Accidents: January 2021

01-Jan-21 9M-SAW Robinson R66 Port Klang, Malaysia

1-Jan-2021

Badly damaged in dynamic rollover on a training flight.  Pilot named here as Kharudin Dahlan, 72, and his co-pilot was, Moithu Kutti Mohamad, 52... Read more

01-Jan-21 N74823 Bell 47D1 Marana, US-Arizona

1-Jan-2021

Low level manouevre to avoid another aircraft caused helicopter to crash... Read more

01-Jan-21 C-FBGT Robinson R44 Eaglesham, Canada (4F)

1-Jan-2021

Helicopter collided with terrain, killing all four on board – the owner, his wife and two of their five children – named in this report as Wade Balisky, 45, and Aubrey Balisky, 37, and two of their children, Jewel, 8, and Fleur, 2.  They were survived by their oldest three children. Location was a wide open... Read more

02-Jan-21 ZS-OXK Airbus AS350B3 Cape Town, South Africa

2-Jan-2021

Damaged after losing control during take off from Cape Town International Airport.  Helicopter ended up on its starboard side on the apron outside a hangar.  The pilot was flying alone and only suffered minor injuries and received medical attention.... Read more

05-Jan-21 ZA679 Boeing CH-47F Wantage, UK

5-Jan-2021

Helicopter made a precautionary landing, but the field was very soft and it sank into the soil, which initiated an exercise to extract it using cranes etc over two or three days. RAF Benson photo... Read more

06-Jan-21 PR-WVW Robinson R44 Vila Velha, Brazil (2F)

6-Jan-2021

Helicopter was on final approach to land at its base airport Vila Velha en route from Guarapari and suddenly lost height from 200ft to the ground.  Both occupants in the helicopter received fatal injuries.  They were named in this report as pilot Octavio Schneider Guieroz (68) and his girlfriend Lucimara Poleto (52). Video of accident... Read more

09-Jan-21 N322SH Robinson R44 Albany, US-Texas

9-Jan-2021

Loss of power on take off, autorotation into field.  FAA report substantially damaged.  No injuries to 3POB... Read more

09-Jan-21 N4035S Sikorsky S-64F Oakland, US-California

9-Jan-2021

Helicopter was lifting an air conditioning units from street level to the roof of the Elihu Harris State Building (1515 Clay Street) when the load dropped. No injuries were reported.... Read more

09-Jan-21 N8612F Hughes 500D Winthrop, US-Washington

9-Jan-2021

Landed heavily on snow, skids broken, tail boom sliced by main blades... Read more

10-Jan-21 SSAF-104 Mil Mi-17 Cueibet, South Sudan

10-Jan-2021

Landing accident, likely caused by brown-out. Tail boom sliced by main rotor disc. Helicopter was arriving from Juba, and was carrying the body of the late hon. Gabriel Matur Malek.  Entourage included General Garang Mabil, General Majak Arol and Brigadier Mamer Ayom.  The latter is quoted saying “When it reached Cueibet town, there is a football field and... Read more

10-Jan-21 ZU-RAJ Aerospatiale SE313 Brits, South Africa (1F)

10-Jan-2021

Helicopter ended up submerged in a river, reasons currently unclear Pilot freed himself, swam to river bank and called for help.  Male passenger freed, but female passenger trapped and declared dead at scene... Read more

12-Jan-21 F-HAGO Schweizer 300CBi Eze, France

12-Jan-2021

Helicopter made an emergency landing on a mountain top and ended up nose down in the snow with its sliced tail boom pointing skywards and part of the tail rotor on the ground beside it  ... Read more

12-Jan-21 N552DR Hiller UH-12C Lafayette, US-Indiana

12-Jan-2021

Port side skid got caught on take-off, causing helicopter to fall onto its side. FAA report Substantially damaged, no injuries to 2 POB... Read more

13-Jan-21 N7480F Hughes 300C Spanish Fork, US-Utah

13-Jan-2021

Field landing after reported engine failure on a training flight. No injuries reported to 2POB... Read more

13-Jan-21 (serial tba) Mil Mi-24 Wad Zayed, Sudan

13-Jan-2021

Crashed shortly after taking off from an airport.  All on board survived (Mi-24 is best guess at type.  3POB and an “attack helicopter” seem reasonably likely to be correct.  “Apache” clearly is not.  However, image issued by the Sudan News Agency shows the aft end of the tail boom and stinger of an AW109 –... Read more

