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30-Jan-13 N153P Bell 206L3 LaTrobe, US-Pennsylvania

Helicopter blown onto its side by high winds

30-Jan-13

29-Jan-13 Eurocopter AS350 Havasu, US-Arizona

Precautionary landing in park after oil pressure warning

29-Jan-13

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Five Hazardous Attitudes for Helicopter Pilots to Recognize

Five Hazardous Attitudes for Helicopter Pilots to Recognize

Many helicopter accidents involve pilots who allow themselves to be influenced by one or more of five basic hazardous attitudes.  These attitudes get pilots into trouble by causing them to take chances that invite accidents.  As a pilot, the less often you allow yourself to act upon a hazardous attitude, the safer your flying will… Read more »

Source: IHST, 28-Jan-13

28-Jan-13 C-GOCM Robinson R44 Grand Cache, Canada (1F)

Survey helicopter overdue.  Weather may have been an issue as a Canadian military Bell 412 involved in the search had to return to base due to weather.  CADAORS 2013C0386

28-Jan-13

28-Jan-13 ZK-HKV Eurocopter EC130 Hawkes Bay, New Zealand

Emergency landing after fuel indication dropped to zero with rotor speed warning.  Apparent wiring issue

28-Jan-13

Louisiana man gets prison for shooting at helicopter

Louisiana man gets prison for shooting at helicopter

A Sikes man has been sentenced to more than three years in prison for shooting at a Louisiana Army National Guard helicopter during a drug surveillance operation. (see full story)

Source: San Francisco Chronicle, 27-Jan-13

Australian fatal R44 accident caused by pilot incapacitation

Australian fatal R44 accident caused by pilot incapacitation

ATSB summary of the accident follows:- What happened On 3 September 2011, the pilot and one crewman of a Robinson Helicopter Company R44 helicopter, registered VH-HCA (HCA), departed an airstrip located near Kumarina roadhouse, approximately 150 km south of Newman, Western Australia. The crew were conducting low-level geophysical survey operations when the pilot was observed… Read more »

Source: ATSB, 27-Jan-13

26-Jan-13 N9041U Hiller UH-12B Adams Ranch, US-Florida

Apparent engine failure on a flight to shoot feral hogs.   Pilot William Harward and his two passengers, Massad Ayoob and Jonathan Strayer, were treated at Raulerson Memorial Hospital in Okeechobee and released

26-Jan-13

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26-Jan-13 PR-HBE Eurocopter AS355N Ipixuna, Brazil

When on finals, pilot noticed master caution light illuminated, and an indication of low oil pressure in engine No.2.  Shut down immediately, got out and noticed fire from the exhaust – used extinguisher to quell the fire but was not fully successful.  N2 turbine had got jammed.

26-Jan-13

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Promising developments in bird-scare technology

Promising developments in bird-scare technology

Under an SBIR (Small Business Innovation Research) program sponsorship project, TII (Technology International Inc) has released details of a new device to fire low-frequency sound at flocks of birds to steer them away from a given location.  Clearly there are significant uses for this around airports, heliports, helipads and aircraft carriers. Traditionally, bird scare systems… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 25-Jan-13

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Minneapolis Helicopter Pilot Safety Workshop

Minneapolis Helicopter Pilot Safety Workshop

On Thursday, February 7, 2013, join HAI, the FAASTeam, and a diverse panel of industry experts in Minneapolis, Minn., as they discuss regional issues affecting helicopter pilots, accident trends, personal risk assessment, safety initiatives, and more. There will be a free BBQ lunch for all attendees; you can obtain the latest safety materials, earn WINGS… Read more »

Source: HAI, 25-Jan-13

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25-Jan-13 228 Mil Mi-171Sh Duga Resa, Croatia

Emergency landing at night on snow after overheating.  Stayed a while and returned to base in Zagreb.  Serial 228 to be confirmed (may possibly be 226).  Aircraft type is Mi-171Sh and not Mi-8 per the press reports.

