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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, and pilot Mark Stoxreiter from National Airways Corporation

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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

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16-Jan-21 UR-ASD Robinson R44 Borispol, Ukraine

Details unclear, apart from ending up on its port side as below


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15-Jan-21 PH-TTR Airbus H135 Almere, Netherlands

Bird strike on night flight took out the port lower windshield.  Emergency landing made at Amsterdam Heliport.  Recording of ATC conversation in this YouTube video


 

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13-Jan-21 N7480F Hughes 300C Spanish Fork, US-Utah

Field landing after reported engine failure on a training flight. No injuries reported to 2POB

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12-Jan-21 N552DR Hiller UH-12C Lafayette, US-Indiana

Port side skid got caught on take-off, causing helicopter to fall onto its side. FAA report Substantially damaged, no injuries to 2 POB

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12-Jan-21 F-HAGO Schweizer 300CBi Eze, France

Helicopter made an emergency landing on a mountain top and ended up nose down in the snow with its sliced tail boom pointing skywards and part of the tail rotor on the ground beside it.

 

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10-Jan-21 ZU-RAJ Aerospatiale SE313 Brits, South Africa (1F)

Helicopter ended up submerged in a river, reasons currently unclear

Pilot freed himself, swam to river bank and called for help.  Male passenger freed, but female passenger trapped and declared dead at scene

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09-Jan-21 N8612F Hughes 500D Winthrop, US-Washington

Landed heavily on snow, skids broken, tail boom sliced by main blades

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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.

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09-Jan-21 N322SH Robinson R44 Albany, US-Texas

Loss of power on take off, autorotation into field.  FAA report substantially damaged.  No injuries to 3POB

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06-Jan-21 PR-WVW Robinson R44 Vila Velha, Brazil (2F)

Helicopter was on final approach to land at its base airport Vila Velha en route from Guarapari and suddenly lost height from 200ft to the ground.  Both occupants in the helicopter received fatal injuries.  They were named in this report as pilot Octavio Schneider Guieroz (68) and his girlfriend Lucimara Poleto (52).

Video of accident from a CCTV camera here – helicopter comes into view at 14s

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02-Jan-21 ZS-OXK Airbus AS350B3 Cape Town, South Africa

Damaged after losing control during take off from Cape Town International Airport.  Helicopter ended up on its starboard side on the apron outside a hangar.  The pilot was flying alone and only suffered minor injuries and received medical attention.

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01-Jan-21 C-FBGT Robinson R44 Eaglesham, Canada (4F)

Helicopter collided with terrain, killing all four on board – the owner, his wife and two of their five children – named in this report as Wade Balisky, 45, and Aubrey Balisky, 37, and two of their children, Jewel, 8, and Fleur, 2.  They were survived by their oldest three children.

Location was a wide open and near level farm field, covered in snow

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

Low level manouevre to avoid another aircraft caused helicopter to crash

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01-Jan-21 9M-SAW Robinson R66 Port Klang, Malaysia

Badly damaged in dynamic rollover on a training flight.  Pilot named here as Kharudin Dahlan, 72, and his co-pilot was, Moithu Kutti Mohamad, 52

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30-Dec-20 JA77AR Robinson R66 Ojiro, Japan (1F)

Helicopter had taken off from the Isewan Helipad in Tsu City.  Circumstances of accident unclear but it is noted that high winds were recorded around that time and a local weather observatory had issued a gale advisory.  Pilot named here as Kotaro Demura, 46, was taken to a hospital but died later the same day

Accident location was in a mountain forest

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30-Dec-20 I-LGLG Airbus H125 San Martino, Italy

Crashed in white-out conditions during landing, during which the main rotor disc hit the ground.  20 minutes after the accident the helicopter caught fire and completely burned out.  It is evident from images that the helicopter was written off in the accident (boom in multiple pieces) prior to the conflagration.  Pilot named in this report as Gebhard Locher

Two of the seven POB were injured.  The helicopter was also carrying a snowmobile in a cargo net as an underslung load.

