Accidents: August 2012

01-Aug-12 N126GW Sikorsky S58 Middletown, US-Delaware

1-Aug-2012

Emergency landing after experiencing tail vibrations... Read more

02-Aug F-GFHL Bell 47G-2 Lamentin, Guadeloupe

2-Aug-2012

Loss of engine power at low level while crop spraying.  Badly damaged landing in the crop... Read more

02-Aug-12 G-HOLM Eurocopter EC135T2+ Denham, UK

2-Aug-2012

Industry sources tell us (with photo evidence provided) that the helicopter took off with clamshell rear doors still open.  Tower alerted pilot who returned to the airfield.  Some items fell from the helicopter in the interim.... Read more

03-Aug-12 N8593F Bell 47G5 Tioga, US-Pennsylvania

3-Aug-2012

Field landing after wire strike... Read more

03-Aug-12 OM-TMT Mil Mi-8 Poprad, Slovakia

3-Aug-2012

Landing accident – ended up on starboard side... Read more

04-Aug-12 XC-SSP Bell 407 Tlaxco, Mexico

4-Aug-2012

B407 carrying the Secretary of Public Security of Veracruz, Arturo Bermudez Zurita, and the Undersecretary Jose Nava Holguin, made a forced landing.  Pilot was Alfonso Diaz Pineda... Read more

04-Aug-12 N38763 Hiller UH-12B Elstree, UK

4-Aug-2012

The pilot’s assessment was that the helicopter had lost power, compounded by the fact that the carburettor heat control had not been returned to the ‘cold’ position before the approach and landing.... Read more

05-Aug-12 N429PH Bell 407 San Antonio, US-Texas

5-Aug-2012

Damaged skid and had to make emergency landing on mattresses to minimise damage... Read more

05-Aug-12 G-CMCC Robinson R44 Nairobi, Kenya

5-Aug-2012

Low-rotor-rpm horn sounded on climb-out.  Skids hit uneven ground during run-on landing, causing helicopter to fall on its side.  Two occupants exited safely only to watch the helicopter be consumed by post-crash fire.  see also http://www.3CapesHeliChallenge.com/... Read more

05-Aug-12 C-FLBI Schweizer 300CBi Widgeon Lake, Canada

5-Aug-2012Source: 0264

Reg C-FLBI is not confirmed but is the only one in this operators fleet to match the details given so far in the CADAORS report, ref 2012P1240... Read more

06-Aug-12 UR-KLUB Robinson R44 Saky Raion, Ukraine

6-Aug-2012

Synidcate/Club-0wned R44 ditched in the Black Sea at night 200 metres from the shore, and sank.  Sole occupant pilot (from who lives in Kharkov) swam ashore.... Read more

07-Aug-12 N409SB Bell 214ST Avalon, US-Texas

7-Aug-2012

Landed in a field and rolled onto its side.  Helicopter was on a test flight – reportedly for development of the main rotor system for the Bell 525 Relentless... Read more

08-Aug-12 PR-DMG Eurocopter AS350B2 Porto Seguro, Brazil

8-Aug-2012

Crashed near the beach at Porto Seguro, reportedly due to pilot Ruan Oliveira Santana, 31, losing control in heavy winds.  Pilot and five passengers all got out OK – named as Rogério Andrade, 47, Raíssa Aguiar, 19, and three children.  Photos here... Read more

08-Aug-12 N737TV MD Helicopters MD600N Delta Junction, US-Alaska (1F)

8-Aug-2012

En route to pick up miners at the remote site when the helicopter crashed into the side of a hill and rolled a considerable distance, killing the pilot -  later named as James Hopper, 63... Read more

09-Aug-12 Eurocopter AS350 Minnaret Peaks, New Zealand

9-Aug-2012

Pilot had left the rotors to run down and departed the helicopter.  “Blades seen to begin oscillating, striking the tail boom and the ground beside the helicopter”... Read more

09-Aug-12 N89LA Robinson R44 Lake City, US-Arkansas

9-Aug-2012

Struck guide wire to a tower... Read more

09-Aug-12 C-GTDH Eurocopter AS350B2 Norman Wells, Canada

9-Aug-2012

Detail to follow – CADAORS 2012C3400... Read more

09-Aug-12 RA-31596 Kamov Ka32 Koycegiz, Turkey (5F)

9-Aug-2012

Firefighting helicopter impacted terrain, killing 5 including three Russian citizens named as Alexander Gavrilov, Nikolai Atepalikhin and Sergey Khorokhorin... Read more