25-Jan-13

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25-Jan-13 ZS-RYP Robinson R44 Grey Goose, South Africa

Helicopter came down after hitting powerlines.  Pilot  Francois Liebenberg and his two passengers were all taken to hospital with injuries. Close up video tour of wreckage here on YouTube

25-Jan-13

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It’s an incident, not an accident, argues NZ operator

It’s an incident, not an accident, argues NZ operator

Louisa Patterson, owner of NZ operator Over the Top, is at loggerheads with the NZ Civil Aviation Authority, maintaining it was just an “incident” based on CAA’s own guidelines. “As an incident, this will not affect the safety record that Over The Top are so proud of”, she says (see full story)

Source: Mountain Scene, 24-Jan-13

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24-Jan-13 Agusta-Bell 212 Praia, Italy

Precautionary landing on sports pitch. probably weather related

24-Jan-13

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AAIB issue Special Bulletin on London AW109E helicopter/crane accident

AAIB issue Special Bulletin on London AW109E helicopter/crane accident

Report name: S1/2013 – Agusta A109E, G-CRST Registration: G-CRST Type: Agusta A109E Location: St George Wharf, Vauxhall, London Date of occurrence: 16 January 2013 Category: Commercial Air Transport – Rotorcraft Summary: The helicopter was flying to the east of Battersea Heliport when it struck the jib of a crane, attached to a building development at… Read more »

Source: AAIB, 23-Jan-13

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23-Jan-13 Mil Mi-8 Dudinka, Russia

Avionics problem and pilot returned to his departure point at Dudinka.  Aircraft was operating a regular flight number 9356 on route Dudinka – Ust-Awam – n Volochanka.  No injuries to 3 crew and 12 passengers

23-Jan-13

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Spain – four employees sanctioned for reporting failures in EMS helicopter

Spain – four employees sanctioned for reporting failures in EMS helicopter

At least 40 employees of the 061 – the Spanish public health emergency organisation – staged a protest in Granada last week at the opening of four disciplinary cases.  Two EMS workers, a doctor and a health and safety representative are central to the situation which concerns “safety deficiencies” in the operation of the helicopter… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 22-Jan-13

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22-Jan-13 ZK-IMZ Robinson R22B Nokomai Station, New Zealand

Helicopter was flying up a valley and suddenly lost altitude due to a suspected downdraft. the helicopter hit the ground and rolled 6 times, breaking off the tail

22-Jan-13

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22-Jan-13 N143PG Eagle Helicycle Mesa, US-Arizona

Emergency landing in residential area.  Skids collapsed, pilot walked away.  Pilot was flying from Chandler to Falcon Field in Mesa.  Plenty of photos of the helicopter in happier times on this page

22-Jan-13

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21-Jan-13 PR-JBN Bell 206B Jaragua, Brazil (1F)

Crashed and hit house killing one of four on board

21-Jan-13

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21-Jan-13 ZK-HIY Robinson R22B Karamea, New Zealand

Helicopter experienced unusual vibrations while flying at 4500ft. Pilot decided to make a precautionary landing but the tail struck the ground during landing and helicopter rolled over.

21-Jan-13

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EC225s to fly short crew-only flights over land

EC225s to fly short crew-only flights over land

Helicopter operators are maintaining readiness for the return to service of EC225s. An element of this are short maintenance flights over land. The 20-minute flights will take place without passengers and are intended to keep the aircraft within their maintenance certification, meaning they won’t have to be placed for long periods in storage. As these… Read more »

Source: Step Change in Safety, 20-Jan-13

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19-Jan-13 VH-HGI Robinson R22 Batchelor, Australia

During the final approach, the pilot conducted a missed approach. The pilot subsequently lost control and the helicopter collided with the ground.

19-Jan-13

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19-Jan-13 VH-ZMN Bell 206B Baskerville, Australia

During low-level aerial filming operations, the helicopter rotated quickly to the right and descended. The pilot made an emergency landing on the sloping terrain. The helicopter rolled over and was subtantially damaged with minor injuries to the occupants.

