Accidents: December 2011

01-Dec-11 N435PH Bell 407 US-Gulf of Mexico

1-Dec-2011

Autorotated into the water and rolled over... Read more

01-Dec-11 XZ210 AgustaWestland Lynx AH.7 Gutersloh, Germany

1-Dec-2011

Very heavy landing in ploughed field.  Skids collapsed, post crash fire, all three POB safe... Read more

03-Dec-11 N431MA Bell 222U Pahrump, US-Nevada

3-Dec-2011

Tailrotor struck a mound of dirt on landing... Read more

03-Dec-11 SIkorsky UH-60 San Jeronimo, Colombia

3-Dec-2011

Extensively damaged in accident after the helicopter refueled, said Army aviation division commander Gen. Javier Rey, adding that the aircraft had problems “with a crosswind” that forced it to the ground.  All nine occupants survived... Read more

04-Dec-11 N146CF AgustaWestland AW109E Southlake, US-Texas

4-Dec-2011

Main rotor blade struck street sign... Read more

05-Dec-11 VH-XTY Schweizer 300CBi Moorabbin, Australia

5-Dec-2011

During flying training, the helicopter rolled over and subsequently impacted the ground. The two occupants were uninjured but the helicopter was seriously damaged.... Read more

07-Dec-11 N817AB Robinson R22 Honolulu, US-Hawaii

7-Dec-2011

Substantial damage in field landing while practicing autorotations... Read more

07-Dec-11 N37SH Eurocopter AS350B2 Las Vegas, US-Nevada (5F)

7-Dec-2011

5 killed on “sunset” tour flight.  Pilot has been named as  Landon Nield, 31.  Passengers named include Delwin and Tamara Chapman, from Utica, Kansas, who were celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary.  The other two passengers were 26-year-old Anupama Bhola and 28-year-old Lovish Bhanot, both from New Delhi, India.... Read more

08-Dec-11 N911GV Bell OH-58C Alachua, US-Florida

8-Dec-2011

Pilot  Richard Bran put the police helicopter down in a built up area after an unnamed problem... Read more

08-Dec-11 B-7810 Kamov Ka32 Antarctica

8-Dec-2011

Chinese Antarctic Expedition... Read more

09-Dec-11 Boeing AH-64D Upper Galilee, Israel

9-Dec-2011

Emergency landing in a peanut field.  Photos appear to show helicopter intact and undamaged... Read more

09-Dec-11 PR-KLA Robinson R44 Sao Bento do Sul, Brazil (1F)

9-Dec-2011

Impacted terrain. The commercial-rated pilot was fatally injured. Instrument meteorological conditions prevailed... Read more

10-Dec-11 N164CF Eurocopter AS365N2 Dayton, US-Ohio

10-Dec-2011

Emergency landing due to mechanical issue.  Upon inspection by the mechanic, a clogged left hydraulic filter was found which had made the collective feel stiff. After replacement, the aircraft was returned to service.... Read more

12-Dec-11 N3202X Bell 206B Woodland Hills, US-California

12-Dec-2011

Precautionary landing after “Engine out” warning.  Maintenance engineers attended scene and reportedly “repaired the faulty wiring”... Read more

12-Dec-11 IN556 Westland Sea King Mk.42C Mangalore, India

12-Dec-2011

Helicopter caught fire shortly after landing.  13 POB all safe... Read more

12-Dec-11 CC-ABX Eurocopter AS350B3 Minera Pascua-Lama, Chile

12-Dec-2011

External load operations.  Load had been transferred when pilot felt something unusual and elected to make an autorotation landing.  Lost control in the flare and the helicopter landed heavily and rolled onto its side – severely damaged. Pilot listed as Eduardo Boisset Encina... Read more

12-Dec-11 Bell 407 Gadsden, US-Alabama

12-Dec-2011

Damaged in hangar prior to being put into service.  Fixed wing aircraft manoevred and struck helicopter twice, causing two long scratches, which are reported as “relatively minor” were then covered up using a marker pen.  All activity caught on hangar video surveillance.  Gadsden Police on the case... Read more

12-Dec-11 Bell OH-58D Lewis-McChord, US-Washington (2F) [2 of 2]

