BK117 Accidents

17-Aug-18 VH-JWB Airbus BK117 Ulladulla, Australia

the bucket and longline become tangled in trees at the edge of a clearing, followed by the helicopter colliding with terrain. The pilot was fatally injured and the helicopter was destroyed.... Read more

02-May-17 ZK-IED Airbus BK117A3 Porirua Harbour, New Zealand

Sole occupant pilot Rick Lucas experienced tail rotor failure and helicopter started to spin so he elected to ditch it in the shallow waters of Porirua Harbour, N of Wellington... Read more

19-Jul-15 D-HAID Airbus BK117B2 Mannheim, Germany

Static and unattended EMS helicopter was blown partly off its mobile helipad in severe weather, leaving it with its tail resting on the ground.  Known as Christoph 53.  See Photo... Read more

05-Mar-15 D-HDDD Eurocopter BK117 Stuttgart, Germany (1F)

Hospital worker walked into spinning tail rotor shortly after helicopter had landed, and died from his injuries... Read more

18-Aug-14 I-AICO Airbus BK117C1 Val Badia, Italy

Main rotor blade strike in mountainous region during rescue. Helicopter landed safely with main blade tips suffering the most damage... Read more

05-May-14 ZK-HJC Kawasaki BK117B1 Springston, New Zealand

Emergency field landing when transferring a patient from Ashburton Hospital to Christchurch Hospital when an indication warning light turned on.  Representative from operator referred to it as a “heavy landing”. No injuries to 5 POB... Read more

28-Feb-14 D-HDRJ Eurocopter BK117C1 Darßer Ort, Germany (3F)

Crashed into the Baltic Sea on a training exercise – The helicopter was on approach to a sea rescue cruiser at about 18:40 local time for a winch operation when suddenly loosing height and crashing into the sea, killing 3 of the 4 POB... Read more

16-Oct-13 Kawasaki BK117B2 Yushan, Taiwan (3F)

Crashed in mountainous area shortly after take-off from weather station it had lifted supplies up to. The deceased were identified as pilot Chang Kuo-kang (had flown 3181 hours), co-pilot Lin Yi-chi (2832 hours) and bureau worker Chen Wen-chung... Read more

09-Jul-13 HK-4866 Eurocopter BK117A4 Teorama, Colombia (5F)

Contacted high voltage powerlines and crashed with 5 fatalities.  Registration NOT yet verified... Read more

16-Apr-13 N911CH Eurocopter BK117B1 Cumberland, US-Maine

Emergency field landing, no apprarent damage... Read more

05-Apr-12 Eurocopter BK117 Parsdorf, Germany

“Christoph 1” helicopter cut telephone line on approach to site landing to pick up patient injured in equine accident... Read more

03-Apr-13 ZK-IBK Eurocopter BK117 Wellington, New Zealand

Main rotor blades struck tail boom while running up on roof-top helipad.  Incident blamed on freak wind gust... Read more

29-Mar-13 C-FKCM Eurocopter BK117 Calgary, Canada

Helicopter landed to pick up a patient.  While  rotors were still turning, co pilot observed fuel leak and immediately told pilot to shut down helicopter and switch off electric.  O-ring had failed in fuel line and was repaired on site.... Read more

15-Feb-13 VH-VSA Eurocopter BK117B2 Port Pirie, Australia

Emergency landing after mechanical issues... Read more

15-Feb-13 D-HDRJ Eurocopter BK117C1 Mitterberg, Austria

Severe damage to rotor blades and skid after being hit by a truck while parked on is base helipad at Fresach/Freizeitpark Millstättersee Heliport, Austria. All four rotorblades including the rotorhead had to be changed, causing a total damage of 600.000 €... Read more

10-Dec-12 N911BK Eurocopter BK117B3 Rochelle, US-Illinois (3F)

Three killed in an EMS helicopter accident – en route from Rockford base to Mendota to pick up a patient.  Weather reported as a factor.  Pilot later named as Andy Olesen, and the two flight nurses were Jim Dillow and Karen Hollis... Read more

22-Nov-12 ARC-218 Eurocopter BK117A3 El Piñón, Colombia

Approx date.  Autorotation landing to uneven ground in open field.  Helicopter ended up tail low on its skids, and witness reported blade damage. 3 POB not injured... Read more

