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30-Mar-13 N911AA Eurocopter AS350B3 Talkeetna, US-Alaska (3F)

Two Alaska State Troopers and a rescued snowmobiler died in the crash.  A press release later named them as Alaska State Trooper pilot Mel Nading, Trooper Tage Toll of Talkeetna, and Carl Ober, the 56-year-old injured snowmachiner from Talkeetna

30-Mar-13

30-Mar-13 N770CQ Robinson R44 Halledale, US-Florida

Precautionary landing – no further details known

30-Mar-13

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30-Mar-13 F-HJTE Eurocopter AS350B3 Concorezzo, Italy

Substantially damaged in landing accident.  Sole occupant pilot not injured

30-Mar-13

29-Mar-13 AgustaWestland A109LUH Kruger, South Africa (5F)

Helicopter crashed during rhino poaching patrols.  Al five POB killed – later named as  Captain Jacobus Andries van Rensburg; Captain MP Chabalala; Sergeant Paulus Shongela Ndishishi; Sergeant GP Ruiters and Lance Corporal Bheki Petros Cele

29-Mar-13

29-Mar-13 C-FKCM Eurocopter BK117 Calgary, Canada

Helicopter landed to pick up a patient.  While  rotors were still turning, co pilot observed fuel leak and immediately told pilot to shut down helicopter and switch off electric.  O-ring had failed in fuel line and was repaired on site.

29-Mar-13

28-Mar-13 HI-865 Robinson R44 Cotui, Dominican Republic

Pilot Franklin Holguín Sandoval smelt burning and made successful autorotation landing. Shortly after leaving the aircraft it was engulfed in flames and burnt out. Solo pilot was uninjured.

28-Mar-13

27-Mar-13 N918DK Enstrom F28F Twin Falls, US-Idaho

Lost power on climb out, landed heavily and fall onto port side.  Owner/pilot Steven Wybenga, age 51, suffered slight injuries

27-Mar-13

27-Mar-13 PT-HUW Bell 412 Campos Basin, Brazil

Offshore operation for Petrobras, ditched in the sea, three POB got out OK

27-Mar-13

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NZ Investigators comment on over-water flying

NZ Investigators comment on over-water flying

Technically not “safety recommendations” but the latter part of the investigation report into the accident of Bell LongRanger ZK-ISF in January 2011 pulls no punches on what helicopter pilots should consider when flying over water. The pilot was not wearing a life jacket, and was in the water over two hours before being rescued. The… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 26-Mar-13

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Bristow Helicopters becomes member of Step Change in Safety

Bristow Helicopters becomes member of Step Change in Safety

It was announced today, Monday 25 March, that Bristow Helicopters has become a full member of Step Change In Safety. The role of Step Change in Safety has become even more important in recent months with its Helicopter Safety Steering Group (HSSG) playing a vital role in keeping the industry informed following two related controlled… Read more »

Source: Step Change In Safety, 26-Mar-13

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26-Mar-13 N910WC Hughes OH-6A Caddo, US-Texas (1F)

Landed in pond instead of the nearby field as intended after gusty wind conditions experienced.  Pilot escaped, but passenger killed, both aged 75 according to press reports

26-Mar-13

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26-Mar-13 C-FUIR Robinson R44 Grande Cache, Canada

Powerline patrol helicopter had accident involving trees.  Pilot uninjured.  CADAORS ref 2013C1124

26-Mar-13

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26-Mar-13 RA-22986 Mil Mi-8MTV Kronotsky, Russia

Rolled over onto its side on landing.  The helicopter carried three crewmembers and 3.2 tonnes of building materials.

