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04-Mar-13 Eurocopter EC505 Tiger Linderhof, Germany

Crashed into a field and caught fire

04-Mar-13

03-Mar-13 OM-ECI Eurocopter EC120 Horný Čepeň, Slovakia (1F)

Helicopter struck wire and fell into river, killing teenage passenger and injuring the other three on board.  On report stated there were traces of alcohol on the 40 year old pilot

03-Mar-13

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03-Mar-13 MOI-12 Sikorsky S92 Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (1F)

Crew Member (named as First Class Pvt Abdul Aziz Bin Abdullah Al Qah’tani ) fell from the helicopter and died during the celebration of the World Civil Defence Day

03-Mar-13

03-Mar-13 N911LL Bell 407 Scottsbluff, US-Nebraska

Bird strike to side of helicopter very shortly after night take-off

03-Mar-13

02-Mar-13 N471M Hughes 500C Majuro, Marshall Islands (1F)

The helicopter from one fishing boat crashed into another boat while they were fishing near the Marshall Islands, seriously injuring a Chinese fisherman, 48-year old Shuiyao Wang, who died at sea two days later.    Filipino pilot Thomas Bustos, 51,  is being treated for injuries

02-Mar-13

02-Mar-13 N834RC Robinson R44 Ciales, Puerto Rico

Struck powerlines and crashed, reportedly after engine failure.  Helicopter destroyed

02-Mar-13

US budget cuts (aka “Sequestration”) hit from today

US budget cuts (aka “Sequestration”) hit from today

US budgetary cuts, known as “sequestration”, starts today – 1st March 2013. The FAA needs to reduce its expenditures by about $600 Million for the remainder of Fiscal Year 2013. Among the changes which are likely to impact is a program whereby almost all their 47,000 employees will be forced to take unpaid leave for… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 01-Mar-13

HAI-APS Auditor Workshop at Heli-Expo

HAI-APS Auditor Workshop at Heli-Expo

If you are interested in becoming an auditor for the HAI Accreditation Program of Safety (HAI-APS), please plan to attend the HAI-APS Auditor Workshop at HELI-EXPO 2013 on Wednesday, March 6, from 1 pm to 5 pm. Attendees will have the opportunity to become familiar with the HAI-APS program, understand its relationship with IS-BAO, review… Read more »

Source: HAI, 01-Mar-13

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01-Mar-13 F-GPGM Eurocopter SA316B Chattonay, France (1F)

Collided with trees and crashed into a lake killing the pilot

01-Mar-13

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The Whys and Hows of Accident Reporting

The Whys and Hows of Accident Reporting

While serving as a first sergeant years ago, I was frustrated when an accident report submitted to the U.S. Army Safety Center was returned to me for additional information. Unfortunately, because the accident occurred off duty and my Soldier had been rendered unconscious, I couldn’t provide any additional information. What I now realize is even… Read more »

Source: US Army, 26-Feb-13

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EMS helicopter stranded after pilot breaks leg

EMS helicopter stranded after pilot breaks leg

A German air ambulance helicopter was grounded recently after the pilot suffered a broken leg away from base.    The “Christoph 70” helicopter – a Eurocopter EC135 – had landed on the rooftop pad at Pößneck on Tuesday 12th February at 15:30 hours for a patient transfer to Bad Berka.  However, the pilot broke his leg… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 25-Feb-13

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25-Feb-13 FAP-667 Schweizer 300C Centro Poblado Camacho, Peru

Training accident, helicopter ended up on its side in grassy field.  The two occupants of the aircraft were identified as pilot Captain Manuel Poblete FAP Pardo Aguilar (30) and passenger Major FAP Candle Italo Fernandez (36)

25-Feb-13

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25-Feb-13 EJC-3378 Mil Mi-17 San Juan de Sumapaz, Colombia

Crashed from low level hover due to high winds

25-Feb-13

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25-Feb-13 Bell UH-1N Parshall, US-North Dakota

Helicopter from Minot AFB made emergency landing, which injured two of the five occupants

