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03-Nov-12 Bell 206L Bienville, US-Louisiana

Emergency landing after bird strike – EMS unit “Pafford AirOne” with patient on board.  We believe they operate either/both of LongRanger 4 N1813 (52335) and LongRanger 3 N3180L (51055)

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02-Nov-12 I-HEFH Robinson R22 Bresso, Italy

Training accident, ending up on its port side

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01-Nov-12 N231TM Robinson R22 Alexander City, US-Alabama

Two injured in light helicopter accident

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31-Oct-12 VH-HOA Robinson R22 Innamincka, Australia

During mustering, the helicopter collided with water and submerged.

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31-Oct-12 JA35BB Eurocopter AS350B3 Yakushima, Japan

During take off phase, near miss with landing Japan Air Commuter Dash-8 JA849C

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31-Oct-12 ZS-HDI Eurocopter AS350B3 Francistown, Botswana

Loss of control during takeoff after refuelling and ended up on its starboard side.  Badly damaged

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31-Oct-12 PT-HNE Eurocopter AS350B3 Sorocaba, Brazil

Heavy landing and ended up colliding with firefighting equipment that was in the area. The helicopter sustained serious damage to its tail rotor, to the right hand side baggage compartment, and to both landing skids.

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29-Oct-12 N905HA Bell 407 Bakersfield, US-California

Blade delamination caused unusual vibration levels which prompted crew to investigate and then change aircraft before they took off

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28-Oct-12 N216AB Robinson R22 Hanpepe, US-Hawaii

Rolled over on landing

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27-Oct-12 N2627M Robinson R22M Lake Havasu, US-Arizona

Pilot put R22 Mariner down into Lake Havasu after experiencingd unspecified mechanical problems.  Mohave County Sheriff’s reported the pilot as Michael Christiansen, and his passenger as Michael Rabo.  It is unclear from press reports how this helicopter sank, given it has fixed floats

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27-Oct-12 Bell 206L4 Offshore Nigeria

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26-Oct-12 N7530F Robinson R44 Chelatchie, US-Washington

Substantially damaged during tree harvesting operation

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25-Oct-12 PR-MPL Robinson R44 Sento Sé, Brazil

Pilot named as Múcio Pereira Júnior, 31.  Passengers were Rafael Cavalcanti and Alan Magalhães Souza, both 29.  Level of damage not apparent from reports, which confirm it crashed in a forested area

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25-Oct-12 VH-CDU Guimbal Cabri G2 Bankstown, Australia

Hard landing on training flight.  Badly damaged

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24-Oct-12 PP-MAQ Robinson R22 Porto Alegre, Brazil

Training accident, lost control during ground taxi in gusty conditions up to 22 knots of wind.  Helicopter landed and turned over onto its starboard side.  Student pilot Maycon Nogaroli, 35, was not injured.  Instructor Samir Nagib Murr, 32, was hospitalized with head injuries.

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22-Oct-12 G-CHCN Eurocopter EC225 Shetland, UK

CHC EC225 has ditched  32 miles south of Shetland, off Fair Isle.  All 19 POB reported safe and  being taken to Kirkwall on Orkney

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22-Oct-12 N385RH AgustaWestland AW139 Houma, US-Louisiana

Substantially damaged in landing accident, reports FAA.  Other reports suggest it was taking off, started spinning left and was put down hurriedly, wheels collapsed and it ended up on its belly between parking spot rows A and B

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21-Oct-12 Derby, Australia (1F)

On a sightseeing tour flight, male passenger suddenly unfastened his seatbelt, opened the door and jumped from the aircraft – falling 500 feet to his death

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21-Oct-12 N956LA Eurocopter AS350B3 Lakewood, US-California

LA County Sheriff made emergency landing on highway after a bird strike at night

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21-Oct-12 N7507K Robinson R44 Loop, US-Texas

Tail boom strike

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19-Oct-12 N57948 Eurocopter SA315B Helena, US-Oklahoma

