Accidents: May 2017

01-May-17 Sikorsky UH-60 Scottsville, US-New York

1-May-2017

Precautionary landing made at country club after the windshield developed a crack and its anti-icing system started to short out.  It was later flown back to base at Rochester... Read more

02-May-17 N911GE Bell 206B Fort McCoy, US-Florida

2-May-2017

A Marion County Sheriff’s Office helicopter that was assisting the Florida Forest Service and Marion County Fire Rescue with active brush fires crashed while dipping a bucket for water in a lake.  Pilot is named in press reports as Sgt. John Rawls... Read more

02-May-17 ZK-IED Airbus BK117A3 Porirua Harbour, New Zealand

2-May-2017

Sole occupant pilot Rick Lucas experienced tail rotor failure and helicopter started to spin so he elected to ditch it in the shallow waters of Porirua Harbour, N of Wellington... Read more

02-May-17 G-MCGG Sikorsky S92 Kirkfieldbank, UK

2-May-2017

Helicopter went unserviceable on the ground at an emergency callout... Read more

02-May-17 N457PH Bell 407 Grand Bay, US-Gulf of Mexico

2-May-2017

On May 2, 2017, about 0635 central daylight time, a Bell 407 made a precautionary landing at Grand Bay receiving station in the Gulf of Mexico, near Boothville, Louisiana, after the pilot noticed a vibration in-flight. VMC prevailed at the time of the accident.The non-scheduled domestic passenger flight was being conducted under the provisions of... Read more

03-May-17 N401JS Robinson R44 Cimarron, US-New Mexico

3-May-2017

FAA report no injuries in force landing, damage to helicopter “unknown”... Read more

03-May-17 F-HUSH Robinson R44 II Monléon-Magnoac, France

3-May-2017

Helicopter sank into the ground on landing and then tilted backwards. The pilot applies more power but loses control of the helicopter which falls onto its side. BEA 2017-0233... Read more

04-May-17 Bell UH-1D Tanay, Philippines (3F)

4-May-2017

Encountered engine trouble while on a landing approach inside the headquarters of the Philippine Army’s 2nd Infantry Divisiion in Sitio Hilltop, Barangay Sampaloc, Camp Capinpin in Tanay.  Helicopter crashed and burned out in a wooded area The helicopter was taking part in a disaster rescue operation training course involving 60 soldiers from the 2nd Infantry... Read more

04-May-17 RA-04156 Robinson R44 Inzer, Russia (3F)

4-May-2017

Crashed killing 3 onboard as the helicopter was monitoring forest fires in Bashkortostan, Russia. Reports coming in state that the pilot and 2 forestry workers were killed instantly when the R44 came down in the forest... Read more

05-May-17 G-MATH Airbus AS350B3 Wycombe Air Park, UK

5-May-2017

Landed on its port side with minimal damage to anything on the starboard side (stabiliser, tail rotor), although starboard skid somewhat bent.  Possible dynamic roll-over.  3 POB all to hospital, one with life-threatening injuries... Read more

05-May-17 N981RR Robinson R44 Santa Barbara, US-California

5-May-2017

Two passengers and a pilot were taking a waterfront tour, when the R44 experienced mechanical problems and an emergency landing was made.  The helicopter struck two vans near a golf course and caught fire, but all three occupants got out before the flames broke out. Operator was Santa Barbara Helicopter Tours, who lease it from... Read more

07-May-17 Bell 206 Waterloo, US-Illinois

7-May-2017

Helicopter involved in low level agricultural work, clipped wires and came down into the field.  Pilot walked away... Read more

07-May-17 9N-AKG Airbus AS350B3e Everest Base Camp, Nepal

7-May-2017

Helicopter was hit by an object while flying and damage was sustained to the boom (picture).... Read more

08-May-17 HL9414 Kamov Ka32 Samcheok, Korea (1F)

8-May-2017

Helicopter struck wires and made an emergency landing into shallow water – but ended upright with little apparent damage from available press images.  However, one crew member knocked unconscious in the manoeuvre and later died in hospital from his injuries Civil registration HL9414, and also carries Korea Forest Service fleet code FP 608... Read more

10-May-17 N428JG Robinson R44 Vevay, US-Indiana

10-May-2017

Struck powerline during agricultural work and force landed in the field below... Read more

10-May-17 G-HKCN Airbus H125 Bergen, Norway

10-May-2017

Ended up in the water next to the superyacht it is based on – MY Bacarella after the helicopter’s downdraft caused a loose tarpaulin to rise up into the rotors shortly before touchdown, and evasive action by the pilot steered the helicopter away from the boat and into the water alongside.  Three POB, one seriously... Read more

10-May-17 N480W Enstrom 480 Pfunders, Italy (1F)

