Accidents: March 2015

01-Mar-15 N960LA Airbus AS350B2 Santa Clarita, US-California

1-Mar-2015

Sheriff helicopter made emergency landing in fields of Hart High School due to lightning... Read more

02-Mar-15 C-GLVI Bell 205 Revelstoke, Canada

2-Mar-2015

The Pilot was repositioning 12 passengers from the bottom to the top of the Ghosts Drimie ski run. Upon departure, the Pilot elected to take-off downhill and downwind due to the terrain. The aircraft started to settle as it transited across a field and entered a ‘snowball’ at which time the pilot lost visual reference.... Read more

03-Mar-15 N4003S Robinson R22 San Bernardino, US-California

3-Mar-2015

Landing accident, extensively damaged... Read more

05-Mar-15 F-GOLT Robinson R44 Beaune, France

5-Mar-2015

Extensively damaged – hired by PPL from Hélitravaux.  3 POB all to hospital.... Read more

05-Mar-15 N41BH Bell 407 Fort Worth, US-Texas

5-Mar-2015

Tail rotor strike on landing, substantially damaged... Read more

05-Mar-15 D-HDDD Eurocopter BK117 Stuttgart, Germany (1F)

5-Mar-2015

Hospital worker walked into spinning tail rotor shortly after helicopter had landed, and died from his injuries... Read more

06-Mar-15 N356AM Airbus EC130 St Louis, US-Missouri (1F)

6-Mar-2015

Security video shows helicopter search light spinning to the left. The video shows that the helicopter entered a steep descent and impacted the side of the hospital building and parking lot at night.  Operated by Air Methods for ARCH Air Medical.  Pilot named here as Ronald Rector... Read more

06-Mar-15 JA6741 Airbus AS332L1 Kihokucho, Japan (2F)

6-Mar-2015

Helicopter was engaged in low level powerline work, hit powerline and crashed killing both on board.  Post crash fire.... Read more

07-Mar-15 N206FW Bell 206B Fort Worth, US-Texas

7-Mar-2015

Force landed in a field, no injuries... Read more

08-Mar-15 ZS-HBV Bell UH-1 Olifantsbos, South Africa (1F)

8-Mar-2015

The helicopter went down in mountainous terrain while water bombing the area, killing the pilot – named later here as Hendrik Marais... Read more

09-Mar-15 LQ-CGK Airbus AS350B3 Villa Castelli, Argentina (5F)

9-Mar-2015

Mid air crash of two AS350 helicopters resulting in the fatal crash of both aircraft with a total of 10 lives lost.  Aircraft burnt out in post-crash fire, and were involved in the filming of a reality TV show called Dropped. Eight French nationals, including three sports stars, and the Argentine pilots died when the... Read more

09-Mar-15 LQ-FJQ Airbus AS350B3 Villa Castelli, Argentina (5F)

9-Mar-2015

Mid air crash of two AS350 helicopters resulting in the fatal crash of both aircraft with a total of 10 lives lost.  Aircraft burnt out in post-crash fire, and were involved in the filming of a reality TV show called Dropped. Eight French nationals, including three sports stars, and the Argentine pilots died when the... Read more

09-Mar-15 Sikorsky UH-60 Pensacola, US-Florida (11F)

9-Mar-2015

7 Marines and 4 Army personnel killed in poor visibility on Florida coast. The missing Marines were from a special operations regiment out of Camp LeJeune in North Carolina – identified as  Capt. Stanford Henry Shaw III , Master Sgt. Thomas Saunders, Staff Sgt. Liam Flynn, Staff Sgt. Trevor P. Blaylock , Staff Sgt. Kerry... Read more

10-Mar-15 RA-06397 Robinson R44 Barlak, Russia

10-Mar-2015

Helicopter damaged, but no details on circumstances.  pilot not injured... Read more

10-Mar-15 PT-YPB Robinson R22 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

10-Mar-2015

Emergency landing in “Bosque da Barra” swamp on a training flight after bird strike to tail rotor. Minor damage only, from photos... Read more

