Sikorsky Accidents

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20-Jul-21 PK-TVY Sikorsky S76C++ Soehanah platform, Indonesia

When about to land, a loud noise was heard and the aircraft rolled to the right. The aircraft stopped at the edge of the helipad. All main rotor blades detached.... Read more

03-May-21 G-WNSG Sikorsky S92 North Sea, UK

Aircraft went AOG on North Sea Platform Valaris 122.  Aircraft still present on rig 05-May-21 (image – Facebook)... Read more

21-Apr-21 HL9285 Sikorsky S76C+ Munmun-myeon, Korea (1F)

Firefighting helicopter ditched in a lake.  Copilot was found unconscious in 10m of water, transferred to hospital in Cheongju, but died.  Pilot survived Pictured here two days later during the recovery task.  [segye image]... Read more

13-Apr-21 148825 Sikorsky CH-148 Halifax, Canada

Precautionary off-airfield landing in a local park on a training flight.  No apparent damage.  Helicopter was towed back to base by road (10 kilometers)... Read more

02-Feb-21 (tba) Sikorsky UH-60 Lucky Peak, US-Idaho (3F)

Night training mission in a routinely used area.  In a press conference (video, 7m50s) Lt. Col. Nicole Washington noted that the weather was poor, with snow and a low ceiling of fog that affected both the subject flight and later search efforts for the victims.  The Guard named those on board as Chief Warrant Officer 4 Jesse Anderson,... Read more

09-Jan-21 N4035S Sikorsky S-64F Oakland, US-California

Helicopter was lifting an air conditioning units from street level to the roof of the Elihu Harris State Building (1515 Clay Street) when the load dropped. No injuries were reported.... Read more

31-Dec-20 J-1902 Sikorsky UH-60M Istanbul, Turkey

After landing, and while taxying to be refuelled, a manoeuvre resulted in the tail hitting a lighting tower.  This caused the helicopter to spin on the ground, during which the main blades then hit the tower too.  Video of incident here.... Read more

27-Dec-20 G-MCSK Sikorsky S92 Aberdeen, UK

Operator quoted as saying “An S-92 helicopter which was flying without any passengers returned to Aberdeen airport this morning (27.12.2020) after crew reported a cockpit warning light illumination. The crew followed standard precautionary procedures by requesting priority to land. “... Read more

08-Dec-20 G-CLHW Sikorsky S92 Sumburgh, UK

Safe emergency landing after diversion due to unspecified technical issue – instead of returning to Aberdeen.  A one-off flight by sister ship G-IACF was flown Aberdeen to Sumburgh to Aberdeen a few hours later, presumably to bring back the passengers temporarily stranded.... Read more

25-Sep-20 LN-ONQ Sikorsky S92 Stavangar, Norway

S92 was on its way back to Stavangar/Sola (ENZV) after a flight to the West Elara oil installation. During descent from 7 000 ft. towards 1 000 ft., at a height of approx. 4 500 ft. the crew received a caution that the oil pressure on the main gearbox had dropped below 45 psi. Shortly afterwards,... Read more

25-Sep-20 LN-ONQ Sikorsky S92 Sola, Norway

On Friday 25 September 2020, the Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation S-92A, LN-ONQ, operated by Bristow Norway was on its way back to Sola (ENZV) after a flight to the West Elara oil installation. During descent from 7 000 ft. towards 1 000 ft., at a height of approx. 4 500 ft. the crew received a caution... Read more

03-Sep-20 ?????? Sikorsky CH-53E Sneads Ferry, US-North Carolina

No details found on why this CH-53E made an emergency landing, but it ended up burning out on the ground after landing.  All 4 POB out safely.... Read more

27-Aug-20 ??-????? Sikorsky MH-60M San Clemente Island, US-California (2F)

US special forces UH-60M crashed with two fatalities and three injuries. Two fatalities were named as Staff Sgt. Vincent Marketta, 33, and Sgt. Tyler Shelton, 22... Read more

25-Aug-20 N276TH Sikorsky S76C West Palm Beach, US-Florida

Landing gear collapsed while taxying after landing. 2POB not injured... Read more

30-Jul-20 N160LA Sikorsky S70A Santa Clarita, US-California

Blade strike while training in mountainous area. Helicopter continued take-off and departed location with rotor blade noise clearly “non-standard” Analysis of the helicopter’s tracks have suggested the date was 26-Jul-20 but this is not confirmed.  Having been very active daily for two straight weeks, it was then not flying for four days.  The video was... Read more

20-Apr-20 N908CH Sikorsky S61 Camp Dwyer, Afghanistan

Loss of tail rotor authority, and rolled onto its side on landing... Read more

26-Jan-20 N72EX Sikorsky S76B Calabasas, US-California (9F)

This accident took the lives of basketball legend Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna. More details to follow when facts can be established rather than relying on media speculation... Read more

