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16-Jul-11 Robinson R22 Kaeo, New Zealand

helicopter rolled and caught fire after it landed heavily

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15-Jul-11 PR-JGM Eurocopter AS350B3 Jaragua do Sul, Brazil (3F)

Three occupants killed, believed to be owner Gilberto Menel, director of the Textile knitting Nanet, plus company employee Erico Melchioreto,and pilot Alvaro Junior Pisetta.  Helicopter crashed into a forest.  Access to site difficult

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15-Jul-11 G-JERS Robinson R22 Cumbernauld, UK

The instructor reported that as the helicopter slid forward along the ground while practising running landings, it moved into an area of longer grass causing the front of the skids to become caught. The student raised the collective in an effort to pull the helicopter free, but this caused the skids to dig in and initiated a forward rollover.

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15-Jul-11 RA-22680 Mil Mi-8 Keperveem, Russia

Transmission caught fire during landing phase, substantially damaging the helicopter.  All occupants safe.

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14-Jul-11 JA007J Robinson R22B Sabaekoizumi, Japan

Fell off side of helipad after landing

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12-Jul-11 N810AG Robinson R66 Girardot Airport, Colombia (2F)

Crashed shortly after take-off.  One report suggests tail rotor struck a tree, but nephew of pilot says it lost the tail at 400ft.  Fatalities named as Ricardo Cabrera (pilot/trainer) and Juan Pablo Gaviria (owner/student)

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12-Jul-11 N3623Z Schweizer 300C Malaga, US-Washington

The pilot reported that while flying low over a cherry orchard to dry the cherries, the engine experienced a loss of power. The helicopter subsequently settled into the trees.

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12-Jul-11 Mil Mi-8 Syktyvkar, Russia

A woman passenger broke her arm but no other injuries were reported.  The crash took place earlier in the day 180 kilometers from the republic’s capital Syktyvkar when the helicopter landed on rough terrain, falling on one side.  There were three crewmembers and between six and 16 passengers on board, according to different sources.

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11-Jul-11 F-HJCS Sikorsky S76C++ Andeman Sea, Myanmar (3F)

Three died when S76C++ ditched in the sea shortly after take off from Yetagun oil field rig. Fatalities included pilot Ohn Thein, ex Myanmar Air Force

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11-Jul-11 EI-MUL Robinson R44 Meribel, France

Pilot Kevin Mullarkey, age 67, an Irishman now resident in Kuwait.  Passenger was Gerard David, age 70, a member of the Meribel Flying Club, were involved in a crash which resulted in the helicopter catching on fire and severely burning both men.

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10-Jul-11 N968RM Robinson R44 El Monte, US-California

Minor damage on landing

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10-Jul-11 N10786 Robinson R22 Lantana, US-Florida

Hard landing shortly after take-off

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09-Jul-11 OO-HNE Robinson R44 Luzoir, France (2F)

52 year old pilot from Belgium, and 37 year old passenger was Italian but lived in Belgium for many years.  Both killed

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09-Jul-11 N42333 Robinson R44 Rising Sun, US-Indiana (1F)

Unknown circumstances.  Fatality named as registered owner Joseph Ohnheiser, aged 60

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09-Jul-11 RA-04304 Robinson R44 Istok, Russia (1F)

Collided with the Yenisei River, near Istok, Krasnoyarsk Region, Russia, during a repositioning flight at night. IMC prevailed, and no flight plan was filed. The pilot is missing and presumed fatally injured. The helicopter sustained substantial damage. The flight originated from a landing strip near Severnaya, Krasnoyarsk Region

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07-Jul-11 N40TX Eurocopter AS350B2 Waco, US-Texas

Cessna Citation VII N701HA was being ground handled when its wing struck the parked helicopter and damaged it.

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06-Jul-11 9N-AIW Eurocopter AS350B2 Rangeli, Nepal

Tail damaged in force landing on river bank after “technical problems”.  Wrongly quoted in some reports as 9N-AWI.  Three Japanese and two Nepali passengers and the Australian pilot  are safe

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05-Jul-11 RA-22350 Mil Mi-8T Ust-Kut, Russia

The helicopter with 13 passengers and 3 crew members flew to 7.23 Moscow time from Ust-Kut on one of the drilling stations. At 2.5 kilometers from the destination helicopter made an emergency landing. According to preliminary information, there is no dead (per operator UTair – some press reports quote 2 dead)

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05-Jul-11 N109TK Agusta A109C Kew, UK

While cruising at 150 kt at 750 ft agl a bird struck and shattered the left windshield. The commander, seated in the left seat, suffered minor injuries so the co-pilot took control and made a successful emergency landing. The Agusta A109C’s windshield is not designed to withstand bird strikes and the regulations do not require it to do so.