26-Mar-13

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26-Mar-13 9Y-TIC Eurocopter Bo105 Cedros, Trinidad & Tobago

Blade struck tree during forced landing while on police operations.  Sole-occupant pilot not injured.  Photo set here on C News Live page on Facebook

26-Mar-13

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NBAA’s Bolen Responds to FAA Decision to Close ATC Towers

NBAA’s Bolen Responds to FAA Decision to Close ATC Towers

National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) President and CEO Ed Bolen today released the following statement in response to the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA’s) decision to proceed with the closure of 149 contract air traffic control towers and other facilities across the United States, to comply with “sequestration,” or mandatory budget curtailments required of federal agencies:… Read more »

Source: NBAA, 25-Mar-13

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R44 in fatal NSW crash had not had bladder tank upgrade

R44 in fatal NSW crash had not had bladder tank upgrade

An R44 that burst into flames when it crashed south of Sydney, killing four people, was fitted with older-style fuel tanks known to pose a fire hazard (See Full Story).

Source: The Australian, 25-Mar-13

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25-Mar-13 N90570 Hughes 300C Rialto, US-California

Landing gear collapsed

25-Mar-13

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24-Mar-13 N353DL Eurocopter AS350B3 Stevens Village, US-Alaska

On landing, pilot looked to ensure tail rotor clearance and inadvertently inputted cyclic. Helicopter rolled up on one skid and main rotor blades struck the ground. Helicopter was involved in load lifting operations

24-Mar-13

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24-Mar-13 N571LF Eurocopter EC130 Atmore, US-Alabama

Door separated and struck rotors.  FAA quotes this as N571LF which is incorrect as that is a fixed-wing registration [if it is an ..LF registration, then N209LF and N506LF are EC130s based in Alabama]

24-Mar-13

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23-Mar-13 ZS-HSR Bell 206B Petermaritzburg, South Africa

Helicopter substantially damaged in emergency landing on road.  Bridegroom Rishi Ramdeo, his parents Vijay and Danmathie and best man Robert Soogram were injured after their helicopter crashed outside the wedding venue.     The pilot and the groom were reported in a critical condition and the other occupants were treated for mild to serious injuries.

23-Mar-13

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23-Mar-13 Bell TH-57A Salinas, Ecuador

Training accident.  Main rotors severed tail boom, aircraft ended upright on its skids

23-Mar-13

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ATSB report says R22 tail contacted rock in fatal Kimberley crash

ATSB report says R22 tail contacted rock in fatal Kimberley crash

The Australian investigation authority ATSB has issued their final report on the fatal R22 accident on 3rd October last year which occurred 130 km west of Halls Creek in Western Australia. The summary is a blunt reminder of issues with confined areas, light levels etc What happened On 3 October 2012 the pilots of two… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 22-Mar-13

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Super Puma AS332 L2 G-REDL Fatal Accident Inquiry announced

Super Puma AS332 L2 G-REDL Fatal Accident Inquiry announced

On 1 April 2009 Super Puma helicopter AS332 L2 G-REDL crashed into the North Sea resulting in the deaths of all 16 men on board. Having carefully considered all the circumstances of this incident, Crown Counsel have decided that there is insufficient evidence for a prosecution and as result no criminal proceedings are instructed. The… Read more »

Source: Crown Office, 22-Mar-13

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21-Mar-13 VH-HWQ Robinson R44 Bulli Tops, Australia (4F)

Clipped tree(s) during landing phase and crashed killing all four on board.  Helicopter operator Bankstown Helicopters confirmed that the aircraft had been hired by a private pilot

21-Mar-13

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21-Mar-13 D-HEGB Eurocopter AS332L1 Berlin, Germany

Two helicopters collided in white-out conditions during a police exercise.  An AS332L2 and a EC155 had landed and kicked up a lot of snow.  The pilot of a second AS332 landing soon after then suffered white-out and landed too close to the EC155, killing the pilot.  Three other injuries reported.

21-Mar-13

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21-Mar-13 D-HLTM Eurocopter EC155 Berlin, Germany (1F)

Two helicopters collided in white-out conditions during a police exercise.  An AS332L2 and a EC155 had landed and kicked up a lot of snow.  The pilot of a second AS332 landing soon after then suffered white-out and landed too close to the EC155, killing the pilot.  Three other injuries reported.

