AgustaWestland Accidents

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19-Aug-20 N95RZ Leonardo AW109E Wauseon, US-Ohio

Tail rotor struck lamp post on landing... Read more

06-Nov-19 MM81487 Leonardo AW101 Tyrrhenian Sea, Italy

Helicopter belonging to the  1° Gruppo Elicotteri of the Italian Navy crash landed aboard  Caio Duilio AAW (Anti-Air Warfare) Destroyer at the end of a night training flight. Helicopter on its side, 6 POB not seriously injured... Read more

02-Feb-19 5N-CML Leonardo AW139 Kabba, Nigeria

Helicopter was carrying Nigerian Vice President Yemi Osibanjo and his aides, none of whom were seriously injured.  There was a total of 12 POB including crew.  Brown out on approach was contributory to the end result – helicopter on its starboard side.  ... Read more

29-Dec-18 Leonardo AW139 Jebel Jais, UAE (4F)

SAR helicopter hit zipwire, causing loss of control and immediate fall to the ground.  Post crash fire.  All four on board suffered fatal injuries. This report names the deceased as Pilots Saqr Saeed Mohamed Abdullah Al Yamahi and Hameed Mohamed Obaid Al Zaabi, Navigator Jasim Abdullah Ali Tunaiji Paramedic Mark Roxburgh... Read more

15-Dec-18 Leonardo AW109S Serra de Pias, Portugal (4F)

The helicopter was returning to its base in Macedo de Cavaleiros, Bragança district, after carrying out a medical emergency mission to transport a seriously ill patient to the Santo António Hospital in Porto.  The accident was located some 4-5 hours after the helicopter was reported missing.  All four on board died in the accident, named in this... Read more

27-Oct-18 G-VSKP Leonardo AW169 Leicester, UK (5F)

Helicopter took off from Leicester City FC stadium and crashed shortly after in the adjacent car park.  Five fatalities named by police as Club chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, two members of his staff, Nursara Suknamai and Kaveporn Punpare, pilot Eric Swaffer and passenger Izabela Roza Lechowicz.... Read more

09-Jun-17 VT-NRK AgustaWestland AW119 Badrinath, India (1F)

Helicopter had difficulties on take-off and it appears that a crew member jumped from the aircraft prior to it impacting the ground, but was hit by the rotor blades and died – named as Vikram Lamba.  Helicopter had its skids ripped off and all four main blades ended up much shorter than they should have... Read more

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

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

30-Oct-15 N609AG AgustaWestland AW609 Vercelli, Italy (2F)

We are seeing many reports in the Italian media of an AW609 accident with two fatalities – named here as Pietro Venanzi and Herbert Moran. “on fire in flight between Santhià and Tronzano, the province of Vercelli” seems to be the common link description at this time.  ... Read more

26-Aug-15 I-COLK AgustaWestland AW139 Sassofortino, Italy

Winch cable broke after hitting a powerline during a HEMS winching operation; doctor Riccardo Bolognini and paramedic Roberto Marconiwere dropped from about 5 meters, and were taken to a hospital with multiple injuries. There was no damage to the helicopter itself... Read more

20-Jul-15 VH-YHF AgustaWestland AW139 Litchfield National Park, Australia

EMS Aircraft went AOG on scene and could not take off.... Read more

17-Jul-15 OM-ATB Agusta 109K2 Hrabusice, Slovakia (4F)

EMS helicopter hit wires at 50ft agl on approach to scene landing – crashed into a deep gulley in the valley of the Hornád River killing all four on board... Read more

05-Jul-15 RP-C2726 AgustaWestland AW109E Mt. Maculot, Philippines (2F)

8 POB and photos show helicopter crashed in mountainous area and completely destroyed – some reports such as this one state the weather was “heavy rain and thick fog”.  This news item has a video report from the crash scene Pilot Felicisimo Taborlupa was killed in the accident, and Archimedes “Archie” King, founder and owner... Read more

29-Jun-15 HB-ZRY AgustaWestland AW109SP Amden, Switzerland

Blades broke telephone line.  Pilot named in report as Schweizer Bürger... Read more

13-Mar-15 4K-AZ117 AgustaWestland AW139 Yavlakh, Azerbaijan

AW139 noted with emergency squawk 7700 flying Baku to Ganja.  Very odd routing from radar plot just prior to Flightrader24 screen grab.  No further details available... Read more