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04-Jul-11 LN-OXC Eurocopter AS350 Dalamot, Norway (5F)

Helicopter had been rented by a construction company.  Crashed and burnt out in mountainous location at Dalamot nr Hardanger Fjord.  Deceased named as Kjetil Bu (27) from Kinsarvik,
Karianne Ringkjøb Dahl (29) from Bergen, Andrew Søvik Fossmark (24) from Vaksdal, Siv Holtan (18) from Bergen and pilot  Tore Bendigtsen Ystanes (39) from Bergen

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04-Jul-11 N315SH Hughes 500 McGrath, US-Alaska

Pilot Paula Huckleberry, 61, was flying to McGrath with two passengers — 21-year-old Scott Stevenson of Idaho and 39-year-old Chris Fontes of Arizona 

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04-Jul-11 N64JM Robinson R44 Lakewood, US-New York

Sustained unknown damage in hard landing

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03-Jul-11 Dickinson, US-Texas

EMS helicopter had technical issue onsite on freeway and blocked road for three hours

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03-Jul-11 Bell 206B Brentwood, US-California

Crop spraying helicopter crashed from low level during turn

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03-Jul-11 N72DC Schweizer 300C Katy, US-Texas

Agricultural operation

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02-Jul-11 N117UC Eurocopter BK117 Cincinatti, US-Ohio

Birdstrike, unscheduled landing and no damage was found

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02-Jul-11 Eurocopter AS350B2 Huntington Park, US-California

Night emergency landing after reporting a mechanical problem.

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30-Jun-11 9M-WAJ AgustaWestland AW139 Subang, Malaysia

Pilot and two trainees on board, first flight of day.  Aborted take-off and tail section separated from helicopter in subsequent very heavy landing

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28-Jun-11 HB-ZMD Robinson R44 II Herisau, Switzerland

Landing accident on open grass area and ended up on port side.  29 year old front seat passenger to hospital.  38 year old pilot uninjured, as were the rear passengers – 69 year old man and 26 year old woman.

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27-Jun-11 N7779M Robinson R22 Garfield, US-Texas (1F)

An eyewitness described the aircraft as having “disintegrated” mid-air, according to Austin-Travis County EMS spokesman Warren Hassinger  “Fire rescuers and EMS personal arrived on the scene and pretty much confirmed that it was not a survivable crash,” Hassinger said, adding that the victim was “burned beyond recognition”.  Pilot later named as 60 -year-old Steve Titsworth.  Early investigation reports suggest main blades separated in flight

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27-Jun-11 EI-EAS Robinson R22 Sligo, Eire

Eye-witnesses said the small helicopter — which was carrying a 31-year-old pilot and a 19-year-old girl — appeared to get into difficulty for reasons which are now being investigated.

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27-Jun-11 C-GLHQ Hughes 369D Ambler, US-Alaska

Tipped backwards and fell off elevated platform while engine was running

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24-Jun-11 C-FSKV Robinson R44 Schefferville, Canada (1F)

landing accident.  Registration assumed from reports of it being a 2008 build R44 registered to Capitale Hélicoptère and this is the only such aircraft.  25 year old pilot Allain Da Encarnacao survived, 65 year old passenger Andre Lafontaine did not.

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23-Jun-11 N5694A Enstrom F28C DeSoto, US-Nebraska

Helicopter was surveying power lines but was forced to make an emergency landing after reporting mechanical problems.  F28 ended up on its side

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22-Jun-11 Mil Mi-2 Andreyevskaya Cossack, Russia (1F)

The helicopter had flown only about 300 metres after takeoff when it crashed, killing the sole occupant pilot

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22-Jun-11 Mil Mi-26 Rjasan, Russia

Helicopter dropped external load

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22-Jun-11 V2-LGO Bell B206 Antigua

Low Transmission Pressure light illuminated and pilot Dominic Noon made emergency landing at Crabbs Rifle Range

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21-Jun-11 N38EA Bell B206 Cosumnes River Preserve, US-California

Landed hard during practice autorotations, fell onto its side, then causing a grass fire which consumed the helicopter and 15-20 acres of grassland.  Pilot not injured

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21-Jun-11 N49678 Bell 212 Mesa, US-Arizona

The Bell 212 was part of a three-aircraft test flight for Boeing. Two support aircraft were chasing an Apache Longbow on test flight when one of the support aircraft went down.

