Accidents: March 2011

01-Mar-11 Mil Mi-8 Baikit Airport, Russia

1-Mar-2011

Mil Mi-8 helicopter made an emergency landing at Baikit Airport in Russia’s Krasnoyarsk territory after its engine malfunctioned... Read more

01-Mar-11 C-FNZO Robinson R44 Forestville, Canada

1-Mar-2011

R44 had to make emergency landing after experiencing a significant loss of power, in which the tail was damaged.  It was one of three R44s flying together which were all wrongly refuelled at Forestville Airport... Read more

01-Mar-11 N74816 Robinson R44 Glenwood Springs, US-Colorado

1-Mar-2011

Rolled onto its side during take-off manoeuvre... Read more

01-Mar-11 N206BY Bell B206 Tooele Valley Airport, US-Utah

1-Mar-2011

Very heavy landing on long-line training flight.  Helicopter ended up on starboard side with boom separated.... Read more

02-Mar-11 Abule-Odo, Nigeria

2-Mar-2011

Reported by the general media as “engine problems” and an unplanned landing made.  The two dignitories on board – Representatives, Mr. Dimeji Bankole; and Ogun State Governor, Otunba Gbenga Daniel – were not injured... Read more

02-Mar-11 OK-BYD Eurocopter EC135T2 Slany, Czech Republic

2-Mar-2011

Heavy landing during night training flight.  Accident occurred around 2000 hours local.  Skids collapsed.  Tail boom failed at root, but did not separate from the cabin.  Helicopter shipped back to manufacturer for checks (see here)... Read more

02-Mar-11 N154MW Bell B206L4 Birmingham, US-Alabama

2-Mar-2011

Force landed near a parking deck... Read more

02-Mar-11 Eurocopter AS532 Salses-le-Château, France (1F)

2-Mar-2011

Shortly after take off from the military base of Saint-Laurent-de-la-Salanque, a door of the aircraft opened.  One occupant tried to secure it, but appears to have dragged out by suction, falling  into the waters of a pond.  A second crew member went to assist and was also sucked out.  One later died in the hospital... Read more

03-Mar-11 G-PTOO Bell B206L4 London City Airport, UK

3-Mar-2011

Flights suspended from London City Airport after Bell JetRanger made emergency landing there and blocked the runway... Read more

04-Mar-11 N235DH Eurocopter EC135P1 Boston, US-Massachusetts

4-Mar-2011

A Eurocopter Ec135 of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Airborne Response Team “D-HART” made a precautionary landing at the busy Boston Logan Airport today after the pilot reported difficulties with one engine.... Read more

05-Mar-11 N4168W Robinson R44 Everglades, US-Florida

5-Mar-2011

Pilot reported as 51-year-old Mark Palmieri.  R44 was broken in two and the cabin area reported as charred.  Pilot had to wait 3 hours before being rescued... Read more

05-Mar-11 N901CM AgustaWestland AW109E Bangor, US-Maine

5-Mar-2011

Engine inlet covers had not been removed prior to flight. Uneventful run-on landing made... Read more

05-Mar-11 G-BZPP Westland Wasp HAS.1 Yeovilton, UK

5-Mar-2011

Helicopter was hovertaxying when it was hit from behind hy a Starduster fixed wing aircraft.  All occupants from both aircraft are OK... Read more

05-Mar-11 N5402T Sikorsky S76 Santa Maria, US-California

5-Mar-2011

Wheels up landing.  Helicopter had been shuttling that day between Santa Maria, Santa Barbara and an offshore platform called “Harvest”, some 15 miles SW of Lompoc.... Read more

05-Mar-11 VH-SYB Eurocopter EC145 Lithgow, Australia

5-Mar-2011

Warning light came on mid-air while transporting patient from Mudgee Hospital to Lithgow Hospital.  Emergency crews were in attendance for its arrival, which passed off without incident.  Helicopter checked over and returned to its base at Orange... Read more

06-Mar-11 Mil Mi-24 Ras Lanuf, Libya

6-Mar-2011

Libyan Air Force helicopter shot down by rebels and fell into the sea... Read more

06-Mar-11 PR-ELO Eurocopter AS350B2 Fazenda Santa Monica, Brazil

6-Mar-2011

The pilot of the Air Operations Center (Nuopa) of the Traffic Department would identify a mechanical problem and made an impromptu landing on the ground.  The trio ended up injured when the aircraft crashed into the ground.... Read more