14-Jan-21 (reg tba) Leonardo AW??? Yashlyk, Turkmenistan (3F)

14-Jan-2021

Helicopter crashed with the loss of all 3 POB after contacting powerlines.  Weather conditions were reported as low visibility.  Some reports say “AgustaWestland helicopter” and this probably means an AW109, given the Turkmen Border Guard are known to operate them.  AW139 and AW101 helicopters are also operated by the local military. Date not certain.  This... Read more

15-Jan-21 PH-TTR Airbus H135 Almere, Netherlands

15-Jan-2021

Bird strike on night flight took out the port lower windshield.  Emergency landing made at Amsterdam Heliport.  Recording of ATC conversation in this YouTube video  ... Read more

16-Jan-21 UR-ASD Robinson R44 Borispol, Ukraine

16-Jan-2021

Details unclear, apart from ending up on its port side as below Source... Read more

16-Jan-21 517 Bell UH-1H Busdi, Philippines (7F)

16-Jan-2021

Two UH-1s flying together and the pilot of the second aircraft remarked that he could see smoke from the engine of the first aircraft.   The pilot of the first aircraft advised that they were turning back, but as it maneuvered, it nosedived, according to reports.  The pilot reportedly made sure they would not crash land on a group... Read more

19-Jan-21 ZS-HUC Bell 206B Ceres, South Africa

19-Jan-2021

Helicopter involved in low level agricultural work.  Struck wires and crashed to the ground.  Pilot suffered fatal injuries... Read more

20-Jan-21 YV200T MD Helicopters MD500E Guanare, Venezuela (4F)

20-Jan-2021

Helicopter impacted lake.  All four POB died in the accident.  When the helicopter was recovered, one blade was missing and the tail boom had been sliced off.  Pilot named in this report as Elio Marcaccio while passengers Moisés Selvi and Euclides Quintero, and a unnamed 14 year-old were added from this report... Read more

21-Jan-21 ZT-RRT Bell 430 Bergville, South Africa (5F)

21-Jan-2021

Crashed and caught fire, killing all five POB. The deceased were named here as Dr Kgopotso Rudolph Mononyane, an anaesthetist, Dr Curnick Siyabonga (Sia) Mahlangu a cardiothoracic surgeon and Mpho Xaba, a specialist theatre nurse for cardiothoracic and transplant, all from Netcare Milpark Hospital; Sinjin Joshua Farrance, an advanced life support paramedic at Netcare 911,... Read more

22-Jan-21 N90TG MD Helicopters MD500E Queen Creek, US-Arizona

22-Jan-2021

FAA report helicopter was substantially damaged after loss of tail rotor effectiveness on approach to land... Read more

22-Jan-21 N60BK MD Helicopters MD600 Mankato, US-Minnesota

22-Jan-2021

FAA report substantially damaged after main rotors contacted strawline.  2 POB not injured... Read more

26-Jan-21 N474AT Robinson R22 West Palm Beach, US-Florida

26-Jan-2021

Heavy autorotation landing.  FAA report damage as Substantial... Read more

26-Jan-21 (reg/type tba) La Mosquitia, Honduras

26-Jan-2021

Emergency landing after receiving gunshot fire during drug interception operation.  Helicopter landed safely but damaged... Read more

27-Jan-21 CC-ATY Bell 212 Olivar, Chile

27-Jan-2021

Remained upright in very heavy landing.  Engine fire.  Skids collapsed, boom detached.  Pilot (only person on board) airlifted to Rancagua hospital Chilean Army photo from Twitter... Read more

29-Jan-21 CU-H1457 Mil Mi-8 Mesura, Cuba (5F)

29-Jan-2021

Helicopter was one of three making the same route within minutes of each other.  This helicopter impacted terrain and all 5POB received fatal injuries – named here as Pilot: Ernesto Ivan Verdecia Diaz Copilot: Luis Miguel González Santana Flight Engineer: Nivaldo García Herrera Bodyguard: Yoani Alarcón Ramirez Bodyguard: Osneiviz Pedro Martinez Reyes  ... Read more

30-Jan-21 ZS-RWZ Airbus AS350B3 Grand Central, South Africa

30-Jan-2021

Hit the ground and rolled over during low level training flight Student pilot was named as professional boxer Kevin “Two Guns” Lerena   Facebook... Read more

30-Jan-21 N660TN Robinson R66 Arline, US-Tennessee

31-Jan-2021

Crashed 5 minutes after taking off from McGhee Tyson Airport  ... Read more

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