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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

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

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

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

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

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

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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03-Dec-13 OK-SHA-68 Heli-Sport CH-77 Stepanov, Czech Republic (1F)

Brand new helicopter crashed being flown by purchaser on ferry flight to his home base.  Helicopter burnt out in crash, and pilot killed.

03-Dec-13

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03-Dec-12 162027 Bell TH-57C Walnut Hill, US-Florida

Safe emergency landing with no injuries to 3 POB

03-Dec-13

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Glasgow EC135 death toll rises to nine

Glasgow EC135 death toll rises to nine

A further body has been recovered from the Clutha Vaults bar in central Glasgow following the accident involving the Scottish Police Eurocopter EC135T2i on Friday evening. This brings the death toll to nine, of which six were in the bar and three in the helicopter – Bond Air Services pilot David Traill and police officers… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 02-Dec-13

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Bristow Presents Target Zero at Turbomeca Asia-Pacific Symposium

Bristow Presents Target Zero at Turbomeca Asia-Pacific Symposium

Centralized Operations Business Unit (COBU) Technical Services Manager Richard Tudge, who is based in Perth, was recently invited to speak at the Turbomeca Asia-Pacific Symposium on Bristow’s Target Zero culture of safety and its safety management system (SMS). The bi-annual event was held in Bali, Indonesia, with 140 delegates representing various civil and military operators… Read more »

Source: Bristow Group, 02-Dec-13

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Is wind turbine radar interference a thing of the past now?

Is wind turbine radar interference a thing of the past now?

Some offshore operations have in recent years been hampered by radar interference from massive offshore wind farms.  However, it looks like this could soon be history with the following press release from Terma:- Terma’s SCANTER 4002 radar demonstrated exceptional results during a test performed in late 2012 in Abilene, Texas, U.S. with more than 500… Read more »

Source: Terma, 02-Dec-13

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02-Dec-13 Eurocopter VH-HRQ AS350 Amery Ice Shelf, Antartica

Two helicopters flying in tandem and one experienced issue which led to hard landing and all three occupants injured.  Crew from second helicopter on hand to ensure injured kept safe and warm until further rescue arrives.  The two are operating for the Australian Antarctic Division

02-Dec-13

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30-Nov-13 Robinson R66 Capitolio, Brazil

Blown over in high winds when parked on grass helipad.  Estimated date based on posting of photo in Facebook

30-Nov-13

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29-Nov-13 G-SPAO Eurocopter EC135 Glasgow, UK (10F)

EC135 helicopter crashes onto roof of a crowded bar during a live music gig at approx 10.25pm.  Ten fatalities – the three in the helicopter and seven on the ground.  32 to hospital, of which 14 with serious injuries.  Statements issued so far include those from Scottish Police, helicopter operator Bond Air Services, manufacturer Eurocopter,… Read more »

29-Nov-13

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Engine failure caused August 2012 B407 crash in Newfoundland

Engine failure caused August 2012 B407 crash in Newfoundland

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) today released its investigation report (A12A0085) into the August 2012 engine failure and hard landing of a Bell 407 helicopter inWabush, Newfoundland and Labrador. On 12 August 2012, a Universal Helicopters Newfoundland Limited Bell 407 helicopter was slinging a drill tower approximately 4 nautical miles southwest of Wabush, Newfoundland and Labrador. At around 1 p.m. Atlantic Daylight Time, as the helicopter was… Read more »

Source: TSB, 29-Nov-13

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29-Nov-13 F-PMRA Rotorway Exec 162F Bédoin, France

When showing off by the instructor, the motor stops at height of about 4 m. The instructor makes a running landing. The helicopter rolled onto its side.