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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. “

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23-Dec-20 RA-07328 Airbus H125 Novopodkletnoe, Russia

Accident on training flight.  Two POB both injured and airlifted out.  Helicopter ended up on its port side

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20-Dec-20 N3264U Robinson R44 Morris, US-Illinois

Substantially damaged – during a touch-and-go, helicopter touched down and fell onto its side

1 minor injury

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19-Dec-20 N574AM Airbus AS350B3 Driggs, US-Idaho

Starboard transmission cowling flipped up into the main rotor shortly after departure

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16-Dec-20 ZK-IAY Robinson R44 Mahia Peninsula, New Zealand

43 year old pilot injured in accident while involved in ag spraying work, after hitting wires and crashing on a steep hillside.  Helicopter came to a halt further down the slope, but apparently still on its skids.  Airlifted to Gisborne Hospital

Registration has been assumed on the basis of this being the only R44 on the register in the name of Eastland Heli Services.  The operator name and helicopter type were taken from press reports

The owner of the company referred to the pilot as “John”

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15-Dec-20 ZK-HEK Airbus H120 Kekerengu, New Zealand (2F)

Helicopter crashed on rocky beach.  Eyewitness reported seeing the helicopter spiralling out of control and plummeting to the ground

Two fatalities named as owner/pilot Andrew Hamish Davidson, 60, and wife Lin Chen, 39.  Three injured passengers including their two children and another child.  The children – two boys and a girl – were all aged under 14

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15-Dec-20 ZK-??? Robinson R44 Te Anga, New Zealand

The helicopter’s main rotor blade struck electricity supply wires and then landed in a clearing. The pilot was uninjured. Power was disrupted to around 18 homes.  Low level agricultural spray operations.

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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

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10-Dec-20 N7085Z Robinson R44 Colorado City, US-Texas (2F)

Sketchy details but both occupants received fatal injuries, named here as pilot Zane Whitesides, 31, and passenger Zack Pfeuffer, 32

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08-Dec-20 F-HJAF Airbus EC135T1 Bonvillard, France (5F)

Helicopter was carrying an air rescue crew on a training mission when it fell from an altitude of (5,900ft). The surviving pilot raised the alarm at around 19:10 local time (18:10 GMT) after managing to escape from the helicopter. The crew onboard consisted of two pilots – one in training – along with two winch operators and two mountain rescue workers.

Weather is a factor – low visibility in fog – and the rescue effort overnight was hampered as a result according to this report.

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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.

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08-Dec-20 D-HTAT Guimbal G2 Speyer, Germany

Student solo (aged 63) – at a height of 50-100 meters, there was a loss of engine power. The helicopter touched down hard and rolled onto its side around 15-20m from the runway in the grass.

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05-Dec-20 N371MP Robinson R44 II Marietta, US-Texas

Helicopter clipped powerlines during the take-off phase and made a heavy emergency landing on highway 77.  Nearby neighbours moved the helicopter off the road onto the grass verge.  Skids splayed out, but rotor blades seemingly untouched and helicopter remained upright.  3 POB not injured

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05-Dec-20 N625CF Airbus AS365N3 Dayton, US-Ohio

At approximately 140 KIAS, the right rear passenger door came open. The PIC had also heard and felt a change in the aircraft. PIC immediately slowed down the aircraft and the flight nurse in the back of the aircraft while still seat-belted was able to close the door. Upon safe landing and exiting of the aircraft no damage was found.

No damage or inoperable parts were found on the door once it was returned to base.

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04-Dec-20 JA504D Airbus AS350 Higashi Matsuyama, Japan

Take off from a temporary helipad in Higashi Matsuyama, Miyagi Prefecture at 10:50 (JST). The flight was for carrying trees with a sling (total weight of about 380 kg), and at an altitude of about 90 m near Miyato Kokegaura in Higashi Matsuyama, one of the trees (about 30 kg) fall in a paddy field.  No indication in report of any damage to the helicopter

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02-Dec-20 VH-HGU Robinson R44 Marulan South, Australia (2F)

Helicopter collided with terrain during a training flight.  The pilot and instructor on board were fatally injured and the helicopter was destroyed by fire.  The student pilot was named as Andrew Goldman

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02-Dec-20 N669SS Leonardo AW119Kx Philadelphia, US-Pennsylvania

Tail strike on landing

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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

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29-Nov-20 9N-AJJ Airbus AS350B2 Nuwakot, Nepal

Bird strike took out the port windshield and damaged area between nose and base of windshield.  Safe landing, but some of 6POB were injured

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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 assistant, was seriously injured.”

