Helicopter accident analysis – April 2011

Helicopter accident analysis – April 2011 15 May, 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 April 2011

Useful Links

* Civil Accidents
* Military Accidents
* Fatal Accidents – both civil and military
* Safety News

April 2011 was a month with both good and bad aspects, and the figure of 48 accidents was in line with January and February, and much better than March.  However, no fewer than 21 of these were fatal (14 civil, 7 military) involving 64 people deceased (43 from civilian accidents, 21 military) – compare these figures to the averages for

  • 2010 – 11 fatal accidents and 33 fatalities per month
  • 2009 – 12 fatal accidents and 39 fatalities per month

Our reports this month investigated a total of 48incidents from the following countries

* Afghanistan
* Brazil
* Chile
* Ethiopia
* France
* India
* Italy
* Kenya
* Korea
* Libya
* Malaysia
* New Zealand
* Pakistan
* Philippines
* Spain
* Sudan
* Switzerland
* Turkey
* 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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