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USHST Warns About the Next “Bump in the Road” for Fatal Accidents

USHST Warns About the Next “Bump in the Road” for Fatal Accidents

As the temperature moves downward during October and November in most of the U.S., the number of fatal helicopter accidents usually moves upward according to the United States Helicopter Safety Team (www.USHST.org).   In 2017 and 2018, during these two autumn months, the U.S. helicopter industry experienced 13 fatal accidents, the highest total for a… Read more »

Source: USHST, 26-Sep-19

“Before your flight” example of Airbus proactive support of global safety initiatives

“Before your flight”  example of Airbus proactive support of global safety initiatives

The new pre-flight risk-assessment app called “Before your flight” went live in July to aid operators in making informed decisions prior to a flight. It is an example of Airbus Helicopters proactive support of global safety initiatives. “Before your flight” is available in nine languages: French, English, German, Korean, Chinese, Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish, and Russian,… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 23-Aug-19

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Robinson to Host USHST Safety Conference

Robinson to Host USHST Safety Conference

On August 13th-16th Robinson Helicopter Company will host the U.S. Helicopter Safety Team’s (USHST) annual meeting at its Torrance, California factory. The meeting follows the USHST’s recent call to action to the helicopter community to address rising accident rates. The safety conference kicks off with a Steering Committee meeting on Tuesday, followed by two days… Read more »

Source: Robinson, 31-Jul-19

HeliOffshore Helideck Work Group Reports on Top Five Safety Events

HeliOffshore Helideck Work Group Reports on Top Five Safety Events

HeliOffshore’s Helideck Work Group has prepared a report to highlight the top five safety events associated with helideck operations based on analysis of frontline data. The analysis was collected from data provided by CHC Helicopter, BP and Chevron and sampled nearly 1000 events between 2016 and 2018.  After identifying the top five issues, the group will… Read more »

Source: HeliOffshore, 24-Jun-19

Offshore Leaders Agree How to Achieve Safety Excellence Where it Counts

Offshore Leaders Agree How to Achieve Safety Excellence Where it Counts

In a new video report from the recent 2019 HeliOffshore Conference & AGM, industry stakeholders and experts spelt out what actions need to be taken to achieve safety excellence in those areas with the most potential to save lives. Plans were discussed to ensure that the right resources are available to support these actions being… Read more »

Source: HeliOffshore, 12-Jun-19

RMT union repeats call for public enquiry into helicopter safety

RMT union repeats call for public enquiry into helicopter safety

Offshore union RMT repeats call for public inquiry into helicopter safety on 10th anniversary of Super Puma disaster Offshore union RMT today repeated the call for a full public inquiry into helicopter safety in the North Sea as workers from across the industry mark the anniversary of the Super Puma tragedy that alerted the nation… Read more »

Source: RMT, 10-Apr-19

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18-Mar-19 ZT-ROB Bell 206L3 Beira, Mozambique

Damaged by debris during hangar collapse caused by Cyclone Idai

18-Mar-19

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18-Mar-19 C9-HEI Sikorsky S76A Beira, Mozambique

Damaged by debris during hangar collapse caused by Cyclone Idai.  Helicopter is thought to be already in storage and withdraw

18-Mar-19

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UK AAIB Bulletin – March 2019

UK AAIB Bulletin – March 2019

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accident(s) of:- AW109SP (G-FRRN), engine started with rotor brake on, London Heliport (Battersea), 19 November 2018 Bell 206B3 (G-OPEN), inadvertent climb into cloud and subsequent loss of control, near Aldborough, North Yorkshire, 30 May 2018 Robinson R22 Beta (G-MACA), helicopter… Read more »

Source: AAIB, 14-Mar-19

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27-Feb-19 9M-AMI Airbus H125 Pathibhara, Nepal (7F)

Initial reports suggest the helicopter entered cloud and struck a cliff, locally known as Sisne Bhir. Helicopter consumed in post crash fire.  Crash site is located at around 10,000 feet. This report states that the fatalities were Rabindra Adhikari, Minister for Tourism and Civil Aviation Ang Tshiring Sherpa, managing director of Yeti Airlines and the chairman… Read more »

28-Feb-19

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26-Feb-19 G-HWKS Robinson R44 Sketrick Island, UK

Helicopter struck and broke power cable, but landed OK in a very tight location

26-Feb-19

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24-Feb-19 9H-VIP Airbus EC135 Valetta, Malta

Helicopter damaged at Malta International Airport after the temporary hangar covering the aircraft collapsed in high winds.  Structure seen in image to be tangled up and resting on top of the rotors

24-Feb-19

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22-Feb-19 F-HSOX Airbus EC145 Bidarray, France

Air Ambulance on approach to land – a sheet from a farm building broke loose and embedded in the blades of the helicopter, causing it to turn through 180 degrees, landing heavily from low level. The crew consisting of a doctor, a nurse, a pilot and a flight assistant were unharmed but shocked [Wrongly quoted… Read more »

22-Feb-19

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21-Feb-19 N506PH MD Helicopters MD500E Waipio, US-Hawaii

The Fire Department said the crash was a result of engine failure.  FAA report 2 POB with no injuries, while the operator said the unnamed pilot was hospitalized “for further evaluation as a precautionary measure.”  Operator said  in a statement “hard landing … while arriving for a utility flight”

21-Feb-19

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8 Golden Rules About Weather and Helicopter Flights

8 Golden Rules About Weather and Helicopter Flights

Aviation forecasts are a central tool to help pilots to identify anticipated weather threats and put in place a strategy to mitigate those threats during the pre-flight planning stage. However, a forecast only describes what is most likely to happen, and pilots must use their knowledge and experience to consider other possible outcomes associated with… Read more »

Source: IHSF, 20-Feb-19

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20-Feb-19 N350VH Robinson R22 Las Vegas, US-Nevada

Precautionary landing in water retention basin.  No injuries to 2 POB.  No damage to aircraft

20-Feb-19

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19-Feb-19 N512GS Robinson R22 Clearwater, US-Florida

Training accident, rollover onto starboard side.  Heavily damaged – see images

19-Feb-19

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18-Feb-19 N350ST Airbus AS350SD2 Glacier View, US-Alaska

Accident pilot was dropping off 2 heli-ski clients at a 6,000 foot msl mountain ridge line site, requiring him to preform a “toe in” landing. While hovering, but with the toes of the skids resting on the up-sloping field, and the two skiers disembarked, the main rotor blades contacted an area of ​​rocky terrain. The pilot then… Read more »

18-Feb-19

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18-Feb-10 Sikorsky H-92 Kauai, US-Hawaii

The helicopter, being flown by an experienced pilot, was approaching MV Asterix’s landing pad in daylight and relatively calm conditions. As it hovered over the deck the helicopter appeared to suddenly drop about two metres, hitting the deck, military sources noted. No serious injuries were reported. Tail rotor  damage

18-Feb-19

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17-Feb-19 LN-ORH Robinson R44 Røldal, Norway (2F)

Impacted terrain in mountainous region.  2 fatal

17-Feb-19

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