13-Dec-19 G-WNSV Sikorsky S92 Sumburgh, UK

Aircraft was en-route to a North Sea oil field, East of Shetland, it declared an emergency following a lightning strike and returned to land safely at Sumburgh.... Read more

10-Nov-19 N827MW Sikorsky S58 Lebanon, US-Indiana

Working in a confined area with building on one side and wires on the other. Blades struck parked truck. Tail structure separated from boom... Read more

25-Oct-19 5N-BOA Sikorsky S92 Port Hardcourt, Nigeria

Port side engine failure en route to Port Harcourt from offshore platform GERD.  Helicopter with 13 on board continued to Port Hardcourt and made safe landing.  Nigerian AIB involved.... Read more

18-Mar-19 C9-HEI Sikorsky S76A Beira, Mozambique

Damaged by debris during hangar collapse caused by Cyclone Idai.  Helicopter is thought to be already in storage and withdraw... Read more

18-Feb-10 Sikorsky H-92 Kauai, US-Hawaii

The helicopter, being flown by an experienced pilot, was approaching MV Asterix’s landing pad in daylight and relatively calm conditions. As it hovered over the deck the helicopter appeared to suddenly drop about two metres, hitting the deck, military sources noted. No serious injuries were reported. Tail rotor  damage... Read more

28-Jan-19 N173AC Sikorsky S64 Jericho, Australia

During aerial fire control operations, at about 1956, the helicopter collided with water and came to rest inverted resulting in minor injuries to the three crew and damage to the helicopter.   Three on board swam to safety.... Read more

07-Aug-17 Sikorsky UH-60 Nuevo Leon, Mexico

Blown over on its starboard side in strong winds while parked on the ramp – photo... Read more

25-May-17 VT-CMM Sikorsky S76C++ Nilanga, India

Helicopter came down less than 30 seconds after take-off.  Video shows a sudden spark 41 seconds after take-off on a very low climb-out (which could suggest it hit wires), and the helicopter descended quickly from there.  4 POB including the Chief Minister of the State of Maharashtra, but no significant injuries.  The helicopter did not... Read more

02-May-17 G-MCGG Sikorsky S92 Kirkfieldbank, UK

Helicopter went unserviceable on the ground at an emergency callout... Read more

01-May-17 Sikorsky UH-60 Scottsville, US-New York

Precautionary landing made at country club after the windshield developed a crack and its anti-icing system started to short out.  It was later flown back to base at Rochester... Read more

03-Feb-16 5N-BQJ Sikorsky S76C++ off Lagos, Nigeria

Ditched into the sea shortly after take off from offshore installation.  All nine passengers and two crew safely rescued... Read more

23-Nov-15 Sikorsky UH-60L Fort Hood, US-Texas (4F)

Maj. Gen. Jeffrey N. Colt, commanding general, First Army Division West, released the following statement on Tuesday 24th:  “It is with a heavy heart that I announce the death of four First Army Division West Soldiers as a result of a UH-60L helicopter crash that happened Monday evening sometime after 5:49 p.m. The accident is... Read more

27-Oct-15 Sikorsky CH-53E Castelvetrano, Italy

Emergency landing made in public park... Read more

10-Oct-15 Sikorsky S92 St John’s, Canada

Turned back to base after indicator light came on... Read more

06-Oct-15 Sikorsky S92 Hibernia rig, Canada

Cougar Flight 232 was shut down upon arrival at the Hibernia Gravity Based Structure (GBS) after experiencing engine fuel bypass indications on both engines. The aircrew awaited the arrival of maintenance crew. Overnight the Aircraft Maintenance Engineers, in consultation with the engine manufacturer, conducted all required maintenance procedures. The helicopter was subsequently flight tested and... Read more

04-Sep-15 Sikorsky UH-60 Sanford, US-Florida

Light aircraft ground taxying ran into parked and unattended US Army Blackhawk... Read more

02-Sep-15 Sikorsky UH-60 Rampart Range, US-Colorado

Crashed into trees during a training exercise.  Two severely injured, two minor.... Read more

02-Sep-15 Sikorsky CH-53E Camp Lejeune, US-North Carolina (1F)

Hard landing while conducting Helicopter Rope Suspension Techniques (HRST) training in a landing zone at Stone Bay, a satellite training area aboard Camp Lejeune.  About 20 Marines from Virginia and North Carolina were participating  in night training that requires them to exit through the back of a helicopter using suspended ropes. The rappelling and fast-rope... Read more

01-Sep-15 C-GFCH Sikorsky S92 St Johns, Canada

Press report of Cougar Helicopters flight CGR151 outbound to a rig when it turned back to base as a result of an “intermittent fire warning,” the operator was quoted as saying.  Uneventful and safe landing back at St John’s, it’s departure point.  According to a company spokeswoman, Cougar Helicopters maintenance staff have since inspected the... Read more

