Bell Accidents

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11-Jul-21 EC-MTS Bell 412 Ejea, Spain

Firefighting helicopter had just completed water pickup when it lost power and descended into a lake – see video of incident.  2 POB out OK and rescued.  Helicopter was involved in fighting a fire at Cinco Villas... Read more

07-Jul-21 N911KW Bell 212 Weed, US-California

Firefighting helicopter ditched into Lake Shastina, from where it was picking up water.  US Forest Service reported that the pilot was able to swim/walk away... Read more

28-Jun-21 N147AH Bell 47G.2A.1 Brasstown, US-North Carolina

FAA report that helicopter crashed at a private airstrip and that the helicopter was destroyed... Read more

15-Jun-21 N398M Bell UH-1 Townsend, US-Montana

Firefighting helicopter made heavy landing under adverse wind conditions.  The aircraft spun right about 120 degrees on landing, and rolled to the left, caught fire and burned out.  Before catching fire, all 5 POB were safety evacuated from the aircraft. Helicopter was working the Deep Creek fire.... Read more

13-May-21 N432PH Bell 407 Midlothian, US-Texas

Main blades struck port horizontal stabiliser during run-on landing on grass. No injuries to pilot or 2 passengers... Read more

09-May-21 N40YB Bell 206B Chino, US-California

FAA : Aircraft made an off airfield landing for unknown reasons. Pilot and 3 passengers not injured... Read more

28-Apr-21 N53DE Bell 429 Eden, US-North Carolina (1F)

Helicopter was involved in a routine powerline inspection when it went down on the edge of a wood close to the lines, then burning out.  Two passengers were seriously injured, and the pilot was fatally injured... Read more

19-Apr-21 N516MT Bell 407 Columbia, US-South Carolina

FAA report emergency field landing for this air ambulance helicopter... Read more

08-Apr-21 N258LE Bell OH-58A Naples, US-Florida

Successful emergency landing made on football pitch, following a possible governor failure that happened shortly after the aircraft left Naples Municipal Airport... Read more

07-Apr-21 B-70S5 Bell 407GXi Lingbao City, China

Emergency landing in a car park, landed heavily and skids splayed out after the helicopter started spinning in the air, suggesting a tail rotor issue (see video below) 2 minor injuries of 4 POB.  This was a training flight by a company intending to use the helicopter for sightseeing.  One report said that they do... Read more

04-Feb-21 N820H Bell 206B Pahokee, US-Florida

While conducting low level nighttime frost control operations, the helicopter dropped to the ground, rolled over and caught fire.  No injury reported to the 2 POB... Read more

27-Jan-21 CC-ATY Bell 212 Olivar, Chile

Remained upright in very heavy landing.  Engine fire.  Skids collapsed, boom detached.  Pilot (only person on board) airlifted to Rancagua hospital Chilean Army photo from Twitter... Read more

21-Jan-21 ZT-RRT Bell 430 Bergville, South Africa (5F)

Crashed and caught fire, killing all five POB. The deceased were named here as Dr Kgopotso Rudolph Mononyane, an anaesthetist, Dr Curnick Siyabonga (Sia) Mahlangu a cardiothoracic surgeon and Mpho Xaba, a specialist theatre nurse for cardiothoracic and transplant, all from Netcare Milpark Hospital; Sinjin Joshua Farrance, an advanced life support paramedic at Netcare 911,... Read more

19-Jan-21 ZS-HUC Bell 206B Ceres, South Africa

Helicopter involved in low level agricultural work.  Struck wires and crashed to the ground.  Pilot suffered fatal injuries... Read more

16-Jan-21 517 Bell UH-1H Busdi, Philippines (7F)

Two UH-1s flying together and the pilot of the second aircraft remarked that he could see smoke from the engine of the first aircraft.   The pilot of the first aircraft advised that they were turning back, but as it maneuvered, it nosedived, according to reports.  The pilot reportedly made sure they would not crash land on a group... Read more

01-Jan-21 N74823 Bell 47D1 Marana, US-Arizona

Low level manouevre to avoid another aircraft caused helicopter to crash... Read more

11-Dec-20 PP-MSA Bell 206B Angra dos Reis, Brazil (1F)

Helicopter crashed after striking a wire.  Pilot died in the accident – and was named here as Eurico Azevedo... Read more