07-Mar-11 FAC-4501 Bell UH-1 Melgar, Colombia

7-Mar-2011

Air-to-air accident with FAC-4506.  No fatalities in this helicopter.  Crew listed as Captain Jorge Eduardo Estrada Olivares (Army Pilot), Lt Ivan Camilo Gonzalez Rada (Student Army), Lt Hugo Estrada Lopez (Mexican Student) and First Technical Luis Carlos Castro (Crew FAC)... Read more

07-Mar-11 Event, US-Texas

7-Mar-2011

US Army helicopter made precautionary landing which required engineers to be called out from its Fort Hood base... Read more

07-Mar-11 Eurocopter AS350B2 Chatsworth, US-California

7-Mar-2011

pilot made a “precautionary” landing around 9:35 a.m after an engine warning light switched... Read more

07-Mar-11 FAC-4506 Bell UH-1 Melgar, Colombia (5F)

7-Mar-2011

Air-to-air with FAC-4501, killing 5 in this helicopter. Air force Capt. Juan Jose Orjuela, Mexican Lt. Dante Herrera Alarcon, Lt. Manuel Alberto Cuspoca, technician John Mario Diaz Llanos and technician Felipe Pava Rodriguez were killed in the accident.... Read more

08-Mar-11 ZK-HOI Robinson R22 Fiordland, New Zealand

8-Mar-2011

Crashed in a clearing close to a second R22 which was carrying out a deer recovery operation.  Subject helicopter was observing, initally from 15m up, just prior to it coming down.  Pilot aged 64 OK, passenger aged 55 needed medical treatment.  Both from Warkworth, north of Auckland... Read more

08-Mar-11 C-FYKD Eurocopter AS350B2 Pellett Lake, Canada

8-Mar-2011

Sudden white-out when flying at 150ft agl then rolled-over after hitting the ground. Believed to be weather-related and not mechanical. Visibility in the area was reduced to 1.6 km by blowing snow and the temperature was -24 C – -38 C with the windchill. Occupants got out OK but then post-crash fire destroyed the aircraft... Read more

08-Mar-11 N131AL Hughes 369D Meeker, US-Colorado

8-Mar-2011

Press report states “tail boom separated”... Read more

08-Mar-11 HA-LFB Eurocopter SA341 Honister, UK (1F)

8-Mar-2011

Authorities were alerted after the non-arrival of  a helicopter due from a short flight in Cumbria.  Local press reports give the owner/pilot’s name as Mark Weir.... Read more

09-Mar-11 OE-XYY Bell 412 Innsbruck, Austria

9-Mar-2011

Extremely erratic take-off from elevated hospital helipad caught on video.  According to the company, the pilot could bring the machine under control. CEO Roy Knaus blamed the incident on “a combination of circumstances”... Read more

10-Mar-11 A17-001 Bell OH-58A Merrylands, Australia

10-Mar-2011

Emergency landing on a playing field yesterday after indications of a possible engine fault... Read more

10-Mar-11 Eurocopter AS550U2 Islamabad, Pakistan

10-Mar-2011

All the three crew members aboard a military helicopter survived when it crashed Thursday morning in the southern part of Pakistan’s capital Islamabad near Burma Bridge... Read more

11-Mar-11 N130GC Eurocopter EC130 Boulder City, US-Nevada

11-Mar-2011

Landed hard during precautionary landing... Read more

11-Mar-11 JA9857 Eurocopter AS350B Sendai, Japan

11-Mar-2011

Damaged beyond repair by tsunami... Read more

11-Mar-11 JA9670 Eurocopter AS355F2 Sendai, Japan

11-Mar-2011

Damaged beyond repair by tsunami... Read more

13-Mar-11 N33602 Sikorsky S58ET Los Angeles, US-California

13-Mar-2011

Involved in lifting task putting aircon unit on roof.  Helicopter crashed, colliding with building and causing building to catch fire.... Read more