01-Sep-15 Sikorsky S92 St John’s, Canada

while approximately 100 nm from St. John’s and en route to the GSF Grand Banks drilling rig, Cougar Flight CGR151 experienced an intermittent Fire Warning Light on the #2 engine. There were no secondary indications of fire... Read more

19-Aug-15 N1043T Sikorsky S61 Ironside, US-Oregon

The commercial pilot reported that shortly after picking up a bucket of water from a pond he gained airspeed and initiated a climbing left turn back towards the fire. As the helicopter started to climb, he heard a drop in RPM and the helicopter lost power. He attempted to continue the climb; however, the helicopter... Read more

12-Aug-15 5N-BGD Sikorsky S76C Oworonshoki, Nigeria (6F)

Crashed into Lagos Lagoon, on approach to the Murtala Muhammed International Airport at Lagos.Names were released by the AIB and published by Vanguard:- 6 recovered,named as Joshua Emekeme, Dolu Ebiejuara, Onoriode Onojete, Solomon Udeh, Iniala Opaimi, Chukwudi Onah 6 fatalities, named as pilot Peter Bello co-pilot Jay Wyatt, Chukwuma Erise, Chidi Ukwunta, Ita Ekpeyong, and... Read more

21-Jul-15 81-23609 Sikorsky UH-60 McPherson, US-Kansas

Main blades contacted tail boom in night training landing... Read more

14-Jul-15 Sikorsky UH-60 El Bejuco, Colombia (4F)

Helicopter on anti-drug operation landed in a clearing which was mined – the mine exploded, killing four, seriously injuring two and minor injuries to another four.  Full infra-red video released from second helicopter providing top cover above.... Read more

07-Jul-15 12414 Sikorsky S61 Lawrencetown, Canada

helicopter was on a routine flight when the crew noticed a drop in hydraulic pressure and were forced to land... Read more

05-Jul-15 Sikorsky UH-60 Tamaulipas, Mexico

Came under fire from the ground in an area regarded as the centre of a turf war between rival drugs cartels... Read more

30-Jun-15 St John’s, Canada

 helicopter en route to the West Hercules drilling rig returned to base due to a low oil pressure indication in one of its two engines. The incident occurred on Tuesday, June 30 when the helicopter was 20 km outside St. John’s. The helicopter returned to St. John’s without incident and the seven passengers on board... Read more

30-Jun-15 Sikorsky S92 St John’s, Canada

Turned back to base due to low oil pressure warning.   The culprit of the oil leak, according to Statoil, was likely a wrong-sized O-ring installed during maintenance.... Read more

04-May-15 Sikorsky S92 St John’s, Canada

While in the hover and conducting preflight checks, Cougar flight CGR181 experienced a #2 engine power loss. The aircraft was in a 10 foot hover when the incident occurred. With the remaining engine the aircraft landed safely without further incident. All 8 passengers were briefed by the two crew members onboard the helicopter as well... Read more

15-Apr-15 Sikorsky CH-53E Solana Beach, US-California

Emergency landing on public beach after reported oil leak... Read more

21-Mar-15 PK-FUP Sikorsky S76C Tanjung Dewa, Indonesia

Helicopter crashed while being operated for Total E&P Indonesie (TEPI) on a mission to inspect pipelines.  Helicopter ended upside down as seen in this photo Press report next day stated “The six victims who will soon leave Siloam Hospital in Balikpapan include two Total Indonesie employees, Rakhmat Yunanto, 35, and Agung Danur Wenda, 33, and two... Read more

09-Mar-15 Sikorsky UH-60 Pensacola, US-Florida (11F)

7 Marines and 4 Army personnel killed in poor visibility on Florida coast. The missing Marines were from a special operations regiment out of Camp LeJeune in North Carolina – identified as  Capt. Stanford Henry Shaw III , Master Sgt. Thomas Saunders, Staff Sgt. Liam Flynn, Staff Sgt. Trevor P. Blaylock , Staff Sgt. Kerry... Read more

18-Feb-15 Sikorsky S92 Hibernia rig, Canada

 Cougar Flight 231 was shut down on arrival at the Hibernia Gravity Based Structure (GBS) on February 18 due to an issue related to anti-vibration control and a chip light indication. Two Aircraft Maintenance Engineers deployed by Cougar to investigate determined that replacement parts are necessary. The parts are being shipped to Hibernia by vessel... Read more

16-Feb-15 Sikorsky UH-60 Hafar al-Batin, Saudi Arabia (4F)

Crashed on night training flight, killing four – The ministry identified the dead crew members as Lt. Col. Ali al-Arfaj, 1st Lt. Majid al-Fifeefi, 1st Lt. Jadie Qablan and technician Raed al-Jahni.... Read more

