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29-Jun-14 N350CR Eurocopter AS350B2 Dietrich, US-Idaho

Helicopter completely demolished in crash in hay field.  All three occupants airlifted to hospital

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28-Jun-14 RA-1588G Robinson R66 Temnolesskaya, Russia (4F)

Details not yet known, but helicopter crashed killing all four POB including pilot A.I. Goncharenko, businessman Samvel Elugyan plus his 22-year-old daughter Alina Elugyan and 13-year-old son Eugene Elugyan.  Post crash fire

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27-Jun-14 N69PJ Eurocopter AS350 Mayhill, US-New Mexico

Landed heavily causing damage.  2 of 4 POB to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries

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27-Jun-14 N560LH Robinson R44 Quincy, US-Washington

Crashed after striking a pole during agricultural work

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26-Jun-14 N808LF Eurocopter AS350B3 Temple, US-Texas

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25-Jun-14 Robinson R44 Bagotville, Canada

During the descent for landing, the pilot was not able to stop the descent and yaw. The pilot pushed the cyclic to exit the vortex and pick up speed, but the main rotor collided with the ground and the aircraft rolled to a stop on the ground. CADORS 2014Q1246

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24-Jun-14 LN-OSY Airbus AS350B3e Hjerkinn, Norway

Helicopter lost height and crashed within 30 seconds of take off – video of incident here. Helicopter was operating for the military and ended up on its side, heavily damaged.  5 POB all got out OK.  Helicopter was delivered new less than six weeks prior to accident.

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24-Jun-14 N544BS Robinson R44 Nashville, US-Tennessee

Loss of power on climb-out from John C Tune Airport  after refuelling there, emergency landing made on highway, damaging tail boom.  2 POB unhurt – reported here as registered owner Lenny Sikora and his girlfriend – and they got out, put the ground handling wheels on and moved the helicopter to the side of the highway.  They were En route from Key Largo, Florida, to La Crosse, Wisconsin

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23-Jun-14 N407EM Eurocopter AS350B2 Leary, US-Texas

Substantially damaged in field landing

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21-Jun-14 N6828D Rotorway Exec 162F Mount Comfort, US-Indiana

Landed in a field of crop and fell onto its side.  2 POB walk away

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21-Jun-14 RA-3121K Mil Mi-2 Staromavrinskoe, Russia

Both pilots seriously injured in low level accident involving powerlines during agricultural operations – named as Anatoly Kurilov and Alexander Fumchenko

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20-Jun-14 OK-LPS Robinson R22 Prague, Czech Republic

Emergency field landing with high vertical force impact.  Skids splayed out

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20-Jun-14 VH-NKW Bell 206L3 Taroom, Australia

While conducting sling load operations, the load at the end of the long line became tangled. The pilot attempted to land the helicopter, however when at about 10 ft above ground level, the line pulled tight. The pilot was unable to release the line, and the helicopter collided with terrain, resulting in substantial damage. The pilot received minor injuries.

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20-Jun-14 CC-PXA Robinson R44 La Parva, Chile

Written off.  4 POB – two adults, two children – got out OK

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20-Jun-14 N681SH Robinson R22 Long Beach, US-California

Rolled onto its side on landing

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19-Jun-14 N784SH Robinson R22 Greensfield, US-Missouri

Helicopter fell onto its starboard side during a training flight

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18-Jun-14 N74713 Robinson R44 Coldfoot, US-Alaska

Uncommanded descent and crashed on landing.  Helicopter was carrying a team from the Alaska Division of Geological and Geophysical Surveys

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17-Jun-14 N152CC Schweizer 300CBi Allentown, US-Pennsylvania

Substantially damaged, injuring female pilot.  High vertical force impact, remained on skids

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17-Jun-14 N536T Bell 206B Decatur, US-Texas

Substantially damaged during autorotation landing

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17-Jun-14 N6094H Eurocopter AS350BA Waihee, US-Hawaii

Precautionary field landing, no injuries, after reported mechanical issues.  All six passengers were guests of the Make-A-Wish charity.

