Engine failed while hovering over mountainous terrain. Heavy landing and helicopter rolled onto its side. Pilot not injured
Helicopter was being operated for HighGold Mining, who issued this related press release
Helicopter was on an external load flight between 2 transmission lines when the main rotor contacted and severed an electrical cable. The pilot felt vibrations and immediately deposited and released the external load on the ground. The aircraft has been positioned away from the load, where it has landed safely. The main rotor was damaged and there were no injuries.
The pilot took off from the Santiago Heliport to carry out an aerial work to control frost. Three minutes after takeoff, a light on the governor failure warning panel came on, stopping the engine in flight, for which the pilot performed an autorotation, forcibly landing in a private parking lot. The pilot, the sole occupant of the aircraft, was slightly injured and the aircraft with major damage
Tail damaged and starboard skid splayed out on landing at Kedarnath shrine, which is at an altitude of 11,500ft. 6 POB no serious injuries. Wreckage airlifted out 26 October per this press report
Initial reports suggest the helicopter entered cloud and struck a cliff, locally known as Sisne Bhir. Helicopter consumed in post crash fire. Crash site is located at around 10,000 feet.
This report states that the fatalities were
Accident pilot was dropping off 2 heli-ski clients at a 6,000 foot msl mountain ridge line site, requiring him to preform a “toe in” landing. While hovering, but with the toes of the skids resting on the up-sloping field, and the two skiers disembarked, the main rotor blades contacted an area of rocky terrain. The pilot then flew downhill for an emergency landing. The helicopter rolled to the right after touchdown on snow-covered terrain.
The press release from investigators TAIC said “Something caused the pilot to conduct an emergency landing. [After jettisoning the water bucket,] The helicopter landed heavily and the sole pilot received moderate injuries. The nature of damage to the helicopter is yet to be established.”
Pilot named in this report as Bill Reid of Reid Helicopters
Mid-air crash between AS350B2 I-EDIC and a Jodel D140 fixed wing F-PMGV, resulting in seven fatalities between the total of nine on board the two aircraft. Helicopter pilot was named here as Maurizio Scarpelli, accompanied by mountain guide Frank Henssler and three others, one of whom survived.
In the fixed wing were four people, the French instructor named here as Philippe Michel, who was sitting in the back of the aircraft – with two student pilots in the front – a 51-year-old Belgian and a 59-year-old Frenchman.
The accident scene is shown in this official rescue service photo – altitude reported as 2600m
Bambi bucket cable became entangled in tail rotor during firefighting operations. Pilot managed to put helicopter down safely on its skids, but with damage tail boom and blades
While in a low hover during a rescue mission, the helicopter crashed into the water. One police officer was trapped inside the wreckage and was later pronounced dead. He was named in this report as Felipe Marques de Queiroz. The others on board were named here as Major Alves, Major Albuquerque and Sargentos Morais
Helicopter callsign was Fenix 08
NTSB report : The pilot and an air ambulance crewmember were repositioning the helicopter due to incoming inclement weather. About halfway into the flight, the front windshields were fogging over, and the pilot increased the demister. Upon reaching the destination, the pilot hovered near the company hangar; by this time, the windshields had completely fogged over. The crewmember warned the pilot that he was getting close to the hangar, which was on the helicopter’s left side. The pilot felt that he was high enough off the ground to move the helicopter several feet to the right, but the right skid was too low and contacted the ground, which resulted in a dynamic rollover. The helicopter sustained substantial damage to the rotor blades, fuselage, and tailboom.
Based on the available information, the dynamic rollover was a result of the pilot’s failure to maintain altitude during the hover operation with a fogged-over windshield.
Heavy landing with some forward momentum, then pitched up on the front of its skids, slid forward, then down a slope, moving round as it did, but still ending on its skids (see video)
Aircraft operated by Trans Aero, part of Roberts Aircraft – and operated under “Trans Aero Medevac” titles from a base at Artesia, NM. 3 POB reported by FAA as not being injured
Police helicopter ended up on its side during a search operation. The pilot and crew‚ who included a search and rescue unit operator and his search dog‚ survived the crash. Photos suggest the subject helicopter is ZS-RDL (msn 4170) or ZS-RPL (msn 3468)
Firefighting operations and helicopter hit powerlines, causing it to crash to the ground. Sole occupant pilot, named as Americo Sousa age 51, suffered fatal injuries
During landing phase, helicopter fell on its port side, killing the pilot. 3 of the 5 passengers were slightly injured. Pilot named in prelim accident report as Schweizer Bürger
Ended up in the water next to the superyacht it is based on – MY Bacarella after the helicopter’s downdraft caused a loose tarpaulin to rise up into the rotors shortly before touchdown, and evasive action by the pilot steered the helicopter away from the boat and into the water alongside. Three POB, one seriously injured, two with minor injuries. One occupant, Quentin Smith, named the seriously injured colleague as David Tang in this television interview and the third occupant as Charles without giving a surname. Hong Kong press later named the third occupant as Charles Chan, chairman of media company TVB
Accident timed at 21.24 local time
Landed on its port side with minimal damage to anything on the starboard side (stabiliser, tail rotor), although starboard skid somewhat bent. Possible dynamic roll-over. 3 POB all to hospital, one with life-threatening injuries
C-FBLW, a TRK Helicopters Aerospatiale AS350 BA helicopter, was operated under contract to SKEENA Heli-Ski from the Bear Creek Lodge, BC, about 82 nautical miles north west of Smithers, BC. The flight was returning to base camp in the late afternoon with a pilot and 6 passengers on board. As the pilot was maneuvering the helicopter close to the steepening terrain, the cyclic control was moved forward. The nose of the helicopter pitched down and the speed increased to Vne (+/-). The pilot then moved the cyclic back and left, however the helicopter rolled right and pitched up. The cyclic stick was difficult to move, and the helicopter collided with terrain on a steep snow covered slope. The main rotor blades cut a swath through the deep snowpack on the left side, and continued to turn until the pilot shut down the engine (Honeywell LTS 101-700D-2) and applied the rotor brake. All occupants appeared uninjured and expedited egress to the left side due to the steep, downhill slope on the right side. The helicopter was substantially damaged, but the ELT was not triggered to send out an emergency signal.