13-Mar-11 N958CP Schweizer S300C Apopka, US-Florida

13-Mar-2011

Inflight damage to tail rotor... Read more

13-Mar-11 C-GIYZ Hughes 369D Conklin, Canada

13-Mar-2011

On short final the pilot elected to change the touchdown point. During manoeuvre, the tail rotor struck a large rock. The tail rotor drive shaft sheared and the tail rotor sustained substantial damage; helicopter remained upright on landing. Sole occupant pilot was not injured. CADAORS ref 2011C0797... Read more

13-Mar-11 Orlando, US-Florida

13-Mar-2011

“the pilot and crew heard a strange noise coming from the aircraft and made the decision to land.”  Orange County Sheriff fly three OH-58Cs and one Bell 407... Read more

14-Mar-11 Moura, Australia

14-Mar-2011

AGL Action Rescue had been over Moura, en route to Rockhampton, when their aircraft experienced a hydraulics malfunction and they were forced to land at Moura sports oval.   (AGL operates BK117s VH-EHQ/VH-BKV, and Longranger VH-ZOW)... Read more

14-Mar-11 Bell UH-1N Jacksonville, US-North Carolina

14-Mar-2011

Engine fire en route – emergency (and safe) landing in field... Read more

14-Mar-11 Eurocopter BK117 Mardela Springs, US-Maryland

14-Mar-2011

“They made a precautionary emergency landing due to an equipment malfunction, and they had a patient on board,” said Cpl. Kelly Matthews with the Wicomico Sheriff’s Office.... Read more

14-Mar-11 G-NISA Robinson R44 Cwmparc, UK

14-Mar-2011

Emergency landing in market square.  See also second link where pilot falls foul of the CAA and gets fined for this incident... Read more

15-Mar-11 RA-24436 Mil Mi-8 Krasnoyarsk, Russia

15-Mar-2011

Landed on helipad, rolled over to one side and burst into flames... Read more

15-Mar-11 N602RW Rotorway A600 Talon Chandler, US-Arizona

15-Mar-2011

Development aircraft – report of jolt while in cruise flight – entered autorotation but heavy landing and helicopter ended up on its side.... Read more

16-Mar-11 D-HEGM Eurocopter AS332L1 Oberschleißheim, Germany

16-Mar-2011

Double engine failure infilght at 5000ft with German Chancellor Merkel on board.  Pilot restarted engine approx 1000ft agl from the ground... Read more

16-Mar-11 A6-FLV Bell 412EP Zakum Field, UAE

16-Mar-2011

Uneventful approach and landing on the helideck where it was intended to embark ten passengers and some equipment. After nine passengers had boarded, the aircraft suddenly settled and adopted a nose high attitude. The engines were shut down and the passengers and crew disembarked. Subsequent examination of the aircraft by the crew showed that the... Read more

16-Mar-11 C-GHJT Sikorsky S76A Pitt Meadows, Canada

16-Mar-2011

EMS flight. Clipped and snapped telephone wire on take-off damaging blade tips. Landed safely in adjacent field. No injuries. CADAORS ref 2011P0343... Read more

16-Mar-11 Bell B206 Jönköping, Sweden

16-Mar-2011

A Jet Ranger was damaged during a minor training mishap at Axamo Airport in Jönköping. The occupants were unharmed, and the cause of the incident is unknown... Read more

16-Mar-11 89+57 Westland-Sikorsky WS61 Kalefeld, Germany

16-Mar-2011

Precautionary landing due to weather and a technical defect.  Stayed overnight, departed next day.... Read more

17-Mar-11 N974RH Bell 230 Angleton, US-Texas

17-Mar-2011

Tail rotor strike during landing... Read more

17-Mar-11 N11CU Hiller UH-12D Jennings, US-Louisiana

17-Mar-2011

Gusty winds caught helicopter while in a low level hover and it ended up on its side.  Pilot was Charles Williams, 42, of Anacoco, and passenger was Pat Austin, 39, of Leesville... Read more

17-Mar-11 N555FP Robinson R44 Petersburg, US-West Virginia

17-Mar-2011

Lost control during ramp area manoeuvring.... Read more

17-Mar-11 N913ET Eurocopter Bo105 Athens, US-Texas

17-Mar-2011

Bird strike on approach to land at base... Read more

17-Mar-11 Sikorsky CH-53E MCAS Miramar, US-California (1F)

17-Mar-2011

Mechanic became trapped under the sponson of a CH-53E after the landing gear collapsed when the landing-gear pin was pulled before takeoff. Marine was later named as Sgt. Alexis Fontalvo... Read more