30-Nov-20 PR-HEB Bell 206L4 Porto Jofre, Brazil (1F)

Firefighting operation – single occupant pilot died when helicopter went down in a water course, while taking on water for the firefighting process.  Pilot named in government press release as Mauro Tadeu da Silva Oliveira... Read more

24-Nov-20 YN-CIQ Continental Copters Tomcat Chinandega, Nicaragua (1F)

The Tomcat helicopter (Bell 47 adaption) was involved in agricultural work.  Unclear what happened but helicopter ended up on the ground on its skids but without its rotor mast or main blades This report states that “Jose Daniel Avelarez Gálea – aviation mechanic was killed and citizen Edward José Flores Padilla, who works as an aviation... Read more

16-Nov-20 ZS-MCC Bell 407 (Location tba), Tanzania

Photos posted online show helicopter significantly damaged by landing in two feet of water in a lake, although it remained upright on its skids.  Second image shows the person who took the photos, sat in the water of the lake with leg injuries strapped up in a rudimentary way... Read more

11-Nov-20 HB-ZYN Bell 505 Sion, Switzerland

Tail broken off while parked after Guimbal G2 Cabri HB-ZVN landed too close... Read more

08-Nov-20 N123NC Bell 206A Raleigh, US-North Carolina

Highway Patrol helicopter landed in the street on final approach to its base after striking trees.  The helicopter remained upright, but landed heavily and the skids splayed out – other damage included main blades and bom.  Sole occupant pilot B.K. Jones was injured Approx latlong 35.731181, -78.629324... Read more

08-Nov-20 N139PD Bell 407 Piñones, Puerto Rico

Emergency landing on beach as the tide was coming in.  Skids sank into the soft sand.... Read more

05-Nov-20 N505AJ Bell 505 Chino, US-California

Aircraft sustained heavy autorotation landing.... Read more

04-Nov-20 N3191 Bell 407 Little Rock, US-Arkansas

Heavy autorotation landing.  Sole occupant pilot not injured... Read more

04-Nov-20 ARC223 Bell UH-1N Guaymaral, Columbia

Emergency landing during low level training detail.  4POB all out OK Helicopter fell onto its port side, breaking the main blades.  The tail boom remained mostly intact, apart from the port stabiliser on which the helicopter came to rest.,... Read more

21-Oct-20 N716VL Bell 206B Jones Inlet, US-New York

Helicopter ditched in three feet of water in poor visibility.  Fuselage cracked by impact.  Sole occupant pilot got out and appeared OK... Read more

16-Oct-20 N777CP Bell 206 Lakeland, US-Florida

Autorotation into a green swamp wilderness due to engine issues.  Tail boom separated and blades struck trees... Read more

09-Oct-20 N3181F Bell UH-1F Willets, US-California

FAA – AIRCRAFT DURING PRE-FLIGHT INSPECTION DAMAGE WAS DISCOVERED TO RUDDER AND A MISSING BOLT TO TAIL BOOM, WILLITS, CA.... Read more

04-Oct-20 N24AE Bell 206 Jackson, US-Mississippi

Bird strike which broke the windshield on the pilot’s side and ended up in the cabin... Read more

29-Sep-20 N91TA Bell 206B Packwood, US-Washington

Tail rotor hit trees during logging operations, causing helicopter to crash... Read more

15-Sep-20 N489DM Bell 407 Fort Worth, US-Texas

Main rotor struck tail boom during autorotation training.  Instructor and student not injured... Read more

09-Sep-20 N461RA Bell 206L1 Binghampton, US-New York

Precautionary field landing while on powerline  imaging work... Read more

28-Aug-20 5N-BQW Bell 206B Opebi, Nigeria (3F)

Helicopter crashed into the yard in a built-up area, killing two of three occupants on impact.  Third is reported to have later died in hospital. Images show mast and main rotor blades largely intact, suggesting it descended upright and vertically.  Location is about 3km east of Lagos Airport.... Read more

24-Aug-20 C-GRCT Bell 206B Porcupine Plain, Canada

Helicopter was applying herbicide to a wheat field with only the pilot on board. After clearing a row of trees, the helicopter began a slight descent. While rounding out to continue the application pass, the spray boom made contact with the crop and the pilot lost directional control of the helicopter. The helicopter veered to... Read more