26-Feb-15 HB-ZRV AgustaWestland AW109SP Erstfeld, Switzerland

Heavy landing on return to base, remained upright but wheels collapsed.  All 4 POB to hospital, although one released soon after.... Read more

23-Feb-15 Westland Lynx Cape Town, South Africa

Emergency landing on golf course... Read more

20-Feb-15 N802SM AgustaWestland AW119Ke Houma, US-Louisiana

Uncommanded left yaw, diverted and landed at Dulac Heliport... Read more

08-Feb-15 I-AWCD AgustaWestland AW119 Valgriesenche, Italy

Caught by gust of wind on mountain landing – leading to loss of control and impacting terrain and injuring the pilot and two heliskiers... Read more

11-Oct-14 M-518 AgustaWestland AW101 Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan

Helicopter ended up on its side in incident at 2200 hours local time.... Read more

27-Sep-14 AgustaWestland Lynx Fryton, UK

Precautionary field landing after malfunction on night flight... Read more

13-Sep-14 EC-KSD AgustaWestland AW119 Alpera, Spain (1F)

Pilot killed in crash on firefighting ops – Type and operator confirmed by this report.  Registration confirmed from photo on this page – enlarged here.  Pilot named as Fernando Baraza on this tribute page... Read more

03-Sep-14 XC-ALM AgustaWestland AW109S Lerma, Mexico (2F)

While en route from the Mexico City area to Toluca, helicopter went down just 5 miles from destination... Read more

17-Jul-14 N507CF AgustaWestland AW109E Newkirk, US-New Mexico (3F)

Night EMS flight flying from Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center in Santa Fe to Tucumcari.  All three on board killed.  No patient being carried at the time... Read more

31-May-14 AgustaWestland AW139 Balsam Lake, Canada

Door came open in flight. en route to Haliburton from Toronto... Read more

01-May-14 N119HF AgustaWestland AW119 Lumberton, US-New Jersey

Emergency services responding.  Crash timed at 11.07am Eastern.  Helicopter ended upright with tail boom chopped off by one of the main blades and the rest of the tail – including the tail rotor gear box and blades – lying nearby... Read more

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

04-Apr-14 N361CR AgustaWestland AW109SP Astoria, US-Oregon

A ship pilot was seriously injured when he was being transferred via external sling from the helicopter to a container ship at night.  No damage to helicopter... Read more

13-Mar-14 G-LBAL AgustaWestland AW139 Beccles, UK (4F)

4 fatalities reported in a helicopter crash at Gillingham near Beccles, Suffolk UK around 7.30pm.  Low visibility due to fog reported.  Helicopter had just taken off from Gillingham Hall bound for Northern Ireland.  Press report indicates that the fatalities included owner Edward Haughey... Read more

30-Jan-14 Agusta 109LUH Segamat, Malaysia

Crashed in to jungle on night training flight.  Tail and main blades heavily damaged.  Described in the non-aviation press as a write-off.  4 POB injured and in hospital... Read more

03-Jan-14 AgustaWestland AW139 Haliburton, Canada

Lost window in flight, diverted to Muskoka airport... Read more

30-Dec-13 EC-LRD AgustaWestland AW119Ke Malleco, Chile

Badly burned in arson attack while parked.  Gang unsuccessfully attempted same on a second helicopter parked nearby... Read more

08-Dec-13 G-IOOZ AgustaWestland AW109S Withypool, UK

Reportedly a night landing  involving tail rotor impacting trees (or the ground) – causing heavy and awkward landing with wheels dug into soft soil.  Owner reported incident to police on 08-Dec-13 but accident may have been 07-Dec-13... Read more

15-Oct-13 AgustaWestland AW139 Dubai, UAE (1F)

Military aircraft down, US embassy in UAE confirms US passport holder (but UAE resident) pilot died.  Pilot was reportedly the only person on board.... Read more

14-Sep-13 AgustaWestland AW119 Selco Staritskogo, Russia (2F)

Helicopter lost contact with ATC and was not found for over two days.   Impact of the crash killed both on board.  The pilot was Margarita Afanaskina, champion of various helicopter flying competitions (see tribute from Russian Ministry of Sport).  Passenger was senior forestry official named Sergei Medvedev... Read more

12-Sep-13 AgustaWestland AW139 Baltimore, US-Maryland

Helicopter grounded after pilot found hole (possibly from a bullet) in a rotor blade on pre-flight inspection... Read more

07-Aug-13 ZJ122 AgustaWestland AW101 Old Colwyn, UK

An RAF helicopter was forced to land in a field in Conwy county as a precaution after encountering tail rotor issues... Read more