10-Aug-12 G-MEDX AgustaWestland AW109E Corby, UK

10-Aug-2012

Air Ambulance helicopter damaged by vandals while parked on scene – aerial broken, but no airworthiness implications... Read more

10-Aug-12 RA-3054K Mil Mi-2 Proletarsky, Russia (1F)

10-Aug-2012

Helicopter crashed while carrying out agricultural work.  No further details at this time.  Pilot fatally injured... Read more

11-Aug-12 EC-KTU Eurocopter AS350B3 Guils de Certanya, Spain

11-Aug-2012

While firefighting, refilling hose struck trees and then swung up into main rotors and the tail boom.  Extensively damaged.... Read more

11-Aug-12 TG-RPL Eurocopter AS350B2 Escuintla, Guatemala

11-Aug-2012

Crashed from low level (approx 15m) after hitting a tree.  Aircraft destroyed... Read more

12-Aug-12 N892T Eurocopter EC135T1 York, US-Pennsylvania

12-Aug-2012

Helicopter went AOG and was grounded for four days on a helipad which averages six EMS landings per week... Read more

12-Aug-12 C-FTJU Bell 407 Wabush, Canada

12-Aug-2012

Crashed and pilot to hospital – CADAORS 2012A0768... Read more

12-Aug-12 AF-8** Mil Mi-24 (3 of 3) Mount Kenya, Kenya

12-Aug-2012

Three Mi-24 helicopters of a group of four ferrying from Uganda to Somalia impacted Mount Kenya in poor weather and in close formation – all three wrecks within 1km of each other approx 11,000ft above sea level.  This helicopter ended up in a 45 degree left bank situation in a wooded area (photo).  7 on... Read more

12-Aug-12 AF-807 Mil Mi-24 (2 of 3) Mount Kenya, Kenya

12-Aug-2012

Three Mi-24 helicopters of a group of four ferrying from Uganda to Somalia impacted Mount Kenya in poor weather and in close formation – all three wrecks within 1km of each other approx 11,000ft above sea level.  This helicopter ended up almost completely inverted on its rotorhead in an area of long grass – photo... Read more

12-Aug-12 AF-808 Mil Mi-24 (1 of 3) Mount Kenya, Kenya (7F)

12-Aug-2012

Three Mi-24 helicopters of a group of four ferrying from Uganda to Somalia impacted Mount Kenya in poor weather and in close formation – all three wrecks within 1km of each other approx 11,000ft above sea level.  This helicopter completely burnt out (photo), except the last part of the tail which revealed its serial AF-808. ... Read more

13-Aug-12 N28AE Bell 206L3 Burnet, US-Texas

13-Aug-2012

Tail rotor struck wire on approach after crew were distracted by vehicle on ground potentially entering landing zone.  Landed without further incident... Read more

13-Aug-12 C-GHJT Sikorsky S76A Haida Gwaii, Canada

13-Aug-2012

After losing power to the number 2 engine, the pilot successfully landed the helicopter onto the water. The auto-floatation device deployed, one side reportedly deflated and as the main rotor brake was being applied, the helicopter rolled over. CADAORS 2012P1300... Read more

14-Aug-12 N444EH Bell 47G2 Flandreau, US-South Dakota

14-Aug-2012

Force landed and tipped over... Read more

14-Aug-12 Robinson R22 Leicester, UK

14-Aug-2012

News report just says it crashed, no further details yet available.  Possibly G-BTHI (1732)... Read more

15-Aug-12 Sikorsky CH-53 Tel Nof, Israel

15-Aug-2012

aircraft was forced to carry out an emergency landing near the Tel Nof airbase south of Tel Aviv... Read more

15-Aug-12 N911CH Eurocopter BK117B1 Lawrence, US-Massachusetts

15-Aug-2012

Door fell off on take off. Landed without further incident... Read more

16-Aug-12 Mil Mi-28N Mozdok, Russia

16-Aug-2012

Crashed from a low hover, moderate damage, no injuries... Read more

16-Aug-12 Sikorsky UH-60 Shah Wali Kot, Afghanistan (11F)

16-Aug-2012

Helicopter crashed during a firefight with insurgents in a remote area of southern Afghanistan on Thursday, killing seven Americans and four Afghans... Read more

17-Aug-12 N208WM Robinson R22 Spanish Fork, US-Utah

17-Aug-2012

Training flight, reportedly practicing autorotations.  CFI Gary Hansen sustained bad head injuries, student only minor injuries.... Read more