24-Aug-20 N386HQ Bell 205A.1 Laverne, US-California

Tail rotor double delamination discovered during post flight inspection... Read more

22-Aug-20 N41SJ Bell 206 Clifton, US-New Jersey

Precautionary landing in baseball field.  Eyewitness reports suggest there was something on fire in the cockpit which was taken out of the helicopter and extinguished.  With rotors still turning, the one person who got out then got back in and the helicopter took off again.... Read more

19-Aug-20 N711GH Bell UH-1 Coalinga, US-California (1F)

Crashed during firefighting operations.  Pilot received fatal injuries – named here as Michael Fournier... Read more

10-Aug-20 (serial tba) Bell UH-1N Middleburg, US-Virginia

Routine training mission; helicopter was struck by a bullet. A safe emergency landing was made at Manassas Regional Airport. One crew member was treated at a hospital for injuries that were not life-threatening.... Read more

08-Aug-20 N284S Bell 206 Marathon, US-Texas (3F)

Three Texas Parks and Wildlife employees died in the accident as they surveyed the landscape for desert bighorn sheep.  The pilot, who was a private contractor for the state agency, was taken to El Paso for medical treatment.  The victims were named by Texas Parks and Wildlife as Wildlife Biologist Dewey Stockbridge, Fish and Wildlife... Read more

07-Aug-20 N55SL Bell 206L4 Windham, US-New Hampshire

Precautionary landing in a parking lot... Read more

06-Aug-20 N137HS Bell 206B Paris, US-Illinois

Aircraft struck powerlines during aerial application... Read more

04-Aug-20 D-HIPO Bell 47G4A Lübstorf, Germany

Substantially damaged beyond repair in a forced autorotation landing at Lübstorf near Schwerin, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.  Minor injuries to the 3POB... Read more

05-Mar-20 RP-3086 Bell 429 San Pedro, Philippines

Struck powerlines shortly after takeoff, with brown-out a contributing factor. Minor injuries reported to 6 and serious injuries to 2.  ... Read more

28-Jan-20 AF-302 Bell 206 Bulo, Uganda (2F)

The UPDAF (Uganda People’s Defence Air Force) aircraft crashed in unknown circumstances in Bulo, Uganda. The helicopter had two crew on board, named as Maj Naome Karungi and PCdt Wakalo Benard, neither survived.... Read more

22-Jan-20 C-GSQA Bell B206L Lac-St-Jean, Canada-Quebec

Aircraft crashed under unknown circumstances whilst part of a search and rescue operation for missing snowmobilers in the Île Beemer area of Lac-St-Jean, Canada-Quebec. The solo pilot received non life threatening injuries.... Read more

25-Dec-19 N663SF Bell 407 Headland, US-Alabama (1F)

A Survival Flight aircraft rolled onto its side on landing, after the pilot, Douglas Davis had an unconfirmed heart attack. There was no patient on-board at the time, the two crew members were uninjured, the pilot was later pronounced dead at the hospital.... Read more

09-Dec-19 N79LP Bell 407 Grand Isle, US-Louisiana (2F)

Aircraft crashed in the Gulf of Mexico under unknown circumstances. The last known position was 13 nm W of Southwest Pass, Louisiana as they transiting from one off-shore platform to another.... Read more

25-Oct-19 FAC0006 Bell 412 Albán, Colombia (6F)

Helicopter with pilot, co-pilot and four technicians was en route from Palanquero Air Base, in Puerto Salgar, to its maintenance base at Madrid.  The helicopter is part of the Presidential Flight.... Read more

18-Oct-19 N7060J Bell 47G5 King City, US-California

Rotor blades struck tail boom during run-on landing... Read more

18-Oct-19 TI-AZM Bell UH-1H Talamanca, Costa Rica

Two on board not seriously injured and named as Tony Monge and Cristián Goncalves... Read more

17-Oct-19 N167AG Bell 206B Marshville, US-North Carolina (1F)

Struck powerlines and crashed while involved in low level spraying operations Pilot was  identified as Andrew Alan Stephen by the Union County Sheriff’s Office... Read more

18-Mar-19 ZT-ROB Bell 206L3 Beira, Mozambique

Damaged by debris during hangar collapse caused by Cyclone Idai... Read more

11-Feb-19 PT-HPG Bell 206B Jabaquara, Brazil (2F)