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15-Jun-14 Bell 206B Rowlett, US-Texas

Emergency landing in park, possibly due to mechanical issue

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13-Jun-14 OO-JCS Schweizer S300C Cerfontaine, Belgium (1F)

Annual licence renewal flight.  Instructor Louis Janssens (69) from Theux died in the accident

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13-Jun-14 N555YE Eurocopter EC135P2+ Lanai, US-Hawaii

Safe emergency landing after engine failure

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13-Jun-14 Rishikesh, India

Uttarakhand chief minister Harish Rawa fractured a bone in his neck after the helicopter “suffered three consecutive jolts” within a couple of minutes after its take-off.  Emergency landing made shortly after.  The CM was only wearing a seatbelt loosely

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12-Jun-14 G-BWAV Schweizer S300C Dunsfold, UK

The pilot was attempting a practice autorotation when the accident occurred. He did not realise that he had failed to achieve a split between engine and rotor rpm, with the result that the rotor rpm reduced to below the normal operating range. The pilot was unable to prevent the helicopter striking the ground hard. It was destroyed in the accident, although the pilot escaped injury.

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11-Jun-14 N207MY Bell 206L4 Terrebonne Bay, US-Gulf of Mexico (2F)

Helicopter ditched in Gulf of Mexico.  US Coast Guard found two bodies and helicopter appears to have sunk.  The two victims were identified as George Leloup, the pilot of the helicopter, and Rory Bourgeois, a technician with BNA Marine Services.

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11-Jun-14 N356EV Eurocopter AS350B3 Anchorage, US-Alaska

Engine and main rotor over-speed event during engine start, resulting in ground resonance and substantial damage to the helicopter’s fuselage, and main rotor drive system.

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08-Jun-14 N504MP MD Helicopters MD500E Gilbert, US-Arizona

Reported engine failure during night patrol – in ensuing hard landing the tail boom was broken.  2 POB not injured.  Accident was around 1am

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07-Jun-14 PT-YJJ Helibras AS350B Rio Araguaia, Brazil (5F)

The aircraft departed from a camping area on an island of the Araguaia River  at 1.30am, destined for a helipad in the town of Aruanã. Soon after getting airborne, at a distance of approximately 700m from the point of origin, while still on the departure axis, the aircraft crashed into the ground, killing all five on board including ex Brazilian World Cup player Fernandão

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04-Jun-14 N223G Robinson R22 Prescott, US-Arizona

Force landing in a field one mile from destination airport

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03-Jun-14 G-IDUP Enstrom F280C Sywell, UK

Main blades hit hangar while manoevering close to the fuel pumps

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03-Jun-14 XB-IYO Robinson R44 Veracruz, Mexico

Force landing in water about 1 metre deep.  Minor damage to fuselage plus obvious water damage throughout.  Pilot named in press report as Fausto Calderón with his brother as passenger

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03-Jun-14 N78291 Rotorway Exec 162F Merced, US-California

Crashed into field and landed on its side in crop over 1m tall.  Only skids visible in photos

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31-May-14 Mil Mi-8 Munozero Lake, Russia (16F)

At least 16 people were missing after a helicopter believed to be carrying top regional officials and businessmen crashed into a lake in northwestern Russia, police and the emergencies ministry said

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31-May-14 AgustaWestland AW139 Balsam Lake, Canada

Door came open in flight. en route to Haliburton from Toronto

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31-May-14 N7122E Robinson R22 San Manuel, US-Arizona

Struck powerline and impacted the ground

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31-May-14 N902CP Schweizer 300C Temple, US-Texas

Rotor separated on landing

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30-May-14 N650MH Bell OH-58 Whitefield, US-Maine

Helicopter came down into woods one mile from home base.  Helicopter remained upright with heavy landin

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11-Jun-14 Bell 407 US-Gulf of Mexico

Contolled landing close to rig.  Floats deployed and helicopter remained upright on floats on calm seas, 6 POB safely evacuated by liferaft

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29-May-14 N66CN Robinson R66 Woodhead Pass, UK

Emergency landing due to weather with three on board going to a rugby match at Huddersfield

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28-May-14 N392GP Robinson R44 Chugiak, US-Alaska (1F)

Pilot killed during loadlifting training operations – named here as Thomas Moore.  Post crash fire.  Ground crew seriously burned in attempts to rescue pilot

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28-May-14 Bell 47G Ripley Township, US-Minnesota (1F)

Crahed into roof of barn.  Pilot named in news reports as Gary Oleen, aged 71, critically injured.  AirCare helicopter attended per this YouTube clip

