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22-Feb-19 F-HSOX Airbus EC145 Bidarray, France

Air Ambulance on approach to land – a sheet from a farm building broke loose and embedded in the blades of the helicopter, causing it to turn through 180 degrees, landing heavily from low level. The crew consisting of a doctor, a nurse, a pilot and a flight assistant were unharmed but shocked

[Wrongly quoted elsewhere as AW109E F-GPBH, which was cancelled from the French register in August 2016]

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22-May-17 AN-136 Eurocopter EC145 Punta Chame, Panama

Helicopter was flying from Santiago (Veraguas Province) to Panama Pacifico airport in the capital city, and was impacted by a flock of birds causing a loss of thrust in its tail rotor.  Am Emergency landing was made at Punta Chame, which resulted in the helicopter being on its port side on the edge of the beach.

Pilot named as Major Oriel Reyes, was returning after completing a humanitarian SAR mission with the Joint Task Force, including the National Civil Protection System (SINAPROC) and other SAR Aircraft Units.  Helicopter registration was given in Panamanian Navy press release.

 

Passengers were named as Commissioner Belisario Bonini and Sergeant Primero Augusto Sánchez

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19-May-17 N197LL Airbus EC145 Terre Haute, US-Indiana

While in cruise flight at 3000 MSL, a “loud bang” was heard with a secondary “loud rushing” noise. The pilot verified no flight control or system malfunction and initiated a precautionary landing to nearest suitable landing area. After landing, a post-flight inspection revealed a broken copilot chin bubble with bird remains. No occupant was seated in the co-pilot seat at time of incident. The crew was in the cabin area, attending to patient care. No injuries were sustained from the incident and no additional aircraft damage was noted.

Flight program = Indiana University Health LifeLine

NOTE – report quotes operator as Metro Aviation, but this aircraft was re-registered to Air Methods in March 2017.

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27-Apr-15 Eurocopter EC145 Austin, US-Texas (1F)

Flight nurse fell from helicopter to her death during hoist operations.  Named as Kristin McLain

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08-Feb-15 Eurocopter EC145 Toubkal, Morocco

Crashed on snowy mountainside.  Some reports say EC135, but the Moroccan Royal Gendarmerie have both EC135 and EC145 and analysis of the accident photo confirms EC145.  Thus the subject aircraft is one of their two EC145s, CN-BZE (9344) or CN-BZF (9369).  Reports also differ between the accident being on Saturday 07-Feb-15 and Sunday 08-Feb-15.  This video report shows the injured pilot being picked up the next day by the other Gendarmerie EC145 after overnighting in a mountain hut

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27-Dec-14 C-20 Eurocopter BK117B2 Tirúa, Chile

Passenger injured from gunshot fired from the ground while helicopter was overflying.  damage to plexiglass window

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12-Feb-14 Eurocopter EC145 Pittston, US-Pennsylvania

Emergency landing at airport with patient on board.  Second helicopter came to take patient on to destination.  Unstated technical issue, needed engineer.  Operator Geisinger has six EC145s and one BK117

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15-Oct-13 PR-EKN Eurocopter EC145 Itapipoca, Brazil

The aircraft was about to land in a soccer pitch. The pilot suffered a momentary spatial disorientation due to the dust raised by the helicopter main rotor wash. In face of the unexpected difficulty, the pilot proceeded to land with an excessive pitch-up attitude, causing the tail rotor protective rod and the left lower vertical fin to hit the ground, resulting in light damage to the aircraft.

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24-May-13 N45UH Eurocopter EC145 Salt Lake City, US-Utah

Bird strike and bird entered cockpit. AirMed 4 landed safely on the helipad at Kennecott mine. There were no injuries

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20-May-13 Eurocopter EC145 Allier, France

Wire strike during low-level rescue operation to try and save a kayaker in flood waters.  Successful emergency landing in adjacent meadow without further damage.  Part of wire impaled in main blade(s)

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15-Apr-13 N262MH Eurocopter EC145 Highland Heights, US-Ohio

Precautionary landing and maintenance team called out after unexpected torque split

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12-Apr-13 N909SH Eurocopter EC145 Sioux Falls, US-South Dakota

Precautionary landing after  left transmission oil indication below normal limits.  Later traced to faulty transmission oil pressure transmitter

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07-Mar-13 N909SH Eurocopter EC145 Humboldt, US-South Dakota

Emergency landing after bird strike – while flying a patient from Mitchell to Sioux Falls

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14-Feb-13 Eurocopter EC145 Danville, US-Pennsylvania

EMS EC145 clipped crane on hospital it was operating out of

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16-Dec-12 N145FH Eurocopter EC145 Kissimmee, US-Florida

Bird strike – windshield broken

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24-Jul-12 N455MH Eurocopter EC145 Houston, US-Texas

Post flight check found engine cowling missing

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21-Jul-12 I-BLGN Eurocopter EC145 Morbegno, Italy

Air ambulance struck cables on climb-out from road accident scene.   Pilot Augusto Stazzonelli, co-pilot Stefano Turetta, doctor Fabio Martorana, a nurse, an alpine rescue specialist and the patient survived.

