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Bond responds to AAIB Special Bulletin on Glasgow EC135 crash

Bond responds to AAIB Special Bulletin on Glasgow EC135 crash

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) has issued its latest Special Bulletin detailing information as part of its ongoing investigation into the accident at the Clutha Vaults, Glasgow on 29 November 2013. The Special Bulletin provides more factual information and an update on the progress of the investigation. The report can be found here: http://www.aaib.gov.uk/publications/special_bulletins/s2_2014___eurocopter_ec135_t2___g_spao.cfm… Read more »

Source: Bond Air Services, 16-Feb-14

16-Feb-14 T7-ZST Eurocopter SA315B Masera, Italy

At touch down the pilot experienced strong vibrations with damages to the helicopter

16-Feb-14

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15-Feb-14 PT-YMF Robinson R44 Villa Fatima, Brazil (2F)

Crashed into a forest area killing both on board.  There is some local controversy as the helicopter had reportedly been rebuilt after a fatal accident in 2007 and local law does not allow an aircraft which has been “written off” to be rebuilt in any way.  Some close-up photos at the accident scene of various… Read more »

15-Feb-14

Fuel starvation key to Glasgow EC135 investigation, says AAIB

Fuel starvation key to Glasgow EC135 investigation, says AAIB

AAIB have released a new report on the fatal Eurocopter EC135T2+ accident on 29th November 2013 in Glasgow UK.  The summary ends with “In particular, the investigation will seek to determine why a situation arose that led to both the helicopter’s engines flaming out when 76 kg of fuel remained in the fuel tank group,… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 14-Feb-14

IHST releases three new Helicopter Safety Bulletins for 2014

IHST releases three new Helicopter Safety Bulletins for 2014

The International Helicopter Safety Team (www.IHST.org), in cooperation with safety experts from throughout the civil helicopter industry, has released three more safety bulletins aimed at enhancing helicopter operations and reducing accidents.   The safety bulletins offer important information for helicopter pilots while they are flying and for pilots, operators, and instructors as they prepare for… Read more »

Source: IHST, 14-Feb-14

How to Take the Rotor Safety Challenge at Heli-Expo 2014

How to Take the Rotor Safety Challenge at Heli-Expo 2014

Attend at least six FREE Rotor Safety Challenge events at HAI HELI-EXPO 2014 and receive a certificate of recognition. Here’s how: Select events from the HAI Rotor Safety Challenge Schedule. Attend selected events. No separate registration is necessary, so get there early! Collect a token from the room monitor or presenter. Present six tokens at the… Read more »

Source: HAI, 14-Feb-14

14-Feb-14 Cicare CH-7T Lalbenque, France (1F)

Helicopter crashed killing solo pilot Didier Deschoolmeester

14-Feb-14

UK AAIB Bulletin – February 2014

UK AAIB Bulletin – February 2014

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, 13-Feb-14

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12-Feb-14 Mil Mi-35 Essider, Libya (5F)

Unknown circumstances.  Took 4 days to find wreckage of this missing helicopter

12-Feb-14

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12-Feb-14 Eurocopter EC145 Pittston, US-Pennsylvania

Emergency landing at airport with patient on board.  Second helicopter came to take patient on to destination.  Unstated technical issue, needed engineer.  Operator Geisinger has six EC145s and one BK117

12-Feb-14

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USHST developing iFlySafe mobile app

USHST developing iFlySafe mobile app

The United States Helicopter Safety Team (USHST) has developed a mobile app called iFlySafe aimed at improving safety education and reducing accidents.  They’ve released the logo, but not the app yet.  Whether they intended to release it by now and it’s been held up – or they are just playing a PR game – is… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 11-Feb-14

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09-Feb-14 Sikorsky UH-60 Lilburn, US-Georgia

Emergency field landing.  No apparent damage.  Engineer called

09-Feb-14

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08-Feb-14 N571AC Robinson R44 Panacea, US-Florida (2F)

Officials believe the helicopter had just taken off when it hit trees close to the Wakulla County Airport’s runway. The helicopter then cut nearby power lines, and came to rest in a marshy area.  53-year-old Curtis Robert Clifford and 49-year-old Terry Bryan Ooten were found dead, while 45-year-old Sheri Noelle Devore survived

08-Feb-14

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USS Halyburton MH-60R assists in rescue of crashed Panamanian Bell 412EP

USS Halyburton MH-60R assists in rescue of crashed Panamanian Bell 412EP

A Panamanian helicopter crashed killing one and injuring eight while working together with USS Halyburton (FFG 40) conducting operations in support of Operation Martillo in the 4th Fleet area of operations, Feb. 6. Editor note – Bell 412 accident details at 06-Feb-14 AN-137 Bell 412EP Mansukum, Panama (1F) The names of the victims will not be… Read more »

Source: US Navy, 07-Feb-14

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IHST Releases Schedule for Worldwide Helicopter Safety Symposium

IHST Releases Schedule for Worldwide Helicopter Safety Symposium

The International Helicopter Safety Team (IHST) has released the full program for its seventh worldwide helicopter symposium for safety professionals. The event takes place on Feb. 27-28 at the Anaheim Convention Center immediately following the close of Heli-Expo 2014. The theme of the symposium is “Self-Discipline and Personal Responsibility” and it is open to all… Read more »

Source: IHST, 07-Feb-14

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07-Feb-14 N591AK Sikorsky S76B West 30th Heliport, US-New York

Tail rotor struck fence while taxying

07-Feb-14

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07-Feb-14 F-OLJB Robinson R22B Maria, Reunion

Loss of control during takeoff from a helipad located Marla at an altitude of 1 600m. Crash landed on a sports field.  Second link is to the final report

07-Feb-14

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IHST Sees Gradual Downward Trend in Worldwide Helicopter Accidents