12-Mar-15 F-HOLA Guimbal G2 Plateau de Matheysine, France

12-Mar-2015

The instructor explained that during a go-around after practice approach altitude on a field, the helicopter suddenly made several turns to the left around the yaw axis.  He managed to land in a snowy field at about 5400 ft.... Read more

12-Mar-15 EW-249LH Robinson R44 Kobrin, Belarus

12-Mar-2015

Fell onto side in landing accident.  No injuries to 4 POB... Read more

12-Mar-15 Boeing V-22 Futenma, Japan

12-Mar-2015

Aluminum part about 20.3 centimeters long and 7.6 centimeters wide, weighing about 164 grams, fell from aircraft in flight.  US military reportedly took four days to advise local Japanese authorities... Read more

12-Mar-15 N919EM Airbus AS350B2 Stidham, US-Oklahoma (1F)

12-Mar-2015

flying to McAlester from Tulsa when it crashed, according to the Federal Aviation Administration, and no patients were on board.  Timed at around 11.25pm 3 POB, 1 Fatal... Read more

12-Mar-15 CC-CLD Eurocopter SA315B Rancagua, Chile (1F)

12-Mar-2015

External load operations (carrying food and supplies to a mining camp in Colchagua) at 12,700ft amsl but only 50m above the ground when an engine problem caused pilot to jettison the load and take evasive action, descending to the right intending flying down a gorge. Sadly the pilot, named as Francisco Bismara from Argentina, died... Read more

13-Mar-15 N814EH Airbus AS350B2 Anchorage, US-Alaska

13-Mar-2015

Tail rotor spider assembly fractured in-flight, resulting in an emergency run-on landing at Merrill Field, Anchorage... Read more

13-Mar-15 N5688N Enstrom F28C-2 Shelby, US-Montana

13-Mar-2015

Minor damage after skid touched ground while hovering... Read more

13-Mar-15 N702TF Robinson R44 Hammerton, US-New Jersey

13-Mar-2015

Emergency, with no apparent damage from press photo... Read more

13-Mar-15 ZK-IWL Robinson R44 French Pass, New Zealand (1F)

13-Mar-2015

Heilcopter struck wires crossing an 800m wide sea inlet known as French Pass between D’Urville Island and the mainland.  Sole occupant pilot named as Ian John Simcox, 65, from Blenheim was killed... Read more

13-Mar-15 B511 Eurocopter AS565MB Gageodo Island, Korea (4F)

13-Mar-2015

Crashed in waters off Gageodo Island, while trying to land near a seawall to carry out a mission to transport an emergency patient to an inland hospital. The accident left one dead and three others aboard the helicopter missing.... Read more

13-Mar-15 12551 Mil Mi-17 Belgrade, Serbia (7F)

13-Mar-2015

EMS flight in poor weather conditions, crashed killing two medical staff, four crew and the baby patient, only a few days old.  A later report indicated “The post mortem showed there were 0.68 milligrams per milliliter of alcohol in Mehic’s blood, and 1.30 mg/ml in his urine.”... Read more

13-Mar-15 4K-AZ117 AgustaWestland AW139 Yavlakh, Azerbaijan

13-Mar-2015

AW139 noted with emergency squawk 7700 flying Baku to Ganja.  Very odd routing from radar plot just prior to Flightrader24 screen grab.  No further details available... Read more

14-Mar-15 N220AF Rotorway A600 Lake Wales, US-Florida

14-Mar-2015

Crashed in unknown circumstances... Read more

14-Mar-15 N472SH Robinson R22 Sarasota, US-Florida

14-Mar-2015

Minor damage on landing... Read more

16-Mar-15 F-GIJQ Airbus AS350BA Sinnamary, French Guyana

16-Mar-2015

On flight from Cayenne to Grand Santi, pilot was flying very low and struck trees.  Pilot returned to Cayenne airfield.... Read more

