Accidents: October 2015

02-Oct-15 JA9678 Airbus AS332L1 Itoigawa, Japan

2-Oct-2015

Took off from a temporary helipad about 11:00 Japan Standard Time to carry liquid concrete in the externally slung bucket with a cargo hook. After unloaded the liquid concrete, the pilot mistakenly operated the cargo hook release switch and the empty bucket, the weight of which was about 210 kg, was dropped unintentionally at an... Read more

04-Oct-15 F-OIAO Airbus AS350B3 Voh, New Caledonia (2F)

4-Oct-2015

Crashed in a nose-down attitude during firefighting ops.  2 deceased – reported as a 47 year old female pilot with 5000 hrs experience and 31 year old engineer... Read more

05-Oct-15 N442RP Robinson R44 Parkston, US-South Dakota

5-Oct-2015

R44 with four POB crashed at the AgLand Cooperative fertilizer plant. Images show (1) tail boom sliced by main rotor blades and (2) heavy damage to the front of the cabin and all occupants injured, with two treated locally at Avera St. Benedict Hospital and two with more serious injuries transferred to a more equipped medical... Read more

05-Oct-15 ZS-HDW Bell 206B Senwabarwana, South Africa (2F)

5-Oct-2015

Helicopter was involved in installing an antenna, when it crashed and completely burnt out. Most reports say it hit a pole, but not clear if that was before or after it “experienced difficulties”. Two fatalities and three serious injuries, including those on the ground hit by debris.  The two fatalities were named as pilot David... Read more

05-Oct-15 PNC-073 Bell UH-1H Puerto Gaitan, Colombia (6F)

5-Oct-2015

Crashed and burned out after reported loss of hydraulics led to loss of tail rotor control and an emergency landing.  Six fatalities named as Pilot Javier Arias F, copilot Germán David Beltrán;  Col. Carlos Alberto Melendez, police commander for Meta region, along with colleagues Jeison Alejandro García and Luís Felipe Nieva Gómez, plus one other... Read more

06-Oct-15 Sikorsky S92 Hibernia rig, Canada

6-Oct-2015

Cougar Flight 232 was shut down upon arrival at the Hibernia Gravity Based Structure (GBS) after experiencing engine fuel bypass indications on both engines. The aircrew awaited the arrival of maintenance crew. Overnight the Aircraft Maintenance Engineers, in consultation with the engine manufacturer, conducted all required maintenance procedures. The helicopter was subsequently flight tested and... Read more

06-Oct-15 XC-VER Bell 430 Emiliano Zapata, Mexico (2F)

6-Oct-2015

Crashed and caught fire, killing both pilots – named as David Barrera and Fausto Calderón... Read more

07-Oct-15 VH-ZWA Robinson R44 Darwin, Australia

7-Oct-2015

During takeoff, the helicopter rolled over. The pilot, the only person on board, received minor injuries and the helicopter was substantially damaged.... Read more

07-Oct-15 ZS-HIG Robinson R44 Lephalale, South Africa

7-Oct-2015

Helicopter crashed, injuring vet Niel Kriel and game keeper Dirk Uys... Read more

08-Oct-15 JA9660 Airbus AS332L Takahama Cho, Japan

8-Oct-2015

Took off from a temporary helipad in Takahama Cho, Fukui Prefecture, Japan at 10:12 Japan Standard Time. During carrying loads externally, wooden frame, about 1.3 m by 0.5 m, was dropped unintentionally at an altitude about 170 m. The frame was found in a car park. No one was injured. The helicopter sustained no damage.... Read more

10-Oct-15 Sikorsky S92 St John’s, Canada

10-Oct-2015

Turned back to base after indicator light came on... Read more

11-Oct-15 PK-BKA Airbus EC130 Lake Toba, Indonesia (4F)

11-Oct-2015

Helicopter crashed into Lake Toba with 5 POB, and one survivor Fransiskus Subihardayan found afloat in the shallow water on the side of the lake two days later.  Others on board, missing presumed deceased, have been named as pilot Capt Teguh Mulyanto, crew Hari Poerwantono, and passengers Sugianto (who had chartered the aircraft) and Nurhayanto... Read more

11-Oct-15 XW229 Airbus SA330 Kabul, Afghanistan (5F)

11-Oct-2015

Two UK RAF servicemen, two US servicemen and one French civilian contractor died in the crash after reportedly striking the cable of a tethered surveillance balloon.  The two British fatalitites were named as Flight Lieutenant Geraint Roberts and Flight Lieutenant Alan Scott, while the American pair were named as Major Phyllis Pelky and Master Sgt.... Read more

15-Oct-15 Bell Hc – Mong Kua, Thailand

15-Oct-2015

Developed an engine problem and was forced to put down in a banana plantation.  Helicopter damaged, extent unknown... Read more

15-Oct-15 5Y-DKK Airbus AS350B3 Selous Game Reserve, Tanzania (4F)

