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

Fell onto its side in landing on snow

09-Jan-14

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

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

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

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

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

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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28-Dec-13 N2056J Schweizer 300C Westchester, US-New York

Landing accident on training flight, helicopter ended up on its port side.  Both occupants to hospital

28-Dec-13

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Happy Christmas from the HeliHub.com team

The team at HeliHub.com would like to wish all our readers a very Happy Christmas and better times in 2014. This is the time of the year we celebrate the birth of Jesus, and we trust many of our readers will take time to consider what that means to the world, perhaps through attending a… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 24-Dec-13

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23-Dec-13 PNC-0923 Bell 206L4 Briceño, Colombia

Helicopter landed close to a landmine which was then triggered via mobile phone by a terrorist group.  2 injuries of 6 POB – named as Patrolman Diego Garzón and the pilot Captain Juan Gabriel Ramirez

23-Dec-13

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23-Dec-13 Mil Mi-8 Novy Urengoy, Russia

Damage to tail rotor blades and tail boom during landing phase, arriving from Sabetta.  No reported injuries to 3 crew and 13 passengers on board

23-Dec-13

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FAA to Delay Sleep Apnea Policy

FAA to Delay Sleep Apnea Policy

EAA Aeromedical Advisory Council chairman Dr. Stephen Leonard learned from the FAA today that the agency will delay implementation of its new sleep apnea policy planned for next month in order to gather additional input from the aviation and medical community. The new policy, which would mandate obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) testing and evaluation for… Read more »

Source: EAA, 22-Dec-13

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22-Dec-13 M23-15 Sikorsky S61A-4 Pulau Pera, Malaysia

Within a short time of completing a  “Maintenance Check 2”, helicopter crashed on the rocky coast of an island.  All 4 POB got out safely.  At the time of the incident, the S61 was piloted by Kapt Asmawi Azmi and co-pilot Kapt Nuradlina Ab Manah. Sjn (U) Mohamad Khairi Abdul Rahman was the helicopter’s Air… Read more »

22-Dec-13

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22-Dec-13 C-GIMV Sikorsky S76 Gillies Township, Canada

The helicopter entered a high hover to blow away snow accumulation at the scene. During the manoeuvre a white out condition was created. The main rotor contacted trees. Control of the helicopter was maintained and a landing was performed immediately. There were no injuries. The helicopter sustained damage to all 4 rotor blades.

22-Dec-13

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21-Dec-13 Robinson R22 Midrand, South Africa

Solo pilot seriously injured in crash close to Grand Central Airport.  R22 ended up on its side with main blades bent but still attached

21-Dec-13

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21-Dec-13 HB-ZLN Eurocopter AS350B3e Elm, Switzerland

Tail hit ground on final approach, and helicopter rolled onto its side.  2 of 5 POB seriously injured

21-Dec-13

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20-Dec-13 F-GPJG Robinson R44 Gironde, France (4F)

Four suspected died, of which one body found, when helicopter crashed into a river.  The occupants was Chinese billionaire Lam Kok, his son, an interpreter plus the pilot who had just sold his vineyard to Mr Kok

20-Dec-13

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IHST announce 7th International Helicopter Safety Symposium

IHST announce 7th International Helicopter Safety Symposium

The IHST, which promotes safety and works to reduce civil helicopter accidents worldwide, was formed in 2005 to lead a government and industry cooperative effort to address factors that were affecting an unacceptable helicopter accident rate. The group’s vision is an international civil helicopter community with zero accidents with a goal to reduce the international… Read more »

Source: IHST, 19-Dec-13

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19-Dec-13 J-4064 HAL Dhruv Yellendu, India

Emergency landing and required maintenance engineer before further flight

19-Dec-13

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19-Dec-13 PT-HLU Eurocopter AS350B Carlos Prates, Brazil

While on autorotation training, the aircraft made an abrupt run-landing with low main rotor rotation. One of the blades of the main rotor hit the upper surface of the tail-boom

19-Dec-13

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SkyTrac Systems Introduces LARS Compliant Crash Hardened Memory

SkyTrac Systems Introduces LARS Compliant Crash Hardened Memory

SkyTrac Systems is pleased to announce the introduction of their new Crash Hardened Memory module (CHM). This solid state memory accessory ensures the survivability of critical flight data in the event an incident occurs and is used with their Flight Data Monitoring (FDM) solution, the ISAT-200A. It can also be interfaced with third party systems… Read more »

Source: SkyTrac Systems, 18-Dec-13

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18-Dec-13 CS-HEX Eurocopter EC120 Marmelete, Portugal (1F)

Struck powerlines while surveying them for energy company Energias de Portugal.  Helicopter crashed into a wooded area.  1 fatal, 2 serious.