21-Aug-12 N911CH Eurocopter BK117B1 Bedford, US-Massachusetts

#2 engine low oil pressure illuminated and engine lost power in landing phase. Otherwise uneventful landing... Read more

15-Aug-12 N911CH Eurocopter BK117B1 Lawrence, US-Massachusetts

Door fell off on take off. Landed without further incident... Read more

14-Dec-11 VH-VSA Eurocopter BK117 Port Pirie, Australia

Emergency single-engine landing after chip light illuminated.  Aircraft was en route to pick up patient.... Read more

13-Nov-11 N330SL Eurocopter BK117 Carbondale, US-Illinois

Main rotor struck tail boom on shut down... Read more

08-Oct-11 Eurocopter BK117 Selph, US-Texas

Helicopter became unserviceable while on ground responding to emergency call.  Second helicopter called in for patient... Read more

08-Aug-11 C-GBNH Eurocopter BK117B2 Calgary, Canada

Chip light illuminated and standard procedures led to engine shut down. Uneventful single engine long field landing carried out... Read more

02-Jul-11 N117UC Eurocopter BK117 Cincinatti, US-Ohio

Birdstrike, unscheduled landing and no damage was found... Read more

14-Mar-11 Eurocopter BK117 Mardela Springs, US-Maryland

“They made a precautionary emergency landing due to an equipment malfunction, and they had a patient on board,” said Cpl. Kelly Matthews with the Wicomico Sheriff’s Office.... Read more

29-Jan-11 Eurocopter BK117 Baltimore, US-Maryland

Precautionary landing for a potential mechanical problem.... Read more

19-Mar-10 N….. Eurocopter BK117 Land O’Lakes, US-Florida

Reg is either Eurocopter EC135 N15TG or one of their 117s N911TG or N912TG, confirmation awaited. N912TG the most likely... Read more

08-Dec-09 VH-LXC Eurocopter KB117B2 Orange, Australia

Firefighting operations. While in the vicinity of the drop point, BK117 VH-LXC‟s main rotor contacted the trailing edge of AS350 VH-NFO‟s vertical fin. There was light damage to the AS350 and there were no injuries... Read more

10-Jul-09 B- Eurocopter BK117 en route Taipei to Kinmen island, Taiwan (2F)

10-Jul-09 B- Eurocopter BK117 en route Taipei to Kinmen island, Taiwan... Read more

13-Jun-09 N317MC Eurocopter BK117 Fillmore County Airport, US-Minnesota

13-Jun-09 N317MC Eurocopter BK117 Fillmore County Airport, US-Minnesota... Read more

22-May-09 D-HUUU Eurocopter BK117 Stuttgart, Germany

22-May-09 D-HUUU Eurocopter BK117 Stuttgart, Germany... Read more

16-May-09 N117VU Eurocopter BK117 Yemasee, US-South Carolina

16-May-09 N117VU Eurocopter BK117 Yemasee, US-South Carolina... Read more

2-May-09 C-FKCM Eurocopter BK117 Calgary, Canada

2-May-09 C-FKCM Eurocopter BK117 Calgary, Canada... Read more

28-Mar-09 N370SS Eurocopter BK117 Longwood, US-Florida

28-Mar-09 N370SS Eurocopter BK117 Longwood, US-Florida... Read more

21-Mar-09 C-GDGP Eurocopter BK117 Calgary, Alberta, Canada

21-Mar-09 C-GDGP Eurocopter BK117 Calgary, Alberta, Canada... Read more

23-Feb-09 N122SL Eurocopter BK117 St Louis, US-Missouri

23-Feb-09 N122SL Eurocopter BK117 St Louis, US-Missouri... Read more

23-Feb-09 N880SF Eurocopter BK117 St Louis Downtown Airport, US-Illinois

23-Feb-09 N880SF Eurocopter BK117 St Louis Downtown Airport, US-Illinois... Read more

22-Feb-09 C-GDGP Eurocopter BK117 Calgary, Alberta, Canada

22-Feb-09 C-GDGP Eurocopter BK117 Calgary, Alberta, Canada... Read more

12-Jan-09 N117NC Eurocopter BK117 , US-North Carolina

12-Jan-09 N117NC Eurocopter BK117 , US-North Carolina... Read more

05-Jan-09 D-HIMB Eurocopter BK117B2 Gundelfingen, Germany

Truck struck main rotor blade while parked at emergency scene.   “Christoph 54”... Read more

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