02-Aug-13 H-39 Agusta 109BA Bevekom, Belgium

Problem on post-maintenance test flight.  Pilot  Eddy Lambrechts OK, but technician Steve Houttekier to hospital... Read more

29-Mar-13 AgustaWestland A109LUH Kruger, South Africa (5F)

Helicopter crashed during rhino poaching patrols.  Al five POB killed – later named as  Captain Jacobus Andries van Rensburg; Captain MP Chabalala; Sergeant Paulus Shongela Ndishishi; Sergeant GP Ruiters and Lance Corporal Bheki Petros Cele... Read more

16-Jan-13 G-CRST AgustaWestland AW109E Vauxhall, UK (2F)

AW109 Helicopterhit crane and crashed to ground, killing the pilot Pete Barnes and one person on the ground, Matt Wood. Top of the crane may have been in the cloud – check photos on the second link below.  The crane is marginally south of the H4 heliroute, which has a 1500ft restriction at this point. ... Read more

17-Dec-12 VT-APC AgustaWestland AW139 Hyderabad, India

Destroyed in hangar fire – which also affected five trainer aircraft operated by Andhra Pradesh Aviation Academy.  The helicopter had a total of 970 hours on the airframe according to this report.... Read more

15-Dec-12 07 AgustaWestland AW109E Okoroba, Nigeria (6F)

Six killed including  the Governor of Kaduna State, Patrick Yakowa and former National Security Adviser, Gen. Andrew Owoeye Azazi. Aircraft was involved in shuttle operations transporting people to/from the funeral of the father of Oronto Douglas, one of the President’s aides.  Airframe total time 1704 hours according to this report... Read more

10-Dec-12 G-PERA AgustaWestland AW139 Southern North Sea, UK

12 December: Bond Offshore Helicopters can confirm that one of its aircraft developed a technical problem whilst on an offshore platform. Engineers were dispatched and examined the aircraft. Once the relevant part has been delivered and fitted, the aircraft will be returned to normal service.  update 14th December – G-PERA returned to Norwich Airport yesterday... Read more

07-Nov-12 S-142 Westland Lynx off Somalia

Helicopter suffered engine failure and made a controlled emergency landing on Royal Danish Navy ship Iver Huitfeldt – pennant number F361.  Both engines have been replaced... Read more

22-Oct-12 N385RH AgustaWestland AW139 Houma, US-Louisiana

Substantially damaged in landing accident, reports FAA.  Other reports suggest it was taking off, started spinning left and was put down hurriedly, wheels collapsed and it ended up on its belly between parking spot rows A and B... Read more

19-Oct-12 N207CF AgustaWestland AW119 Dolan Springs, US-Arizona

Rotor blades suffered minor damage when helicopter was on the ground... Read more

30-Sep-12 N144CF AgustaWestland AW109E Eastland, US-Texas

Pilot tried to divert to a local airport because of limited visibility due to bad weather. Helicopter crashed in open field and was extensively damaged.  All three “minor to moderate” injuries – Pilot Scott Wallace and medics Teresa Campbell and Rhett Drahe.... Read more

17-Sep-12 N901EM AgustaWestland AW109E US-Maine

Landed dangerously close to previously-identified hazard during brown-out landing at night.  Pilot elected to wait for daylight to depart and patient went to medical facility by ground ambulance... Read more

10-Aug-12 G-MEDX AgustaWestland AW109E Corby, UK

Air Ambulance helicopter damaged by vandals while parked on scene – aerial broken, but no airworthiness implications... Read more

28-Jul-12 XA-UQH AgustaWestland AW109SP Cerro Alpino, Mexico (3F)

Two crew and one passenger killed – mountainous location.  The passenger is named in local press as Juan Armando Hinojosa Cantú, owner of Grupo Higa, parent company of helicopter operator Eolo who have up to four AW119s and three AW109SPs according to this press release... Read more

17-Jul-12 N716AM Agusta A109A Niihau, US-Hawaii

Rotor blades struck trees on take-off, landed on beach without further incident... Read more

06-Jun-12 ZJ121 AgustaWestland AW101 Stanwick, UK

Emergency field landing due to loose/missing tail rotor blade tape.  Stayed overnight and cleared for flight next day... Read more

29-May-12 AgustaWestland AW139 Cooroy, Australia

Rescue helicopter made emergency landing at night using NVG after indications of a major hydraulic failure during an EMS flight, with patient on board.  Patient moved to second helicopter (BK117 VH-EHQ) to reach hospital.  See also press release... Read more

