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 been. Photos show the helicopter close to a rocky outcrop and the could possibly have impacted the rock, although unclear either whether that had actually happened, or whether it was cause or effect in the whole scenario.
Pilot Sanjay Wasi and co-pilot Alka Shukla suffered minor injury.
Passengers Naveen Bhai, Leela Ben, Harish Bhai and Ramesh Bhai were not seriously injured.
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
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
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
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 below for the full story
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 and Marcel Fabiano and the suspect of the massacre, Ali Ahmad Souza. No one survived
Crashed on frozen lake, injuring all four occupants – including the CEO of Bank St Petersburg Alexander Saveliev and his companion Olga Lazareva.Â Pilot elected to make emergency landing on encountering a sudden blizzard but the landing was too hard and the helicopter broke up on impact.Â see also statement on Bank St Petersburg website
Pilot was JosÃ© Manuel Covarruvias GarcÃa, 36, and hospitalised for assessment.Â Passenger was not named and not injured.Â Helicopter sustained damage to landing gear, the transmission system and the tail rotor.Â [Some translations of local language news reports wrongly quote the pilot as being killed]