Accidents: November 2015

02-Nov-15 VH-SFX Airbus AS350BA Whyanbeel, Australia

2-Nov-2015

EMS helicopter reported en route to helicopter accident. Initial reports say four or five on board, most agree on four injured with the pilot needing airlifting... Read more

03-Nov-15 VH-WPX Airbus AS365N3 Jandakot, Australia

3-Nov-2015

After returning from a test flight, a maintenance inspection revealed damage to a main rotor blade.... Read more

04-Nov-15 VT-PWF Airbus AS365N3 off Mumbai, India (2F)

4-Nov-2015Source: http://www.bea.aero/fr/enquetes/2015/2015.semaine.45.pdf

Crashed into sea on night training flight.  Helicopter was operating a training flight for night recency and took-off from rig “WIS”. While landing at “RONTAP MEYER” it met with an accident. After impact ELT was triggered. Cockpit door found at the last known position during SAR. Pilots named here as TK Guha and Eeso Samuel... Read more

05-Nov-15 F-GLSF Robinson R22 Andernos les Bains, France

5-Nov-2015

On return from a local flight, pilot stabilizes the hovering helicopter, turns round before starting a fast forward about 5 m height. After about 300m the pilot the helicopter pitched up to stop hovering. He then receives a uncontrolled increase in engine speed and fails to reduce power. He loses control in rotation, the right... Read more

06-Nov-15 VH-NCL Robinson R22 Newman, Australia

6-Nov-2015

Shortly after take-off, the helicopter collided with terrain, resulting in substantial damage. The pilot and passenger were not injured.... Read more

07-Nov-15 VH-GKK Airbus EC135T1 Cooranbong, Australia (3F)

7-Nov-2015

Crashed in remote area killing all three on board – owner Richard Green, his wife Carolyn and their travelling companion, John Davis, a renowned documentary film-maker. Mr Green used his helicopter as a “flying camper van” and frequently went to obscure locations – and this meant that a search party was not launched for over... Read more

12-Nov-15 VH-HWJ Robinson R22 Kiana Station, Australia

12-Nov-2015

The ATSB is investigating a collision with terrain involving a Robinson R22, VH-HWJ, 90km S of McArthur River Mine, Northern Territory, on 12 November 2015. While conducting aerial mustering operations, the helicopter collided with terrain. The pilot sustained serious injuries and the helicopter was substantially damaged.... Read more

16-Nov-15 N88HA Airbus H120 Elkhart, US-Indiana

16-Nov-2015

Loss of T/R drive due to failure of air conditioning drive pulley. Instructor pilot completed successful autorotation.  Emergency AD followed for all EC120s fitted with a particular type of air conditioning... Read more

18-Nov-15 N36RX Eurocopter EC135P2e Apple Valley, US-California

18-Nov-2015

The crew was conducting an approach to a landing zone inside of a public safety training center. During the approach, a towel was sucked up into the Fenestron tail rotor system resulting in substantial damage. The towel came out of an unsecured trailer next to the landing zone.... Read more

18-Nov-15 N711BE Airbus AS350B3 Carlsbad, US-California (2F)

18-Nov-2015

Landing on trolley pad went wrong – aircraft tipped back and hit tail on ground twice, then lurched forward and crashed, breaking off the main blades and tail.  Lack of tail rotor then started the fuselage spinning on the ground, which it did dozens of times (see track in this video) before gradually coming to... Read more

21-Nov-15 ZK-HKU Eurocopter AS350BA Fox Glacier, New Zealand (7F)

21-Nov-2015

Crashed on a glacier and fell down a crevasse, killing pilot Mitch Gameren, two Australian tourists Sovannmony Leang and Josephine Gibson and four British tourists Nigel Charlton and his wife Cynthia, Andrew Virco and his partner Katharine Walker, head of radiotherapy at a major trauma centre. It is of particular note that the two visible main... Read more

23-Nov-15 Boeing AH-64 Wonju, Korea (2F)

23-Nov-2015

US Army Apache crashed after hitting wires on a routine training mission, killing both on board.  Post crash fire.  Debris scattered across a road 500m from nearest houses.  The authorities reported wire among the wreckage and the upper part of a nearby high-voltage tower was damaged.... Read more

23-Nov-15 Sikorsky UH-60L Fort Hood, US-Texas (4F)

23-Nov-2015

Maj. Gen. Jeffrey N. Colt, commanding general, First Army Division West, released the following statement on Tuesday 24th:  “It is with a heavy heart that I announce the death of four First Army Division West Soldiers as a result of a UH-60L helicopter crash that happened Monday evening sometime after 5:49 p.m. The accident is... Read more

23-Nov-15 VT-JKB Airbus AS350B3 Katra, India (7F)

23-Nov-2015

A bird is reported to have hit the tail rotor shortly after take-off. While the pilot was trying to make an emergency landing, the helicopter hit power lines, crashed and caught fire.  The helicopter was  ferrying pilgrims to the Vaishno Devi temple.  The seven fatalities were named as  pilot Sumita Vijayn from Kerala, Arjun Singh,... Read more

24-Nov-15 VT-ELJ Airbus AS365N2 Meluri, India

24-Nov-2015

Aircraft was taken off from Dimapur with 4 passengers onboard and just after 35 minutes of flight the helicopter had made a crash landing. Helicopter rear portion caught fire after landing and destroyed.... Read more

24-Nov-15 N355RH Airbus AS350BA Las Charcas, Dominican Republic

24-Nov-2015

As a result of a forced landing, the aircraft fell on a banana plantation and suffered substantial damage. Pilot named in this article as Lieutenant Colonel Harold Jimenez of the Army of the Dominican Republic... Read more

29-Nov-15 RA-04037 Airbus AS350B3 Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia (4F)

29-Nov-2015

Controlled flight into terrain... Read more

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