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29-Apr-14 Eurocopter EC225 Shetland, UK

Offshore helicopter diverted to Sumburgh Airport due to warning light.  Airport was on full emergency alert.  Safe landing.  18 pax and 2 crew

29-Apr-14

29-Apr-14 N37929 Hughes OH-6 Boulder, US-Utah

FAA: “Went into an embankment and rolled onto its side”. One TV station reported it as a hard landing during a mission aimed at livestock predator control.

29-Apr-14

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29-Apr-14 C-GREU Bell 205A.1 Vernon, Canada

Tail rotor clipped windsock on take-off for training flight.  Minor damage, landed safety. CADORS 2014P0551

29-Apr-14

UNM Hospital releases video of PHI Air Medical AS350 accident

UNM Hospital releases video of PHI Air Medical AS350 accident

The University of New Mexico Hospital Board of Trustees on Friday recognized staffers and emergency response personnel, including two UNMH security officers who rushed to the aid of a medical crew shortly after their helicopter crashed on the hospital’s roof earlier this month.  [See HeliHub.com page for this accident] Surveillance video released by UNMH shows the… Read more »

Source: UNM Hospital, 27-Apr-14

NBAA’s Free Webinar Will Help Operators Manage Weather Risk

NBAA’s Free Webinar Will Help Operators Manage Weather Risk

New weather forecasting technologies and probabilistic weather information, which can help operators determine the risk of flying into thousands of airports worldwide, will be the topic of an upcoming free NBAA webinar. “Managing Weather Risk” takes place at 1 p.m. (EDT), on April 29, and NBAA Members can register for the session right up until… Read more »

Source: NBAA, 27-Apr-14

27-Apr-14 N606BP MD Helicopters MD600N Adelanto, US-California

Crashed on take-off, hit ground hard and rolled over.  THe helicopter appears to have lost its anti-torque system, causing it to start to spin as it lifted off.  Significantly damaged.  One of three POB airflifted to hospital

27-Apr-14

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27-Mar-14 Lucknow, India

Bird strike with large bird, possibly an eagle.  Uneventful emergency landing.  VVIP on board – Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and his MP wife Dimple escaped unhurt

27-Apr-14

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26-Apr-14 ZF540 Westland Lynx Mk.9A Kandahar, Afghanistan (5F)

Lynx was one of two taking part in air-to-ground gunnery training when it was lost with all on board – named (eg. here) as Capt Thomas Clarke, WO2 Spencer Faulkner and Cpl James Walters of the Army Air Corps died alongside Flt Lt Rakesh Chauhan of the Royal Air Force and L/Cpl Oliver Thomas of… Read more »

26-Apr-14

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26-Apr-14 PR-HFC Eurocopter AS355 Oroco, Brazil

The helicopter yawed to the left moments before landing, and the tail rotor ended up hitting some bushes. There was substantial damage to the tail rotor blades

26-Apr-14

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HAI to help host Myanmar Helicopter Safety Seminar

HAI Director of Safety Outreach Stan Rose and an international cast of rotor-wing professionals will host the first-ever helicopter safety seminar in Yangon, Myanmar, April 28. The seminar will bring together helicopter professionals, customers, executives, and key stakeholders from across Myanmar and Southeast Asia to discuss safety standards and best practices. Read more about the… Read more »

25-Apr-14

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25-Apr-14 N32VB Robinson R44 Liberty, US-Missouri

Crashed from the hover, fell onto its side

25-Apr-14

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25-Apr-14 808 Boeing AH-64E Taoyuan County, Taiwan

Crashed into residential area on a training flight.  Very heavily damaged – images

25-Apr-14

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25-Apr-14 N90636 Hughes 269A Cleburne, US-Texas

Both occupants injured – the owner’s son on a training flight with an instructor.  Heavily damaged

25-Apr-14

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Vector Aerospace UK strengthens its approach to safety management

Vector Aerospace UK strengthens its approach to safety management

Vector Aerospace UK (Vector – www.vectoraerospace.com/), a leading provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services has selected Atkins Global as a collaborative partner in producing a Safety Management System (SMS) which will enhance the support of its operating processes. “We are looking to optimise and widen our current practices to ensure that we have… Read more »

Source: Vector, 24-Apr-14

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24-Apr-14 N43691 Rotorway Exec 162F Magnetic Springs, US-Ohio

Emergency landing in cornfield, which got set alight and several acres were burned.  Both occupants airlifted to hospital – owner 81-year-old Henry Brecher of Columbus and 50-year-old Todd Cramer of Dublin.

24-Apr-14

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EASA certifies EC225 gear shaft redesign

EASA certifies EC225 gear shaft redesign

The redesigned vertical bevel gear shaft for Airbus Helicopters’ EC225 has been certified, enabling its production and installation on all rotorcraft of this type in operation globally, as well as those being produced. Certification was granted by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and is to be followed by validation from other international airworthiness authorities…. Read more »

Source: Airbus, 23-Apr-14

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USHST Calls for More Helicopter Safety Vigilance

USHST Calls for More Helicopter Safety Vigilance

The United States Helicopter Safety Team (www.USHST.org), has gathered U.S. civil helicopter accident data for the 10-year period of 2004 to 2013 in order to determine year-to-year and month-to-month trends. As expected, when warmer weather arrives during the spring and summer months, helicopter operations and missions increase and the number of accidents rise.  For the… Read more »

Source: USHST, 23-Apr-14

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23-Apr-14 OK-VAC Robinson R44 Mlada Boleslav, Czech Republic

Blade hit tail cone during training autorotation.

23-Apr-14

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23-Apr-14 N547AM Eurocopter AS350B2 Panama City, US-Florida

Tail rotor struck fence

23-Apr-14

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23-Apr-14 C-FHSJ Robinson R44 Holland Marsh, Canada

Departed from a private residence in Queensville, Ontario for a local flight with the pilot and two passengers on board. During a landing in a marshy area of the Holland Marsh near Cooks Bay, a skid cut in the soft earth and the helicopter dynamically rolled over. There were no injuries and the helicopter was… Read more »

23-Apr-14

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