Accidents: July 2011

02-Jul-11 Eurocopter AS350B2 Huntington Park, US-California

2-Jul-2011

Night emergency landing after reporting a mechanical problem.... Read more

02-Jul-11 N117UC Eurocopter BK117 Cincinatti, US-Ohio

2-Jul-2011

Birdstrike, unscheduled landing and no damage was found... Read more

03-Jul-11 N72DC Schweizer 300C Katy, US-Texas

3-Jul-2011

Agricultural operation... Read more

03-Jul-11 Bell 206B Brentwood, US-California

3-Jul-2011

Crop spraying helicopter crashed from low level during turn... Read more

03-Jul-11 AgustaWestland AW101 Summerside, Canada

3-Jul-2011

A woman holding an infant was injured by a sign that came loose when a helicopter was practising its landing at the Summerside, P.E.I., waterfront Sunday before being used to transport visting royalty.  The AW101 is known locally in Canada as the CH-149 Cormorant... Read more

03-Jul-11 Dickinson, US-Texas

3-Jul-2011

EMS helicopter had technical issue onsite on freeway and blocked road for three hours... Read more

04-Jul-11 N64JM Robinson R44 Lakewood, US-New York

4-Jul-2011

Sustained unknown damage in hard landing... Read more

04-Jul-11 N315SH Hughes 500 McGrath, US-Alaska

4-Jul-2011

Pilot Paula Huckleberry, 61, was flying to McGrath with two passengers — 21-year-old Scott Stevenson of Idaho and 39-year-old Chris Fontes of Arizona ... Read more

04-Jul-11 LN-OXC Eurocopter AS350 Dalamot, Norway (5F)

4-Jul-2011

Helicopter had been rented by a construction company.  Crashed and burnt out in mountainous location at Dalamot nr Hardanger Fjord.  Deceased named as Kjetil Bu (27) from Kinsarvik, Karianne Ringkjøb Dahl (29) from Bergen, Andrew Søvik Fossmark (24) from Vaksdal, Siv Holtan (18) from Bergen and pilot  Tore Bendigtsen Ystanes (39) from Bergen... Read more

05-Jul-11 N109TK Agusta A109C Kew, UK

5-Jul-2011

While cruising at 150 kt at 750 ft agl a bird struck and shattered the left windshield. The commander, seated in the left seat, suffered minor injuries so the co-pilot took control and made a successful emergency landing. The Agusta A109C’s windshield is not designed to withstand bird strikes and the regulations do not require it to... Read more

05-Jul-11 Eurocopter SA330 Andover, UK

5-Jul-2011

Helicopter is on its side in a corn field, more details when available.  One report suggests bird strike to blame?... Read more

05-Jul-11 RA-22350 Mil Mi-8T Ust-Kut, Russia

5-Jul-2011

The helicopter with 13 passengers and 3 crew members flew to 7.23 Moscow time from Ust-Kut on one of the drilling stations. At 2.5 kilometers from the destination helicopter made an emergency landing. According to preliminary information, there is no dead (per operator UTair – some press reports quote 2 dead)... Read more

06-Jul-11 9N-AIW Eurocopter AS350B2 Rangeli, Nepal

6-Jul-2011

Tail damaged in force landing on river bank after “technical problems”.  Wrongly quoted in some reports as 9N-AWI.  Three Japanese and two Nepali passengers and the Australian pilot  are safe... Read more

06-Jul-11 Bell UH-1Y Camp Pendleton, US-California (1F)

6-Jul-2011

The helicopter, belonging to the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, crashed on a training flight shortly before noon Wednesday in the San Mateo Area of Camp Pendleton killing one of the seven on board.  The deceased serviceman was later named as Sgt. Trevor Cook, 25, of Orleans, N.Y.... Read more

07-Jul-11 N40TX Eurocopter AS350B2 Waco, US-Texas

7-Jul-2011

Cessna Citation VII N701HA was being ground handled when its wing struck the parked helicopter and damaged it.... Read more

07-Jul-11 Boeing MV-22 southwestern Afghanistan (1F)