25-Feb-13

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24-Feb-13 EJC-2154 Sikorsky UH-60L Vistahermosa, Colombia (4F)

Crashed and exploded (possibly due to a mine) while engaged with  FARC guerrillas

24-Feb-13

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24-Feb-13 ZK-HAD Robinson R44 Lake Rotorua, New Zealand

Witnesses heard a loud bang before the R44 on a scenic tour made an emergency landing in the lake.  Helicopter remained upright in less than 1m of water.  All 4 POB exited safely

24-Feb-13

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24-Feb-13 SX-HJV Eurocopter AS355N Trikala, Greece

Helicopter suffered gunshot damage in bungled prison breakout

24-Feb-13

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23-Feb-13 Kabwe, Zambia

Emergency landing, while carrying journalists accompanying Vice president Guy Scott

23-Feb-13

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22-Feb-13 N917EM Eurocopter AS350B2 Oklahoma City, US-Oklahoma (2F)

Crashed close to buildings.  Pilot Mark Montgomery and crew member Chris Denning killed, third crew member Billy Wynn is critical. (names were released here) Two explosions after the helicopter crash landed in upright position.  Completely burnt out in post-crash fire.

22-Feb-13

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FAA had twice suspended licence of pilot in fatal crash

FAA had twice suspended licence of pilot in fatal crash

The pilot of a helicopter that crashed in Acton this month had his pilot privileges suspended twice in the last decade, according to FAA records (see full story). Details on the accident referred to can be found at 10-Feb-13 N59518 Bell 206B Acton, US-California (3F)

Source: LA Times, 21-Feb-13

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2013 CHC Safety & Quality Summit – Gala Dinner keynote speaker announced

2013 CHC Safety & Quality Summit – Gala Dinner keynote speaker announced

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada – Simon Sinek, a leading motivational speaker and author of, Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action, has been confirmed as the keynote speaker for the Gala Dinner at the 2013 CHC Safety & Quality Summit. The Gala dinner will take place on Tues., March 19, at the Westin… Read more »

Source: CHC, 20-Feb-13

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HAI reorganizes Flight Operations & Safety Department

HAI reorganizes Flight Operations & Safety Department

Helicopter Association International (HAI) President Matt Zuccaro today announced a significant change in the organization’s staffing, designed to keep up with members’ changing needs. Paul Schaaf, currently the Chief Pilot for the Fairfax County Police Department, will join HAI in mid-March to assume the duties and responsibilities of Vice President of Operations, a job which… Read more »

Source: HAI, 20-Feb-13

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ATSB Commissioner reappointed

ATSB Commissioner reappointed

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) welcomed the reappointment of Ms Carolyn Walsh as a member of the ATSB Commission. Ms Walsh’s appointment by the Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, the Hon Anthony Albanese will commence on 8 March 2013 and will run for a further three years. Ms Walsh has a wealth of experience… Read more »

Source: ATSB, 20-Feb-13

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20-Feb-13 Boeing CH-46E Phitsanulok, Thailand

Hard emergency landing in a forest in Phitsanulok province.  Four of six (or seven?) occupants were admitted to hospital – Brigan Forney, Sarah Smith, Matthew Marcinko and Gavin Christian. Brigan Forney is reported to be suffering serious burns.  Helicopter was taking part in Exercise “Cobra Gold 2013”

20-Feb-13

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20-Feb-13 HB-YJX Elisport CH-7 Kienberg, Germany

Helicopter destroyed on landing in mountainous region on German side of border with Austria, pilot seriously injured.   Ground was snow covered, and accident occurred at around 1,700m (5,577 ft) altitude

20-Feb-13

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UK CAA’s GA safety publications to be overhauled

UK CAA’s GA safety publications to be overhauled

The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) is to strengthen its provision of safety information to general aviation pilots from this spring. The CAA announced today that the publishing group, Archant, will begin producing general aviation safety material on its behalf. Archant, publisher of Pilot magazine, has been awarded a contract to write and distribute three… Read more »