21-Mar-13

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Eurocopter reports on third round of EC225 tests

Eurocopter reports on third round of EC225 tests

The third round of tests at Eurocopter – which focused on the bevel gear shaft – is complete. The investigation timetable is proceeding according to plan, with each step bringing us closer to the probable causes and solutions. The investigation results are currently being analyzed and will be reported by Eurocopter in accordance with the… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 20-Mar-13

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North Sea oil workers being put on slimming diets

North Sea oil workers being put on slimming diets

… reports about North Sea oil workers being put on slimming diets because their average weight over the last few years had increased so much (see full story)

Source: Decoded Science, 19-Mar-13

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19-Mar-13 N408RL Bell 206L4 Platform WD79C, US-Gulf of Mexico

Vertical fin contacted pipe on landing on offshore platform

19-Mar-13

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19-Feb-13 N2099S Schweizer 300CBi Titusville, US-Florida

Heavy landing, deforming the skids, on the side of Highway US-1 after engine malfunction

19-Mar-13

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UK AAIB issues EC225 investigation update

UK AAIB issues EC225 investigation update

This Special Bulletin contains information on the progress of the investigation into the emergency lubrication systems and the Crash Position Indicators (CPI) for the accidents to G-REDW on 10 May 2012 and to G-CHCN on 22 October 2012. This follows the publication of previous Special Bulletins S2/2012, S3/2012, S5/2012, S6/2012 and S7/2012. Download report:  S2-2013… Read more »

Source: AAIB, 18-Mar-13

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Maintenance cloth caused R44 accident in Sweden

Maintenance cloth caused R44 accident in Sweden

The Swedish Accident Investigation Board (Statens Haverikommission, SHK) has published its final report after an accident that occurred on 6 September 2011 in Ånn, close to Åre, involving a Norwegian helicopter with the registration LN-OAB. The aircraft, a Robinson R44 Astro, was taking off for a private flight with three people onboard when the engine… Read more »

Source: Nordic Rotors, 18-Mar-13

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16-Mar-13 Mil Mi-8 Khankala, Russia (3F)

Three killed out of four on board a Russian Border Guard Mi-8 which crashed in poor visibility.  A criminal investigation has been opened.

16-Mar-13

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16-Mar-13 Bell OH-58D Daman district, Afghanistan (1F)

Officials from the International Security Assistance Force said they have no indication that the helicopter was brought down by enemy activity in the area.

16-Mar-13

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AH+RT Announces Vital Training Services, Teams With Simplex

AH+RT Announces Vital Training Services, Teams With Simplex

A team of longtime helicopter and fire/rescue industry professionals have joined forces to enhance safety and training opportunities for companies, pilots and crewmembers alike. Advanced Helicopter + Rescue Techniques LLC (AH+RT), based in Portland, Ore., provides comprehensive training services covering a variety of rotary wing, aerial firefighting and technical rescue skill sets. The company also… Read more »

Source: AH+RT, 15-Mar-13

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15-Mar-13 N574EH Sikorsky S76A++ Lake Charles, US-Louisiana (3F)

Post maintenance test flight.  Cameron County Sheriff identified the deceased as pilot, William R. Croucher, 69, and two mechanics: Michael Lee Tyree, 55, and Timothy Lloyd Goehring, 41.  Operator Era Helicopters made a brief statement confirming the accident

15-Mar-13

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IHST restructures US Helicopter Safety Team

IHST restructures US Helicopter Safety Team

The International Helicopter Safety Team (IHST) is adding additional focus to its safety efforts in the U.S. helicopter community by designating two of its current executives to lead the United States Helicopter Safety Team (USHST) and concentrate solely on safety issues within the U.S. civil helicopter community.  This team will be co-chaired by industry and… Read more »

Source: IHST, 14-Mar-13

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UK AAIB Bulletin – March 2013

UK AAIB Bulletin – March 2013

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

Source: AAIB, 14-Mar-13

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14-Mar-13 Mil Mi-8T Khabarovsk, Russia

Crashed on take off for post-maintenance  test flight

14-Mar-13

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14-Mar-13 N392GP Robinson R44 Eagle Nest, US-New Mexico

Aircraft landed on its skids but tail boom severed (by main blades?) see photo.

