Helicopter accident analysis – November 2010

Helicopter accident analysis – November 2010 27 Jan, 11, Source: HeliHub.com

HeliHub.com maintains what we believe to be the most comprehensive record of helicopter accidents and incidents on the internet. Here is our report for November 2010

Useful Links

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

November 2010 was an improvement over previous months for helicopter accidents, and we recorded 47 accidents. Of these, 12 were fatal (10 civil, 2 military) involving 32 people deceased (16 from civilian accidents, 16 military) – compare these figures to the average in 2009 was 12 fatal accidents and 39 fatalities per month.

Our reports this month investigated a total of 47 incidents from the following countries

* Australia
* Brazil
* Cameroon
* Chile
* Columbia
* Czech Republic
* Germany
* Hong Kong
* India
* Italy
* Lebanon
* Nepal
* New Zealand
* Russia
* South Africa
* Spain
* Switzerland
* USA

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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