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05-Oct-11 N145SM Eurocopter EC145 Rochester, US-Minnesota

Force trim release button would neither release nor respond to input on final approach to scene request.  Aircraft declared u/s and patient transferred by land ambulance.  Button was found to be    faulty and was replaced

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11-Sep-11 N145SM Eurocopter EC145 Rochester, US-Minnesota

Tail rotor gear box chip light indicator illuminated shortly after take-off from emergency scene.  Precautionary landing made, and patient transferred to another helicopter

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18-Jul-11 N262MH Eurocopter EC145 Cleveland, US-Ohio

Smoke started to appear out of the aft air conditioning vents inflight. Safe

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02-Apr-11 N262MH Eurocopter EC145 Cleveland, US-Ohio

After landing, port side hydraulics compartment cowling was discovered open, and had contacted the main blades in flight – but only taking paint off, not damaging them.  One camlock was missing from the cowling

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20-Mar-11 N145LF Eurocopter EC145 Putnam, US-Connecticut

While loading patient, an ED technician dressed in a blue plastic gown came sprinting around from the far side of the aircraft.  The pilot was able to intercept this individual but not before he had come under the rotor disk and near the tail.

While loading patient at Day Kimball Hospital, Putnam, CT, an ED
	technician dressed in a blue plastic gown came sprinting around from
	the far side of the aircraft.  The pilot was able to intercept this
	individual but not before he had come under the rotor disk and near
	the tail.

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05-Mar-11 VH-SYB Eurocopter EC145 Lithgow, Australia

Warning light came on mid-air while transporting patient from Mudgee Hospital to Lithgow Hospital.  Emergency crews were in attendance for its arrival, which passed off without incident.  Helicopter checked over and returned to its base at Orange

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31-Jan-11 N245AF Eurocopter EC145 Ushuaia, Argentina

Emergency floats deployed and water landing after clipping aerial on take-off from superyacht “Octopus”.  Subsequent tow in to port went wrong and helicopter turned over – video shows it being righted in the port prior to lifting out and onto a truck.

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01-Jan-11 N145SM Eurocopter EC145 Albert Lea, US-Minnesota

Engine cowling opened and struck main rotor blades on approach to land

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29-Dec-10 N854EC Eurocopter EC145 Cherry Point, US-North Carolina

Substantially damaged

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20-Dec-10 07-02069 Eurocopter UH-72 Vieques, Puerto Rico (6F)

A Puerto Rico National Guard helicopter crashed in the ocean after returning from a drug raid.  Six fatalities included four from the  Puerto Rico National Guard -0 Col. Victor Torres Rodriguez, Sgt. Jose Omar Sostre, Mario Torres Marin and Francisco Mujica de Leon.  The Pilots were Hector Ramirez or Carlos Acevedo.

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19-Sep-10 N919CM Eurocopter EC145 Kansas City, US-Missouri

Lifeflight Eagle 4 took a bird strike when on final approach to Childrens Mercy Medical Center

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01-Jun-10 N….. Eurocopter EC145 Stafford, US-Texas

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02-Nov-09 N911MK Eurocopter EC145 Canistota, US-South Dakota

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20-Oct-09 N145CL Eurocopter EC145 nr Roanoke, US-Virginia

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16-Aug-09 N911LZ Eurocopter EC145 Upper Captiva Island, US-Florida

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16-Jun-09 N885AL Eurocopter EC145 Redmond, US-Oregon

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25-Apr-09 F-ZBPR Eurocopter EC145 Corsica, France (5F)

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27-Mar-09 N482LF Eurocopter EC145 Renovo, US-Pennsylvania

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10-Mar-09 N145SU Eurocopter EC145 , US-California

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dd-mon-yy AN-136 Eurocopter EC145 Mensabé, Panama

Tail rotors contacted trees.

Date of accident not known and could have been any time between 2009 when the helicopter was delivered and February 2012 when the Panamanian military issued a tender for two new tail rotor blades

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