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Med-Trans continues addition of Eurocopter EC135s to its fleet

Med-Trans continues addition of Eurocopter EC135s to its fleet

Med-Trans Corporation, a leading provider of air medical transport services, has ordered its 14th EC135 helicopter from American Eurocopterec135-med-trans-florida1 in the last six months. American Eurocopter announced the latest order Thursday at the Heli-Expo 2013 trade show in Las Vegas. The order, along with three others placed in December, is part of an agreement with… Read more »

Source: American Eurocopter, 09-Mar-13

09-Mar-13 RA-22472 Mil Mi-8AMT Bukavu, Congo (4F)

Crashed in mountainous area in poor weather, flying for United Nations.  Photo suggests controlled flight into terrain.

09-Mar-13

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09-Mar-13 ZK-IHU Robinson R66 Oamaru Valley, New Zealand (1F)

Crashed on a ridge above the Oamaru Valley, east of Turangi, after dropping off a hunting party.  The body of pilot Mark Didsbury was found 50m away from the helicopter

09-Mar-13

07-Mar-13 Eurocopter/IAR SA330L Bacau, Romania (2F)

Two killed and three injured when helicopter crashed on training flight.  The two fatalities were named by the Romanian military as Petty Officer Lawrence Chiru and Sergeant Basil Manolache

07-Mar-13

07-Mar-13 N909SH Eurocopter EC145 Humboldt, US-South Dakota

Emergency landing after bird strike – while flying a patient from Mitchell to Sioux Falls

07-Mar-13

Bond Offshore Helicopters becomes a full member of Step Change In Safety

Bond Offshore Helicopters becomes a full member of Step Change In Safety

Bond Offshore Helicopters Ltd (Bond), one of the UK’s leading providers of energy support services, is proud to be the first helicopter operator to become a full member of Step Change In Safety. Step Change In Safety was founded in 1997 by the principal oil and gas industry trade associations, with the aim of making… Read more »

Source: Bond Offshore Helicopters, 06-Mar-13

Global Aerospace announces $1.5M Safety Program Investment

Global Aerospace announces $1.5M Safety Program Investment

Global Aerospace, a worldwide leading specialist aerospace insurer, announced that its cumulative financial investment in aviation safety programs since 2011 now totals more than USD $1.5 million. The company has long been the insurance industry leader in supporting aviation safety initiatives, many funded on behalf of its clients as well as for the aviation industry… Read more »

Source: Global Aerospace, 05-Mar-13

05-Mar-13 IN445 Eurocopter SA316B Visakhapatanam, India (2F)

Crashed off the Vishakhapatnam harbour  Two crew members were immediately rescued while two others were missing and a search was underway for them.

05-Mar-13

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15-Mar-13 Sikorsky MH-60R Chula Vista, US-California

Precautionary landing today at Terra Nova Park in Chula Vista.  No one was injured as a result of the landing and there was no damage to the aircraft.

05-Mar-13

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HeliHub.com appointed “Preferred News Supplier” to NEMSPA

HeliHub.com appointed “Preferred News Supplier” to NEMSPA

The National EMS Pilots Association has reached an agreement with HeliHub.com whereby our newsfeed is run on the home page of their website.  The most recent ten news stories on HeliHub.com are available in a tabbed window, updated immediately a new story appears on the HeliHub.com website.   In this role HeliHub.com is appointed as… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-Mar-13

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ASU Announces STC for Bell 205A-1 for Aerial Firefighting

ASU Announces STC for Bell 205A-1 for Aerial Firefighting

ASU announced today that they received a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for the Bell 205A-1 from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The new STC was completed for the San Diego Sherriff’s Department. This aircraft will be used for aerial firefighting, search and rescue, airborne law enforcement and hoist equipmen. “This is the seventh aircraft modification… Read more »

Source: ASU, 04-Mar-13

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Helivia appoints Ops Director – and joins IHST

Helivia appoints Ops Director – and joins IHST

Greenwich AeroGroup company, announced today it has expanded its leadership team with the addition of Captain Renato Clark as its Operations Director. Clark has more than 25 years of flying and management experience within the Brazilian military and the offshore oil and gas industry.  Prior to joining Helivia, he held key positions with two major… Read more »

Source: Helivia Aero Taxi, 04-Mar-13

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04-Mar-13 Eurocopter EC505 Tiger Linderhof, Germany

Crashed into a field and caught fire

04-Mar-13

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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

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

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

03-Mar-13

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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

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

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

02-Mar-13

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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

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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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