 

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25-Nov-20 RF-38376 Mil Mi-8MTV1 Volgograd, Russia

Airport ramp floodlight mast fell onto boom, possibly caused by main blades striking it first.  Video shows tail rotor separating from boom prior to the mast falling

3POB not injured

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20-Nov-20 LV-FQN Airbus AS350B3 Coronel Moldes, Argentina (2F)

Crashed after hitting zip wire.  Both occupants received fatal injuries. One was named as entrepreneur Jorge Brito

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18-Nov-20 N442JP Robinson R44 Austell, US-Georgia

Training accident – FAA report loss of control followed by ground impact.  2 POB reported not injured

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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

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16-Nov-20 LN-OAX Airbus AS350B3 Lysefjorden, Norway

The aircraft was performing external load flights with delivering of concrete to a powerline fundament. During delivery of concrete to powerline mast number 49, the pilot experienced severe vertically vibrations. The pilot took immediate action, released the external load and was capable to manoeuvre the helicopter away from the construction area. During this operation the helicopter lost altitude and hit some threes. The helicopter stopped laying on the right-hand side about 50 meters from the construction area. No persons were seriously injured.

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15-Nov-20 N442ME Airbus EC135 Williamsport, US-Pennsylvania

Bird strike left six inch hole in chin bubble window

FAA just reported this as “Stat 13” which is a callsign and not a registration, but our research identified it as N442ME

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14-Nov-20 N712CA Airbus AS355F2 Hammonton, US-New Jersey

While attempting to decouple from dolly, rudder pedal became stuck and helicopter briefly became airborne.  The tail rotor separated from the aircraft, resulting in a hard landing

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13-Nov-20 LV-??? Robinson R22 Santo Tomé, Argentina

Incident was reportedly caused by the helicopter hitting powerlines shortly after take-off.  Heavily damaged

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11-Nov-20 HB-ZVN Guimbal G2 Sion, Switzerland

Landed too close to the parked Bell 505 HB-ZYN, striking and breaking its tail fin.  This helicopter, with student and instructor, then crashed from a lower hover, breaking its skids and damaging its boom close to the fenestron (which ended up approx 90 degrees twisted on the boom axis)

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

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

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08-Nov-20 9M-HCB Guimbal G2 Taman Melawati, Malaysia (2F)

Two Guimbal G2 Cabris were conducting training flights. Both took off from Subang’s Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport bound for Genting Sempah. Each helicopter was carrying an instructor and and a student.  It is reported that the two helicopters contacted each other in some way before each making separate landings.

This blue-livery helicopter descended vertically into a built-up area and the two occupants suffered fatal injuries in the impact.  See Liveleak video

The two occupants are named in this article as retired Kdr Mohamed Sabri Baharom TLDM, a former naval aviator with No 502 Squadron, and businessman Mohd Irfan Fikri Mohamed Rawi

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08-Nov-20 9M-HCA Guimbal G2 Taman Melawati, Malaysia

Two Guimbal G2 Cabris were conducting training flights. Both took off from Subang’s Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport bound for Genting Sempah. Each helicopter was carrying an instructor and and a student.  It is reported that the two helicopters contacted each other in some way before each making separate landings.

This red-livery helicopter managed to make an emergency landing in a sports field and may have suffered damage to the port skid (or it’s well dug into soft ground).    See Liveleak video

The two occupants are named in this article as Datuk Ahmad Jauhari ‘AJ’ Yahya, former CEO of Malaysia Airlines (during the MH 370 and MH 17 tragedies) and Tan Chai Eian only had minor injuries.

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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

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08-Nov-20 TG-GEA Airbus AS350B3 Alta Verapaz, Guatemala

Tail rotor and stabiliser damaged by hitting a tree during an emergency landing

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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.

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07-Nov-20 N2081G Schweizer 300C Bowman, US-North Dakota

Helicopter tipped over on landing.  2 POB, not injured

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

Aircraft sustained heavy autorotation landing.

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06-Nov-20 N109EX Leonardo AW109S Boyle Heights, US-California

Landing accident on hospital roof top pad, bringing in a donated heart for transplant from Sharp Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa.  3 POB all got themselves out of the wreckage.  Each needed medical attention.

This video shows the helicopter spinning just prior to touch-down, suggesting a tail rotor issue.  Another video here, different angle.

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

Heavy autorotation landing.  Sole occupant pilot not injured

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27-Oct-20 N58251 MD Helicopters MD500D Nuuanu, US-Hawaii

Emergency landing in a ravine after experiencing engine problems.  Helicopter was working for Hawaiian Electric.  Some reports say “hard landing”.  Extent of damage not known. Pilot not injured

“A contractor for Hawaiian Electric was transporting material near the Nuuanu Reservoir off Pali Highway when the helicopter lost power and made a hard landing,” according to Hawaiian Electric spokeswoman

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26-Oct-20 N530H Airbus AS350B3 Arenas Valley, NM

The helicopter sustained substantial damage and the sole occupant pilot was seriously injured.