29-Nov-13

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28-Nov-13 N44DQ Robinson R44 Tunica, US-Mississippi

Substantially damaged after tail hit ground during hover

28-Nov-13

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28-Nov-13 Mil Mi-8 Gardez province, Afghanistan

Helicopter sustained bullet hole from ground fire.  No reports of any other damage

28-Nov-13

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FAA makes recommendations for rotorcraft during icing/snowy conditions

FAA makes recommendations for rotorcraft during icing/snowy conditions

FAA Aviation Safety SPECIAL AIRWORTHINESS INFORMATION BULLETIN SUBJ: Recommendations for Rotorcraft During Icing/Snowy Conditions SAIB: SW-08-03R4 Date: November 26, 2013 This is information only. Recommendations aren’t mandatory. Introduction As a continued emphasis on rotorcraft and icing conditions, this Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin (SAIB) alerts you, owners and operators of turboshaft-powered rotorcraft, of the possibility of… Read more »

Source: FAA, 26-Nov-13

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26-Nov-13 Bell 205 Saravan, Iran

Photos show helicopter on its side with blades _undamaged_ but tail ripped away and damage to port stabiliser

26-Nov-13

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25-Nov-13 Haidar Khan, Afghanistan

Conflicting reports surrounding crashed helicopter on an anti-narcotics mission, with one group claiming it was shot down

25-Nov-13

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24-Nov-13 RP-C3699 Eurocopter Bo105M Hagonoy, Philippines

Helicopter carrying relief supplies crashed into Manila Bay.  Two occupants – named here as Captain Irene Dornier and Captain James Eagles – both rescued by US Marines involved in the post-typhoon relief effort

24-Nov-13

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24-Nov-13 Mil Mi-8 Krasnoyarsk, Russia

Returned to take-off point after avionics issue

24-Nov-13

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23-Nov-13 N368RW Schweizer 300C Bakersfield, US-California

Minor rotor blade damage on departure

23-Nov-13

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22-Nov-13 RA-06310 Robinson R44 Tarakanovo Yarkovsky, Russia

Force landing, minimal apparent damage.  Registration not verified

22-Nov-13

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Unite union denies North Sea helicopter campaign is a cheap stunt

Unite union denies North Sea helicopter campaign is a cheap stunt

Safety consultant Ronnie  McDonald also said the issues raised by Unite are already being addressed by the Helicopter Safety Steering Group, which features the offshore unions, including Unite.  See full story

Source: STV, 21-Nov-13

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21-Nov-13 Mil Mi-17 Dragon Oil Rig, Vietnam

Tail blades broken when they hit the rig structure when landing in high winds.  Flying debris caused serious injuries to two workers on the rig

21-Nov-13

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ORNGE endangered helicopter pilots, federal probe says

ORNGE endangered helicopter pilots, federal probe says

ORNGE failed to ensure the safety of its helicopter operations and endangered its pilots, federal investigators say in a damning indictment that orders immediate changes at the medical transport agency. See full story

Source: Toronto Star, 20-Nov-13

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Australia – new proposals for VFR flights in dark night conditions

Australia – new proposals for VFR flights in dark night conditions

Aerial work and private flights were permitted under the visual flight rules in dark night conditions, which are effectively the same as instrument meteorological conditions, but without sufficient requirements for proficiency checks and recent experience to enable flight solely by reference to the flight instruments. Response to safety issue by: the Civil Aviation Safety Authority… Read more »

Source: ATSB, 20-Nov-13

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20-Nov-13 PR-MXM Robinson R66 Guaiba Island, Brazil (1F)

Sole occupant pilot Nelson Juliani Blanco, age 33, died in the accident

20-Nov-13

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20-Nov-13 VT-ELR Eurocopter AS365N Chowra Island, India

The LH sliding door flown off during flight causing damages to tail structure. The helicopter made an emergency landing on nearby helipad at Chowra island.

20-Nov-13

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19-Nov-13 D-HOMI Robinson R44 Neuhausen ob Eck, Germany (2F)

Training flight, crashed in forested area killing 48 year old instructor and 31 year old student pilot

19-Nov-13

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19-Nov-13 N8316D Robinson R22 Lees Summit, US-Missouri

Tail boom struck ground during autorotation

19-Nov-13

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19-Nov-13 Mil Mi-8 Nadim, Russia

Emergency landing – due to loss of oil pressure?