7-Jul-2011

Staff Sgt. Thomas J. Dudley fell to his death from an MV-22 Osprey while conducting combat operations in southwestern Afghanistan... Read more

07-Jul-11 Parwan Province, Afghanistan

7-Jul-2011

A NATO helicopter crashed Thursday in eastern Afghanistan but no one was hurt, the U.S.-led coalition said. The crew was recovered after the crash, which occurred in Parwan province.... Read more

09-Jul-11 RA-04304 Robinson R44 Istok, Russia (1F)

9-Jul-2011

Collided with the Yenisei River, near Istok, Krasnoyarsk Region, Russia, during a repositioning flight at night. IMC prevailed, and no flight plan was filed. The pilot is missing and presumed fatally injured. The helicopter sustained substantial damage. The flight originated from a landing strip near Severnaya, Krasnoyarsk Region... Read more

09-Jul-11 N42333 Robinson R44 Rising Sun, US-Indiana (1F)

9-Jul-2011

Unknown circumstances.  Fatality named as registered owner Joseph Ohnheiser, aged 60... Read more

09-Jul-11 Bell OH-58D Caryville, US-Tennessee (2F)

9-Jul-2011

Fatalities named as Army 1st Lt. Thomas Joseph Williams Jr. and Army Chief Warrant Officer 4 Daniel Cole... Read more

09-Jul-11 OO-HNE Robinson R44 Luzoir, France (2F)

9-Jul-2011

52 year old pilot from Belgium, and 37 year old passenger was Italian but lived in Belgium for many years.  Both killed... Read more

10-Jul-11 N10786 Robinson R22 Lantana, US-Florida

10-Jul-2011

Hard landing shortly after take-off... Read more

10-Jul-11 N968RM Robinson R44 El Monte, US-California

10-Jul-2011

Minor damage on landing... Read more

11-Jul-11 EI-MUL Robinson R44 Meribel, France

11-Jul-2011

Pilot Kevin Mullarkey, age 67, an Irishman now resident in Kuwait.  Passenger was Gerard David, age 70, a member of the Meribel Flying Club, were involved in a crash which resulted in the helicopter catching on fire and severely burning both men.... Read more

11-Jul-11 F-HJCS Sikorsky S76C++ Andeman Sea, Myanmar (3F)

11-Jul-2011

Three died when S76C++ ditched in the sea shortly after take off from Yetagun oil field rig. Fatalities included pilot Ohn Thein, ex Myanmar Air Force... Read more

12-Jul-11 Mil Mi-8 Syktyvkar, Russia

12-Jul-2011

A woman passenger broke her arm but no other injuries were reported.  The crash took place earlier in the day 180 kilometers from the republic’s capital Syktyvkar when the helicopter landed on rough terrain, falling on one side.  There were three crewmembers and between six and 16 passengers on board, according to different sources.... Read more

12-Jul-11 N3623Z Schweizer 300C Malaga, US-Washington

12-Jul-2011

The pilot reported that while flying low over a cherry orchard to dry the cherries, the engine experienced a loss of power. The helicopter subsequently settled into the trees.... Read more

12-Jul-11 N810AG Robinson R66 Girardot Airport, Colombia (2F)

12-Jul-2011

Crashed shortly after take-off.  One report suggests tail rotor struck a tree, but nephew of pilot says it lost the tail at 400ft.  Fatalities named as Ricardo Cabrera (pilot/trainer) and Juan Pablo Gaviria (owner/student)... Read more

14-Jul-11 JA007J Robinson R22B Sabaekoizumi, Japan

14-Jul-2011

Fell off side of helipad after landing... Read more

15-Jul-11 RA-22680 Mil Mi-8 Keperveem, Russia

15-Jul-2011

Transmission caught fire during landing phase, substantially damaging the helicopter.  All occupants safe.... Read more

15-Jul-11 G-JERS Robinson R22 Cumbernauld, UK

15-Jul-2011

The instructor reported that as the helicopter slid forward along the ground while practising running landings, it moved into an area of longer grass causing the front of the skids to become caught. The student raised the collective in an effort to pull the helicopter free, but this caused the skids to dig in and... Read more