Helicopter was conducting fire control work with one crewperson on board. The fire control work included use of a Bambi Bucket to drop water on the fires, slung under the helicopter by a 100 ft long-line. The pilot elected to land the helicopter at Glenbrook helipad to refuel. The helicopter landed with the bucket and line in front of the helicopter, and the fuel drum to the right of the helicopter. The pilot realised that the helicopter’s fuel cap was on the left side and therefore needed to turn the helicopter around to access the fuel drum.
The crewperson exited, stood in front of the helicopter, and took hold of the long-line to ensure it remained clear during the turn. The pilot then lifted the helicopter to about 2 ft above ground level. The crewperson used hand signals to direct the pilot to conduct a right turn, walking to stay in front of the helicopter and remain in the pilot’s sight. After the helicopter had turned around, the crewperson gave the signal to lower the helicopter, which the pilot followed. As the helicopter lowered down, the tail rotor struck the bucket, which was on the ground behind the helicopter. The pilot detected the strike as a vibration through the pedals, and immediately moved the helicopter forward slightly, lowered the collective, and landed.
The tail rotor was damaged; the pilot and crewperson were uninjured.
As a result of a forced landing, the aircraft fell on a banana plantation and suffered substantial damage. Pilot named in this article as Lieutenant Colonel Harold Jimenez of the Army of the Dominican Republic
A bird is reported to have hit the tail rotor shortly after take-off. While the pilot was trying to make an emergency landing, the helicopter hit power lines, crashed and caught fire. The helicopter was ferrying pilgrims to the Vaishno Devi temple. The seven fatalities were named as pilot Sumita Vijayn from Kerala, Arjun Singh, Mahesh and Vandana from Jammu, Sachin, Akshita (5) and Aaryanjeet from Delhi.
Crashed on a glacier and fell down a crevasse, killing pilot Mitch Gameren, two Australian tourists Sovannmony Leang and Josephine Gibson and four British tourists Nigel Charlton and his wife Cynthia, Andrew Virco and his partner Katharine Walker, head of radiotherapy at a major trauma centre.
It is of particular note that the two visible main blades in most photos (example) are near intact.
EMS helicopter reported en route to helicopter accident. Initial reports say four or five on board, most agree on four injured with the pilot needing airlifting
The pilot reported he was conducting an approach in flat light conditions, visibility was decreasing, and during a turn, the right skid impacted terrain. The pilot reported the helicopter then came to rest on its side and he egressed from the cockpit. Substantial damage sustained to the helicopter. The purpose of the flight was to extract a work crew.
Partial loss of engine power during autorotation flare. Hard landing.French report says “substantial damage” but local press report shows
Sightseeing flight – failed to take-off, lost height and rolled over on landing. Only one of the 7 POB was not injured. Registration to be confirmed – Type, Colour scheme and operator match to our records
Crashed and burnt out. Helicopter was being used in support of parliamentary candidate Deo Filikunjombe, who died along with the other three on board. Another parliamentary candidate, Jerry Silaa, posted on his Instagram that his father William Silaa had been the pilot
Helicopter crashed into Lake Toba with 5 POB, and one survivor Fransiskus Subihardayan found afloat in the shallow water on the side of the lake two days later. Others on board, missing presumed deceased, have been named as pilot Capt Teguh Mulyanto, crew Hari Poerwantono, and passengers Sugianto (who had chartered the aircraft) and Nurhayanto
The pilot was engaged in a private flight, and was accompanied by his wife. After activating the air-conditioning unit during their return flight to FAGC smoke started entering the cockpit/cabin area. The pilot, who had identified an open area below entered into auto-rotational flight in order to land as soon as possible. As they neared the ground he note a game fence in front of them. In order to avoid colliding with the fence he pulled back on the cyclic and allowed the tail stinger to impact hard with the ground, which caused the aft tail boom tail to twist to the left (looking from the aft position) and the tail rotor blades to make contact with the ground, with one of the blades separating from the tail rotor hub assembly. It was found that the air-conditioning drive belt had melted and smoke from the belt was sucked into the cockpit/cabin area.