16-Mar-15 N1510L Bell 206B Dallas, US-Texas

16-Mar-2015

On patrol at 600′ AGL flying south along Interstate 45 over the Trinity River struck two ducks. Landed safely with minor damage... Read more

16-Mar-15 Bell TH-67A Tainan City, Taiwan (2 of 2)

16-Mar-2015

Manoevring accident – in hover, tail rotor hit the tail rotor of another helicopter on the apron... Read more

16-Mar-15 Bell TH-67A Tainan City, Taiwan (1 of 2)

16-Mar-2015

Manoevring accident – in hover, tail rotor hit the tail rotor of another helicopter on the apron... Read more

17-Mar-15 N7062F Robinson R22 Ewa Beach, US-Hawaii

17-Mar-2015

Pilot made an emergency landing after noticing smoke coming from the engine compartment, 2 POB uninjured – Sources say the pilot, Michael Tepper was on an introductory instructional flight with his passenger, Brandon Ahlo.... Read more

17-Mar-15 MM80722 Agusta-Bell 205A.1 Casera Razzo, Italy

17-Mar-2015

Heavy landing on snow, damaging the helicopter. two pilots and two technicians on board were not seriously injured.  Army code EI-351... Read more

17-Mar-15 Q-15 Boeing AH-64D Gao, Mali (2F)

17-Mar-2015

Captain Rene Zeetsen, 30, was killed in the crash and First Lieutenant Ernst Mollinger, 26, died later in a field hospital... Read more

18-Mar-15 Esuofua, Ghana

18-Mar-2015

A helicopter carrying some consignment of gold from the Obuasi Mine of Anglogold Ashanti to Accra crash landed in a thick forest at Esuofua near Asuboi, a remote village near Akyem Oda... Read more

20-Mar-15 N701CT Robinson R44 Hot Springs, US-Arkansas

20-Mar-2015

While landing at his own helipad, the pilot said the ground gave way beneath the pad causing the tail rotor to strike the dirt. This caused the helicopter to spin uncontrollably, and it ended up in nearby trees... Read more

20-Mar-15 VH-HUA Robinson R22 Mount Isa, Australia

20-Mar-2015

During manoeuvring the helicopter collided with terrain resulting in substantial damage. The pilot and passenger were not injured.... Read more

20-Mar-15 Aerokopter AK1-3 Hefei, China (1F)

20-Mar-2015

Helicopter crashed into lake, pilot missing and passenger recovered uninjured.  Local CCTV camera appears to catch helicopter gradually descending in mist towards the smooth surface of the lake... Read more

21-Mar-15 PK-FUP Sikorsky S76C Tanjung Dewa, Indonesia

21-Mar-2015

Helicopter crashed while being operated for Total E&P Indonesie (TEPI) on a mission to inspect pipelines.  Helicopter ended upside down as seen in this photo Press report next day stated “The six victims who will soon leave Siloam Hospital in Balikpapan include two Total Indonesie employees, Rakhmat Yunanto, 35, and Agung Danur Wenda, 33, and two... Read more

22-Mar-15 2393 Mil Mi-14PL Jabal al-Zawiya, Syria (1F)

22-Mar-2015

Pilot carried out an “emergency landing due to technical failure”. Four occupants were captured by opposition fighters, one crew member was shot by his captors and the fait of a sixth crew member is unknown.  Registration confirmed from this YouTube video... Read more

22-Mar-15 N30242 Robinson R44 Orlando, US-Florida (3F)

22-Mar-2015

R44 went down two miles west of the airport it took off from, crashing into a house and killing the pilot and two passengers – later named here as Bruce Teitelbaum, 48, and Marsha Khan, 55,  and Harry Anderson, 42... Read more

23-Mar-15 N1511L Bell 206B Lake Ray Hubbard, US-Texas

23-Mar-2015

Bird strike while conducting low level search at night over a lake.  Helicopter landed safely with a hole in the windshield... Read more

