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

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

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12-Sep-20 N537BC Robinson R44 Willow, US-Alaska

Struck tree during landing.  Sole occupant pilot was not injured

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12-Sep-20 N453F Airbus H120 Baltimore, US-Maryland

Precautionary emergency landing at Patterson Park on after a warning light came on (per press), or “altitude and radio issues” (per FAA)

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

Precautionary field landing while on powerline  imaging work

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06-Sep-20 N354PA Airbus AS350B2 Fort Greely, US-Alaska

Port side sliding door separated and hit main rotor disc.  Emergency landing

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01-Sep-20 N139HN Airbus EC130 Winchester, US-Kentucky

Emergency landing in field after engine issues

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29-Aug-20 B-7537 Robinson R44 Longnan, China (1F)

Hit lines while on low level agricultural spraying ops.  Pilot died

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29-Aug-20 HC-CVB Robinson R66 Manta, Ecuador

Heavy landing which resulted in the starboard skid ripped off, main blades damaged, tail strike which destroyed tail blades

Registration to be confirmed as HC-CVB is also reported as a Bell 505

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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.

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28-Aug-30 JA332T Airbus AS332L1 Nagaoka, Japan

The aircraft took off from the temporary helipad, and was transporting a cargo, and unintentionally dropped the cargo (about 790kg, construction materials) on a grass field near the temporary helipad from a height of about 25m around 9:50 JST.

Cargo was old steel tower members, weight: about 790 kilograms.

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26-Aug-20 RA-04393 Robinson R44 Krasnaya Polyana, Russia

Details sketchy, but helicopter damaged and 2 of 4 POB were injured.

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

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

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25-Aug-20 N160SH Airbus AS350B2 Tuxedni Bay, US-Alaska

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

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24-Aug-20 N314 Kaman K-Max Warmic, US-Oregon (1F)

Pilot killed in firefighting accident.  Pilot named here as Tom Duffy

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24-Aug-20 N280SG Enstrom 280FX Longmont, US-Colorado

FAA report unexplained field landing

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24-Aug-20 OH-HJH MD Helicopters MD500D Sarvisalo, Finland

Landed upright but tail boom got chopped by main blades during emergency landing

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

Tail rotor double delamination discovered during post flight inspection

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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.

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20-Aug-20 RA-????? Mil Mi-8 Khakassia, Russia

Heavy landing, damaging the landing gear.  No injuries to 17 POB

Helicopter was en route from Tashtagol to Kemerovo

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

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

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19-Aug-20 N95RZ Leonardo AW109E Wauseon, US-Ohio

Tail rotor struck lamp post on landing

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17-Aug-20 C-FAHC Airbus AS350 Stewart, Canada (1F)

Pilot killed in accident.

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13-Aug-20 SP-SVW Robinson R44 Sady, Poland

Helicopter ditched in river on a training flight.  Both instructor and student were injured

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13-Aug-20 OK-??? Robinson R44 Zamberk, Czech Republic

Helicopter contacted tree on take-off, which caused it to fall to the ground from 5m altitude and it fell onto its side.  1 of 4 POB injured

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11-Aug-20 N45?F Airbus H120 Baltimore, US-Maryland

Police helicopter made emergency landing in park.  No damage/injuries

Data from market intelligence firm Parapex Media shows that Baltimore Police currently operate four Airbus H120s, registered N451F, N452F, N453F and N454F

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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 Technician Brandon White, and State Wildlife Veterinarian Dr. Bob Dittmar

The NTSB tweeted that they were investigating the accident of a Bell 206

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08-Aug-20 N89LA Robinson R44 Logan, US-Iowa

Aircraft crashed in a field.  Sole occupant pilot seriously injured.  Helicopter was involved in aerial application work

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

Precautionary landing in a parking lot

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06-Aug-20 N61MX Robinson R44 Ashton, US-Idaho

Emergency landing on a highway

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

Aircraft struck powerlines during aerial application

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06-Aug-20 PK-JBX Airbus H145 Batulicin, Indonesia

Heilcopter landed very heavily and the skids splayed out.  Marks on runway consistent with helicopter spinning at the point of contact.

Date 06-Aug-20 is the date of the report.  Not confirmed that this was the accident date

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06-Aug-20 N911EP Hughes OH-6 Chesterfield, US-Missouri

Main rotor blades sliced tail boom on training flight. helicopter ended up on its skids with the tail on the ground nearby

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05-Aug-20 N104SU MD Helicopters MD500D Delia, US-Kansas

Aircraft was conducting vegetation management while tree sawing and something caught saw blade and threw debris up into main blades.  Aircraft landed in nearby field. Sole occupant pilot was not injured

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04-Aug-20 RA-06353 Robinson R66 Mount Belukha, Russia

Pilot not injured

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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

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31-Jul-20 CC-DAM Airbus AS350B3 Santiago, Chile

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

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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 posted on Facebook on 03-Aug-20

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26-Jul-20 G-WTWT Robinson R44 II Herne Bay, UK

Helicopter landed on its side in an open field.  4 POB not seriously injured

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26-Jul-20 F-GNLM Airbus AS350 Clermont-Ferrand, France

When hovering from the park point for take-off, the pilot loses control yawing to the left. The helicopter landed very hard.