Blades struck striker plate on landing

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19-Oct-12 N207CF AgustaWestland AW119 Dolan Springs, US-Arizona

Rotor blades suffered minor damage when helicopter was on the ground

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18-Oct-12 C-FBHV Bell 206L British Columbia, Canada

Loud bang heard with an associated yaw to the right and loss of power. An autorotative landing was carried out into a nearby stream. The pilot and 1 passenger were uninjured.  CADAORS ref 2012P1768

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18-Oct-12 Robinson R44 Innisfail, Canada

Two people uninjured when helicopter crashed at Innisfail Airport, 120 miles N of Calgary.  Helicopter was approx 6m altitude on take off.  CADAORS ref 2012C4679

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17-Oct-12 RA-24267 Mil Mi-8 Evenk, Russia (1F)

Fell onto its side while landing, killing one of the eight on board.  Fatality named as Svetalana Kulishova

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17-Oct-12 C-FXGM Eurocopter AS355F2 Tinicum Township, US-Pennsylvania (1F)

Crashed 500m from an early morning take off, killing the sole occupant pilot – named as Doug Brigham

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16-Oct-12 RA-04206 Robinson R44 Muravlyanka, Russia (1F)

Crashed and burned on field. Pilot fatally injured

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16-Oct-12 G-BXGA Eurocopter AS350B2 Kettlewell, UK

Chain sling contacted tail rotor drive cover, horizontal stabiliser and both tail rotor blades during lifting operations

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13-Oct-12 N40TN Bell OH-58 Jackson, US-Tennessee

Heavy landing in cemetery.  Tail boom sliced off by main blades.  Starboard skid collapsed.   Sgt. Gerald Wiltshire was pilot and Officer Tony Valdes serving as an observer

 

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13-Oct-12 N369SN MD Helicopters OH-6A West Chester, US-Pennsylvania

Skids of N369SN contacted blades of N546 at Brandywine Airport, West Chester during the Rotorfest event

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13-Oct-12 Logan Lake, Canada

Helicopter made emergency landing on the Coquihalla Highway

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13-Oct-12 N546 MD Helicopters OH-6A West Chester, US-Pennsylvania

Skids of N369SN contacted blades of N546 at Brandywine Airport, West Chester during the Rotorfest event

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12-Oct-12 N443FD Sikorsky S55 Yorktown, US-New York

En route Newtown, NJ to Bridgeport, CT when it made an emergency landing on a farm and rolled over.  Reported fuel issues

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11-Oct-12 N474FA Robinson R44 Luckenbach, US-Texas (3F)

Circumstances not known.  3 fatalities – pilot Chester Monroe (35) and passengers Rusty Aaron (26) and Kaci Fairchild (29)

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11-Oct-12 VH-NWD Robinson R44 Cairns, Australia

During the initial climb, the pilot received a clutch warning and the helicopter lost power. The pilot conducted a forced landing and the helicopter sustained substantial damage.

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10-Oct-12 N333DR Bell 206B Lyons Point, US-Louisiana (1F)

Helicopter crashed after hitting guy wire of radio tower.  Sole occupant pilot (named as Hugh Clifton Kelley) killed

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10-Oct-12 Bell 407 Minneapolis, US-Minnesota

Chin window damaged by patient trolley and helicopter taken out of service until new parts fitted.  Life Link III operate five Bell 407s – N404LL through N408LL so presumably one of these was the subject aircraft

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09-Oct-12 N108MF Bell 407 Coolbaugh Township, US-Pennsylvania (2F)

Available photos give no clues as the trees are likely to have had a significant effect on the level of damage. Weather reports include both rain and fog with visibility of less than a quarter of a mile. Pilot William Ellsworth and passenger Tighe Sulllivan were killed.  The other passenger Stephen Barral survived but is in a critical condition

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09-Oct-12 ER-MHL Mil Mi-8 Tembagapura, Papua New Guinea

