Helicopter accident analysis – August 2010

Helicopter accident analysis – August 2010 29 Sep, 10, Source: HeliHub.com

HeliHub.com maintains what we believe to be the most comprehensive record of helicopter accidents and incidents on the internet.  From this month onwards, we will produce montly summary reports, and we will also continue to produce our very comprehensive annual report.

Useful Links

* Civil Accidents
* Military Accidents
* Fatal Accidents – both civil and military
* 2009 Annual Review of Fatal Accidents
* Safety News

August 2010 was another poor month for helicopter accidents, and we recorded 64 accidents.  Of these, 18 were fatal (14 civil, 4 military) involving 52 people deceased (33 Civil from civilian accidents, 19 military) – compare these figures to the average in 2009 was 12 fatal accidents and 39 fatalities per month.  In recent months we have noticed three particular trends

* Accidents caused by contact with wires
* Bell 206 (and OH-58) in agricultural operations in the US
* a continued trend with US air ambulance operations

Our reports this month investigated a total of 64 incidents from the following countries

* Afghanistan
* Algeria
* Australia
* Belarus
* Canada
* East Timor
* French Guiana
* Germany
* Greece
* India
* Ireland
* Israel
* Italy
* Japan
* Kenya
* Martinique
* Netherlands
* Paraguay
* Puerto Rico
* South Africa
* Switzerland
* Thailand
* UK
* USA
* Venezuela

HeliHub.com aims to record every helicopter accident and incident that happens.  Our approach is that anything in the following categories is valid to be listed on our site – we look for reports of

* damage of a helicopter
* damage of property caused by the operation of a helicopter
* injury to persons caused by the operation of a helicopter
* precautionary or emergency landings, ie where the pilot considers safety would be compromised by further flight
* situations which lead to take-offs being abandoned

There are one or two “grey areas” where we do not file accident reports on our site, and a good example are those news stories where law enforcement agencies have had their helicopter targeted by a laser pen during night operations, but this has not led to the pilot in command declaring an emergency and electing to land as soon as possible.  Further, there are a number of safety-related issues found on the ground during maintenance or pre-flight inspection which do not lead to publicly-accessible reports being filed on the internet.

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