On 05-Jun-14 this became a fatal accident following the pilot’s death from his injuries as reported here

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28-May-14 Sikorsky S92 North Sea, UK

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

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26-May-14 N365WM Eurocopter AS365N2 Constantine, US-Michigan

Hand landing causing damage to nose wheel and starboard landing wheels.  Helicopter came to rest on an angle without the blades striking the ground

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26-May-14 Weaverville, US-California

Homebuild helicopter, according to press story.  Pilot to hospital

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25-May-14 N9023Z Brantly B2B Hart-Miller Island, US-Maryland

Helicopter was reported “in difficulties” and had reported tail rotor control issues.  Hard landing, helicopter fell over onto its port side on landing.  Pilot and Passenger walked away

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24-May-14 Robinson R44 Casares, Spain (1F)

Contacted powerlines and crashed, killing sole occupant pilot.  Post crash fire.  Helicopter apparently Swiss registered judging by flag on tail in this image   Based on the colour scheme it could be one of HB-ZJK (12182), HB-ZPE (12862), HB-ZSA (10365), HB-ZSC (13426) – although it is also possible that an R44 previously flown in Switzerland (and may thus still have the flag on the tail) could be possible, which would also bring in CN-HAG (10859), owned in Morocco and previously flown in Switzerland as HB-ZGW

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23-May-14 N4081H Robinson R22 Santa Paula, US-California (1F)

County fire spokesman said the helicopter apparently clipped and downed power lines before crashing. A brush fire broke out that burned less than an acre before it was put out.  Fatal injuries to sole occupant pilot – named here as Philip Margolis

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23-May-14 C-GVTM Bell 206 Chamiss Bay, Canada

Dynamic roll over on take-off after catching a fuel drum with a skid. The pilot, the sole occupant, sustained minor injuries. The 406 ELT activated and was shut off immediately. CADORS 2014P0717

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23-May-14 VH-WDB Robinson R22 Congararra Station, Australia

During approach to land, the tail boom detached from the helicopter. The helicopter touched down then rolled over. The pilot sustained no injuries but the helicopter was destroyed.

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23-May-14 N260TA Bell UH-1H Waitsburg, US-Washington

Owner Tom Archer was taking off from his own property after not flying the helicopter in about a month.  Rotorhead and main blades ended up 10-15m from the fuselage

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21-May-14 N55SL Bell 206L Beverly, US-Massachusetts

Heavy landing with tail missing – boom potentially sliced by main blades

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21-May-14 Eurocopter EC225 Aberdeen, UK

Emergency landing

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21-May-14 C-GLHZ Eurocopter AS350B3 Conklin, Canada

The helicopter was performing some sling operations and the load became unstable which caused the loss of control. CADORS 2014C1821

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19-May-14 RA-07232 Eurocopter EC120B Lepsari, Russia (2F)

Crashed into wooded area killing both on board

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19-May-14 Robinson R22 Tomaszów Bolesławiecki, Poland

Crashed heavily in open ploughed field and remained upright. Reported engine issues.  Blades still attached at root, skid splayed out

NOTE – this is wrongly reported elsewhere as G-OLRT.  The boom from the real G-OLRT (which is still in UK) was sold to a Polish buyer, who fitted it on another R22 without correcting the registration.  HeliHub.com team is still researching exactly which R22 the boom was added to – it’s a later Beta II model, for a start.

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18-May-14 N840PA Eurocopter AS350B3 Peach Springs, US-Arizona (1F)

After landing, the pilot exited the running helicopter; shortly thereafter the helicopter became airborne without the pilot at the flight controls. The helicopter subsequently impacted the ground and rolled over. The pilot was struck by one or more of the main rotor blades and was fatally injured.

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18-May-14 N16414 Bell 47G Bakersfield, US-California

Skid caught on ground handling trailer on take-off and rolled onto its side

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18-May-14 VH-HAY Robinson R22 Fitzroy Crossing, Australia

R22  conducting mustering operations near Fitzroy Crossing WA, collided with terrain. The pilot sustained minor injuries and the helicopter was substantially damaged.

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17-May-14 VH-OSQ Bell OH-58A Coffs Harbour, Australia

During the initial climb, passing about 100 ft above ground level, the engine lost power. The pilot conducted a forced landing and the helicopter landed heavily, resulting in substantial damage to the landing skid and tail boom.