Helicopter was seriously damaged but its 24 passengers and three crew members were safe (full manifest here)

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08-Oct-12 G-ORKY Eurocopter AS350B2 Cairngorms, UK

Hoist cable hitting tail rotor in turbulent weather conditions.  Badly damaged

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07-Oct-12 N1577 Bell UH-1H Medford, US-Oregon

Emergency landing by fire-fighting helicopter.  Pilot Cody Seeger (only person on board) not injured.  The helicopter landed on its side in a forested hillside – trees surrounding the crash site may have softened the impact

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06-Oct-12 OB-1949-P Eurocopter AS350B3 Kiteni, Peru

One of three helicopters fire bombed by terrorists at night while parked on the airfield.  All three were on contract to Transportadora de Gas del Peru

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06-Oct-12 OB-1845-P Bell 212 Kiteni, Peru

One of three helicopters fire bombed by terrorists at night while parked on the airfield.  All three were on contract to Transportadora de Gas del Peru

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06-Oct-12 OB-1586 Mil Mi-17 Kiteni, Peru

One of three helicopters fire bombed by terrorists at night while parked on the airfield.  All three were on contract to Transportadora de Gas del Peru

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05-Oct-12 N406AL Bell 407 Intracoastal City, US-Louisiana (1F)

From a Bristow press release:-  A Bristow Bell 407  operating near Intracoastal City, Louisiana was involved in a fatal accident at approximately 8:00 a.m. CDT . Local press reported poor visibility.  The pilot was the only person onboard – later named as Carl Amos, from Corpus Christi, Texas

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05-Oct-12 Bell 407 Rathora, India

Safe emergency landing in field due to technical issue.  No damage to helicopter or POB

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04-Oct-12 N646GE Eurocopter AS365N2 Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Main blades hit hangar when trying to taxi through too narrow a gap on the ramp. Pilot named as Fidel Báez – no injuries reported to 2 crew and 1 tech on board. Flying debris went more than 300 ft damaging 3 other aircraft.

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03-Oct-12 VH-LLF Robinson R22 Halls Creek, Australia (1F)

Crashed on a cattle station half way between Halls Creek and Fitzroy Crossing, and two days later the press reported that the pilot’s body remains trapped in the wreckage underwater in a remote gorge.

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03-Oct-12 N80140 Robinson R22 Marblemount, US-Washington

Emergency landing made in Cascades National Park

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02-Oct-12 N808FX Eurocopter AS355F2 Lumberton, US-New Jersey

Minor damage in field landing

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01-Oct-12 C-GTPG Bell 206B Sudbury, Canada

Contacted the ground during a sharp turn while spraying, causing the helicopter to crash. The pilot (the sole occupant) suffered minor injuries. The helicopter reportedly was substantially damaged. CADAORS ref 2012O2922

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30-Sep-12 N144CF AgustaWestland AW109E Eastland, US-Texas

Pilot tried to divert to a local airport because of limited visibility due to bad weather. Helicopter crashed in open field and was extensively damaged.  All three “minor to moderate” injuries – Pilot Scott Wallace and medics Teresa Campbell and Rhett Drahe.

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30-Sep-12 N530KD MD Helicopters MD530F Decorah, US-Iowa

Autorotated into field and turned over after engine problems while lifting power line pole . 2POB not injured

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30-Sep-12 N8341W Robinson R44 Nocona, US-Texas

Crashed into Lake Nocona, 3 POB – pilot was reportedly the owner Darren Fenoglio, with passengers  Josh Walterscheid and Derrick Morse. Helicopter sank in lake.  One report stated pilot only had a student certificate and thus not allowed to carry passengers

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28-Sep-12 TG-FHD Eurocopter AS350B3 Vista Hermosa, Guatemala (1F)

Pilot reported tail rotor problems before crashing – the tail rotor was found on the roof of a house “a few hundred metres” from the crash site.  While the pilot and one passenger survived, the accident killed textile magnate Joe Habie, one of the richest men in Guatemala