19-Jan-13

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Eurocopter’s EC225 theory not proven – more testing, more delays

Eurocopter’s EC225 theory not proven – more testing, more delays

For the past weeks, Eurocopter has continued to regularly communicate with oil and gas customers/operators and industry representatives concerning the EC225 main gearbox shaft failures, while respecting the confidentiality of the official accident investigation. The company has provided an overview of its approach to the root cause analysis performed during the past several weeks and… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 18-Jan-13

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FAA change rating of NVG maintainers

FAA change rating of NVG maintainers

1. Purpose of This Notice. This notice explains to airworthiness aviation safety inspectors (ASI) a different rating for the maintenance of night vision goggles (NVG). 2. Audience. The primary audience for this notice is airworthiness ASIs who certificate repair stations that maintain night vision goggles. 3. Where You Can Find This Notice. You can find… Read more »

Source: FAA, 18-Jan-13

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18-Jan-13 ZU-HRS Westland-Bell 47G.3B.1 Hibberdene, South Africa

Pilot heard a change in the engine pitch and managed an emergency landing before the helicopter burst into flames.  Agricultural ops

18-Jan-13

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18-Jan-13 Mil Mi-17 Timberwara, India

18-Jan-13 Mil Mi-17 Timberwara, India

Force landing after being shot at by militants – photos here.  The hydraulic system and genrators were damaged.  1 of the 7 POB was injured

18-Jan-13

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Eurocopter Canada Accepting Nominations for ‘Innovation in Safety Award

Eurocopter Canada Accepting Nominations for ‘Innovation in Safety Award

Eurocopter Canada Limited (ECL) will recognize outstanding achievement with its presentation of the 2nd Annual ‘Innovation in Safety Award’. This award was established as a benchmark in which to measure the advanced achievements accomplished by groups, companies, organizations or agencies in maintaining Canadian rotary wing safe flying operations, while employing an exceptional or groundbreaking approach…. Read more »

Source: Eurocopter Canada, 17-Jan-13

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North Carolina Safety Seminar Success Despite Weather

North Carolina Safety Seminar Success Despite Weather

On Tues., Jan. 15, HAI Director of Safety Stan Rose joined the FAA Safety Team in hosting a seminar for helicopter pilots at the Charlotte Motor Speedway in North Carolina. More than 80 local pilots from law enforcement, air medical, NASCAR team flight departments, and other operations gathered to hear presentations on a variety of… Read more »

Source: HAI, 17-Jan-13

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17-Jan-13 N26NE Robinson R22 Ellington, US-Connecticut

Rolled over onto starboard side on training flight, 2 POB not injured

17-Jan-13

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17-Jan-13 F-GZFJ Eurocopter AS350B2 St Julien-Molhesabate, France

Pilot lost visual reference when landing on a snowy surface. Heavy landing, damaged skids and tail boom

17-Jan-13

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17-Jan-13 SE-JKP Bell 206B Hjälmunge, Sweden

Emergency field landing, with no damage to aircraft.  Press reports “sawdust in the gearbox”….

17-Jan-13

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17-Jan-13 N223MG Robinson R22 San Marcos, US-Texas

Hard landing on training flight.  FAA report gives reg as N223GM which is not a valid registration.  N223GM is assumed, based on it being the right helicopter type and registered to a Designated Pilot Examiner who leases 2+ R22s to Alamo Helicopters

17-Jan-13

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Helicopter crash – central London UK

Helicopter crash – central London UK

An AgustaWestland AW109E helicopter crashed this morning in central London’s rush hour – around 8am.  The helicopter was en route from Redhill to Elstree, but diverting into Battersea Heliport due to poor visibility, when it hit a crane on a block of flats, and crashed to ground in flames.  Two cars were reported hit and… Read more »

Source: Helihub.com, 16-Jan-13

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Columbia announces Memorial Fund for families of Peruvian crash

Columbia announces Memorial Fund for families of Peruvian crash

Columbia Helicopters announces the establishment of a memorial fund that will assist the families of the seven employees who perished in a recent helicopter crash in Peru. The funds raised will be distributed equally among all families. The “CHI 241 Peru Memorial Fund” has been created at Wells Fargo banks, which can accept donations at… Read more »