Helicopter crashed on Anhanguera Highway in Sao Paulo and hit the front of a truck that was passing by, and was consumed by fire.  Two fatalities, including journalist, presenter and broadcaster Ricardo Boechat.  Ronaldo Quattrucci also died in the accident.  Brazilian defence department confirmed the registration of the Bell 206... Read more

04-Feb-19 VH-NXW Bell 206 Marcoola, Australia

Bell 206 remained upright on its skids in a heavy landing during a training flight. The 22-year-old student pilot sustained injuries and was transported to hospital. One report suggested it will require a new set of skids... Read more

31-Jan-19 N407P Bell 407 Church Hill, US-Tennessee

Smoke detected after using of deicing equipment.  Precautionary landing made in open field without further incident.... Read more

29-Jan-19 N191SF Bell 407 Zaleski, US-Ohio (3F)

The helicopter departed Mount Carmel Grove City hospital and was flying to Holzer Meigs hospital in Pomeroy to pick up a patient.  Contact was lost and the wreckage was found in a wood about three and a half hours later. Troopers located the wreckage of a Bell 407 helicopter east of State Route 278 and... Read more

10-Jan-19 N828KB Bell 230 Brooksville, US-Florida (1F)

Helicopter blades struck ramp worker during startup.  The man who was killed was identified in this report as Salvatore Disi, 62... Read more

10-Jan-19 VH-HUE Bell 205 Talbingo, Australia

During sling load operations, the load released and struck the loadmaster resulting in serious injuries.... Read more

26-Nov-18 Bell UH-1 Sancaktepe, Turkey (4F)

A Turkish military UH-1 has crashed in the Sancaktepe district of Istanbul, with four fatalities and a fifth person with serious injuries... Read more

07-Nov-17 N93PH Bell 206B Rolling Fork, US-Mississippi

Force landing during aerial application work.... Read more

08-Nov-17 N275AE Bell 206L3 Union City, US-Tennessee

Air Evac Lifeteam aircraft had in-air problem on approach to the local 911 centre and put down in a hurry.  Power lines cut – not known if that was cause or effect of the heavy landing. Helicopter ended up on its skids, tail boom creased, main blades missing, upper part of tail bent and significant... Read more

05-Nov-17 N522RL Bell 407 Rig MP281, US-Gulf of Mexico

Bird strike en route to offshore rig... Read more

20-Aug-17 N9526 Bell 47G2A St Marys, US-Pennsylvania

Heavy field landing after reported engine failure.  Little/no damage to tail boom suggests mainly vertical impact, although main blades broken at the rotorhead.  Aircraft is registered to James Delullo at an address in the same town as the accident location.... Read more

10-Aug-17 7T-WU? Bell 206L Douira, Algeria (4F)

Helicopter crashed on a photo survey flight – it was chartered by the National Agency for Studies and Follow-up on Railways Investment, who were conducting cartography of the new railway line linking Algiers downtown to the western suburb of Zeralda.  Images show the helicopter completely burnt out.... Read more

10-Jun-17 B-31118 Bell 206B Fengbin, Taiwan (3F)

Helicopter took off at 1046 from Taidong for an aerial photography mission at Fengbin Township, Hualien County. At around 1220, the helicopter was loss of contact and crashed at Fengbin Township, Hualien County. One pilot and two aerial photographers aboard were killed – one was named as Chi Po-Lin, an acclaimed film director.  Helicopter almost completely... Read more

10-Jun-17 VH-ONE Bell 206B Avalon, Australia

Successful emergency landing in public park after engine problems.  Helicopter not damaged, all passengers safe.  Helicopter was on a tour flight from Mascot to Palm Beach... Read more

25-May-17 N11FX Bell UH-1 Höfen, Austria

While landing after an aerobatic demo flight, the rotor blades came into contact with a building and the tail rotor gearbox separated from the aircraft.  Subsequent small fire was put out and helicopter written off on the helipad.  Pilot Siegfried Schwarz... Read more

23-May-17 XB-LUB Bel 47D Amacuzac, Mexico (1F)

Helicopter crashed during mosquito control operations, and burnt out in the following fire.  Sole occupant pilot died in the accident... Read more

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