During a transferring flight of “Odebrecht” Co. personnel, from Quillabamba to Cusco, crossing the Andes Mountains, the Helicopter crashed on a slope surrounding the “Veronica” snowy, destroying it completely. The wreckage was found at an altitude of over 4000m
All five on board died, identified here as Miguel Angel Pinto Panta (pilot), Felix Cardenas Gonzales (airline mechanic), Juan Carlos Lezama Mucching (mechanical Los Andes), Luis Garcia Villanueva Hoses and Nolberto Retarnozo (Odebrecht workers).
Operator Heliflight was reported here as saying the aircraft had 1422.5 flying hours
Helicopter took off at 00h15, the last radio communication with ATC was at 00h30, the flight crew reported to the ATC operation normal. At about 02h00, ATC unable to contact with the helicopter, the dispatcher reported that the helicopter was operating normal. At about 04h32, the CAAC regional office received a report by the local people that a helicopter crashed and caught fire
Two of Tignes ski patrol were seriously injured in the crash at 8.15am. There were four trackers on board, in addition to the pilot and a mechanic, to be dropped to reactivate the remote avalanche triggering devices after maintenance period occurred this summer.
A total of five helicopters were damaged by rocks while parked due to an uncontrolled blast 100m away from the pad. Two needed roading to Helitrans main base in Værnes including LN-OFC
Can anyone help us with the registrations of the other four helicopters? If so, email us at [email protected]
Rope became entangled in main rotor during a manoevre with one skid on a rock ledge while hovering, Pilot Kent Harrison made some aggressive manoevres to avoid ground crews nearby, during which the tail hit a nearby cliff face. Helicopter continued spinning, but pilot regained some control and continued to a safer landing zone and made an upright landing
During fire fighting activities, the helicopter, equipped with bambi bucket, immediately after the first water drop experienced control problems. Trying an emergency landing in a nearby area 1 km away, the helicopter in the final phase of the flight, started an abrupt spin and crashed. Helicopter was on contract to Forest Service of Sardinia.
Only minor injuries to pilot Thomas Miola and engineer Cristian Ligas
The Customs and Border Patrol Instructor Pilot demonstrated an autorotation, yet misjudged the flare. Helicopter destroyed
Aerial electrical cable collision following water discharge during fire-fighting operation. The pilot managed to immediately land the helicopter. Initial assessment reveals bucket, helicopter tail and one main rotor blade damage.
Pilot, the only occupant, killed in crash of Air Glaciers helicopter at Guggigletscher nr Lauterbrunnen. Helicopter came down vertically and the cabin area burnt out. Tail boom, tail , stabiliser and tail rotors all remain attached.
With pilot and two paramedics on board, the helicopter started spinning shortly after take off and crashed about 20 seconds later, causing fatal injuries to pilot Patrick Mahany.The helicopter hit a parked pickup truck and travel camper and the helicopter was consumed by the ensuing fire.
Flight paramedic Dave Repsher was burned in the crash and was described shortly after as being in critical condition, while flight nurse Matt Bowe sustained unspecified injuries and is in fair condition.
conducting forest fire fighting operations in the area of Fort Simpson, NT. Prior to landing in CYFS, the pilot maneuvered to set down the water bucket. While preparing to set down on the landing pad beside the bucket, the tail rotor blades contacted a fuel drum. The helicopter touched down shortly thereafter and remained upright. There was significant damage to the tail rotor, tail rotor gear box, tail boom, ventral fin and collateral damage to the horizontal stabilizer from tail rotor blade fragments. The pilot, who was the sole occupant, was uninjured. CADORS 2015C2436
Helicopter crashed into shrubs after reportedly some debris struck the main rotor. Helicopter was reported hired by Vodafone Fiji and had taken the company’s maintenance staff to a tower there. 3 POB
Emergency landing in potato field due to weather. Passengers included Speaker of the National Assembly Justin Muturi, nominated Senator Beatrice Elachi and Kiminini MP Chris Wamalwa. Pilot named as Evans Sigilai
During a go-around manoeuvre, the helicopter cut a low voltage power cable and landed a few metres ahead of the intended spot. After removing a piece of cable from the rotorhead, and inspecting the aircraft, it was flown 70km back to base .
Accident happened in the rescue operations following a major earthquake which hit Nepal on 25-Apr-15. Nepalese villagers had demanded to be rescued before the tourists and in the ensuing confusion, a villager was killed by the rotor blades – likely that means “walked into the tail rotor”
Pilot Mike O’Donnell, was flying the helicopter from Angola to Zambia (and onwards to South Africa per some reports) when it crashed. Post crash fire, although some reports quote helicopter being on fire in the air
Turned back after takeoff to check a malfunctioning gauge and landed back at departure point. Infant patient then ferried to destination by another helicopter