19-Nov-13

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19 storey apartment block planned next to London Heliport in Battersea

19 storey apartment block planned next to London Heliport in Battersea

Architect Will Alsop is apparently all set to submit plans for a 19-storey residential scheme next to the London Heliport in Battersea. See full story

Source: Prime Resi, 18-Nov-13

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16-Nov-13 HL9294 Sikorsky S76C++ Gangam, Korea (2F)

Hit all apartment building in poor visibility. Fell to ground, killing both pilots

16-Nov-13

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16-Nov-13 HR-AXO Bell 407 Rio Abajo, Honduras

While en route from Tegucigalpa to Juticalpa, an inflight problem led to emergency landing, during which main rotor blades sliced tail boom.  Helicopter landed upright on its skids in a field of long grass.  One passenger was Honduras’ ruling party presidential candidate, Juan Hernandez

16-Nov-13

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HAI Takes Safety to Mexico City

HAI Takes Safety to Mexico City

HAI’s director of safety outreach programs, Stan Rose, and Jose Orozco, HAI’s safety programs coordinator, are in Mexico City were they took part in the 7th Annual Safety Meeting for Aeronautical Pilots from November 12-13, hosted by HAI Affiliate Member Colegio de Pilotos Aviadores de Mexico, A.C. Increased demand and use of rotorcraft in Mexico… Read more »

Source: HAI, 15-Nov-13

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UK AAIB Bulletin – November 2013

UK AAIB Bulletin – November 2013

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue does not refer to any helicopters and this update is included in HeliHub.com for completeness

Source: AAIB, 14-Nov-13

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14-Nov-13 ZK-HJL Schweizer 300C Te Kauwhata, New Zealand

During a tea tree spray operation in a gully, helicopter turned into a wire, 20-30 ft. AGL. Pilot was aware of the wire.  NZ occurrence ref 13/5709

14-Nov-13

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13-Nov-13 N556CP MD Helicopters 500E Grandview, US-Ohio

Emergency landing in sports field.  Mechanic called and problem solved

13-Nov-13

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13-Nov-13 VH-STK Robinson R22 Normanton, Australia

While conducting aerial mustering operations, the helicopter’s engine suddenly stopped. During the forced landing, the main rotor blades severed the tail boom, resulting in substantial damage.

13-Nov-13

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12-Nov-13 F-HTOM Eurocopter AS350B3 Serre Chevalier, France (2F)

Helicopter was involved in loadlifting work in connection with the construction of a ski lift

12-Nov-13

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12-Nov-13 VH-NDL Bell 206B Finke, Australia

Drive shaft failed on final approach at 400ft . Main blades severed tail boom in ensuing autorotation landing.

12-Nov-13

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Bereaved family of AS355 owner in Bahamas crash sue passenger for $50M

Bereaved family of AS355 owner in Bahamas crash sue passenger for $50M

Sources say the suit will contain bombshell claims — including questioning whether the passenger was at the controls when the AS355 crashed.  See full story HeliHub.com page for this accident is at 22-Nov-12 C6-APV Eurocopter AS355F1 Great Guana Cay, Bahamas (1F)

Source: Vogue, 11-Nov-13

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Eurocopter Canada presents the “Innovation in Safety” award

Eurocopter Canada presents the “Innovation in Safety” award

The 2013 winner of Eurocopter Canada’s Innovation in Safety Award is Mr. Paul Spring, President of Phoenix Heli-Flight, following a review of nominees by a helicopter industry committee.  Active in the industry for over 37 years, Spring is an early adopter of innovative safety management systems in Canada helicopter operations and a strong advocate for… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter Canada, 11-Nov-13

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11-Nov-13 68-15287 Bell UH-1D Tulsa, US-Oklahoma

Damaged during ground transportation to Veterans Day event. falling off trailer and blocking the road.  Badly damaged

11-Nov-13

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10-Nov-13 PR-HBE Eurocopter AS355N Almeirim, Brazil