18-Mar-11 Robinson R44 Aracaju, Brazil

18-Mar-2011

Pilot named as Leonardo Gomes Leal, 29, and co-pilot was James Tavares Bastos, 18... Read more

18-Mar-11 HAL Chetak Allahabad, India

18-Mar-2011

The Chetak helicopter was on a routine sortie from the Bamrauli base, but had to make the emergency landing as a precaution due to a technical defect... Read more

18-Mar-11 Sikorsky UH-60 Mesa, US-Arizona

18-Mar-2011

Emergency landing, mechanics called... Read more

18-Mar-11 CC-ACX Eurocopter AS350B3 Libertador, Chile

18-Mar-2011

Passenger struck fatally on head by main rotor when disembarking on sloping site.  Pilot listed as Pablo Blanco Venegas... Read more

19-Mar-11 N192AB Rotorway Exec 162F Lincoln, US-Alabama

19-Mar-2011

Engine failure in flight, heavy landing, ended up on its side... Read more

19-Mar-11 Kamov Ka26 Bashkortostan, Russia

19-Mar-2011

Crashed and burnt out.  Both occupants injured.  One report states it did not have an airworthiness certificate, and the pilot was not approved on type.... Read more

19-Mar-11 Eurocopter AS350 Dallas, US-Texas

19-Mar-2011

The pilot set down the helicopter in a field near the corner of Regal Row and Empress Row around 9:30 a.m. after smoke began to fill the cockpit. The problem turned out to be an air conditioning belt that overheated.... Read more

19-Mar-11 PZL Sokol Seosan, South Korea (1F)

19-Mar-2011

The Korea Forest Service  helicopter carrying three crew members crashed into a reservoir in Seosan, some 277 km south of Seoul, at 6:47 a.m., a few minutes after taking off for an extinguishing operation in the nearby Mount Gaya region.  Believed to be HL9449... Read more

19-Mar-11 EC-KTA Bell 407 Villel, Spain (6F)

19-Mar-2011

The Interior Ministry says six firefighters have died when their helicopter crashed in a remote region in the northeastern province of Aragon as they flew to try and put out a wildfire.  The statement says a seventh crew member survived the accident and has been flown to hospital in the city of Teruel.  Photos at... Read more

20-Mar-11 N145LF Eurocopter EC145 Putnam, US-Connecticut

20-Mar-2011

While loading patient, an ED technician dressed in a blue plastic gown came sprinting around from the far side of the aircraft.  The pilot was able to intercept this individual but not before he had come under the rotor disk and near the tail. While loading patient at Day Kimball Hospital, Putnam, CT, an ED... Read more

20-Mar-11 N153HT Schweizer 269CBi Mount Pocono, US-Pennsylvania

20-Mar-2011

Caught skid during hover practice. tipped over onto its side... Read more

21-Mar-11 AgustaWestland AW101 Aalborg, Denmark

21-Mar-2011

Stranded on hospital helipad after APU failure, fixed next day... Read more

22-Mar-11 N259TW Robinson R22 Goshen, US-New York

22-Mar-2011

Unknown circumstances... Read more

22-Mar-11 G-EEZR Robinson R44 Fairoaks, UK

22-Mar-2011

The tail rotor contacted a small bush during training involving landings on sloping ground.... Read more

24-Mar-11 Bell OH-58D Linden, US-North Carolina

24-Mar-2011

Very heavylanding in farm field after experiencing mechanical issues.  Skids took impact, and tail boom also damaged.  Tail rotor not attached to the helicopter by the time it came to rest.... Read more

24-Mar-11 Bell 206L4 Tari, Papua New Guinea

24-Mar-2011

“The incident happened at about 3:30pm in rainy and windy condition when the Australian pilot failed to navigate the helipad belonging to the Ambua Lodge. “  All five on board survived.  Helicopter was inbound from Komo, in support of Essar LNG project there.  Pilot named as Haji Ruslan... Read more

24-Mar-11 N32041 Bell B206L3 off Baton Rouge, US-Gulf of Mexico

24-Mar-2011

Crashed into the water, unknown circumstances... Read more

24-Mar-11 OE-XCG Schweizer 269C Pogusch, Austria

24-Mar-2011

All three occupants injured after accident when landing on a steeply sloping site... Read more

