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USHST Issues a Blueprint for Confronting IIMC and Pilot Spatial Disorientation

USHST Issues a Blueprint for Confronting IIMC and Pilot Spatial Disorientation

Inadvertent Instrument Meteorological Conditions leading to pilot spatial disorientation continue to be a leading cause of fatal helicopter accidents. From 2000 to 2019 in the United States, there were 130 fatal accidents directly linked to the issue of spatial disorientation. These accidents occurred regardless of pilot experience and they cut across all industries, including Emergency… Read more »

Source: USHST, 17-Feb-21

Helicopter Association International’s 360-Degree View on Helicopter Safety

Helicopter Association International’s 360-Degree View on Helicopter Safety

Helicopter Association International (HAI) began over 70 years ago as a group to promote and advocate for the helicopter industry. While HAI maintains that role today, the association also makes significant and robust contributions to safety programs for the industry. HAI’s vision is an industry with zero accidents, and in pursuit of that goal, its… Read more »

Source: HAI, 15-Feb-21

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US Helicopter Safety Team video premier on spatial disorientation: “56 Seconds to Live”

US Helicopter Safety Team video premier on spatial disorientation: “56 Seconds to Live”

Can you imagine yourself in a situation where you only had 56 seconds to live? If you are a helicopter pilot and you find yourself in Unintentional Instrument Meteorological Conditions (UIMC), those precious 56 seconds may be a reality. “U.S. accident statistics reveal that a helicopter pilot operating under Visual Flight Rules who unintentionally continues… Read more »

Source: USHST, 12-Feb-21

UK AAIB Bulletin – February 2021

UK AAIB Bulletin – February 2021

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue does not refer to any helicopters in the main section, but under “AAIB Record-only investigations reviewed: November – December 2020” is this 11 Sep 2020 Robinson R44 G-CDUE Peterborough Business Airport, Cambridgeshire The helicopter was caught by a gust of wind as the… Read more »

Source: AAIB, 11-Feb-21

US politicians launch Kobe and Gianna Bryant Helicopter Safety Act

US politicians launch Kobe and Gianna Bryant Helicopter Safety Act

Congressman Brad Sherman (D-Sherman Oaks) and California Senator Dianne Feinstein announced the reintroduction of the Kobe Bryant and Gianna Bryant Helicopter Safety Act, which will require the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to strengthen federal safety standards for equipping helicopters. Congressman Sherman moved to first introduce this legislation in the wake of the tragic helicopter crash… Read more »

Source: Brad Sherman, 04-Feb-21

04-Feb-21 N820H Bell 206B Pahokee, US-Florida

While conducting low level nighttime frost control operations, the helicopter dropped to the ground, rolled over and caught fire.  No injury reported to the 2 POB

04-Feb-21

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02-Feb-21 (tba) Sikorsky UH-60 Lucky Peak, US-Idaho (3F)

Night training mission in a routinely used area.  In a press conference (video, 7m50s) Lt. Col. Nicole Washington noted that the weather was poor, with snow and a low ceiling of fog that affected both the subject flight and later search efforts for the victims.  The Guard named those on board as Chief Warrant Officer 4 Jesse Anderson,… Read more »

02-Feb-21

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30-Jan-21 N660TN Robinson R66 Arline, US-Tennessee

Crashed 5 minutes after taking off from McGhee Tyson Airport  

31-Jan-21

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30-Jan-21 ZS-RWZ Airbus AS350B3 Grand Central, South Africa

Hit the ground and rolled over during low level training flight Student pilot was named as professional boxer Kevin “Two Guns” Lerena   Facebook

30-Jan-21

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29-Jan-21 CU-H1457 Mil Mi-8 Mesura, Cuba (5F)

Helicopter was one of three making the same route within minutes of each other.  This helicopter impacted terrain and all 5POB received fatal injuries – named here as Pilot: Ernesto Ivan Verdecia Diaz Copilot: Luis Miguel González Santana Flight Engineer: Nivaldo García Herrera Bodyguard: Yoani Alarcón Ramirez Bodyguard: Osneiviz Pedro Martinez Reyes  

29-Jan-21

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27-Jan-21 CC-ATY Bell 212 Olivar, Chile

Remained upright in very heavy landing.  Engine fire.  Skids collapsed, boom detached.  Pilot (only person on board) airlifted to Rancagua hospital Chilean Army photo from Twitter

27-Jan-21

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26-Jan-21 (reg/type tba) La Mosquitia, Honduras

Emergency landing after receiving gunshot fire during drug interception operation.  Helicopter landed safely but damaged

26-Jan-21

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26-Jan-21 N474AT Robinson R22 West Palm Beach, US-Florida

Heavy autorotation landing.  FAA report damage as Substantial

26-Jan-21

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Drone penetrates helicopter windshield, injuring crew

Drone penetrates helicopter windshield, injuring crew

Many people across our industry have been calling for some years now for better regulation of hobby drones, along with more proactive policing and harder sentencing.  At present the first US court case is progressing where a drone owner has pleaded guilty in a situation where a drone struck a Los Angeles Police Department helicopter. But this… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 25-Jan-21

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22-Jan-21 N60BK MD Helicopters MD600 Mankato, US-Minnesota

FAA report substantially damaged after main rotors contacted strawline.  2 POB not injured

22-Jan-21

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22-Jan-21 N90TG MD Helicopters MD500E Queen Creek, US-Arizona

FAA report helicopter was substantially damaged after loss of tail rotor effectiveness on approach to land

22-Jan-21

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21-Jan-21 ZT-RRT Bell 430 Bergville, South Africa (5F)

Crashed and caught fire, killing all five POB. The deceased were named here as Dr Kgopotso Rudolph Mononyane, an anaesthetist, Dr Curnick Siyabonga (Sia) Mahlangu a cardiothoracic surgeon and Mpho Xaba, a specialist theatre nurse for cardiothoracic and transplant, all from Netcare Milpark Hospital; Sinjin Joshua Farrance, an advanced life support paramedic at Netcare 911,… Read more »

21-Jan-21

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NATA Supports New FAA Online Tool Easing Access to Aviation Safety Guidance

NATA Supports New FAA Online Tool Easing Access to Aviation Safety Guidance

The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) applauds the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) introduction of the Dynamic Regulatory System (DRS). Developed at the recommendation of and in collaboration with NATA and other industry stakeholders, the online tool eases access to Office of Aviation Safety guidance materials through a new, centralized portal. “When it comes to safety, both speed… Read more »

Source: NATA, 20-Jan-21

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20-Jan-21 YV200T MD Helicopters MD500E Guanare, Venezuela (4F)

20-Jan-21 YV200T MD Helicopters MD500E Guanare, Venezuela (4F)

Helicopter impacted lake.  All four POB died in the accident.  When the helicopter was recovered, one blade was missing and the tail boom had been sliced off.  Pilot named in this report as Elio Marcaccio while passengers Moisés Selvi and Euclides Quintero, and a unnamed 14 year-old were added from this report

20-Jan-21

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19-Jan-21 ZS-HUC Bell 206B Ceres, South Africa

Helicopter involved in low level agricultural work.  Struck wires and crashed to the ground.  Pilot suffered fatal injuries

19-Jan-21

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