10-May-2017

Helicopter had started the day in Pisa, flying north and refuelling at Bolzano.  On next leg to Salzburg it encountered some difficulties and one report suggests it was on fire before reaching the ground and burning out in a ravine.  Sole occupant pilot fatally injured – reported as a 75 year old Austrian national... Read more

10-May-17 D-HAFB Westland-Bell 47 Pertisau, Austria (2F)

10-May-2017

Crashed and burnt out killing both on board, after reportedly hitting the cables of a material cableway.  According to a report in the Tyrolean edition of the “Kronen Zeitung”, Peter H. (55) from Tulfes and Richard G. (52) from Hall.... Read more

10-May-17 OM-BYM Bell 429 Vyšnej Šebastová, Slovakia (2F)

10-May-2017

4POB – two firefighters, who were fatally injured, and two police.  The fatalities were named as Peter Toďor, who died at the scene, and Radoslava Lacka, who died a little time later in hospital.  Reported as a training flight and helicopter spiralled down from 100-200m altitude to a very heavy landing.... Read more

13-May-17 D-HHFW Bell 206B Hirtshals, Denmark

13-May-2017

While being transported, the trailer carrying the helicopter started to fishtail from the towing vehicle – causing the helicopter to work free of the straps/cables holding it in place, and the trailer finally turned over, causing significant damage to the helicopter... Read more

13-May-17 Bell 407 Mosul, Iraq

13-May-2017

Helicopter shot down from ground fire.  Reports do not agree as to whether the two occupants were fatally injured or not.  In one report, a Bell 407 is shown with holes in the front windscreen... Read more

13-May-17 HB-ZTM Airbus AS350B2 Kandersteg, Switzerland (1F)

13-May-2017

During landing phase, helicopter fell on its port side, killing the pilot.  3 of the 5 passengers were slightly injured.  Pilot named in prelim accident report as Schweizer Bürger... Read more

14-May-17 Tabayama, Japan (1F)

14-May-2017

When the rescue helicopter — which was hovering over the scene — moved its position, rocks and tree branches suddenly tumbled down the slope over the patient (who had fallen and summoned help) and the two rescue workers on the ground. The man was airlifted to a hospital in Kofu where he was confirmed dead.... Read more

17-May-17 VH-MNU Robinson R44 Moreton Island, Australia

17-May-2017

During aerial work, the helicopter collided with trees and subsequently with terrain. The pilot and passenger sustained minor injuries and the helicopter was substantially damaged.... Read more

18-May-17 N6040Y Bell 407 Fort Worth, US-Texas

18-May-2017

FAA reported substantially damaged after hard landing on training flight – aircraft operated by Bell Helicopter Training Academy... Read more

19-May-17 N197LL Airbus EC145 Terre Haute, US-Indiana

19-May-2017

While in cruise flight at 3000 MSL, a “loud bang” was heard with a secondary “loud rushing” noise. The pilot verified no flight control or system malfunction and initiated a precautionary landing to nearest suitable landing area. After landing, a post-flight inspection revealed a broken copilot chin bubble with bird remains. No occupant was seated... Read more

19-May-17 Robinson R44 Heilbron, South Africa (2F)

19-May-2017

two farmers and their sons were returning home from the Nampo Harvest Day on Bothaville in the Free State when the accident occurred.  One farmer, Douw Wentzel Snr, and the other farmer’s son Andre Deale suffered fatal injuries.... Read more

20-May-17 N778TL Robinson R66 Canon City, US-Colorado

20-May-2017

Close to company base, helicopter landed upright, but with main blades slicing the tail boom off close to the tail rotor... Read more

20-May-17 N2322Z Robinson R22 Linden, US-New Jersey

20-May-2017

Fell onto starboard side in training accident.... Read more

20-May-17 6595 Airbus HH-65 Berkeley, US-California

20-May-2017

Emergency landing after the autopilot system failed and a crew member smelled something electrical burning.  Helicopter removed from site by road back to base at CGAS San Francisco... Read more

21-May-17 Leonardo AW101 Hamr el Ain, Algeria (3F)

21-May-2017

Helicopter crashed in open farmland on a night reconnaissance mission, killing three POB.  Post crash fire.  Reported location is right by significant amounts of high voltage lines converging on a power station site, and the Algerian Navy later confirmed (below) that the helicopter hit powerlines. The official statement in the news section of the Algerian... Read more

22-May-17 N2032S Schweizer 300CBi Eden Prairie, US-Minnesota

22-May-2017

Fell onto starboard side during training accident.  Two POB not seriously injured... Read more