18-Aug-12 N118EC Bell 206B San Juan, Puerto Rico

18-Aug-2012

Lack of fuel.  The helicopter landed hard and the main rotor blades contacted and severed the tail boom, forward of the tail rotor assembly.... Read more

18-Aug-12 N3939A Eurocopter AS350B3 Sunburst, US-Montana

18-Aug-2012

Main driveshaft failure in low level hover... Read more

19-Aug-12 ZS-HIW Bell 206B Douglas, South Africa

19-Aug-2012

Loss of control landing in strong winds – main blades hit building... Read more

19-Aug-12 PT-YPY Robinson R44 Itaquaquecetuba, Brazil

19-Aug-2012

Emergency landing made in forest area, helicopter ended up on its side heavily damaged.  Wedding flight – groom Danilo Everson dos Santos Rosa and the bride’s mother Maria de Lourdes Rosa, 49, were the passengers.  Pilot was Rodrigo Batista Lemos, age 32.  All three to hospital... Read more

19-Aug-12 VH-JWJ Hughes 500C Kongwak, Australia

19-Aug-2012

Kawasaki-built 500C crashed in open field, main rotor having cut tail boom.  69-year-old pilot and a 43-year-old passenger suffered minor injuries but managed to walk to a nearby home to raise the alarm... Read more

20-Aug-12 PT-HZE Eurocopter AS350B Belo Horizonte, Brazil

20-Aug-2012

Came down suddenly short of intended landing point while on approach on a training flight.  Student Edvaldo Francisco dos Santos (a Major in the Military Police), 46, suffered a fractured spine, and flight instructor John Bosco da Cunha, 62, a fractured right tibia.... Read more

21-Aug-12 Eurocopter Bo105C Donsol, Philippines

21-Aug-2012

Emergency landing into water 1m deep while on search for light aircraft – one of whose occupants was Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo.   The Office of Civil Defense (OCD) identified the five people on board the helicopter as Navy pilots Lt. Rowene Colita, Lt. Jg. Nelson Alquiza, co-pilot; AD3 (Aviation Machinest-3) Rodrigo Gernale, AD2 Leo Calmante... Read more

21-Aug-12 Bagram, Afghanistan

21-Aug-2012

Damaged on the ground by “indirect fire round”... Read more

21-Aug-12 I-GUAN Schweizer 300C Arena Po, Italy

21-Aug-2012

Two occupants, substantially damaged... Read more

21-Aug-12 N911CH Eurocopter BK117B1 Bedford, US-Massachusetts

21-Aug-2012

#2 engine low oil pressure illuminated and engine lost power in landing phase. Otherwise uneventful landing... Read more

22-Aug-12 F-GHLF MD Helicopters 500E Lancon-de-Provence, France

22-Aug-2012

High level of vibrations during landing phase.  Helicopter landed hard and rolled over.... Read more

22-Aug-12 Mil Mi-17 Astana, Kazakhstan (4F)

22-Aug-2012

Crashed during a training exercise at an airfield near the capital Astana and caught fire.... Read more

24-Aug-12 N136KY Eurocopter EC135P2 Pope Army Airfield, US-North Carolina

24-Aug-2012

Transmission chip light came on. Power reduce and an emergency landing was made at Pope Army Airfield which was about 3-4 miles away without further incident... Read more

24-Aug-12 N862NC Eurocopter EC135T2+ Roanoke Rapids, US-North Carolina

24-Aug-2012

Intoxicated person approached helicopter outside pilot’s peripheral vision while at flight idle and with the patient on board being stabilised.  New helipad lacked chain or fence to stop anyone approaching pad, which is adjacent to public-access area... Read more

24-Aug-12 N407N Bell 407 Abingdon, US-Virginia (1F)

24-Aug-2012

Crashed into lake shortly after take-off around 10.20pm – after dropping off six passengers at helicopter owner’s home.  Sole occupant pilot was named in local press as Bill R. Starnes, 64 (see obituary)... Read more

25-Aug-12 F-GTEJ Robinson R44 Brison-Saint-Innocent, France

25-Aug-2012

Struck low-level power cables on final approach due to the pilot having the sun in his eyes.  Helicopter ended on starboard side.  60- year old pilot suffered concussion, head injury and scratches... Read more

25-Aug-12 OY-HUB Eurocopter AS350B3 Mestersvig, Greenland

25-Aug-2012

Starboard cargo door opened and object fell out and struck tail rotor.  Emergency landing made without further incident.  Helicopter fitted with SpacePod cargo doors.... Read more