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13-May-14 VH-HEP Robinson R22 Hughenden, Australia

Helicopter was conducting aerial mustering operations. It was reported that the helicopter’s main rotor clipped a tree and that the aircraft landed in long grass where it was destroyed by fire. The pilot was uninjured.

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13-May-14 C-FHPC Eurocopter AS350BA Sept-Iles, Canada

Helicopter hit wire in flight followed by a hard landing, which activated the ELT. Both persons on board were reported as being okay (pilot with no injuries and passenger with only sore ribs). CADORS 2014Q0857

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12-May-14 VH-SWQ Cicare CH-7B Barcaldine, Australia (1F)

During cattle spotting operations, the helicopter impacted trees and collided with terrain, coming to rest inverted. The helicopter was substantially damaged and the pilot was fatally injured – named here as Michael Wills

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08-May-14 TU-HAA Eurocopter AS365N Takoradi, Ghana (4F)

Offshore rig support helicopter operated by Volta River Aviation, working for Lukoil.  8 POB.  Four deceased (one named as Samuel Sambo and another as Walter Agbetimevor), and four rescued.  Helicopter appears to have broken up, given image in this story.  Helicopter was en route from Takoradi to the Jack Ryan drillship.  Registration confirmed as TU-HAA in this article and MSN confirmed from French accident data

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05-May-14 ZK-HJC Kawasaki BK117B1 Springston, New Zealand

Emergency field landing when transferring a patient from Ashburton Hospital to Christchurch Hospital when an indication warning light turned on.  Representative from operator referred to it as a “heavy landing”. No injuries to 5 POB

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04-May-14 MD Helicopters MD500 West Nicholson, Zimbabwe

Helicopter crashed and owner Frikkie Lutzkie arranged for wreckage to be buried.  Certain aspects of press reports (including date) do not tie up – but read reports of this accident in conjunction with another incident from May 2012 relating to another helicopter and the same owner

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03-May-14 5Y-EVU Eurocopter AS350 Tipilikwani, Kenya

Helicopter damaged by passenger who “ran amok” with blade tie-down bar.  Damage included windscreen, fuselage and doors

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03-May-14 N407MH Bell 407 Telluride, US-Colorado

Emergency landing onto snow at 10,000 ft altitude, damaging blades, after reported engine problem.

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03-May-14 PT-HTQ Bell 206L3 LongRanger Aquiraz, Brazil

Reports of a “bang” and loss of control and pilot Arcelino Matos Brito put the helicopter down into the water close to the short.  6 POB including the deputy mayor of Aquiraz Callou Marcos Barros, and two aged 11 and 14, all got out safely, helped to the shore by beachgoers.  Video of recovery of helicopter on YouTube here

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03-May-14 N7895B Bell 47G Whittier, US-California

Partial engine failure and hard landing and roll-over onto port side.  Minor injuries to 2 POB.  100 gallons of fuel spilt, but no fire.

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02-May-14 PR-FPL Eurocopter EC120 Luiziania, Brazil

During the approach for landing as part of a hydraulic failure training, with the aircraft already sustaining “ground effect”, a high level of vibration occurred . In the sequence, the aircraft skidded to the left and rolled, colliding with the ground. The aircraft sustained breakage of the main rotor blades and tail boom. It also sustained substantial damage to the ski and left side of the  fuselage. There was an abrupt stop of the engine.

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01-May-14 OK-SPW Robinson R44 Solice, Czech Republic

Impacted terrain from a low altitude near Sollice, Prague-East District in Central Bohemia. The helicopter came to rest inverted, sustaining apparent substantial damage and the four occupants onboard (2 adults, 2 small children) were not injured.

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01-May-14 Eurocopter EC225 Aberdeen, UK

Bristow EC225 en route to Talisman’s Clyde platform returned to base after a warning light came on

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01-May-14 TF-HDW Eurocopter AS350B2 Eyjafjallajökull, Iceland

Flew  into the side of the Eyjafjallajökull Glacier in low visibility, 4 POB not seriously injured.

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01-May-14 N802CP Robinson R22 Frederick, US-Maryland

During low level hover while training, helicopter fell to the ground and onto its starboard side

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