18-Dec-13

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17-Dec-13 Sikorsky UH-60 Zabul, Afghanistan (6F)

US military keep quiet on details of what happened in this accident, which killed six of the seven on board a Black Hawk.  Fatalities reported by NBC here as Chief Warrant Officer 2 Randy L. Billings, 34, of Heavener, Okla. Chief Warrant Officer 2 Joshua B. Silverman, 35, of Scottsdale, Ariz. Sgt. Peter C. Bohler,… Read more »

17-Dec-13

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17-Dec-13 Sikorsky UH-60 Gölbaşı, Turkey (4F)

Hit high voltage line and crashed on post-maintenance test flight accident, killing all four on board.  The identities of the fatalities were given as as Pilot Major Ahmet Duman, Lt. Pilot Emre Acar, and aircraft technicians and first sergeants Erdinç Salkım and Hüseyin Ulucan

17-Dec-13

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17-Dec-13 Picture Rocks, US-Arizona

Emergency landing, needed roading out from where it came down.

17-Dec-13

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17-Dec-13 Kamov Ka226 Bashkortostan, Russia

Damaged in force landing after cockpit filled with smoke.  Flight described as a ferry flight from the factory at Kumertau (Republic of Bashkortostan) to Boules airfield (Samara) which suggests it may be the delivery of a new helicopter

17-Dec-13

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17-Dec-13 MD Helicopters MD500E Lapithos, Cyprus

French pilot Frederick Coupe slightly injured.  Skid collapsed (on landing?).  Helicopter was involved in powerline cleaning operations

17-Dec-13

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17-Dec-13 F-BNTO Agusta-Bell 47G Northern Cyprus

Crashed after the impact of the high-voltage transmission line during the agricultural spraying operation.  Post impact fire

17-Dec-13

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17-Dec-13 Eurocopter AS365N Guwahati, India

Port side landing gear failed on landing, helicopter fell onto its side.  Later photo shows propped up helicopter with tail sitting on the ground and port stabiliser end-plate bent from ground contact.  All six passengers and two crew safely evacuated.  It is believed that the helicopter was operating on the scheduled route between Guwahati and Shillong

17-Dec-13

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Eurocopter promulgate Bond fuel gauge issue to worldwide EC135 fleet

Eurocopter promulgate Bond fuel gauge issue to worldwide EC135 fleet

We note that Eurocopter has today issued a Safety Information Notice 2673-S-28 to operators of the EC135 across the world confirming that some of their aircraft have a fault in the fuel indication and alert system which means that warning system may not work properly.  This was a fault discovered by Bond during normal service operations on Wednesday 11th,… Read more »

Source: Bond Air Services, 16-Dec-13

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16-Dec-13 Sikorsky MH-60 Misaki Port, Japan

US Navy helicopter crashed and fell onto its side in a landfill site.  2 injured of 4 POB

16-Dec-13

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15-Dec-13 Hughes 500D Glade Burn, New Zealand (1F)

A Hughes 500 helicopter flying between the Greenstone Valley and Dumpling Hut crashed at Glade Burn in steep and rugged terrain in poor weather.   Police confirmed that sole occupant pilot Bruce Andrews died in the accident

15-Dec-13

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15-Dec-13 HA-5170 Bell 412EP Paradise Aroanop, Indonesia

Five POB all safe after helicopter damaged in emergency landing in mountainous area

15-Dec-13

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BALPA union calls on CAA and EASA for clarity over Bond unilateral EC135 grounding

BALPA union calls on CAA and EASA for clarity over Bond unilateral EC135 grounding