IHST Sees Gradual Downward Trend in Worldwide Helicopter Accidents

The International Helicopter Safety Team (IHST) has gathered civil helicopter accident information from worldwide sources and is seeing a hopeful trend of improved safety. The IHST, which promotes safety and works to reduce accidents, was formed in 2005 to lead a government and industry cooperative effort to address factors that were affecting an unacceptable helicopter… Read more »

Source: IHST, 06-Feb-14

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Loss of tail rotor effectiveness led to 2013 Alberta helicopter crash

Loss of tail rotor effectiveness led to 2013 Alberta helicopter crash

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) today released its investigation report (A13W0070) into a collision with terrain of a Bell 206B helicopter near Fort McMurray, Alberta. On 29 May 2013, the Bell 206B helicopter operated by Wood Buffalo Helicopters was conducting wildlife survey work approximately 75 nautical miles north of Fort McMurray, Alberta, with one pilot and two passengers… Read more »

Source: TSB, 06-Feb-14

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06-Feb-14 AN-137 Bell 412EP Mansukum, Panama (1F)

1 of 9 POB killed when helicopter came down on night anti-drug mission.  Helicopter had been working with a US Navy MH-60R which was on hand to transport 6 of the injured to hospital.

06-Feb-14

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06-Feb-14 N569KB Eurocopter AS350B2 Twisp, US-Washington

Tail struck snow while on heliski operations.

Source: SOF Air, 06-Feb-14

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Aviation Students: Grants Available to Attend 2014 CHC Safety & Quality Summit

Aviation Students: Grants Available to Attend 2014 CHC Safety & Quality Summit

Aviation students can now apply for the opportunity to attend the 10th-annual CHC Safety & Quality Summit, through grants which honour a long-time advocate of excellence in aviation safety training. The Dr. Peter Gardiner student grant, worth more than $4,000, covers admission to the summit, a choice of one of the pre-event courses, as well… Read more »

Source: CHC, 05-Feb-14

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05-Feb-14 RA-1434G Mil Mi-2 Tevrizsky District. Russia

Rotor blades contacted building on take-off, causing helicopter to crash.  Post accident fire.  Pilot escaped unharmed

05-Feb-14

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05-Feb-14 N3211N Bell 206B Bountiful, US-Utah

Fell onto its side on take-off in snowy conditions

05-Feb-14

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Streamlined IS-BAO Certification under consideration

Streamlined IS-BAO Certification under consideration

For many business aviation operations, the prospect of applying for registration in the International Standard for Business Aviation Operations (IS-BAO) program is an intimidating prospect. So, to counter that perception, the International Business Aviation Council (BAC) is considering streamlining the IS-BAO standard to make it more accessible to smaller flight departments, particularly for “single-plane, single-pilot”… Read more »

Source: NBAA, 04-Feb-14

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04-Feb-14 D-HAIG Guimbal Cabri Langenfeld, Germany

Helicopter on pipeline patrol fell onto its side on take off after reportedly spinning

04-Feb-14

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IHST Safety Experts Will Offer 11 Workshops and Seminars at Heli-Expo

IHST Safety Experts Will Offer 11 Workshops and Seminars at Heli-Expo

Members of the International Helicopter Safety Team (IHST) will be providing their safety advice in Anaheim next month at 11 different workshops and seminars for HELI-EXPO participants. The IHST promotes safety and works to reduce accidents.  The organization was formed in 2005 to lead a government and industry cooperative effort to address factors that were… Read more »

Source: IHST, 03-Feb-14

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03-Feb-14 Schweizer 300C Nakhon Si Thammarat, Thailand

Crashed onto truck on runway during night training flight

03-Feb-14

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03-Feb-14 RA-25655 Mil Mi-8 Bovanenkovo, Russia

Pilot lost vertical visibility due to fog, hit the ground heavily and the helicopter rolled onto its side.  Of 19 POB, one serious injury

03-Feb-14

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03-Feb-14 MSP-013 MD Helicopters MD500E Cartago, Costa Rica

General media reported that pilot had tail rotor issue on take-off, and helicopter started to spin out of control.  In subsequent heavy landing, helicopter rolled over onto its side.  3 POB to hospital – pilot Allon Francisco Herrera, 56, the copilot, Gadea Sebastian Castro, 27, and an official of the Election Authorities, Adriana Solis Vega, 26

03-Feb-14

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03-Feb-14 N8618F MD Helicopters MD500D Naples, US-Florida

Tail struck ground during autorotation training

03-Feb-14

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FAA downgrades India safety rating

FAA downgrades India safety rating

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today announced that India has been assigned a Category 2 rating under its International Aviation Safety Assessment (IASA) program, based on a recent reassessment of the country’s civil aviation authority.  This signifies that India’s civil aviation safety oversight regime does not currently comply with the international safety… Read more »

Source: FAA, 02-Feb-14

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02-Feb-2014 C-GPIG Robinson R22 St-Rémi, Canada

Crashed close to the owner’s home.  Pilot to hospital.  CADORS 2014Q0192

02-Feb-14

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01-Feb-14 D-HAVC Guimbal G2 Augsberg, Germany

In a low hover on a training flight and the helicopter began to spin uncontrollably.  Helicopter hit the ground tail first and broke the tail boom

01-Feb-14

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31-Jan-14 1417 Bell 212 Reynosa, Mexico (1F)

Unspecifiedl accident inside military base, killing one and injuring the other two occupants

31-Jan-14

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31-Jan-14 N80GH Sikorsky S76A Fort Lauderdale, US-Florida

Main rotor blades struck hangar while taxying

31-Jan-14

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

Force landed in field near Clearview Airport

31-Jan-14

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

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

29-Jan-14

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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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