12-Dec-2011

One of two OH-58Ds which crashed around the same time at Joint Base Lewis-McChord on night training flights.  Each involved 2 fatalities.  Not yet released whether it was one accident or two. The four were named as Capt. Anne M. Montgomery, and Chief Warrant Officers Frank A. Buoniconti, Joseph S. Satterfield and Lucas Daniel Sigfrid... Read more

12-Dec-11 Bell OH-58D Lewis-McChord, US-Washington (2F) [1 of 2]

12-Dec-2011

One of two OH-58Ds which crashed around the same time at Joint Base Lewis-McChord on night training flights.  Each involved 2 fatalities.  Not yet released whether it was one accident or two. The four were named as Capt. Anne M. Montgomery, and Chief Warrant Officers Frank A. Buoniconti, Joseph S. Satterfield and Lucas Daniel Sigfrid... Read more

13-Dec-11 N309MH Bell 407 Cantwell, US-Alaska

13-Dec-2011

Tail rotor struck vegetation... Read more

13-Dec-11 N8067Z Bell 407 Rock Springs, US-Wyoming

13-Dec-2011

“fell to the ground from low level” – tail boom severed by main blades, skids collapsed.  5 POB but none were patients.... Read more

13-Dec-11 Bell AH-1W Yuma, US-Arizona

13-Dec-2011

Pilot elected to make an emergency landing, which was executed safely with no damage to the helicopter... Read more

14-Dec-11 N4052G Robinson R22 Tucson, US-Arizona

14-Dec-2011

Early reports of private helicopter down on Raytheon property nr Tucson Airport.  Pilot airlifted to UMC Trauma Center, no info on the other person on board.  FAA spokesman said pilot reported engine failure prior to landing.... Read more

14-Dec-11 VH-VSA Eurocopter BK117 Port Pirie, Australia

14-Dec-2011

Emergency single-engine landing after chip light illuminated.  Aircraft was en route to pick up patient.... Read more

15-Dec-11 YV-2717 Eurocopter Bo105 Puerto Ordaz, Venezuela (1F)

15-Dec-2011

Crashed and burned in a residential area on a post maintenance test flight.  1 fatal from 2POB – Pilot Pedro Malaver survived and engineer Edsel Pachecho did not.... Read more

17-Dec-11 ZS-RZD Robinson R44 Ventersdorp, South Africa

17-Dec-2011

Two male occupants  were treated for superficial wounds and bruises... Read more

17-Dec-11 Eurocopter AS350 Keiyo, Kenya

17-Dec-2011

Crashed shortly after take-off with two high profile politicians on board – total 5POB.  Potential damage is to port skid?  But it may just be uneven ground.... Read more

17-Dec-11 Eurocopter Bo105 Antarctica (1 of 2)

17-Dec-2011

Flight conditions further rapidly deteriorated and became extremely bad, one of the helicopters had an accident during the flight back to the Germany research ship Polarstern. Fortunately, the passengers were only slightly injured. Instant support could be given by the other helicopter team, which at the same time had a hard but safe landing... Read more

17-Dec-11 Eurocopter Bo105 Antarctica (2 of 2)

17-Dec-2011

Flight conditions further rapidly deteriorated and became extremely bad, one of the helicopters had an accident during the flight back to the Germany research ship Polarstern. Fortunately, the passengers were only slightly injured. Instant support could be given by the other helicopter team, which at the same time had a hard but safe landing... Read more

20-Dec-11 RA-06121 Mil MI-26 Khanty Mansi, Russia (1F)

20-Dec-2011

Went into uncontrollable spin on final approach.  Hit ground and caught fire.  6POB, 1 fatal – flight engineer Igor Eroshkin... Read more

20-Dec-11 ZS-HHW Bell B206 Sun City, South Africa (1F)

20-Dec-2011

Helicopter caught zip wire cable, causing it to crash.  Sole occupant fatal, later named as businessman Arie Neven.  Was reported as inbound from Wonderboom to pick up one person and then planned outbound to Bakubunt... Read more