Source: CAA, 19-Feb-13

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Rotorcorp solves crankshaft replacement problem for R44 owners

Rotorcorp solves crankshaft replacement problem for R44 owners

Airworthiness Directive 2012-19-01  has been issued by the FAA in September of 2012 for certain O540 and IO-540 engines installed in Robinson R44 helicopters. RotorCorp has arranged for priority pricing on Lycoming factory overhauled and rebuilt zero time engines that renders this new AD a non-issue for R44 helicopter owners around the world. The AD… Read more »

Source: Rotorcorp, 18-Feb-13

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18-Feb-13 N20620 Bell 206 Ely, US-Nevada (1F)

Ted McBride, 74, died after contact with a power line during agricultural operations

18-Feb-13

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18-Feb-13 Sikorsky S92 North Sea, UK

Emergency shutdown on rig after overheating indication, which later turned out to be false

18-Feb-13

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17-Feb-13 VH-VDC Enstrom 480B Trida, Australia

Crop spraying helicopter hit powerlines and crashed.

17-Feb-13

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16-Feb-13 Woodland, US-California

Helicopter was powered-up but still on the ground, when the engineer reached in through the open door and hit a lever, causing it to take off to a few feet altitude and then crash onto its side away from the engineer.  A second person was present, but it is unclear from the press report whether they… Read more »

16-Feb-13

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15-Feb-13 VH-VSA Eurocopter BK117B2 Port Pirie, Australia

Emergency landing after mechanical issues

15-Feb-13

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Helicopter Safety Steering Group publishes findings of visit to Eurocopter

Helicopter Safety Steering Group publishes findings of visit to Eurocopter

The Helicopter Safety Steering Group has published its findings, following a visit to Eurocopter’s manufacturing and test facility in Marignane, France on 6 February. The group has published a fact sheet which can be easily downloaded, shared, printed off or forwarded as necessary. The fact sheet documents details of the site visit and the latest… Read more »

Source: Step Change In Safety, 15-Feb-13

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HUMS meeting draws crowd, despite weather

HUMS meeting draws crowd, despite weather

From February 11-13, the American Helicopter Society (AHS) Redstone Chapter, with sponsorship from HAI, hosted a Technical Specialists’ Meeting on Airworthiness, Condition Based Maintenance (CBM), and Health and Usage Monitoring (HUMS) at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. HAI staffers Ed DiCampli, Harold Summers, and others from the HAI HUMS research team were instrumental in… Read more »

Source: HAI, 15-Feb-13

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15-Feb-13 D-HDRJ Eurocopter BK117C1 Mitterberg, Austria

Severe damage to rotor blades and skid after being hit by a truck while parked on is base helipad at Fresach/Freizeitpark Millstättersee Heliport, Austria. All four rotorblades including the rotorhead had to be changed, causing a total damage of 600.000 €

15-Feb-13

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15-Feb-13 UP-BL007 Bell 206L3 Bakanas, Kazakhstan

Five POB – pilot and four tourists, including two from Ukraine.  No injuries

15-Feb-13

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15-Feb-13 N820DF Robinson R44 Honolulu, US-Hawaii

FAA report

15-Feb-13

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15-Feb-13 C-FVIT Eurocopter AS350B2 Quebec/Jean-Lesage, Canada

Ground vehicle skidded on ice and ran into parked helicopter, causing significant damage.  CADAORS ref 2013Q0397

15-Feb-13

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Med-Trans appoints Safety Director

Med-Trans appoints Safety Director

We are pleased to announce that David Carr has accepted the position of Safety Director for Med-Trans Corporation (MTC), beginning his position Feb. 14th.   Mr. Carr is a proven safety professional and leader in the aviation industry, having earned numerous safety-related awards and certifications. Prior to joining the Med-Trans Leadership team, Mr. Carr served as… Read more »

Source: Med-Trans, 14-Feb-13

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IHST issues three more helicopter safety leaflets for 2013