15-Jul-11 PR-JGM Eurocopter AS350B3 Jaragua do Sul, Brazil (3F)

15-Jul-2011

Three occupants killed, believed to be owner Gilberto Menel, director of the Textile knitting Nanet, plus company employee Erico Melchioreto,and pilot Alvaro Junior Pisetta.  Helicopter crashed into a forest.  Access to site difficult... Read more

16-Jul-11 Robinson R22 Kaeo, New Zealand

16-Jul-2011

helicopter rolled and caught fire after it landed heavily... Read more

16-Jul-11 N203TU Eurocopter AS350B3 McAllen, US-Texas

16-Jul-2011

Window fell out on approach to land... Read more

16-Jul-11 Bell UH-1 Phetchaburi, Thailand (5F)

16-Jul-2011

The helicopter, from Thap Phraya Sua Camp in Ratchaburi’s Suan Phung district, crashed into a mountain in a bad weather while on a mission to remove civilians who had been trapped in Kaeng Krachan National Park.  Deceased named as Pilots Maj Kitisak Chin-iam, and Lt Pratya Nualsri plus passengers Maj Kitiphum Ekkaphan, SM1 Rangsan Polsaibua... Read more

17-Jul-11 Sikorsky S92 off Newfoundland, Canada

17-Jul-2011

Cougar helicopter flight Sunday out to the Terra Nova offshore oil rig was forced to turn back when the autopilot indicator light came on... Read more

17-Jul-11 G-TBLY Eurocopter EC120 Sandwich, UK

17-Jul-2011

Heavy landing during operations for British Open golf championship, further details awaited... Read more

18-Jul-11 N262MH Eurocopter EC145 Cleveland, US-Ohio

18-Jul-2011

Smoke started to appear out of the aft air conditioning vents inflight. Safe... Read more

19-Jul-11 G-GCMM Agusta A109E Corsham, UK

19-Jul-2011

Just prior to touchdown the tail rotor struck a hedge and a concrete post, damaging the tail rotor and its gearbox. There were no injuries. On arrival at an industrial depot the normal landing position had been obstructed by two articulated lorries.... Read more

19-Jul-11 162670 Bell TH-57C Molino, US-Florida

19-Jul-2011

Emergency landing made in field.  No apprarent external damage.  Likely on training operations out of NAS Pensacola... Read more

19-Jul-11 RA-22387 Mil Mi-8 Yekaterinburg, Russia (1F)

19-Jul-2011

At least 1 of 4 occupants killed... Read more

19-Jul-11 01-26928 Sikorsky UH-60 Myanmar (9F)

19-Jul-2011

Black Hawk involved in rescuing bodies from the crash of a UH-1 three days previously; 9 killed (Maj-Gen Tawan  Ruangsri,  the 9th Infantry Division chief and commander of the Surasee Task Force, 1st pilot Maj Prapan Jiamsoongnoen, 2nd pilot Maj Chuphan Polwan, senior flight mechanic Sgt-Maj Somkid Wongtoksaeng,  2nd mechanic Sgt Aram Wongsing, Capt Jate... Read more

20-Jul-11 N1375X Bell 47G5 Watsonville, US-California

20-Jul-2011

Helicopter owner Frank Gomes said he had finished spraying the field and had turned the crop duster over to his apprentice for a practice run. “The practice didn’t go all that well today,” Gomes said, declining to comment further.... Read more

20-Jul-11 N83509 Robinson R22 Dayton, US-New Jersey

20-Jul-2011

Very heavy landing, both occupants injured.  Skids splayed out, tail boom broken but stayed upright.  The pilot is 27-year-old Edwin Eilbacher of Hillsborough, N.J. His passenger is 44-year-old photographer Julia Armstrong-Robertson of Newark, Del.... Read more

20-Jul-11 Denel Rooivalk Dimbaza, South Africa

20-Jul-2011

Wire strike during low level flying... Read more

21-Jul-11 VH-LAG Eurocopter AS332 Wadeye, Australia

21-Jul-2011

While taxiing at Port Keats airport, the helicopter collided with a light pole and rolled onto its side. The crew, passengers and a person on the ground sustained minor injuries.... Read more