15-Oct-2015

Crashed and burnt out.  Helicopter was being used in support of parliamentary candidate Deo Filikunjombe, who died along with the other three on board.  Another parliamentary candidate, Jerry Silaa, posted on his Instagram that his father William Silaa had been the pilot... Read more

16-Oct-15 N443MM Robinson R44 II Lincoln Park, US-Illinois

16-Oct-2015

Emergency landing in the parking lot outside a store after reported fuel problems.  No Damage apparent in press photos... Read more

16-Oct-15 ZS-HII Guimbal G2 Mossel Bay, South Africa

16-Oct-2015

Pilot had completed a 360° turn to the right and was commencing with the same exercise to the left, approximately 90° through the turn the skid gear impacted with the ground, the helicopter continue to rotate to the left and tail rotor stinger and lower fenestron fin assembly impacted with the ground, which had caused... Read more

18-Oct-15 N73224 Bell 47G3B Searchlight, US-Nevada

18-Oct-2015

70 year old pilot Richard Dick was reportedly rounding up cattle at low level in windy conditions, when a gust caused him to crash... Read more

21-Oct-15 Z-3349 Mil Mi-17V5 Mumbai, India

21-Oct-2015

EMergency landing in Bandra-Kurla Complex, just two miles south of Mumbai International Airport.  [Must have been quite a serious emergency to not head for the airport?]... Read more

22-Oct-15 Airbus AS332B off Morocco

22-Oct-2015

Helicopter ditched and sank.  All three on board were originally reported as rescued by Moroccan military but that later proved incorrect and there were then fears they had been kidnapped after the helicopter was found with an empty liferaft beside it (report).  Helicopter was en route from a military exercise in Senegal, bound for the... Read more

22-Oct-15 C-FOHE MD Helicopters MD500D Paynton, Canada (2F)

22-Oct-2015

A 55-year-old male pilot from Campbell River, B.C., and a 35-year-old male passenger from Prince Albert, Sask., were the only 2 POB when it crashed. They were pronounced dead at the scene.  Helicopter was contracted by electric utility SaskPower to access and repair power poles and struck a powerline causing the aircraft to crash.  Post crash... Read more

23-Oct-15 Monson, US-Massachusetts

23-Oct-2015

Police are looking for a “large section of windshield” which fell from a helicopter... Read more

24-Oct-15 F-GOLH Airbus EC130 Megève, France

24-Oct-2015

Sightseeing flight – failed to take-off, lost height and rolled over on landing.  Only one of the 7 POB was not injured.  Registration to be confirmed – Type, Colour scheme and operator match to our records... Read more

24-Oct-15 N911WL Airbus AS350B3 Folsom Lake, US-California

24-Oct-2015

Partial loss of engine power during autorotation flare. Hard landing.French report says “substantial damage” but local press report shows... Read more

25-Oct-15 FAH-977 Bell 412EP Ocotepeque, Honduras

25-Oct-2015

On second attempt to take off, helicopter gained height very slowly and caught some wires, causing it to crash.  Three on board injured. Later report gave those on board as Victor Sosa (pilot), Ariel Murillo (copilot), Ariel Soriano (commander), and paratroopers; Oscar Matamoros (captain), Deivy Ayestas, Alfonso Mejia, Daniel Korea and Fabricio Flores.... Read more

26-Oct-15 Boeing AH-64 Elkton, US-Kentucky

26-Oct-2015

Emergency landing on sports field after suspected fire.  No injuries or damage.  Helicopter operating from Fort Campbell... Read more

26-Oct-15 C-GSLY Airbus AS350B2 Deadhorse, US-Alaska

26-Oct-2015

The pilot reported he was conducting an approach in flat light conditions, visibility was decreasing, and during a turn, the right skid impacted terrain. The pilot reported the helicopter then came to rest on its side and he egressed from the cockpit. Substantial damage sustained to the helicopter. The purpose of the flight was to... Read more

27-Oct-15 Sikorsky CH-53E Castelvetrano, Italy

27-Oct-2015

Emergency landing made in public park... Read more

27-Oct-15 C-GIFY Bell 206 Kinley, Canada (1F)

27-Oct-2015

1976 Bell 206 crashed into a farm field after reporting severe icing.  En route from Calgary to Saskatoon... Read more

27-Oct-15 Al-Maya, Libya (18F)

27-Oct-2015

A helicopter carrying two senior officers allied to Libya’s Islamist-backed Tripoli government was shot down in the Al-Maya coastal region west of Tripoli, killing at least 14 of its 23 passengers, a Tripoli military official said.  A later report then raised the figure to 18... Read more

30-Oct-15 N609AG AgustaWestland AW609 Vercelli, Italy (2F)

30-Oct-2015

We are seeing many reports in the Italian media of an AW609 accident with two fatalities – named here as Pietro Venanzi and Herbert Moran. “on fire in flight between Santhià and Tronzano, the province of Vercelli” seems to be the common link description at this time.  ... Read more

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