Helicopter accident analysis – January 2011

Helicopter accident analysis – January 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 January 2011

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

January 2011 was another good month for helicopter accidents, likely due to flying hours being generally lower in northern hemisphere winter, and we recorded 44 accidents. Of these, 7 were fatal (5 civil, 2 military) involving 14 people deceased (5 from civilian accidents, 9 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 44 incidents from the following countries

* Afghanistan
* Argentina
* Australia
* Brazil
* Canada
* Chile
* Denmark
* Dominican Republic
* Germany
* Hong Kong
* Indonesia
* Jamaica
* Lebanon
* Mexico
* New Zealand
* Portugal
* Russia
* Saudi Arabia
* South Africa
* Switzerland
* Thailand
* Turkey
* UK
* 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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