21-Jul-11 Eurocopter Tiger Rockhampton, Australia

21-Jul-2011

Helicopter attacked by peace activist while parked at Rockhampton Airport.  See also our story here... Read more

22-Jul-11 VH-CIV Bell B206L South Turramurra, Australia (2F)

22-Jul-2011

Crashed and burned in bushland.  Rescuers had to abseil 10m cliff to reach crash site.  Pilot named as Colin Greenwood, age 35, and passenger was the helicopter’s owner Bruce Campbell, aged 65... Read more

23-Jul-11 PH-X1B Geocopter GC-201 Venlo, Netherlands

23-Jul-2011

Unmanned helicopter crashed during a demonstration flight... Read more

23-Jul-11 C-GQCH Sikorsky S92 St John’s, Canada

23-Jul-2011

Shortly after takeoff, the helicopter entered a nose-high attitude with low power setting and lost altitude while in instrument meteorological conditions. The flight crew arrested the descent and continued on to St. John’s. There were two pilots and 5 passengers on board the helicopter and no one was injured. Instrument meteorological conditions prevailed at the... Read more

23-Jul-11 N915BW Robinson R44 Broomfield, US-Colorado

23-Jul-2011

Take off phase, ended up on its side... Read more

23-Jul-11 N118TV Bell 206 Randlett, US-Oklahoma

23-Jul-2011

Struck powerlines and force landed.  It is believed that this helicopter operates for the ABC channel 8 KTUL under the name “Ranger 8”... Read more

23-Jul-11 Bell B412 Maracao, Venezuela (1F)

23-Jul-2011

Crashed into trees on landing in a military compound.  Killed 1 on the ground and debris injured a further 22... Read more

24-Jul-11 G-ROTG Robinson R44 Marhamchurch, UK (1F)

24-Jul-2011

1 fatal – owner Chris Watts aged 45.  A fixed wing pilot flying in the area reported this online “There was a lot of horrible, low drifting clag about with drizzle and the situation was rapidly changing.”  Caught fire on crash landing.... Read more

24-Jul-11 35098 Bell 212 Phetchaburi province, Thailand (3F)

24-Jul-2011

Departed from Lopburi Air Force Base bound for the crash site of a Black Hawk which went down on 19th, Unfortunately this too had an accident, killing three of the four aboard.  Survivor was mechanic Sergent Pattanaporn Tonchan... Read more

25-Jul-11 N855TC Sikorsky S55B Brewster, US-Washington

25-Jul-2011

The video report on the link given states that the same operator had two helicopter accidents today, one fatal at Chelan (see HeliHub.com report) and one on the ground at Brewster... Read more

25-Jul-11 Boeing CH-47 eastern Afghanistan

25-Jul-2011

ISAF helicopter crashed in eastern Afghanistan – reported by some as a Chinook hit by an RPG.  As coalition rescue forces approached the crash site, they came under enemy fire. Coalition forces returned fire, with small arms, while working to secure the site of the crash. All passengers and crew members have been secured and... Read more

25-Jul-11 N3880J Sikorsky UH-34D Wilton, US-Iowa (1F)

25-Jul-2011

Agricultural ops, crashed into field, killing 54-year-old Hubert Dane Harris Jr., of Little Rock, AK.... Read more

25-Jul-11 N5663 Sikorsky S55 Chelan, US-Washington (1F)

25-Jul-2011

Had just flown over a block of cherry trees and was turning to fly back when it hit power lines 40-50 feet above the ground.  Crashed and burned, killing pilot.  Stephen W. Nelson reportedly died of asphyxiation due to smoke inhalation... Read more

25-Jul-11 Tiekuangyu, China (1F)

25-Jul-2011

Light helicopter crashed after striking wires during low level agricultural operations... Read more

25-Jul-11 RA-24422 Mil Mi-8 Chukotka, Russia (3F)

25-Jul-2011

Quote – The Mi-8 helicopter owned by a local air carrier crashed while landing because of engine failure.  5 POB, three crew and two passengers.  Caught fire on landing, while on a radio navigation aids inspection flight.  Three fatalities... Read more