During a low altitude flight with external load, the pilot heard a strong noise coming from the tail rotor blades, followed by a tendency to turn to the left. He depressed the right pedal completely and reduced power in order to diminish the torque. He managed to touch the ground in a stabilized manner, but after hearing a highpitch… Read more »

10-Nov-13

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09-Nov-13 Mil Mi-17V5 Malinau, Indonesia (13F)

13 died and 6 survived crash of Indonesian Army Mi-17.  Reports of sudden gusty wind conditions on final approach to land

09-Nov-13

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09-Nov-13 N911KB Eurocopter EC135P1 Shreveport, US-Louisiana

Pilot and two engineers uninjured in crash on post-maintenance test flight.  Helicopter ended up on its side.  Helicopter is contracted to Shreveport-based Life Air Rescue

09-Nov-13

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Robinson and film producer sued by victim’s relatives over low-level R44 crash and burn-out

Robinson and film producer sued by victim’s relatives over low-level R44 crash and burn-out

The family of a passenger killed in an R44 crash during the production of the documentary “DeepSea Challenge” has filed a wrongful death suit against James Cameron’s Lightstorm Entertainment as well as Robinson and others.  See full story More information on the safety page for this accident – 04-Feb-12 VH-COK Robinson R44 Jaspers Brush, Australia (2F)… Read more »

Source: Variety, 06-Nov-13

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UK union launches “Back Home Safe” North Sea safety campaign

UK union launches “Back Home Safe” North Sea safety campaign

Unite the union have invited media to the launch on Wednesday 6th November of their ‘Back Home Safe’ campaign which calls for immediate improvements to the safety of offshore helicopter flights on the North Sea.  The union’s demands which reflect the wishes and concerns of Unite members and the wider offshore workforce call for; Safer emergency… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 06-Nov-13

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06-Nov-13 OY-HJJ Eurocopter EC155 Clipper Field, UK

Shortly after takeoff from an off-shore platform at night, the helicopter entered a series of extreme pitch excursions which resulted in the airspeed reducing below 20 kt, followed by a descent. The flight crew were eventually able to recover to normal flight. The helicopter had descended to within approximately 50 feet of the sea surface…. Read more »

06-Nov-13

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06-Nov-13 VH-UGC Robinson R44 Mount Buller, Australia

Roll-over close to helipad.  All four got out OK.  No fire.

06-Nov-13

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Designer’s concept presented for Offshore memorial (including Cougar 491)

Designer’s concept presented for Offshore memorial (including Cougar 491)

Family members gathered at Quidi Vidi Lake, the site of the future memorial to the victims of Cougar 491 and the 1985 Universal Helicopter crashes, as the designer’s concept for the monument was presented. The proposal, put forward by artist Luben Boykov and landscape architect Frederick Hann, was chosen through competition by a committee of… Read more »

Source: Newfoundland Government, 05-Nov-13

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05-Nov-13 N70KA Robinson R44 Newport Beach, US-California (1F)

Passenger opened door and jumped out over the ocean near Balboa Pier.  Rescuers performed CPR on the beach but he was pronounced dead at hospital.  The pilot’s father described in an interview how his son tried in vain to stop the other passenger jumping out.  A suicide note was found later, and the deceased’s relatives… Read more »

05-Nov-13

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05-Nov-13 Eurocopter AS350B3 Roma, US-Texas

Emergency landing after damage to main rotor blades.  Helicopter was patrolling very close to the Mexican border when it was reportedly struck by rocks launched from the Mexican side.  Safe landing, no injuries

05-Nov-13

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04-Nov-13 N3184T Robinson R44 Phoenix, US-Arizona

Bird struck tail rotor on approach.  Landed OK

04-Nov-13

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02-Nov-13 N888DR Bell 206B Superior, US-Montana

During lifting operations, rotated to the ground and rolled over

02-Nov-13

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02-Nov-13 VH-VDZ Bell 206L Melbourne, Australia

Crashed on take-off, falling onto its side.  Sole occupant pilot Emma Bobridge to hospital but released within 12 hours

02-Nov-13

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