24-Mar-11 CC-CID Bell 205A-1 San Clemente, Chile

24-Mar-2011

Pilot lost control over a forest fire.  Helicopter crashed killing pilot Hector Metuaze de la Fuente, Passenger seriously injured.  Post crash fire and burnt out... Read more

25-Mar-11 N4033P Hiller UH-12E Elkwood, US-Virginia

25-Mar-2011

The helicopter came to rest tilted on its left side. One of the main rotor blades was nearly snapped off, and the impact completely sheared off the rear tail rotor, which came to rest a short distance from the main body.  Had completed 20 minutes flying time since maintenance, and was the pilot’s first flight... Read more

26-Mar-11 Henryville, US-Indiana

26-Mar-2011

Helicopter grounded after pilot turned back to road accident scene due to weather, safe landing and no damage.  Patient deplaned and proceeded to hospital by road.  Helicopter remained on site overnight... Read more

27-Mar-11 Robinson R44 Alameda, Brazil

27-Mar-2011

Pilot referred to high winds causing him to lose control.  Two occupants injured, two not.  Pilot named as Agnaldo Pereira da Costa... Read more

27-Mar-11 I-HEHL Robinson R44 Monte Argentario, Italy

27-Mar-2011

Helicopter landed in water.  Pilot, the only occupant, not injured... Read more

27-Mar-11 N8631P Enstrom F280FX 20M east of Miami, US-Florida

27-Mar-2011

Pilot was flying alone from South Florida to Nassau, Bahamas – the shortest distance for that route being 50 miles. Some 20 miles out over the sea, the aircraft experienced engine problems and put down safely in the water.  The Enstrom was fitted with fixed floats... Read more

28-Mar-11 A6-FLZ Bell 412EP Zakum West Super Complex, UAE

28-Mar-2011

After the passengers had boarded the aircraft, the commander heard a noise and the aircraft suddenly settled and adopted a nose high attitude. The engines were shut down, the passengers and crew disembarked. Subsequent examination of the aircraft by the crew showed that the undercarriage aft crosstube had failed, due to metallurgical fatigue.... Read more

29-Mar-11 Sikorsky MH-53 Kaneohe, US-Hawaii (1F)

29-Mar-2011

One fatality, two critical, one serious aboard USMC H-53 helicopter which came down in the sea two miles off Kaneohe Air Station.  USCG and Honolulu Fire Dept helicopters attending.  Fatality later named as Cpl. Jonathan D. Faircloth, 22, of Mechanicsburg, PA.  Others on board were pilot Maj. Clinton J. Collins, co-pilot Capt. Kevin F. Hayles,... Read more

30-Mar-11 G-IACC Sikorsky S92A Scatsa, UK

30-Mar-2011

The helicopter was ground taxied onto a parking spot and brought to a stop by the commander, who was the pilot flying. He then intended to apply the parking brake but inadvertently raised the collective control lever, which caused the helicopter to become airborne. He released the collective control lever, which was lowered by the... Read more

30-Mar-11 D-HBLT Robinson R44 Straubing, Germany

30-Mar-2011

The pilot (60) was slightly injured and the co-pilot (46)  was not hurt.  R44 completely burnt out, also causing damage to a nearby hangar and to three further helicopters inside... Read more

30-Mar-11 T-341 Eurocopter AS532UL Maderanertal, Switzerland

30-Mar-2011

Training flight out of Alpnach.  Loadmaster slightly injured, two pilots seriously injured.... Read more

30-Mar-11 OE-BXF Eurocopter EC135P2+ Achensee, Austria (4F)

30-Mar-2011

4 died when EC135 crashed into a lake – check links for many photos and other info.... Read more

31-Mar-11 Bell UH-1H Paraparaumu, New Zealand

31-Mar-2011

A Defence Force source said the helicopter, which was en route from Ohakea to Woodburn, was carrying a spare engine for another Iroquois, which began to leak oil – the the resultant fumes cause the need for an emergency landing... Read more

31-Mar-11 YV-2414 Robinson R44 La Cascada, Venezuela

31-Mar-2011

Crashed in pool below waterfall.  All four occupants survived – Pilot Daniel Arais and passengers Ricardo Ramirez, David Frais and Gustavo Perdomo... Read more

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