IHST issues three more helicopter safety leaflets for 2013

The International Helicopter Safety Team (IHST), along with safety experts from throughout the civil helicopter industry, has developed new safety leaflets focused on entry into fog or cloud conditions, instructional safety, and recurrent training.  The IHST now offers a total of ten new safety leaflets aimed at enhancing helicopter operations and reducing accidents. The safety… Read more »

Source: IHST, 14-Feb-13

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UK AAIB Bulletin – February 2013

UK AAIB Bulletin – February 2013

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accident(s) of:- Robinson R22 Beta (G-CHZN), in-flight separation of main rotor blades, near Ely, Cambridgeshire, 6 January 2012 Sikorsky S-76C (G-CGOU), precautionary landing following smell of smoke in flight, 19 nm east-north-east of Humberside Airport, 26 September 2012… Read more »

Source: AAIB, 14-Feb-13

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14-Feb-13 Eurocopter EC145 Danville, US-Pennsylvania

EMS EC145 clipped crane on hospital it was operating out of

14-Feb-13

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14-Feb-13 HK-2887 Bell 206B Caldono, Colombia

Four injured in emergency landing in a garden.  Pilot Eduardo Augusto Ospina was flying three military personnel – mobile brigade commander 29, Colonel Carlos Salamanca; Corporal Hector Fabio Sogamoso, and professional soldier Jaider Cardenas Posso.

14-Feb-13

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14-Feb-13 N337PW Bell OH-58A Pine Springs, US-Texas

Substantially damaged after tail rotor failure

14-Feb-13

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12-Feb-13 S2-AFZ MD Helicopters MD600 Nawraparha, Bangladesh

Autorotation landing from 1000ft, main blades cut tail boom.  Corporate operation.  MD600 remained upright and all six got out with some injuries.   Six were identified as Tahmina Mostofa, 24,  Asif Iqbal, 45, Kazi Safayet Hossain, 45, Abul Kalam, and pilots Gulzar Hossain, 42, and Shafiqul Islam, 35.

12-Feb-13

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Tdata acquires Avantext AD Library portfolio

Tdata acquires Avantext AD Library portfolio

Tdata announces the addition of the Avantext® line of Airworthiness Directive libraries to Tdata’s line of products and services. Tdata and Avantext customers will now have more choices in the products they use for FAA Airworthiness publications. Tdata will continue to offer  its popular IApproach™ Regulatory library in addition to the Avantext AD libraries so… Read more »

Source: Tdata, 11-Feb-13

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HAI President’s message: What were they thinking?

HAI President’s message: What were they thinking?

I would be willing to bet money that after reading the average accident report, you ask yourself, “What were they thinking?” Not in a negative or derogatory manner, but in real puzzlement. How could the pilot, operator, or maintenance tech have made such poor choices — choices that resulted in their own deaths or those… Read more »

Source: HAI, 11-Feb-13

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PHPA, HAI, FAAST and Robinson join for Safety Workshop

PHPA, HAI, FAAST and Robinson join for Safety Workshop

Topic: Jam Packed Helicopter SAFETY Workshop with National & Local Safety Items Addressed. (Held at Robinson Helo Facility) On Saturday, February 23, 2013 at 8:00 AM Location: Robinson Helicopter Company, 2901 Airport Dr., Torrance, CA 90505   Select Number: WP0548604   Description:  HAI (Helicopter Association International), So Cal PHPA (Professional Helicopter Pilots Association), and FAAST (FAA Safety Team) invite you to a day… Read more »

Source: PHPA, 11-Feb-13

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11-Feb-13 Mil Mi-171 Caspian Sea, Azerbaijan (3F)

Crashed into the sea on an EMS mission, killing all three on board – named as Captain Yashar Ahmadov, Senior Lieutenant Rustam Rustamov and Lieutenant Bahruz Zeynalov

11-Feb-13

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11-Feb-13 N360AW Bell 206B Albuquerque, US-New Mexico

Substantially damaged in force landing – helicopter ended up on its side.  Aerowest Helicopters operating for New Mexico Dept of of Game and Fish.  All three occupants injured – one Game & Fish officer, one veterinarian and the helicopter pilot reported minor injuries.