Investigators report aircraft destroyed

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11-Jul-20 N708AC Airbus AS355 Rifle, US-Colorado

According to the operator, their flight tracking program showed that the helicopter depart the Rifle Garfield County Airport (RIL), Rifle, Colorado, and was en route to perform a low altitude aerial observation flight of transmission/power lines. The flight track ended near the accident location after a 3 to 4 minute flight about one mile southwest of RIL. Witnesses, located on a distant roadway, reportedly observed the helicopter spinning before it turned nose-down and then impacted terrain. Local law enforcement stated that a post-impact fire consumed a majority of the helicopter.

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

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

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15-Apr-20 N51NL Leonardo AW169 Philadelphia, US-Pennsylvania

Copilot window fell out at 1000 ft agl.  Corporate part 91 operation

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12-Apr-20 N160CC Airbus H125 Tampa, US-Florida

Hillsborurgh County Sheriff helicopter suffered bird strike. No injury reported to 2 POB

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09-Apr-20 N9334W Airbus SA341 Fort Myers, US-Florida

Hard landing.  No injury reported to 1 POB

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06-Apr-20 N7007X Robinson R22 Seymour, US-Texas

Tail rotor struck tree.  No injury reported to 1 POB

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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

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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.

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21-Jan-20 N715RK Guimbal G2 Independence, US-Iowa

Aircraft crashed into a hangar at Independence Municipal Airport, US-Iowa.

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09-Jan-20 N450MC Robinson R66 Silver Spring Township, US-Pennsylvania (2F)

A helicopter crashed in a backyard of a home in Silver Spring Township, US-Pennsylvania. The two occupants on-board died, no injuries on the ground reported.

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08-Jan-20 N6186U Hughes OH-6A Weston, US-Georgia

Aircraft crashed under unknown circumstances, Weston, US-Georgia.

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05-Jan-20 N698SH Schweizer 300C Mesa, US-Arizona

Aircraft auto-rotated and hit the ground in the desert, Mesa, Arizona.

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04-Jan-20 N92785 Aerospatiale SE3130 Mokleumne Hill, US-California

Aircraft crashed under unknown circumstances in Mokleumne Hill. The occupants escaped prior to the helicopter bursting into flames.

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26-Dec-19 N985SA Airbus AS350 Lihue, US-Hawaii (7F)

During a sightseeing flight the helicopter crashed into terrain under unknown circumstances, resulting in a post crash fire. The pilot and six passengers perished.

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26-Dec-19 N985SA Airbus AS350B2 Kauai, US-Hawaii (7F)

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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.

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

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19-Dec-19 N695AP Robinson R22 Beeville, US-Texas

During take off the student pilot experienced dynamic rollover.

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13-Dec-19 N440AH Robinson R44 San Antonio, US-Texas

The aircraft lost power and struck power lines while apparently making an emergency landing near to the intersection of South Presa and East Southcross street, San Antonio, US-Texas. The aircraft received substantial damage. There were no reports of serious injuries to the occupants. – Photo

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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.

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11-Dec-19 N65RS Enstrom F28 Bluffdale, US-Utah

Aircraft crashed under into a field near Redwood road, after the pilot lost the tail rotor and started spinning.

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09-Dec-19 ZK-HPB Airbus AS350B2 White Island, New Zealand

Aircraft badly damaged by ash while parked on volcanic island during eruption.  Main blades snapped under the weight of ash – photo

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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.

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09-Dec-19 N74564 Robinson R22 Chino, US-California

Aircraft struck a bird.

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05-Dec-19 N797NA Guimbal G2 Washington, US-Missouri

Aircraft suffered a tail strike whilst maneuvering to avoid a bird on takeoff.

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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

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31-Oct-19 HL9619 Airbus EC225 Dokdo, Korea (7F)

SAR helicopter ditched and located in 72m of water shortly after taking off at 11.26pm on a rescue mission.  7 POB missing

There are four EC225s registered in Korea at present.  HeliHub research shows that the subject aircraft is either HL9472 (msn 2702) or HL9619 (msn 2987)

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26-Oct-19 N280F Enstrom 280F Jordan Valley, US-Oregon (1F)

Details not yet known.  Pilot suffered fatal injuries and passenger (pilot’s daughter) received injuries which are reportedly not life threatening

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25-Oct-19 ZT-RAL Robinson R44 Sinoville, South Africa

Crashed while on a training flight, thee occupants reported as uninjured

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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.

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23-Oct-19 N7189D Robinson R22 Hebbronville, US-Texas (2F)

Two Robinson R22s engaged in herding operation.  Rotor blade of N7189D hit skid of N74512.  Both occupants of N7189D fatally injured

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23-Oct-19 N225JM Robinson R44 Las Vegas, US-Nevada (2F)

The pilot and passenger were transported to a local hospital for treatment, but local press report the pilot died from injuries suffered in the crash, and the passenger remains in the hospital with critical injuries.  Pilot named here as 53-year-old Scott Socquet from Milford, Connecticut.  The passenger passed away two days later and was named here as Howard Jameson, 27, from New Fairfield, Connecticut (a relative of the pilot according to this tweet).  The pair are pictured in this tweet.

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23-Oct-19 N74512 Robinson R22 Hebbronville, US-Texas

Two Robinson R22s engaged in herding operation.  Rotor blade of N7189D hit skid of N74512

Passenger in N74512 seriously injured

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22-Oct-19 N158LE Bell OH_58 Naples, US-Florida

Bird strike

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22-Oct-19 OK-ASS Schweizer 300CBi Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic

Crashed during night training flight.  Instructor and student not seriously injured

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21-Oct-19 UR-KTB Robinson R44 Tarasenkove, Ukraine (1F)

Crashed in unknown circumstances and burned out.  Pilot named in press as Taras Kutovoy, former minister of the Ukraine Government

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