Source: Columbia Helicopters, 16-Jan-13

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16-Jan-13 G-CRST AgustaWestland AW109E Vauxhall, UK (2F)

AW109 Helicopterhit crane and crashed to ground, killing the pilot Pete Barnes and one person on the ground, Matt Wood. Top of the crane may have been in the cloud – check photos on the second link below.  The crane is marginally south of the H4 heliroute, which has a 1500ft restriction at this point. … Read more »

16-Jan-13

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British S300 crash lawsuit plays out in the US

British S300 crash lawsuit plays out in the US

Negligence claims over a helicopter crash that claimed the lives of two Britons should remain in the US, a judge has ruled. (see full story) We also found this document online relating to this case File photo

15-Jan-13

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French special forces pilot killed on the ground in Mali

French special forces pilot killed on the ground in Mali

The West Africa nation of Mali is currently going through a significant period of unrest – and France is the only foreign nation involved in the problem of Islamists invading the northern part of the country. French special forces lost helicopter co-pilot Damien Boiteux after he was hit by shrapnel on the ground – while… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 14-Jan-13

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14-Jan-13 Yo Yo Park, Australia

Crashed into a dam near Yo Yo Park airfield, Queensland.  Airlifted to hospital in Brisbane.  Pilot has burns to his body and face

14-Jan-13

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First R22 blade recovered from Tampa Bay

First R22 blade recovered from Tampa Bay

Following Robinson’s offer of a reward for the recovery of the two blades of an R22 involved in a fatal accident, the first blade has now been brought up and the second one sighted (see full story)  File photo

Source: Tampa Bay Online, 13-Jan-13

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Joint HAI/AHS Meeting on Airworthiness, CBM and HUMS

Joint HAI/AHS Meeting on Airworthiness, CBM and HUMS

The American Helicopter Society (AHS) Redstone Chapter, with sponsorship from HAI, is hosting a Technical Specialists’ Meeting on Airworthiness, Condition Based Maintenance (CBM), and Health and Usage Monitoring (HUMS) from February 11-13, at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. The meeting will present applicable technologies that are new to continued airworthiness, current and potential processes,… Read more »

Source: HAI, 13-Jan-13

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13-Jan-13 OK-IHA08 Elisport CH-7 Katowice, Poland

Crashed on take-off

13-Jan-13

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Custom Helicopters loses JetRanger on collapsing ice floe

Custom Helicopters loses JetRanger on collapsing ice floe

This news item is part of the accident data provided by HeliHub.com on this site.  Information provided in this update may potentially be incomplete or inaccurate as we frequently post these stories only a very short time after the accident has occurred.  Users of HeliHub.com are advised to carry out their own checks and searches,… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 11-Jan-13

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11-Jan-13 Mil MI-35 Myitkyina, Myanmar (3F)

Shot down by rebels in border region.  Army itself says “emergency landing due to engine failure”

11-Jan-13

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11-Jan-13 ZK-IPY Robinson R44 II Glenorchy, New Zealand

Main rotor blade struck the tail boom during start-up due to a wind gust. Significant damage was caused to the tail boom, with associated damage to the rotor blades.

11-Jan-13

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British instructor found guilty in fatal Gazelle crash case

British instructor found guilty in fatal Gazelle crash case

The jury found the instructor guilty of making a false representation with intent to deceive the Civil Aviation Authority. He will be sentenced next month.  (see full story). File photo

Source: BBC, 10-Jan-13

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UK AAIB Bulletin – January 2013

UK AAIB Bulletin – January 2013

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accident(s) of:- Agusta Bell 206B Jet Ranger II, (G-SUEZ), engine failure and a forced landing, Perthshire, 20 February 2012

Source: AAIB, 10-Jan-13

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10-Jan-13 D-HIZZ Robinson R44 Schwäbisch Hall, Germany (1F)

