Accidents: December 2021

02-Dec-21 N911PH MD Helicopters MD500E Chesterfield, US-Missouri

2-Dec-2021

Main blades sliced tail boom on training flight while practicing autorotations St. Louis County Police helicopter damaged at Spirit of St. Louis https://t.co/g4nPl1NaYe — KMOV (@KMOV) December 2, 2021... Read more

03-Dec-21 N7116L Robinson R22 Hachita, US-New Mexico

3-Dec-2021

Crashed during low level cattle operations on a ranch.  FAA report “unknown” injury level to the pilot, the only person on board. Noted that the same owner had a fatal Robinson R22 accident on 04-Dec-98 – see NTSB DEN99FA024... Read more

08-Dec-21 ZP5164 Mil Mi-17V5 Coonoor, India (14F)

8-Dec-2021

India’s top military commander has been killed in a helicopter crash in the southern state of Tamil Nadu, the country’s Air Force says. Chief of Defence Staff Gen Bipin Rawat, his wife and 11 others died after the Mi-17V5 helicopter came down in hills near Coonoor city on Wednesday morning.  Images show that the helicopter... Read more

09-Dec-21 N401TB CHR Safari 400 McKinney, US-Texas

9-Dec-2021

After performing some maintenance work on an amateur build helicopter, the pilot carried out a test flight.  In a low hover there was an explosion which caused the helicopter to crash from low level and subsequently burn out. Pilot to hospital with burns. Helicopter believed to be a CHR (Canadian Home Rotors) Safari 400 from... Read more

10-Dec-21 RA-07397 Robinson R66 Lake Karakul, Russia (1F)

10-Dec-2021

Crashed in mountainous region near Lake Karakul on flight from Novokuznetsk (Kemerovo region).  Pilot received fatal injuries... Read more

11-Dec-21 ZS-HXG Bell 206L Ultimate HP, South Africa

11-Dec-2021

Helicopter appeared to lose power on final approach and landed very heavily just short of the helipad.  Location was adjacent to an earth bank, which the main blades hit.  Fuselage creased on aft starboard side, and images show oil as having leaked from the engine – but it is not known whether this was prior... Read more

12-Dec-21 N434PH Bell 407 Conroe, US-Texas

12-Dec-2021

Controlled emergency landing after being unable to recover correctly from practice autorotation landing... Read more

13-Dec-21 N920PD Bell 429 New York, US-New York

13-Dec-2021

Experienced engine issues in the hover, made a heavy landing damaging skids and underside of fuselage. New York Police Dept aircraft... Read more

14-Dec-21 N8827F Hughes 269A Crowley, US-Texas

14-Dec-2021

FAA: Pilot lost control while practicing on a private ranch, and rolled onto its side on landing.  No injuries reported to the 2 POB Helicopter is registered to an address in the town of the incident... Read more

14-Dec-21 N862YB Bell 407 Bridgeport, US-Texas

14-Dec-2021

FAA – Training flight for power recovery practice.  Crashed over safety area on runway.  ... Read more

14-Dec-21 N150AS Bell 407 LaPlace, US-Louisiana (1F)

14-Dec-2021

Helicopter crashed on the eastbound carriageway of the Bonnet Carré Spillway Bridge on Interstate 10.  Aircraft was observed flying low, consistent with low cloud base and low visibility at the time.  Helicopter took out some powerlines, causing 20,000 people to be without electricity.  The helicopter was on fire post impact and completely burned out, as... Read more

14-Dec-21 5146 Enstrom 480B Jiraprawat, Thailand (2F)

14-Dec-2021

Crashed and burned out, with instructor and student receiving fatal injuries.  News reel shows one helicopter suddenly losing altitude in a long parade of 9+ helicopters.  One report indicates there was smoke was emanating from the helicopter while it was in flight. The fatalities were later named as Lt. Col. Panthong Banchongplaen, flight instructor and... Read more

21-Dec-21 N111AD Hughes 500D Strawberry, US-Arizona

21-Dec-2021

Main rotor struck powerline... Read more

29-Dec-21 N544SC Robinson R44 Gatlinburg, US-Tennessee (1F)

29-Dec-2021

Crashed east of Gatlinburg–Pigeon Forge Airport. Passenger Juli Wagner received fatal injuries and pilot Matthew Jones was 1 injured.  According to this press report, the U.S. Attorney’s office confirmed that Matthew Jones should not have been in Tennessee, or flying any aircraft, as he is facing a federal prosecution in Utah for mail fraud and... Read more

30-Dec-21 N8AU Bell 206B Livingston, US-Texas (1F)

30-Dec-2021

1 fatal injury of the four on board when the helicopter came down on the edge of a wood nr Livingston.  Fatality named in this press report as  54-year-old Daniel King of Livingston while the survivors were named as pilot 73-year-old John Martin and passengers 26-year-old Braydon King and 23-year-old Brocton King At approximately 11:45... Read more

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