21-May-12 ZS-RSL AgustaWestland AW119 McCarthy’s Rest, South Africa

Unclear what happened.  Owner Frikkie Lutzkie decided to cut skids off “for ease of ground transportation”, cut blades off and remove the boom.  Helicopter was then smeared with mud and camouflaged with copious amounts of foliage.  Helicopter uninsured.  Date is approximate, but likely within a week of the correct date.  Read reports at the three links... Read more

09-May-12 VT-VKS Agusta A109C Ranchi, India

Crash landed at Ranchi Airport due to tail rotor problems.  Local reports suggest that pilot made a high speed landing on wheels and the helicopter then turned over up to six times as a result of this landing.  However, it meant that all survived and the 6 POB have already been declared “out of danger”... Read more

08-May-12 PP-CGO AgustaWestland AW119 Piranhas, Brazil (8F)

8 Killed when AW119 crashed while en route from the reconstruction of an April 2012 massacre at Dover and was returning to the state capital of Goiana.  The Civil Police confirmed the names of the eight occupants of the aircraft. They are: the Police crew Jorge Moreira, Antonio Goncalves, Osvalmir Carrasco, Vinicius da Silva, Bruno Carneiro... Read more

04-May-12 G-STGR AgustaWestland AW109SP Helsby, UK

Whilst manoeuvring for landing at a private helipad, the helicopter’s tail rotor blades struck an adjacent fence. The pilot received no unusual cockpit indications and was unaware of the tail rotor strike until after shutdown.... Read more

02-May-12 M-EMLI AgustaWestland AW109E Northolt, UK

Rotor blades clipped a small branch of one of the trees while the helicopter was manoeuvring to land... Read more

18-Apr-12 AgustaWestland AW139 Doha, Qatar

Emergency return to airfield after loss of right pedal control.  Reported as a tail rotor pitch change link bearing failure... Read more

10-Apr-12 N20NM Agusta A109C Mankato, US-Minnesota

Rotor blade struck light on landing... Read more

06-Apr-12 RA-01980 AgustaWestland AW119Ke Lake Yanisyarvi, Russia

Crashed on frozen lake, injuring all four occupants – including the CEO of Bank St Petersburg Alexander Saveliev and his companion Olga Lazareva.  Pilot elected to make emergency landing on encountering a sudden blizzard but the landing was too hard and the helicopter broke up on impact.  see also statement on Bank St Petersburg website... Read more

23-Mar-12 C-GYNN AgustaWestland AW139 Toronto, Canada

Window blew out in flight, apparently causing door to open.  Safe precautionary landing made in local park, not long after take off from Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport on EMS flight... Read more

20-Mar-12 AgustaWestland AW101 Colchester, UK

The downdraft of a Merlin helicopter on a training exercise at Colchester General Hospital damaged support poles holding up a covered walkway linking Gainsborough Ward with the main hospital building so badly it had to be taken down.  Cars in the car park – including a police vehicle – suffered broken windscreens.... Read more

27-Jan-12 N311YS AgustaWestland AW119 Philadelphia, US-Pennsylvania

Window “blew” – aircraft was only registered brand new 6 days prior, and thus likely on test flight out of AW facility at Philadelphia... Read more

24-Dec-11 VH-SYZ AgustaWestland AW139 Carrington Falls, Australia (1F)

During winch operations, something occurred at the bottom of the line which has necessitated the cutting of the winch line and releasing it from the helicopter.  As a result, paramedic Michael Wilson on the end of the line received injuries from which he died.  No implication on the helicopter itself, more about the environment.... Read more

01-Dec-11 XZ210 AgustaWestland Lynx AH.7 Gutersloh, Germany

Very heavy landing in ploughed field.  Skids collapsed, post crash fire, all three POB safe... Read more

20-Nov-11 VT-RAJ AgustaWestland AW109E Chandkoti, India

Emergency landing after unexpected vibration levels.   Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on board... Read more

13-Nov-11 AgustaWestland AW109E Elkhart, US-Texas

While emergency crews were working the first crash scene, an intoxicated car driver bypassed emergency vehicles and crashed into the tail fin of a Careflite helicopter that had landed in the middle of Highway 287. The helicopter was disabled and unable to transport the original crash victims to hospitals.... Read more

11-Nov-11 HB-ZJN AgustaWestland AW109E Marcucci, Italy (3F)

Three killed, cause unknown but low visibility reported in the area... Read more

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