Helicopter crashed on to highway, killing pilot. Post crash fire. Truck driver injured in the ensuing chaos.  No other injuries, despite heavy traffic at the time.  Weather reported as wet.  Helicopter _may_ have hit wires, causing crash.  Pilot reported as ” 42 year old small business owner from Hohenlohe”

10-Jan-13

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10-Jan-13 OH-HNP Hughes 500D Paavolantie, Finland

Engine failure during low level powerline operation.  Extensively damaged.  Pilot walked away

10-Jan-13

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10-Jan-13 N7247J Bell UH-1H La Paloma, US-California

Emergency landing in field off Espinoza Road

10-Jan-13

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Columbia Helicopters confirms Peru accident

Columbia Helicopters confirms Peru accident

Columbia Helicopters sadly confirms the loss of seven employees in a crash of a Model 234 helicopter in Peru. The employees included five American citizens and two Peruvian citizens. The helicopter was working near Pucallpa, Peru, under contract to support petroleum exploration operations. No other persons were on board the tandem-rotor helicopter when it was… Read more »

Source: Columbia Helicopters, 09-Jan-13

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09-Jan-13 C-GGZS Bell 206B Arviat, Canada

Helicopter landed on ice floe, which then collapsed and the helicopter sank.  Pilot rescued.  Local temperature with windchill around -50C  CADAORS 2013C0108

09-Jan-13

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Pawan Hans pilot reported by company’s own Pilots Guild

Pawan Hans pilot reported by company’s own Pilots Guild

The Director General of Civil Aviation has instituted an inquiry into a night flight undertaken by a Pawan Hans helicopter on December 27 last year to Bhopal and Indore from Delhi despite the pilot-in-command not being qualified to fly after sunset. (see full story).  File photo

Source: Mumbai Mirror, 08-Jan-13

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Columbia Helicopters Chinook down in Peru with 7 fatalities

Columbia Helicopters Chinook down in Peru with 7 fatalities

This news item is part of the accident data provided by HeliHub.com on this site.  Information provided in this update may potentially be incomplete or inaccurate as we frequently post these stories only a very short time after the accident has occurred.  Users of HeliHub.com are advised to carry out their own checks and searches,… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 08-Jan-13

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08-Jan-13 N911PT Bell OH-58C Lemoore, US-California

Helicopter on agricultural ops crashed near HWY 41 and Harlan Ave. near the Fresno Co and Kings Co border

08-Jan-13

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CHC Safety & Quality Summit 2013 – New Pre-Summit Course

CHC Safety & Quality Summit 2013 – New Pre-Summit Course

Accident/Incident Response Preparedness  March 21-23 (2.5 days) Course Description: This course is designed for individuals who are involved in either preparing for an accident or responding to one as a representative of their organization.  It is based on the premise that accidents are relatively rare events and organizations may have little experience in dealing with them. … Read more »

Source: CHC, 07-Jan-13

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Free Helicopter Safety Conference in North Carolina – 15 January

Free Helicopter Safety Conference in North Carolina – 15 January

Attention all Mid-Atlantic Helicopter pilots! Join us for the very latest information on the safety issues facing the rotorcraft industry presented by some of the top industry experts in their field. A panel of experts from the FAA Safety Team, CLT FSDO & ATC, North Carolina State Aviation, and Helicopter Association International (HAI) will discuss… Read more »

Source: FAAST, 07-Jan-13

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New free online tool for night flight planning

New free online tool for night flight planning

Night flights are challenging. Visual information about the flight environment is greatly reduced as compared to daytime flying and is largely dependent on the amount of celestial illumination encountered throughout the flight. It is therefore of significant importance for the night pilot to know exactly when darkness falls, and if some level of illumination in… Read more »

Source: www.flyatnight.info, 07-Jan-13

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ThedaStar crews review safety protocols

ThedaStar crews review safety protocols

With a multi-million dollar life-saving tool sitting in the hanger at Theda Clark Hospital, it’s vital for flight crews to know when to use the ThedaStar helicopter and when they have to just say no. (see full story)

Source: Fox11, 07-Jan-13

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07-Jan-13 N241CH Boeing 234LR Pucallpa, Peru (7K)

