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12-Jul-14 VH-ZZM Robinson R22 Dingo, Australia

While conducting a practice autorotation, the helicopter collided with terrain. The helicopter was substantially damaged and a pilot sustained serious injuries.  As part of the investigation, the ATSB will interview the pilot and gather additional information.

12-Jul-14

12-Jul-14 N88771 Bell 47K Kingston, US-Washington

Ditched in shallow water.  3 POB got out OK, one named by local press as Tatyana Kutsenko

12-Jul-14

UK AAIB Bulletin – July 2014

UK AAIB Bulletin – July 2014

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accident(s) of:- Eurocopter EC155B1 (OY-HJJ), loss of control after departure, North Sea, 6 November 2013 Bell 206B (G-BPWI), engine failure leading to forced landing, near Shrewsbury, Shropshire, 4 October 2013 Hughes 369D (G-CCUO), loss of control and ground… Read more »

Source: AAIB, 10-Jul-14

EagleMed Reaches FAA Safety Management System Level 3

EagleMed Reaches FAA Safety Management System Level 3

EagleMed LLC has entered Level 3 of the Federal Aviation Administration’s voluntary Safety Management System (SMS), reflecting the company’s unwavering commitment to safety. The critical care air medical transport company initiated its participation in the government-designed safety program several years ago. In adopting SMS as a higher standard for safety in the air medical transportation… Read more »

Source: EagleMed, 10-Jul-14

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UK CAA responds to report on offshore helicopter safety

UK CAA responds to report on offshore helicopter safety

Any loss of life in aviation accidents is always tragic and the safety of those who rely on offshore helicopter flights is therefore our absolute priority. In February we announced over 70 actions and recommendations to improve safety, primarily aimed at preventing accidents but also to improve survivability following an incident. These were widely welcomed… Read more »

Source: CAA, 10-Jul-14

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ACSF Announces New Members To Board Of Governors

ACSF Announces New Members To Board Of Governors

The Air Charter Safety Foundation (ACSF) is pleased to announce the selection of Jon Beatty, president & CEO of Flight Safety Foundation, Joshua Hebert, founder of Magellan Jets, Levi Stockton, president of Advanced Air & Jet Center, Los Angeles and Dave Davenport, senior vice president of FlightSafety International to the ACSF Board of Governors. Jon… Read more »

Source: ACSF, 10-Jul-14

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2 Arrested After Drone Flies Close to NYPD helicopter

2 Arrested After Drone Flies Close to NYPD helicopter

Two men were arrested after a small drone flying near the George Washington Bridge came within 800 feet of a police helicopter, officials said on Tuesday.  See full story File photo

Source: NY Times, 10-Jul-14

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10-Jul-14 MAP-7712 Mil Mi-17V-5 Strumica, Macedonia (4F)

Police helicopter on night mission hit 140m high antenna, and crashed to the ground killing all four on board.  Cabin burnt out in post-crash fire

10-Jul-14

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10-Jul-14 RA-23721 Mil Mi-2 Varyeganskiy, Russia (1F)

Tail boom (or rotor?) hit wires on take-off, causing crash.  Tail some metres from rest of wreckage, but unclear if that was contributory or result of accident.  Aircraft had been leased by Lukoil and had just dropped off oil workers. Pilot Nicholas Vandakurov killed.

10-Jul-14

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Fatal Pave Hawk crash in UK attributed to multiple bird strike

Fatal Pave Hawk crash in UK attributed to multiple bird strike

THe US Air Force has released its official report on the fatal crash of one of its Sikorsky HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopters on 7th January 2014 on the coast of Norfolk, UK. The very thorough document notes that the Accident Investigation Board President found “by clear and convincing evidence that multiple bird strikes caused the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 09-Jul-14

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Inappropriate control inputs led to January 2013 in-flight breakup of R44

Inappropriate control inputs led to January 2013 in-flight breakup of R44

In its investigation report (A13W0009) released today, the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) determined that a Robinson R44 helicopter broke up in flight over Fox Creek, Alberta on 27 January 2013 due to inappropriate control inputs that caused the main rotor blade to make contact with the fuselage. The Gemini Helicopters Robinson R44 was… Read more »

Source: TSB, 07-Jul-14

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07-Jul-14 Mil Mi-171 Hanoi, Vietnam (18F)

Military helicotpter on parachute training flight came down killing 16 and injuring a further 5.  2 of the 5 succumbed to their injuries in hospital within 48 hours, taking the toll up to 18

07-Jul-14

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06-Jul-14 ZK-HON Schweizer 300C Ward, New Zealand

06-Jul-14 ZK-HON Schweizer 300C Ward, New Zealand

Crashed on hunting expedition.  Both occupants airlifted – pilot Grant McCallum with a broken leg and passenger Sam Kersten with serious back injuries

06-Jul-14

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05-Jul-14 RA-04288 Robinson R44 Novosheshminskij, Russia

Substantially damaged in hard landing due to poor weather – fast approaching thunderstorm with associated winds.  Pilot Vadim Gilmanov was seriously injured, but his life is not in danger according to reports

05-Jul-14

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New Zealand CAA invites Robinson for Safety Seminars

New Zealand CAA invites Robinson for Safety Seminars

Robinson Helicopters have accepted the CAA’s invitation to give a safety awareness briefing on the R44 and R66.  The one-day safety briefing and product update will be presented by Tim Tucker, chief flying instructor for Robinson.  There will be an opportunity on the day after for a dual flight with Tim in the R66 or… Read more »

Source: NZ CAA, 04-Jul-14

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04-Jul-14 RF-31351 Mil Mi-26 Khabarovsk, Russia

Caught fire during refuelling and completely burnt out (photo)

04-Jul-14

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04-Jul-14 Sikorsky S61 Halat, Lebanon

Emergency landing for a firefighting helicopter – Lebanon has three ex Bristow S61s registered AD-1601 through 1603

04-Jul-14

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03-Jul-14 N832PA Airbus AS350B3 Winnemucca, US-Nevada

Heavy landing during sling-load operations for Bureau of Land Management.  Level of damage not known.

03-Jul-14

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