In response to Bond Air Services decision to ground its fleet of EC 135s, BALPA said: “Pilots are looking to the regulator, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA)and European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) to take charge and provide the industry with the information that has informed the decision to ground the Bond EC-135 fleet. Flight safety… Read more »

Source: BALPA, 13-Dec-13

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Bond Air Services grounds EC135, then back in air within hours

Bond Air Services grounds EC135, then back in air within hours

Bond Air Services, the operator of the Scottish Police EC135 which had a tragic accident on 29th November, issued the following statement on Thursday 12th:- “During normal operations yesterday, one of our EC135 fleet has experienced an indication defect that requires further technical investigation. Therefore as a precautionary measure we have temporarily suspended service operations… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 13-Dec-13

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13-Dec-13 Bell OH-58D Knoxville, US-Tennessee

Crashed and caught fire on positioning flight to night training mission.  2 POB got out OK

13-Dec-13

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FAA Obstructive Sleep Apnea Issues

FAA Obstructive Sleep Apnea Issues

On Thursday, December 12, at 12 Noon EST, please join the FAA for a webinar hosted by Fred Tilton, MD, Federal Air Surgeon, who will discuss modifications to the FAA’s sleep apnea policy and processes. Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is a sleep disorder that disrupts an individual’s normal sleep cycle. True to its name, it is… Read more »

Source: FAA, 12-Dec-13

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UK AAIB Bulletin – December 2013

UK AAIB Bulletin – December 2013

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accident(s) of:- AS350B (G-JESI), cockpit fire in flight, forced landing, Lindley Hall Farm nr Fenny Drayton, 3 August 2013

Source: AAIB, 12-Dec-13

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12-Dec-13 OH-HKE Eurocopter AS350B2 Oulu, Finland

Substantially damaged during training flight – helicopter ended up on its skids but with tail boom dropped to the ground and main blades damaged.

12-Dec-13

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12-Dec-13 Baofu, China

Details sketchy but helicopter seems to have crashed and then caused a brush fire

12-Dec-13

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12-Dec-13 9M-STE Sikorsky S76 Bintulu, Malaysia

S76 with two pilots and six passengers ditches in sea.  All 8 rescued by passing boat.  Passengers were working for Petronas Carigali, and Police said they were from France, Norway, Finland, Denmark and Canada

12-Dec-13

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11-Dec-13 Robinson R22 Mt Percy, New Zealand (1F)

Low level spraying accident.  Helicopter burst into flames on impact.  Pilot named as David Stanley Jones

11-Dec-13

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EagleMed Receives ARGUS Gold Rating for Safety

EagleMed Receives ARGUS Gold Rating for Safety

EagleMed critical care air medical transport company has earned an ARGUS Gold Certification, demonstrating its ongoing commitment to safety. To award a Gold Rating, aviation services company ARGUS International Inc. conducts comprehensive research into numerous databases and other reputable sources. It compiles historical safety ratings, aircraft and pilot background checks, and on-site safety audits to… Read more »

Source: EagleMed, 10-Dec-13

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Glasgow EC135 Crash – Blades were not turning at impact

Glasgow EC135 Crash – Blades were not turning at impact

The AAIB has in the last three hours published an initial summary of their findings to date of the Scottish Police Eurocopter EC135 accident in Glasgow on 29th November. The accident killed the pilot from Bond Air Services, and the two police offciers in the helicopter – and a further six on the ground. The… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 09-Dec-13

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09-Dec-13 RA-04060 Eurocopter AS350B3 Uzhur, Russia

EMS helicopter crashed with pilot and two paramedics on board.  Helicopter on its side.  Boom broken off at root and tail is lying next to rotorhead

09-Dec-13

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08-Dec-13 VH-VMT Eurocopter EC120 Byron Bay, Australia

During landing at a private property, the helicopter skid and main rotor contacted the ground and the helicopter rolled over onto its right side. The occupants were able to exit uninjured but the helicopter was substantially damaged.

09-Dec-13

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09-Dec-13 N36MV Hiller UH-12E Chowchilla, US-California

Helicopter was hovering low over orchards on a standard frost-mitigation operation.  Problem at low level after the helicopter had been running for about 10 hours straight (bar fuel stops), and landed in crop with main blades striking tail boom on the way.  Pilot Stephen Streeter.