25-Aug-12 Bell 214 Sardasht, Iran (4F)

25-Aug-2012

Helicopter crashed about 6 miles from the Iraqi border in northwestern Iran.  Four killed – one Revolutionary Guard member and three crew members.  Bell 214 as a type is not fully confirmed... Read more

26-Aug-12 N282AE Bell 206L3 Dickson, US-Tennessee

26-Aug-2012

Safe night emergency landing made in sports field after bird strike caused 24 inch diameter hole in windshield... Read more

27-Aug-12 N925TV Eurocopter AS350B2 Hollywood, US-California

27-Aug-2012

Emergency landing of media helicopter due to oil leak and heavy smoke flume in the air.  Helicopter was operating for KTLA Channel 5.  Pilot was Tim Lynn... Read more

27-Aug-12 N503DR Bell OH-58C Escalon, US-California

27-Aug-2012

Pilot Bill Cavanaugh, was taken to San Joaquin General Hospital following crash on agricultural operations.  His son told a TV station that his father had over 20,000 hours of flying experience... Read more

27-Aug-12 Mil Mi-8 Mirny, Russia

27-Aug-2012

Safe landing with 16 POB plus crew after smoke was noticed in the cockpit – later discovered as the aircon unit burning out.... Read more

27-Aug-12 Mil Mi-17 Damascus, Syria (1F)

27-Aug-2012

Shot down by rebels... Read more

28-Aug-12 Boeing AH-64D Netanya, Israel

28-Aug-2012

Emergency landing after pilot had indication of system malfunction... Read more

28-Aug-12 Boeing CH-47 Afghanistan

28-Aug-2012

Attempting to land in the regional command-east section of Afghanistan when the “non-hostile incident” occurred.... Read more

29-Aug-12 N314RG Sikorsky S92 Islip, US-New York

29-Aug-2012

Bird strike reported to FAA.  Landed without any further incident... Read more

29-Aug-12 VT-TBA Bell 206B Godrha, India

29-Aug-2012

Helicopter landed with considerable forward speed and cartwheeled over its nose on landing – indicating skids possible dug into ground.  Helicopter destroyed but all 5 POB (including spiritual leader Asaram Bapu) safely exited with only minor injuries... Read more

30-Aug-12 F-GHYS Agusta-Bell 47G-2 Ajoupa-Bouillon, Martinique

30-Aug-2012

Emergency landing after loss of engine power while on agricultural operations... Read more

30-Aug-12 Sikorsky UH-60 Hanover, US-Virginia

30-Aug-2012

Force landing in corn field.  No apparent damage.... Read more

30-Aug-12 Helmand province, Afghanistan (2F)

30-Aug-2012

Two Australian special forces officers were killed when their helicopter crashed in Helmand Province. The pair were named in Australian press as Private Nathanael Galagher and Lance Corporal Mervyn McDonald.   Initial reporting indicates there was no insurgent action in the area at the time of the incident which could be related to the crash.... Read more

30-Aug-12 Mil Mi-17 Sarmat, India (4F) – 1 of 2

30-Aug-2012

Two Mi-17 helicopters hit each other on take off on a training mission from an air base near the village of Sarmat in Jamnagar district of Gujarat state.  9 killed, assumed currently as 4 in one helicopter and 5 in the other.  One helicopter caught fire and completely burned out, the other did not –... Read more

30-Aug-12 Mil Mi-17 Sarmat, India (5F) – 2 of 2

30-Aug-2012

Two Mi-17 helicopters hit each other on take off on a training mission from an air base near the village of Sarmat in Jamnagar district of Gujarat state.  9 killed, assumed currently as 4 in one helicopter and 5 in the other.  One helicopter caught fire and completely burned out, the other did not –... Read more

31-Aug-12 N11SP Bell 407 Kanona, US-New York

31-Aug-2012

State Police Trooper/pilot Trooper Thomas A. Shultz, 41, was injured in a very heavy landing after “he experienced an in-flight mechanical emergency.”  Photo shows skids splayed out after landing in a wooded area... Read more

31-Aug-12 F-GPHE Eurocopter AS350B3 Argeles-Gazost, France

31-Aug-2012

Four injured when helicopter came down after hitting cables.  The helicopter was involved in maintenance work on the cables.  Two were “ejected”, from an underslung cradle, and two were in the helicopter.  Pilot Joel Prisse  has dislocated shoulder and crew Philippe Pournin has multiple lower limb fractures.  Aircraft destroyed... Read more

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