11-Feb-13

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10-Feb-13 N59518 Bell 206B Acton, US-California (3F)

Three killed when a JetRanger went down at 3.42am on a reality TV shoot on a remote ranch.  Helicopter had been supplied via Crossbow Helicopters, who act as brokers between film companies and helicopter operators.  Photos posted of this 206 on Orbic Air’s website (example) in the last few weeks indicate that it carried their… Read more »

10-Feb-13

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10-Feb-13 N802KA Bell 206B Paso Robles, US-California

Helicopter destroyed per FAA data

10-Feb-13

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09-Feb-13 I-LALM Robinson R22 Pontecagnano, Italy

Private pilot injured in accident on take-off.  Local language TV report at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eDXhMP-fBrU

09-Feb-13

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08-Feb-13 Boeing CH-47 Rowsley, UK

Shattered windscreen from bird strike.  Emergency field landing

08-Feb-13

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PRISM offers SMS packages for small fleet operators

PRISM offers SMS packages for small fleet operators

Professional Resources In System Management, LLC (PRISM), is pleased to announce an update to their Safety Management System (SMS) packaging and pricing for helicopter operators. The PRISM Essential and Professional subscription packages provide the industry’s most comprehensive set of tools to assist aviation companies as they implement and manage an effective SMS program. PRISM’s new… Read more »

Source: ARGUS International, 07-Feb-13

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07-Feb-13 VH-EWM Eurocopter AS350B2 Hobart, Australia

Firefighting helicopter collided with terrain. The pilot sustained minor injuries and the helicopter was substantially damaged.  Helicopter was contracted to Tasmania Fire Service

07-Feb-13

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Canadian military reports on CH-146 Griffon accident of July 6th 2009

Canadian military reports on CH-146 Griffon accident of July 6th 2009

The Flight Safety Investigative Report and Epilogue of the fatal air accident involving the Griffon helicopter CH146434 that occurred on July 6, 2009, near Kandahar Air Field, is now available on the Air Force Directorate of Flight Safety website. The Flight Safety Investigative Report describes factual data and includes a comprehensive analysis of all factors… Read more »

Source: Canadian military, 06-Feb-13

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06-Feb-12 G-WNSH Sikorsky S92 North Sea, UK

Reported lightning strike – shipped to Norway for repair by associated company HeliOne.   Helicopter has not flown in the two months after 6th February, so while that date is not 100% confirmed, it would be very close if it is not correct.

06-Feb-13

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06-Feb-13 N5072R Hiller UH-12B Meritt Island, US-Florida

Heavy landing from 75ft after pilot reported loss of power,  Port skid collapsed, tail rotor damaged.  3 POB, 1 to hospital, 2 refused.

06-Feb-13

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EC225 update – North Sea delegation visiting Eurocopter this week

EC225 update – North Sea delegation visiting Eurocopter this week

A delegation representing the Helicopter Safety Steering Group is to visit Eurocopter’s manufacturing and test facility at Marignane, France, following an invitation from the company. On Wednesday 6 February, the group will see first-hand the efforts Eurocopter are going to in order to determine the root cause of the failure which led to two helicopters… Read more »

Source: Step Change in Safety, 05-Feb-13

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Former Carson employees indicted over fatal “Iron 44” S61 crash

Former Carson employees indicted over fatal “Iron 44” S61 crash

Two former employees of Carson Helicopters are facing 20+ years in prison for charges related to a 2008 S61 crash that killed seven firefighters and two crew members (see full story)

Source: Wildfire Today, 05-Feb-13

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NTSB sending investigators to assist with R44 accident in Paraguay

NTSB sending investigators to assist with R44 accident in Paraguay

The National Transportation Safety Board is sending investigators to assist in the investigation of a Robinson R44 II helicopter that crashed about 80 miles north of Asuncion, Paraguay. Initial reports indicate that the pilot and two passengers were fatally injured. The investigation is being led by the Paraguay Civil Aviation Authority (CIPAA). The NTSB has… Read more »