12-Feb-15 Sikorsky MH-53E Norfolk, US-Virginia

Precautionary landing shortly after take off – MH-53E is currently focus of safety inspections regarding wiring and fuel lines... Read more

22-Jan-15 G-GALC Sikorsky S92 nr Sumburgh, UK

Bristow flight BHL60A has declared an emergency just NE of Shetland and returned to Sumburgh.  Press article refers to an unspecified cockpit warning light.... Read more

21-Dec-14 Sikorsky MH-60S Camp Buehring, Kuwait

Crashed on night training flight.  Ended up on its starboard side.  All six personnel aboard the helicopter survived the crash and were transported to nearby medical facilities for evaluation... Read more

16-Oct-14 Sikorsky S92 Aberdeen, UK

A spokesman for CHC said: “An aircraft returned to Aberdeen International Airport after a crew noted a technical fault during the early stages of an off shore flight.... Read more

12-Oct-14 Sikorsky SH-60 Kartepe, Turkey (4F)

Turkish Navy Black Hawk had controlled flight into terrain in poor weather.  All 4 POB killed... Read more

10-Oct-14 Sikorsky S92 Aberdeen, UK

At around 11.15am, fire crews were called to Dyce, after the pilot of the CHC S92 alerted air traffic control and asked for emergency crews to be placed on stand-by as it made a return to base landing.  Landed safely... Read more

06-Oct-14 Bell CH-124 Eastern Passage, Canada

Emergency landing after gearbox sensor detected an anomaly. Landed at Hartland Point Golf Course and was then towed by road to 12 Wing Shearwater.... Read more

29-Sep-14 074 Sikorsky S61 Meloy, Norway

Hoist cable snapped and flicked up into main rotor disc. No damage in subsequent emergency landing... Read more

26-Sep-14 G-CIGZ Sikorsky S92 Aberdeen, UK

Emergency landing with 3 POB.  Declared emergency at 2.20pm and landed at airport safely 2.39pm... Read more

02-Sep-14 Sikorsky MH-60S Fallon, US-Nevada

Rolled on its side while landing during a routine training mission. All five crew members aboard — two pilots and three enlisted aircrew — are accounted for and safe with no significant injuries. All five crew members were transported to Naval Air Station Fallon medical facilities for evaluation.  Recovered by a Chinook 11-Sep-14... Read more

01-Sep-14 Sikorsky CH-53E Gulf of Aden, Djibouti

CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter crashed at sea in the Gulf of Aden as it attempted to land aboard USS Mesa Verde.  All 25 persons aboard the helicopter; 17 Marines and eight Navy Sailors, were safely recovered... Read more

18-Aug-14 N720HT Sikorsky S64E Lindsay Lake, Canada

The helicopter was slinging a hydro tower into position. After positioning the tower, the ground crew secured two of the support cables to their foundations. The pole was then shifted to accommodate securing of the remaining two support cables. As the two secured cables became taut, the pilot felt a bump and the helicopter became... Read more

04-Jul-14 Sikorsky S61 Halat, Lebanon

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

28-May-14 Sikorsky S92 North Sea, UK

Temporarily grounded after fuel leakage on offshore “floating storage unit”... Read more

10-Apr-14 Sikorsky S92 North Sea, UK

S92 helicopter returned to North Sea rig Brent Delta on flight to Scatsa after experiencing significant airframe vibration... Read more

09-Apr-14 Sikorsky UH-60 Wisemans Ferry, Australia

Immediate landing after unspecified cockpit warning light.  No reported damage... Read more

25-Mar-14 Sikorsky UH-60 Hebron, Israel

Force landing due to technical difficulties... Read more

20-Mar-14 Sikorsky S92 Aberdeen, UK

Engine warning – All 16 passengers and two crew landed in safely at Aberdeen Airport and the helicopter is being inspected by engineers.... Read more

13-Mar-14 Sikorsky S92 Aberdeen, UK

Helicopter turned round on flight to ENSCO 100 offshore rig following a technical warning and made a successful precautionary landing back at Aberdeen... Read more

07-Mar-14 N761P Sikorsky S76C+ Bucyrus, US-Ohio

Engine fire forced Cleveland Clinic helicopter to make emergency landing.... Read more

23-Feb-14 EJC-2160 Sikorsky UH-60L Hondas, Colombia (4F)

Accident killed Major Luis Fabián Carrero Llanos, Captain Jhonny Patiño Ballesteros, Sargeant Leonardo Polo Monje and Cadet Mauricio Gómez Vélez.... Read more

09-Feb-14 Sikorsky UH-60 Lilburn, US-Georgia

Emergency field landing.  No apparent damage.  Engineer called... Read more

31-Jan-14 N80GH Sikorsky S76A Fort Lauderdale, US-Florida

Main rotor blades struck hangar while taxying... Read more

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