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28-Sep-12 ZK-HLZ Robinson R44 Hastings, New Zealand

During a an orchard spraying operation, while pilot was concentrating on avoiding a line of tree, the tail rotor struck a wire. Tail rotor effectiveness was lost and the main rotors struck some trees. Helicopter rolled over

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26-Sep-12 G-CGOU Sikorsky S76C++ Humberside, UK

Emergency landing made in a field after smell of burning in the cabin.  No damage to helicopter, no injuries

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26-Sep-12 N4171J Robinson R22B Anchorage, US-Alaska

Training accident, dynamic rollover onto starboard side

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25-Sep-12 PT-HSN Bell 206B Foz do Iguacu, Brazil

Very heavy landing – main blades appear completely intact.  All 4 POB injured, two seriously

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24-Sep-12 N911BL MD Helicopters MD530F Las Vegas, US-Nevada

Heavy landing on training flight and ended up on its starboard side.  Local press later named (here) Police Sgt. Darin R. Garness  as being at the controls, and the other pilot was officer Clifford Wicks.

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24-Sep-12 PR-JRG Robinson R22 Guarulhos City, Brazil

Training accident.  Photos show location was near pylon – were cables involved?

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23-Sep-12 Vertol BV107 Bella Coola, Canada (1F)

Unstable load on climbout led to pilot releasing two logs, killing a logging worker on the ground – CADAORS ref 2012P1637

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23-Sep-12 Bell 430 Belem, Brazil

Main blades clipped pole while in low-level hover-taxi.  From photos, this could well be PR-YRG (49084) but that is not confirmed

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22-Sep-12 N689H Bell 205A-1 La Grande, US-Oregon

Struck rotor blades on landing

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21-Sep-12 9A-HMA Robinson R44 Prgomet, Croatia

Crashed and ended up on its port side.  Initial investigations are looking at whether the helicopter was overloaded and/or outside CofG limits

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20-Sep-12 N74744 Robinson R44 McMinnville, US-Oregon

Details TBA

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21-Sep-12 PR-CHQ Sikorsky S76C++ Cabo Frio, Brazil

Blown over onto its side by high winds when parked unattended on the apron – photo

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20-Sep-12 PR-DKK Eurocopter EC130 Itamaraju, Brazil (1F)

Crashed on night flight.  Helicopter was 30 days old with 50 hours on the airframe.

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20-Sep-12 N911CK Eurocopter EC135T1 Naples, US-Florida

Bird strike to upper cowling and rotor system, during night flight. Maintenance cleaned and inspected finding no damage

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19-Sep-12 N37754 Hughes 269A McCool Junction, US-Nebraska

Ground impact during training flight

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19-Sep-12 N94735 Hiller UH-12B Walnut Springs, US-Texas

Pilot Gregory Rumohr, 51, of Rio Vista in Johnson County, was uninjured in the accident which was reported due to engine failure

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19-Sep-12 N222GR Bell 206 Mammoth Lakes, US-California

Tail rotor struck ground.  Helicopter had been working on powerlines at the time of the accident.  Helicopter caught fire and burned out – also causing a 1.5 acre brush fire

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19-Sep-12 Bell 206 Lethbridge, Canada

Struck power cables on climb out of field.  The severed cables caused a small fire.  Helicopter landed very heavily on its skids, starboard skid low  CADAORS ref 2012C4146

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19-Sep-12 ZS-HGG Robinson R44 Rand Airport, South Africa

R44 extensively damaged and all three POB to hospital with injuries.  Helicopter ended up on its port side (see photos)

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18-Sep-12 XC-ZIT Bell 407 Lake Zirahuen, Mexico (1F)

Crashed into lake after contacting zip wire which spans the lake.  One drowned (named as Daniel Segundo Martinez), four survived.  Helicopter was being used to capture video footage of the lake for use on a television program

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