22-May-17 N207CH Airbus AS350B2 Herbert Glacier, US-Alaska

22-May-2017

Landing accident on a glacier.  No injuries to 7 POB... Read more

22-May-17 AN-136 Eurocopter EC145 Punta Chame, Panama

22-May-2017

Helicopter was flying from Santiago (Veraguas Province) to Panama Pacifico airport in the capital city, and was impacted by a flock of birds causing a loss of thrust in its tail rotor.  Am Emergency landing was made at Punta Chame, which resulted in the helicopter being on its port side on the edge of the... Read more

23-May-17 Bell UH-1 Naccache, Lebanon

23-May-2017

Emergency landing made on a road; Photo shows helicopter apparently intact and complete, with no damage... Read more

23-May-17 XB-LUB Bel 47D Amacuzac, Mexico (1F)

23-May-2017

Helicopter crashed during mosquito control operations, and burnt out in the following fire.  Sole occupant pilot died in the accident... Read more

25-May-17 N11FX Bell UH-1 Höfen, Austria

25-May-2017

While landing after an aerobatic demo flight, the rotor blades came into contact with a building and the tail rotor gearbox separated from the aircraft.  Subsequent small fire was put out and helicopter written off on the helipad.  Pilot Siegfried Schwarz... Read more

25-May-17 VT-CMM Sikorsky S76C++ Nilanga, India

25-May-2017

Helicopter came down less than 30 seconds after take-off.  Video shows a sudden spark 41 seconds after take-off on a very low climb-out (which could suggest it hit wires), and the helicopter descended quickly from there.  4 POB including the Chief Minister of the State of Maharashtra, but no significant injuries.  The helicopter did not... Read more

25-May-17 N62UP Airbus EC135 New Castle, US-Delaware (1F)

25-May-2017

Air ambulance on training flight. Crash shortly after take off, killing the pilot. No patients or medical crew were on board.  Pilot named as Michael Murphy... Read more

27-May-17 Mil Mi-8 Maritime Territory, Russia

27-May-2017

One of 7 POB injured in a rough landing of a Mil Mi-8 helicopter in the Far East’s Maritime Territory... Read more

27-May-17 VT-ENX Airbus AS365N Ahmedabad, India

27-May-2017

Helicopter was flying from Manekpur in Valsad to Himmatnagar when the engine reportedly heated up.  Successful safe emergency landing made.  VVIP – the Chief Minister of Gujarat (Vijay Rupani) was on board.  The actual helicopter involved has not yet been identified and may have been a replacement in any case – after other issues with... Read more

27-May-17 Mil Mi-17 Chilov Island, Azerbaijan

27-May-2017

Successful emergency landing after reported engine failure.  Helicopter was en route to the Oil Rocks field with 15 pax and 3 crew.  No damage, no injuries... Read more

27-May-17 Mil Mi-17 Neluwa, Sri Lanka

27-May-2017

37-year- old SLAF airman, YMS Yaparathna, fall off a helicopter while conducting a rescue operation, along with the two individuals he was rescuing.  All three were injured when they fell, and were admitted to the Karapitiya Teaching Hospital where the airman later died of his injuries.  He was posthumously promoted from Flight Sergeant to the... Read more

28-May-17 XB-CCP Robinson R44 II Chiconquiaco, Mexico

28-May-2017

Crashed and destroyed by fire.  3 POB seriously injured.  Passengers named as Carlos Marcelo Ruiz Sánchez and Juan Domínguez were transferred to a hospital in Naolinco, while the pilot was taken to a hospital in Xalapa.... Read more

29-May-17 SMH-589 Mil Mi-17 Baddegama, Sri Lanka

29-May-2017

While involved in flood relief support, helicopter landed in a residential garden, with the boom breaking off against the roof of the house. Registration validated by photo on this page None of the 11 POB injured.  Helicopter substantially damaged... Read more

30-May-17 Airbus AS365N3 Moorea, French Polynesia

30-May-2017

French Navy Dauphin made a wheels up landing on the runway, with the helicopter remaining upright on its belly. Three POB not injured The French Navy have two examples based at Papeete/Tahiti-Faaa (PPT / NTAA), serialled 6872 and 6928... Read more

31-May-17 Z402 Airbus SA316 Dayarampura, India

31-May-2017

Precautionary landing due to change of weather – it was a very soggy field... Read more

31-May-17 Boeing AH-64 Dornstadt-Tomerdingen, Germany

31-May-2017

Emergency landing in a field of crop. No apparent damage from photos in press.  Quote > Instruments indicated that the hydraulics powering the flight control system had a loss in pressure, prompting a “land-as-soon-as-possible condition”... Read more

31-May-17 Airbus AS532 Uludere, Turkey (13F)

31-May-2017

Crashed after hitting high voltage wires shortly after take-off (one report says three minutes after take off).  All 13 POB deceased.  DHA news agency is reported as saying the helicopter was carrying a delegation, headed by a major-general, which was inspecting the Senoba region. All 13 POB deceased, named as 23rd Border Division Command Major... Read more

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