14-Mar-13

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Carilion to start construction of helicopter hangar in Lexington

Carilion to start construction of helicopter hangar in Lexington

As part of a move to better coordinate its air medical services, Carilion Clinic is building hangars and other facilities for emergency helicopters based at Lexington and Smith Mountain Lake. Construction will begin later this month on a hangar, crew quarters and offices on a half-acre site behind Carilion Stonewall Jackson Hospital in Lexington, the… Read more »

Source: Carilion, 13-Mar-13

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Tennessee Highway Patrol Announces Permanent Aviation Support for West Tennessee

Tennessee Highway Patrol Announces Permanent Aviation Support for West Tennessee

Department of Safety and Homeland Security Commissioner Bill Gibbons joined Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) Colonel Tracy Trott to announce the permanent assignment of a THP helicopter and pilot to assist with aviation support of law enforcement in west Tennessee.  This permanent aviation support will enhance public safety by increasing response time to incidents or missions… Read more »

Source: Tennessee Highway Patrol, 13-Mar-13

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Embry-Riddle, Antipodean Aviation Offer Survival Training in Emergency Water Landings

Embry-Riddle, Antipodean Aviation Offer Survival Training in Emergency Water Landings

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University has teamed with Antipodean Aviation of Australia to offer survival training in emergency water landings for both fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft. The course covers pre-flight planning and emergency water landing techniques, as well as escape from a submerged aircraft cabin and sea survival techniques, including life preserver and life raft familiarization, and… Read more »

Source: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, 13-Mar-13

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Bell Shares Lead Role in Public Safety

Bell Shares Lead Role in Public Safety

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today an enhanced relationship with the Public Safety Aviation Accreditation Commission (PSAAC) a subsidiary of the Airborne Law Enforcement Association (ALEA), as part of Bell Helicopter’s continued commitment to advancing safety in the rotorcraft industry.  Bell Helicopter is the exclusive sponsor in the development of PSAAC’s… Read more »

Source: Bell, 12-Mar-13

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12-Mar-13 Bell AH-1 Shfela, Israel (2F)

Accident around 1am local on night training mission.  Both reservists killed, named by IDF as Lt.-Col. (res.) Noam Ron, 49, and Maj. (res.) Erez Flekser, 31. The pilots had radioed the Palmahim air base before the crash, saying they would land there in six minutes. There was no distress call prior to the accident.

12-Mar-13

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12-Mar-13 AVIC Z-9 Lusaka City Airport, Zambia (1F)

Major Misapa Mukupa was killed in an accident at Lusaka City Airport, while co-pilot Captain Kenneth Chilala sustained minor injuries

12-Mar-13

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Seven fatal helicopter accidents in first nine days of March 2013

Seven fatal helicopter accidents in first nine days of March 2013

March 2013 has not started off well from the point of view of accident statistics, with seven fatal accidents in the first nine days.  HeliHub.com carries extensive coverage of helicopter safety data and has included the following in recent reports 09-Mar-13 ZK-IHU Robinson R66 Oamaru Valley, New Zealand (1F) 07-Mar-13 Eurocopter/IAR SA330L Bacau, Romania (2F) 05-Mar-13… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 11-Mar-13

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11-Mar-13 Sikorsky UH-60 Daman district, Afghanistan (5F)

Helicopter went down during rain storm

11-Mar-13

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11-Mar-13 Sikorsky S76C++ Muskegon, US-Michigan

Rotor downdraft caused the trunk of a parked vehicle parked in the lot to fly open. The trunk lid then flew back and smashed the back window of the vehicle.

11-Mar-13

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Executive Helishares Take Delivery Of Another AW109 Power

Executive Helishares Take Delivery Of Another AW109 Power

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce the handover of an AW109 Power to Executive HeliShares, a Briles Wing & Helicopter, Inc. Company, located in Van Nuys, California.  Executive HeliShares has selected the AW109 Power and GrandNew product lines as the VIP platforms of choice for their exclusive Fractional Ownership Program on the West… Read more »

Source: Executive Helishares, 09-Mar-13

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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