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20-Jun-11 D-HALP Robinson R44 Salixbyn, Sweden

One R44 landed too close to another and struck it with its moving rotor blades.   D-HPHP had damaged main blade and broken cabin bubble, D-HALP had damaged tail.  Thus assume that D-HPHP landing too close to D-HALP

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20-Jun-11 D-HPHP Robinson R44 Salixbyn, Sweden

One R44 landed too close to another and struck it with its moving rotor blades.   D-HPHP had damaged main blade and broken cabin bubble, D-HALP had damaged tail.  Thus assume that D-HPHP landing too close to D-HALP

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20-Jun-11 Bell 206 Innisfail, Australia

Helicopter involved in agricultural work.  Wire strike took out electricity in East Palmerston.  Initial reports sketch as to whether wires were cause or effect

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20-Jun-11 ZK-HPQ Robinson R22 Mount Campbell, New Zealand

Instructor and CPL student on board

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19-Jun-11 G-KSWI MD Helicopters MD500E Glastonbury, UK

Probable that the helicopter sustained a mechanical failure in the cruise, resulting in loss of pitch control to one of the tail blades. During the subsequent attempt to land, the airspeed reduced to the point where directional control seems to have been insufficient to maintain heading. At a height of approx 50 ft, the helicopter yawed rapidly right before the rotation ceased and it developed a high rate of descent. The helicopter struck the ground heavily and was destroyed. The pilot sustained serious injuries. There was no fire.  The investigation found fatigue cracks emanating from corrosion pits on the tail rotor blade pitch horn on one blade, which led to its failure. Also, the associated tail rotor pitch link had failed.

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19-Jun-11 N115SH Eurocopter AS350B2 Grand Canyon, US-Arizona

Bird strike during landing phase

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19-Jun-11 N139HA Hiller UH-12E Lost Hills, US-California

Engine problems during turn at low level while spraying at 100ft agl.  Landed heaviliy and rolled over

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19-Jun-11 VT-SWA Bell 407 Raipur, India

Helicopter ended up on its side in a jungle area.  No initial indication as to cause

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18-Jun-11 SP-SUI PZL Sokol Tabuyo, Spain

Unstable on take-off and crashed in a wood a few hundred metres from take-off point

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18-Jun-11 Mil Mi-2 Boguchany district, Russia

Take-off accident, helicopter ended up on its side

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18-Jun-11 N24HM Bell 47G4A Montgomery City, US-Missouri

Main rotor blades severed tail boom during take-off

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18-Jun-11 N334DC Robinson R22 Prescott, US-Arizona

Aft portion of tail boom separated on landing

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17-Jun-11 PR-OMO Eurocopter AS350B2 Porto Seguro, Brazil (7F)

Crashed into the sea 300-500m offshore.  Wreckage washed up on beach.  Fatalities named as pilot Marcelo de Almeida and passengers Mariana Noleto, Gabriel Kfuri Gouveia (aged 2), Luca Kfuri de Magalhães Lins (aged 3), Norma Batista de Assunção (aged 49, the children’s nanny), Jordana Kfuri Cavandish, and Fernanda Kfuri

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16-Jun-11 Bernkastel-Kues, Germany

Helicopter was spraying a vineyard when it severed a powerline.  Level of damage not known.  Villages of Bernkastel, Graach Come Longkamp and Monzelfeld all without power.