09-Dec-13

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08-Dec-13 G-IOOZ AgustaWestland AW109S Withypool, UK

Reportedly a night landing  involving tail rotor impacting trees (or the ground) – causing heavy and awkward landing with wheels dug into soft soil.  Owner reported incident to police on 08-Dec-13 but accident may have been 07-Dec-13

08-Dec-13

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08-Dec-13 Boeing CH-47D Jericho, Israel

Royal Air Force Chinook made emergency landing while en route from Amman (Jordan) to Akrotiri (Cyprus).  Some reports suggest location is in or near a minefield

08-Dec-13

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08-Dec-12 Eurocopter EC120 Niagara, Canada

Emergency landing with no apparent damage.  TV reports stated helicopter had been “smoking” and that it remained in place and was blocking a taxiway.

08-Dec-13

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07-Dec-13 HB-ZGM Robinson R44 Belpberg, Switzerland

Helicopter landed in a field with light snow covering.  Main blades badly bent and rotor mast at an angle.  Fuselage, boom and tail appear near normal situation.  The pilot and three passengers were uninjured.

07-Dec-13

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06-Dec-13 RA-2097G Schweizer 300C Rostov Oblast, Russia (2F)

Two killed on instructional flight.  Reports state R44 as helicopter type but photo evidence shows S300C.  Tail boom and tail rotor separate from the rest of the wreckage which was completely burned out.

06-Dec-13

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06-Dec-13 N1001N Texas M74L (Bell 47G) Sebring, US-Florida (1F)

Pilot died in accident from low level on agricultural operations.  Post crash fire.  The pilot was later identified as Jon Whitaker

06-Dec-13

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06-Dec-13 N2066W MD Helicopters 500E Monticello, US-Utah

Force landing during animal capture operation

06-Dec-13

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06-Dec-13 Bell UH-1H Bagacay, Philippines

Crashed after reportedly developing engine trouble.  Some injuries

06-Dec-13

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Canada – Fatal June 2012 AS350 crash blamed on inadvertent IMC

Canada – Fatal June 2012 AS350 crash blamed on inadvertent IMC

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) today released its investigation report (A12P0079) into a fatal collision with terrain involving a Eurocopter AS350 operated by Bailey Helicopters Ltd. on 1 June 2012 in Terrace, British Columbia. The helicopter was on a local mountain training flight in daylight conditions under visual flight rules with three crew members on board. Approximately 45… Read more »

Source: TSB, 05-Dec-13

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Bell settles with family of Tennessee Guardsman killed in Iraq OH-58D crash

Bell settles with family of Tennessee Guardsman killed in Iraq OH-58D crash

Lawyers have reached a settlement in a lawsuit filed by the family of a Tennessee National Guard soldier who died in a helicopter crash in Iraq.  See full story

Source: Amarillo Globe News, 05-Dec-13

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EHEST publishes Safety Management Toolkit for non-Complex Operators

EHEST publishes Safety Management Toolkit for non-Complex Operators

The European Helicopter Safety Team (EHEST) today released a Safety Management Toolkit for non-Complex Operators consisting of a Safety Management Manual (SMM), a Guidance Document and an Emergency Response Plan. This Toolkit has been created by the Specialist Team Operations & SMS of EHEST. The SMM Version 1 for Non-Complex operators has been developed with consideration of… Read more »

Source: EHEST, 05-Dec-13

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05-Dec-13 N707MY Sikorsky S76B Port Fourchon, US-Louisiana

Heavy wheel-up landing following sudden wind-shift on take-off

05-Dec-13

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05-Dec-13 RA-24430 Mil Mi-8 Kargasok, Russia

Heavy landing in snow covered field after main blades struck tail boom.  15 passengers and 3 crew members on board.  No fatalities

05-Dec-13

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04-Dec-13 F-GKMP Eurocopter AS350B3 Massif du Grand-Arc, France

Training situation – hydraulic failure exercise.  After the instructor has reset the hydraulic circuit, the pedals remain blocked causing loss of control and impact with terrain

04-Dec-13

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