Helicopter accident analysis – February 2011

Helicopter accident analysis – February 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 February 2011

Useful Links

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

February 2011 was another good month for helicopter accidents, likely due to flying hours being generally lower in northern hemisphere winter, and we recorded 42 accidents. Of these, 9 were fatal (6 civil, 3 military) involving 19 people deceased (11 from civilian accidents, 8 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 42 incidents from the following countries

* Afghanistan
* Australia
* Colombia
* India
* Indonesia
* Iran
* Iraq
* Italy
* Japan
* Korea
* Myanmar
* New Zealand
* Papua New Guinea
* Russia
* South Africa
* Spain
* Switzerland
* Thailand
* UK
* 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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