicopter crashed and ended up on its side

02-Jan-14

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01-Jan-14 N133GC Eurocopter EC130 Boulder City, US-Nevada

Heavy landing and rolled over after losing power on a post-maintenance test flight.  Pilot was only person on board

01-Jan-14

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31-Dec-13 JA106Y Robinson R44 Kouri Island, Japan

Pilot and two passengers injured in tourist flight after ditching near Kouri Island

31-Dec-13

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30-Dec-13 PK-DAL Bell 206B Brastagi, Indonesia (1F)

One killed and four seriously injured in crash outside a hospital building.  Judging by photos on Twitter such as this one and this one, it would appear that the helicopter struck wires, which brought it down.  Fatality named here as Arif Setiawan and the other four were pilot Budi Indra and hospital employees Nilawaty Ginting, Yahya Sembiring, and… Read more »

30-Dec-13

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30-Dec-13 5Y-RDU Bell 407 Kwa Mathenge, Kenya

Three POB injured after reported loss of lower caused helicopter to come down

30-Dec-13

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30-Dec-13 EC-LRD AgustaWestland AW119Ke Malleco, Chile

Badly burned in arson attack while parked.  Gang unsuccessfully attempted same on a second helicopter parked nearby

30-Dec-13

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29-Dec-13 EC-LBS Bell 407 Chiquitoy, Chile

Fire fighting helicopter shot at from the ground by 9mm bullett

29-Dec-13

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