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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

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20-Oct-20 RA-04327 Robinson R44 Bobrovskoye, Russia (4F)

The helicopter was en route Vologda – Veliky Ustyug and crashed into the Sukhona River near the Bobrovskoye settlement of the Nyuksensky District, after flying into powerlines.  Three villages suffered power failure.

Operated by Aerosoyuz, the four occupants on board all died in the accident.  They included Oleg Vasiliev, the general director of JSC “Ded Moroz”, part-owner of Aerosoyuz, along with the company’s accountant and the pilot.

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18-Oct-20 N566BC Robinson R22 Winder, US-Georgia

Crashed into a wooded area.  Further info awaited

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19-Oct-20 N31136 Robinson R44 Washington Island, US-Wisconsin

Gust of wind caught helicopter on take-off, causing it to land and tip over onto its starboard side

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16-Oct-20 N500DL Robinson R44 Pahrump, US-Nevada

Skid struck water causing helicopter to crash into it.  Helicopter ended inverted and mostly under water.  Pilot out safely

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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

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10-Oct-20 N899RT Enstrom 480B Putnam, US-Connecticut

Helicopter was attempting to land on a trailer/dolly.  One skid got caught, causing helicopter to come to rest on its side.  The two passengers got out OK.  Fire Brigade said it took crews about 50 minutes to extricate the pilot

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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.

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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

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03-Oct-20 C-FSSU Robinson R44 II Nottawasaga, Canada

The Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (JRCC) Trenton was first called around 1700Z regarding a helicopter in the Orangeville, ON, area due to an emergency locator transmitter (ELT) signal that was going off. It was confirmed that there had been a crash approximately 12NM Northeast (NE) of Orangeville, near a private strip. It was reported that the helicopter crashed under unknown circumstances while attempting to land at a private site. The 4 souls onboard were reported as being okay. Extent of aircraft damage unknown.

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30-Sep-20 N250Z Guimbal G2 Bentonville, US-Arkansas

Bent skids and tail rotor ground strike on landing

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

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

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29-Sep-20 VH-WPX Airbus AS365N3 Perth, Australia

A rescue crewman was lowered onto the deck of a vessel as part of winch training exercise, off the coast of Perth, Western Australia. During the exercise, the rescue crewman was pulled overboard from the vessel, into and through the water. The rescue crewman was not injured.

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26-Sep-20 B-70GZ Airbus AS350B3 Se’ergu, China (3F)

Helicopter hit an unmarked high-voltage line across the Heishui River Valley about 4 kilometers south of Se’er Ancient Town, and then lost control, hit the mountain on the west side of the river valley, then caught fire and burned down the mountain. Falling and disintegrating, ending up on the eastern carriageway of the G347 national highway.  All three POB died in the accident.  Post crash fire.

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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, the caution “INPUT / ACC # 1 HOT” came on. According to the emergency checklist, the crew pulled the left engine back to idle. When the oil pressure dropped further to below 35 psi, the oil cooler bypass was automatically switched on, as designed. During the further flight towards Sola, the oil temperature rose and the caution “INPUT / ACC # 2 HOT” came on. The highest recorded oil temperature before landing was 214 degrees C.

The crew declared mayday, and continued the descent to a height of 200 ft. They were preparing to land on the sea if the oil pressure were to disappear completely. The landing at Sola was undramatic and the helicopter was followed to standstill by the airport fire and rescue department.

The helicopter returned to revenue service on 13-Nov-20

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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 that the oil pressure on the main gearbox had dropped below 45 psi. Shortly afterwards, the caution “INPUT / ACC # 1 HOT” came on. According to the emergency checklist, the crew pulled the left engine back to idle. When the oil pressure dropped further to below 35 psi, the oil cooler bypass was automatically switched on, as designed. During the further flight towards Sola, the oil temperature rose and the caution “INPUT / ACC # 2 HOT” came on. The highest recorded oil temperature before landing was 214 degrees C.

The crew declared mayday, and continued the descent to a height of 200 ft. They were preparing to land on the sea if the oil pressure were to disappear completely. The landing at Sola was undramatic and the helicopter was followed to standstill by the airport fire and rescue department.

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