27-Jul-11 N10009 Texas M74A (Bell 47) Creston, US-Illinois

27-Jul-2011

The pilot was landing the helicopter on a helicopter cart. He said that the helicopter’s skid got caught on the cart and the helicopter subsequently rolled over. There were no mechanical malfunctions with the helicopter during the flight. The helicopter sustained substantial damage to its tailboom when it rolled.... Read more

27-Jul-11 N808LF Eurocopter AS350B3 Troutdale, US-Oregon

27-Jul-2011

Precautionary landing revealed missing drive shaft cover... Read more

27-Jul-11 N808LF Eurocopter AS350B3 Aurora, US-Washington

27-Jul-2011

Tail rotor drive shaft cover separated from the aircraft during post-maintenance positioning flight... Read more

27-Jul-11 N861NC Eurocopter EC135T2+ Fayetteville, US-North Carolina

27-Jul-2011

Near miss with C17 military transport plane.  Helicopter pilot took evasive action... Read more

27-Jul-11 Bell UH-1H Udon Thani, Thailand

27-Jul-2011

Emergency landing in rice field... Read more

27-Jul-11 VH-YOL Robinson R22 Fitzroy Crossing, Australia (1F)

27-Jul-2011

48-year-old Jill Jenyns was believed to be returning from mustering cattle when she crashed fatally into a sand hill on a trip from Big Rock Dam to her homestead at Brooking Springs Station near Fitzroy Crossing.... Read more

28-Jul-11 N7578 Bell 47G.2A Nicollet, US-Minnesota

28-Jul-2011

Crop dusting accident.  Pilot Matt Aubuchon was not hurt.... Read more

28-Jul-11 VH-ZWC Robinson R44 Darwin, Australia

28-Jul-2011

During the cruise the helicopter experienced vibration, followed by a loud bang. The pilot conducted an autorotation and contacted the ground heavily. The helicopter was substantially damaged. There were no reported injuries.... Read more

29-Jul-11 HS.13-5 Hughes 369HM Puerto Real, Spain

29-Jul-2011

Post maintenance test flight.  Main blades struck and cut tail boom.  Landed upright in field.... Read more

29-Jul-11 N39SH Schweizer 300C Darlington, US-Maryland

29-Jul-2011

Heavy landing which damaged the helicopter after pilot Steven Rindone experienced severe in-flight vibration and put the helicopter down as soon as he could.... Read more

29-Jul-11 G-PUMS Eurocopter AS332L2 Aberdeen, UK

29-Jul-2011

Dual Automatic Flight Control System failure.... Read more

29-Jul-11 5N-BKA Eurocopter AS350B2 Ife-Odan, Nigeria (3F)

29-Jul-2011

The chairman/chief executive of Bacita Sugar Company Josephine Oluwadamilola Kuteyi, her personal assistant Adedoyin Ogunbanjo and their Filipino pilot were killed after impacting terrain.... Read more

30-Jul-11 N413LP Eurocopter AS350B3 Humacao, Puerto Rico

30-Jul-2011

Tail rotor struck trailer on landing... Read more

31-Jul-11 PH-WTW Guimbal Cabri Lelystad, Netherlands

31-Jul-2011

Main blade struck tail boom in practice autorotation.  See first link for summary from manufacturer... Read more

31-Jul-11 162820 Bell TH-57C Bayside, US-Wisconsin

31-Jul-2011

Precautionary stop after indication of mechanical problems, while en route from EAA AirVenture back to its base in Indiana.  Landed at 9.45am and after being checked over and cleared to fly, departed 3.45pm... Read more

31-Jul-11 C-GNVI Bell 407 Stewart, Canada (3F)

31-Jul-2011

Fatal crash while on geological mission on Nelson Glacier.  Aircraft remains found at 5,100ft altitude.  Victims later named by RCMP as 35 year old pilot Randy Lambert from Abbotsford, 40 year old Colin Dionne from Powell River and 32 year old Mathieu Lefebvre-Masse from Lund BC... Read more

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