24-Mar-15 N43CM Bell 206B Taylors Island, US-Maryland

24-Mar-2015

Landed in shallow water close to the shore of Taylor’s Island.  Remained upright and the 2 POB got out and walked to the shore after experiencing a mechanical problem.  Pilot named as 45-year-old Vincent Giglio of New Jersey and passenger 61-year-old Ronald Lopes of New York... Read more

24-Mar-15 29 Yellow Mil Mi-24 Kiev, Ukraine (1F)

24-Mar-2015

1 killed and 2 injured when helicopter came down close to Ukraine’s capital Kiev (Kyiv) . Video from crash scene here... Read more

24-Mar-15 Mil Mi-2 Yelizovo, Russia (2F)

24-Mar-2015

Two deaths reported – helicopter on a post maintenance test flight after engine was replaced.  Registration variously quoted as RF-01186 or RF-01168... Read more

25-Mar-15 Bell 412 Sanaa, Yemen

25-Mar-2015

Destroyed in reported Saudi air attack on hangar at Al-Dailami air base.  Photo shows Bell 412 on the left of this image... Read more

25-Mar-15 Bell UH-1 Sanaa, Yemen

25-Mar-2015

Destroyed in reported Saudi air attack on hangar at Al-Dailami air base.  Photo shows Bell 412 on the left of this image... Read more

26-Mar-15 EC-KYJ Airbus AS355N Montmelo, Spain

26-Mar-2015

After engine failure indication the pilot decided to land in the heliport of the Montmelo motor racing circuit. During approach there was an explosion of the engine, provoking the power turbine and exhaust nozzle to detach. Important damage to the engine and the exhaust nozzle.... Read more

26-Mar-15 Mil Mi-8 Phu Quy Island, Vietnam

26-Mar-2015

Crashed on final approach due to gusty conditions.  Rolled over onto its side. Three of 8 POB taken to hospital were named as  Tran Van Thong, 36; Nguyen Xuan Toan, 53; and Dong Van Vu, 34... Read more

27-Mar-15 163220 Bell TH-57B Pensacola, US-Florida

27-Mar-2015

US Navy TH-57B rolled over onto its starboard side during a night training flight.  Instructor and student not seriously injured... Read more

27-Mar-15 C-GVHA Bell 47G.2 Chilliwack, Canada

27-Mar-2015

1 POB with minor injuries.  CADORS 2015P0442... Read more

27-Mar-15 XA-DSO Airbus AS350B3 San Martin de Porres, Mexico (4F)

27-Mar-2015

Crashed in poor weather while working on telephone lines for Telefonos de Mexico – three died on impact, fourth later in hospital... Read more

28-Mar-15 N130HA Hiller UH-12E Fresno, US-California

28-Mar-2015

Lost power and landed in a tree... Read more

29-Mar-15 OK-RRJ Robinson R44 Modrava, Czech Republic (1F)

29-Mar-2015

Crashed into trees shortly after take-off from a site described as ” inaccessible” – pilot reported to have stayed the night in a cottage in the woods.  Weather mentioned as a possible factor in some reports... Read more

30-Mar-15 Eurocopter AS350 Wilburton, US-Oklahoma

30-Mar-2015

Turned back after takeoff to check a malfunctioning gauge and landed back at departure point. Infant patient then ferried to destination by another helicopter... Read more

30-Mar-15 N50KH Bell 206L.1 Saucier, US-Mississippi (2F)

30-Mar-2015

Helicopter down with two fatalities (named here as Steve Cobb and pilot Brandon Ricks) and one serious injury (Brendan Mullen). Bell 206L1 was contracted to US Forestry Service and the crew were working on a prescribed burn of 800 acres in the Desoto National Forest.... Read more

31-Mar-15 CC-APP Bell 206L4 Diego de Almagro, Chile (4F)

31-Mar-2015

Crashed in mountainous area with the loss of all 4 POB. The helicopter was transporting workers sent to restore water service to the tens of thousands of people left without drinking water after the floods.  Pilot Pedro Pablo Aldunate Arriola was married to a cousin of Chilean President Michelle Bachelet.... Read more

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