Source: NTSB, 05-Feb-13

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05-Feb-13 F-GYBH Eurocopter AS350B3 Cormet-de-Roselend, France

Pilot chose to make precautionary landing due to deteriorating weather.  Helicopter rolled over when landing on snowy surface

05-Feb-13

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UK – Instructor goes to jail for falsifying documents

UK – Instructor goes to jail for falsifying documents

A British helicopter instructor has been sentenced to six months jail for falsely signing off the training records of a student pilot to get him a pilot’s licence. The Judge said that it was impossible to say whether these actions were contributory to the “newly qualified” pilot and his wife losing their lives in their… Read more »

Source: Yorkshire Post, 04-Feb-13

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Wild hogs beat two helicopters in a week

Wild hogs beat two helicopters in a week

Low-level helicopter flying, engaged in doors-off ammunition-ready feral hog hunting has been a major factor in two helicopter accidents in the last seven days. Estimates vary between two and four million hogs across the US.  These wild animals are responsible for significant damage to pastures, leading to losses on behalf of the land owners.  This… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-Feb-13

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Paraguayan presidential candidate killed in R44 crash

Paraguayan presidential candidate killed in R44 crash

Presidential candidate Lino Oviedo, aged 69, died in an accident involving the Robinson R44 he was flying in on Saturday night.  The accident also claimed the lives of his bodyguard Derlis Galeano, and the pilot, Ramón Aurelio Picco. Our safety data pages have more details at 02-Feb-13 ZP-HAH Robinson R44 Puerto Antequera, Paraguay (3F) Some… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 03-Feb-13

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Smartphone app released for CHC Safety & Quality Summit

Smartphone app released for CHC Safety & Quality Summit

This year a mobile app has been developed which can be used on any smartphone or tablet. This app is designed to help you organize your time and make the most of what the summit has to offer. The app functions include: Your up-to-date personal schedule during the event Speaker details Background information on summit… Read more »

Source: CHC, 03-Feb-13

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Scientist optimises helicopter performance after main gearbox oil loss

Scientist optimises helicopter performance after main gearbox oil loss

A professor and his research team at a UK university have developed options for minimising occurrences of loss of oil events during long hour flights by helicopters and solutions to increase the capability of continued operation after loss of oil (see full story)

Source: The Guardian, Nigeria, 03-Feb-13

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03-Feb-13 C-GPHN Eurocopter AS350BA Sept-Îles, Canada

Training accident. Two of three on board injured. CADAORS ref 2013Q0276

03-Feb-13

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02-Feb-13 ZP-HAH Robinson R44 Puerto Antequera, Paraguay (3F)

Presidential candidate Lino Oviedo died in the accident along with his bodyguard Derlis Galeano, and the pilot, Ramón Aurelio Picco.  The flight was scheduled for 7.15pm but did not take off until 9.00pm, despite objections from the pilot that the helicopter was not suitably equipped for night flight and that there was an approaching storm… Read more »

02-Feb-13

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01-Feb-13 N3059Q Robinson R22 Gillett, US-Texas

Helicopter crashed while hunting feral hogs at low level, ending up on its port side. Two persons were injured in the crash which happened about 2:45pm local

01-Feb-13

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31-Jan-13 N333PJ Robinson R22 Kailua, US-Hawaii

Hard landing

31-Jan-13

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31-Jan-13 RA-31803 Kamov Ka32 Russia

Emergency landing – reportedly due to a hydraulic problem.  HeliHub.com research queries whether registration was actually RA-31603

31-Jan-13

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31-Jan-13 Boeing AH-64D Raleigh, US-North Carolina

Emergency landing after electrical malfunction

31-Jan-13

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Gemini Helicopters issues statement on fatal R44 crash

Gemini Helicopters issues statement on fatal R44 crash

“In the evening of January 27, 2013 Gemini was alerted of an overdue helicopter with a last known location approximately 77 kilometers southwest of Fox Creek. ” (see full story) File photo

30-Jan-13

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