Minutes after take-off from Pucallpa, the helicopter appeared to have a problem en route and smoke was coming from the aircraft.  Shortly after it crashed into a jungle area killing all 7 on board – 2 Peruvians – Joel Castillo and Luis Ramos, and 5 Americans – Dan Immel , Ed Córdova, Jaime Pickett, Lee… Read more »

07-Jan-13

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05-Jan-13 Bell 412 Tumaco, Colombia (1F)

Colombian Navy 412 crashed on an EMS mission, killing Ocoró John Jairo Torres, who had over 15 years military experience.  Four others to hospital – Pilot Miguel Córdoba, Copilot Juan Pablo Zuloaga; and rescuers Luis Miguel Ibáñez and Ronal Jiménez.

05-Jan-13

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05-Jan-13 Eurocopter EC120 Baltimore, US-Maryland

Word reaching us that a Baltimore Police EC120 has made an emergency landing near the junction of Hanover Street and Reedbird Avenue in Baltimore at 0025 local time.  Later flew back to base.

05-Jan-13

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Blue Christmas lights cause ‘difficulties’ for police helicopters

Blue Christmas lights cause ‘difficulties’ for police helicopters

Tactical flight officer PC Paul Gridley said: “When we are approaching a scene, usually at 1000ft, we tend to use the blue lights of emergency vehicles as one way of guiding us into the scene” (see full story)

Source: BBC, 04-Jan-13

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Australia – Follow the ATSB on Twitter

Australia – Follow the ATSB on Twitter

You can now get the latest ATSB news and updates via our Twitter account:[email protected] We will use Twitter to tell you about a range of activities and initiatives, including: new and updated investigations investigation and research report releases new safety awareness products. Some things to keep in mind The ATSB will not guarantee responding to… Read more »

Source: ATSB, 04-Jan-13

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04-Jan-13 VT-EGK HAL SA316B Chetak Delhi, India

While carrying out taxi after the main rotor blade change, main rotor blades hit the tail boom damaging main and tail rotor blades including tail boom.

04-Jan-13

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04-Jan-13 N577AM Eurocopter AS350B2 Grayson, US-Kentucky

Force landing on highway

04-Jan-13

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2012 Fatal helicopter accident statistics

2012 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, 03-Jan-13

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Search ends for R44 in Arizona lake

Search ends for R44 in Arizona lake

Gila County Sheriff’s Office dive teams scoured the bottom of the lake for more than a week, but found no sign of the helicopter, which splashed into the lake during a sightseeing flight out of Mesa (see full story).  File photo see also the following from HeliHub.com safety data pages – 07-Dec-12 N557AC Robinson R44… Read more »

Source: Payson Roundup, 03-Jan-13

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Bad start to 2013 – four helicopters down in US, including two on EMS work

Bad start to 2013 – four helicopters down in US, including two on EMS work

Wednesday 2nd January saw a bad start to 2013 with no fewer than four helicopter accidents in the US already recorded on the HeliHub.com accident pages.  Two of these were EMS helicopters, a Med-Trans Bell 407 in Iowa and an Air Methods EC130 in Oklahoma.  The former occurred after night fall and took the lives… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 03-Jan-13

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03-Jan-13 PR-DUB Robinson R66 Caraguatatuba, Brazil (2F)

Details unknown.  Helicopter “missing from radar screens” and not found until 15 days after the accident

03-Jan-13

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03-Jan-12 N14841 Bell 47G5A Huron, US-California

Hit powerlines (note, reg assumed correct but FAA accident report states it is a 47J whereas register and MSN suggest G5A)

03-Jan-13

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03-Jan-13 N534LN Eurocopter EC135P2 Marshalltown, US-Iowa

Helicopter went tech at highway landing site

03-Jan-13

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03-Jan-13 VH-RYO Robinson R44 Morrabbin, Australia

During lift off, the helicopter’s tail struck the ground and the helicopter rolled onto its side. The helicopter was substantially damaged.

03-Jan-13

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