21-Dec-11 N500TN MD Helicopters 500D Fall Branch, US-Tennessee

21-Dec-2011

Clipped wires and landed with minimal damage to helicopter.  Owner of field stated that weather was very foggy and he thought the pilot was making a precautionary landing for the weather and did not see the wires.... Read more

21-Dec-11 N964SA Eurocopter AS350B2 Hilo, US-Hawaii

21-Dec-2011

Precautionary landing made on road, no injuries, no damage... Read more

22-Dec-11 Sikorsky MH-60S Bridgeport, US-California

22-Dec-2011

All five members of a Navy helicopter crew are reported to be unhurt after crashing during a training mission on the edge of the Sierra Nevada.... Read more

23-Dec-11 Nahr-e Saraj, Afghanistan

23-Dec-2011

Helicopter took gunfire from Taliban.  No injuries.  More local news is suggesting it was shot down with all killed.... Read more

23-Dec-11 ZS-RNZ Robinson R22 Port Alfred, South Africa

23-Dec-2011

Training accident from low level, helicopter ended up on its starboard side.  Instructor and pupil light injuries only and walked away.... Read more

23-Dec-11 Southeast Iran, Iran (2F)

23-Dec-2011

Two killed after a police helicopter hit telecom tower,  located on a base of Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards.  Some reports say 3 killed, not 2... Read more

24-Dec-11 PR-ZXZ CHR Safari Trinidade, Brazil

24-Dec-2011

Crashed in open field, boom had been sliced by main blades... Read more

24-Dec-11 VH-SYZ AgustaWestland AW139 Carrington Falls, Australia (1F)

24-Dec-2011

During winch operations, something occurred at the bottom of the line which has necessitated the cutting of the winch line and releasing it from the helicopter.  As a result, paramedic Michael Wilson on the end of the line received injuries from which he died.  No implication on the helicopter itself, more about the environment.... Read more

26-Dec-11 N5016M Bell 206B Palatka, US-Florida (3F)

26-Dec-2011

3 died when their JetRanger crashed en route from Jacksonville to Gainesville to retrieve a heart meant for a patient at the Mayo Clinic, police and hospital officials said.  The crash killed cardiac surgeon Luis Bonilla, procurement technician David Hines and pilot Hoke Smith shortly before 6 a.m. in a dense pine forest southwest of Green... Read more

27-Dec-11 N319AE Bell 206L4 Columbiana, US-Ohio

27-Dec-2011

Helicopter made precautionary landing in soccer field beside the Upper Room Fellowship church due to poor weather on ferry flight back to base after dropping patient at hospital.  Landing site was soggy ground and helicopter started to sink, thus hovered short distance to parking lot and then ground handled to covered area... Read more

29-Dec-11 Sar-e-Pul province, Afghanistan

29-Dec-2011

The aircraft experienced mechanical problems and the crew made a precautionary landing in accordance with standard emergency procedures.  The crew was recovered unharmed and the aircraft was recovered to a local Forward Operating Base without incident.... Read more

30-Dec-11 CC-CIX Eurocopter AS350B3 Fundo Colo, Chile

30-Dec-2011

Helicopter destroyed by arson attack at 2.45am when parked.  Helicopter was operated by INAER Chile for CONAF (Chilean national fire service) in support of forest firefightingm,  which is what it is currently actively involved in.  Slogans were left nearby suggesting the perpetrators were campaigning for the freedom of “political prisoners”.... Read more

30-Dec-11 I-NAPE Robinson R44 San Tammaro, Italy

30-Dec-2011

Tourist flight.  Tail boom cut by main rotors, helicopter ended up on port side.  Ground covered in snow – potential for vertical reference issues.... Read more

30-Dec-11 PR-FPE Robinson R44 Iguabinha, Brazil

30-Dec-2011

Helicopter clipped powerlines while flying at low level over a crowd of around 2,000 at a Christmas event.  The 4POB suffered slight injuries and it is miraculous that no-one on the ground was killed.  Check the YouTube videos here and here.... Read more

30-Dec-11 El-Obeid, Sudan (6F)

30-Dec-2011

“Russian-made gunship helicopter” crashed three minutes after take-off.  Post fire crash.  6 killed.... Read more

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