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16-Jun-11 Mil Mi-8 Nadym, Russia

Port side engine failure 20 minutes out.  Returned to airport on good engine and landed OK

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15-Jun-11 EC-LHP AS350B3 Canillo, Andorra (5F)

Five confirmed killed, one seriously injured to hospital in accident on mountain Pleta de Juclar (2240m) nr Canillo. “cable caught in tree” in unofficial report.  Fatalities listed in press as Heliand employees Claude Michel Boulanger and Jacques Lahouille – plus Daniel Curruhuinca, Elías Pérez and Lluís Blanco.  Survivor was Jean-Jacques Vidal,

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15-Jun-11 N2077E Schweizer 300C Grand Forks, US-North Dakota

Simulated forced landing, main blades struck tail boom

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15-Jun-11 Mil Mi-8 Dudinka, Russia

Precautionary landing due to fuel leak

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14-Jun-11 Mil Mi-8 Tchaikovsky, Russia

5POB.  Made emergency landing in wooded area after suspected engine fire which turned out to be incorrect

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11-Jun-11 Bell 47G Champniers, France

Tourist flight.  Pilot claimed to have been caught in a wind vortex.  Helicopter Destroyed

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11-Jun-11 Frankfurt, Germany

Load became unstable as helicopter approached rooftop of Trianon skyscraper.  Pilot elected to drop the load – an airconditioning unit – which dropped 180m to the ground

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11-Jun-11 G-SASH MD Helicopters MD902 Leeds-Bradford, UK

On lifting to the hover, the downwash from the helicopter pushed one parked light aircraft into another.

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10-Jun-11 N237AC Erickson S64F Plaster City, US-California

While setting an elecriticy tower within a utility right-of-way two miles SE of Plaster City, three of the helicopter’s four hooks holding up a tower section released. While hanging from the remaining hook, the structure was slowly lowered to the ground and, once on the ground, was released. The tower subsequently tipped over. No one was injured.

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09-Jun-11 N272SM AgustaWestland A109E Elko, US-Nevada

Rotor blade struck unknown object in flight. Landed safely

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09-Jun-11 RA-04331 Robinson R44 Mount Ebrus, Russia

Crashed on landing at 3500m altitude in poor visibility on tourish trip.  Rescue helicopter Ka27 then crashed too.  Second rescue helicopter sent

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09-Jun-11 F-GPSI Robinson R44 Bourg-Ceyzériat, France

Instructional flight, takeoff without hydraulic assistance, ended up on its side

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09-Jun-11 N824AH Eurocopter AS355N Wakefield, US-Massachusetts

Emergency landing in public park. State Police officials said inspection crews were on the way, but that the helicopter would not be able to leave Nasella Field until the issue causing the emergency light to illuminate was fixed.

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07-Jun-11 EC-IMZ Bell 407 Villasana de Mena, Spain (2F)

Helicopter was on electricity line survey when it went down at the crest of the mountain of Puerto Angulo, in a rocky and inaccessible by land vehicle.  Locals reported a fire and the authorities later confirmed two fatalities.  Foggy weather conditions may have contributed

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07-Jun-11 N237AC Erickson S64F Plaster City, US-California

San Diego Gas & Electric’s helicopter was involved in an incident when a section of a transmission tower carried by the helicopter fell approximately 200- feet to the ground. No one was injured.

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05-Jun-11 C-FYCO Eurocopter AS350BA Gagnon, Canada

While it was flying low and slow, the aircraft sustained vibrations, followed by an engine breakdown. The pilot attempted an emergency landing. The aircraft rolled over onto its left side and was partially submerged on the edge of a lake.

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04-Jun-11 N917EM Eurocopter AS350B2 Wichita, US-Kansas

Aircraft lost power in towering take-off at 25ft agl. Returned to pad and taken out of service for inspection

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04-Jun-11 G-FEDA Eurocopter EC120B Redhill, UK

The machine appears to have spun and caught the ground, leading to dynamic rollover,

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04-Jun-11 N8336X Robinson R44 Nipomo, US-California

Precautionary landing in field after pilot “sensing something was wrong”.  Later flown to Santa Maria Public Airport for further assessment

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04-Jun-11 N6128U Schweizer 300C Las Vegas, US-Nevada

Crashed while hovering

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03-Jun-11 VH-XAA Kawasaki-Hughes 369HS Mount Coree, Australia

During a flight with two occupants on board, the helicopter collided with terrain and minor injuries were sustained. They activated a search beacon and were picked up by the Snowy Hydro SouthCare Rescue Helicopter

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??-Jun-11 Sikorsky S55T Papua New Guinea

S55 Whisperjet conversion “Helo is Ok but the people looking to use it are no longer interested.”  [exact date not known]

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