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19-Apr-14 ZK-HZL Eurocopter AS350BA Taupo, New Zealand

Heavy landing, 2 POB, one with slight injuries.  Reported that it clipped a tree on final approach

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09-Apr-14 C-FCSV Eurocopter AS350B2 Fermont, Canada

AS350-B2 with a pilot and three passengers on board, took off while it was near a communication tower. During takeoff, the pilot wanted to bypass the tower and conduct a takeoff facing the wind away from the guy wires. Nevertheless, the main rotor came into contact with a guy wire and the aircraft crashed into the ground. The aircraft was substantially damaged. The pilot and one passenger were seriously injured while the two other passengers were not injured.. CADORS 2014Q0581

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09-Apr-14 N395P Eurocopter AS350B3 Albuquerque, US-New Mexico

Crashed on hospital roof just off the helipad.  3 POB with pilot reported injured by local press.  No patient on board.  UNM later issued this video of the accident from CCTV cameras

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08-Apr-14 VT-MAB Eurocopter AS350BA Chakvali, India

Experienced severe vibrations and made an emergency/forced landing at an agricultural field 12 NM short of the destination.

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31-Mar-14 Eurocopter EC130 Chillicothe, US-Ohio

EMS helicopter AOG on scene at night, blocking highway

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22-Mar-14 SE-JRB Eurocopter AS365N3 Gallivare, Sweden

Tail boom stabiliser fin lost inflight.  Minor damage to belly of aircraft

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21-Mar-14 G-OLCP Airbus AS355N Peterborough, UK

The helicopter was hover taxiing from its parking position towards the runway. As it did so, the tail of a Cessna 152 parked at a nearby refuelling point lifted and, under the influence of the rotor wash and a relatively strong surface wind, the aircraft came to rest inverted.

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20-Mar-14 5N-BGP Eurocopter AS332L1 Port Hardcourt, Nigeria

Heavily damaged in hangar fire.  A second Super Puma was also damaged in the same fire

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20-Mar-14 5N-BNC Eurocopter AS332L2 Port Hardcourt, Nigeria

Substantially damaged in hangar fire.  A second Super Puma was destroyed in the same fire

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19-Mar-14 HD.21-10 Eurocopter AS332B Morro Jable, Spain (4F)

Military SAR helicopter crashed into the water off the Canary Islands at 2155 CET on night training flight.  One rescued, four later confirmed dead when the helicopter was located under water.

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18-Mar-14 N250FB Eurocopter AS350B2 Seattle, US-Washington (2F)

KOMO News helicopter down in Broad Street in Seattle, more updates shortly.  Seattle Police confirm at least two fatalities – named in this article as  pilot Gary Pfitzner and KOMO photographer Bill Strothman.  The helicopter was being used in a joint partnership between KOMO and KING 5 according to this KING 5 report

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17-Mar-14 N229LA Eurocopter AS350B2 Los Angeles, US-California

Emergency night landing around 1.30am in stadium parking lot.  Engineer called

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04-Mar-14 F-OPCD Eurocopter AS350B3 St Elie, French Guyana

Tail rotor strike on landing

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02-Mar-14 Eurocopter MH-65C Washington Island, US-Wisconsin

Emergency landing made after crew experienced “flight control malfunctions”

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28-Feb-14 D-HDRJ Eurocopter BK117C1 Darßer Ort, Germany (3F)

Crashed into the Baltic Sea on a training exercise – The helicopter was on approach to a sea rescue cruiser at about 18:40 local time for a winch operation when suddenly loosing height and crashing into the sea, killing 3 of the 4 POB

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27-Feb-14 N357FB Eurocopter AS350B3 Phoenix, US-Arizona

Emergency landing in parking lot on night patrol

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24-Feb-14 EC-FTX Eurocopter AS355N Casarrubios del Monte, Spain

Helicopter landed heavily and fell onto port side during training operation.  Extensively damaged (see photo) including tail boom sliced and frontal impact damage.  Two minor injuries

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21-Feb-14 C-GRHL Airbus AS350B2 Slave Lake, Canada

During a hydraulics off landing exercise, control of the helicopter was lost and the helicopter collided with the ground resulting in substantial damage. The two flight crew sustained minor injuries. The engine continued to run after the impact; however, there was no post impact fire. CADORS 2014C0677

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17-Feb-14 F-HBVC Eurocopter EC120 Tabaille-Usquain, France

On approach to land when something caused main blades to slice tail boom, causing helicopter to crash from low level into a field .  The two occupants were not injured

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16-Feb-14 T7-ZST Eurocopter SA315B Masera, Italy

At touch down the pilot experienced strong vibrations with damages to the helicopter

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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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06-Feb-14 N569KB Eurocopter AS350B2 Twisp, US-Washington

Tail struck snow while on heliski operations.

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31-Jan-14 N85SK Eurocopter EC130 Westminster, US-Maryland

Force landed in field near Clearview Airport

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29-Jan-14 Eurocopter AS332L2 Sumburgh, UK

Pilot of offshore helicopter issued distress call 45 miles from Sumburgh and was escorted to a safe landing by Coast Guard helicopter.   Report suggests pilot had indication of a “pump failure” without providing more details.  Aircraft grounded awaiting engineering support

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26-Jan-14 D-HDRL Eurocopter EC135P2 Oberwiesenthal, Germany

Landed at a ski resort.  With the rotors still turning and the crew still in the aircraft, it slid 30m down a slight (but snowy) slope until it hit a snowmobile and a sign, damaging a main rotor blade and the rear cabin area (see video of accident)

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24-Jan-14 HB-ZHZ Eurocopter SA315B Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland

Crew injured alighting from helicopter in snowy conditions

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22-Jan-14 A6-DYR Eurocopter EC130 Dubai, UAE

The helicopter impacted the helipad surface shortly after lift-off. It was airborne for less  than a minute and had climbed to approx. 20 meters. After impact, the helicopter continued to spin counter clockwise about its landing gears, on the tarmac for approximately 149 meters destroying the surrounding trees/markers before coming to rest at the end of the tarmac. Even though the cabin was intact, the impact and contact with the surrounding objects caused the tail rotor and cabin door to separate, severe damage to the tail boom,  main rotor blades and other parts of the helicopter.  Both people injured, one serious one critical, in crash close to Atlantis Hotel on the Palm Jumeirah in Dubai

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21-Jan-14 6578 Eurocopter HH-65C New Haven Township, US-Michigan

Flying from Traverse City to Lansing for maintenance of a compass malfunction when it developed mechanical problems requiring the emergency landing.  Roaded out.

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21-Jan-14 VH-JYV Eurocopter EC120 Port Headland, Australia

During a practice autorotation from 1 500 ft, the engine failed and the crew completed an autorotation landing. An engineering inspection did not reveal the reason for the failure

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18-Jan-14 VT-ELD Eurocopter AS365N Birbhum, India

Helicopter wheels stuck in concrete – helipad had been hastily built for new Santiniketan-Calcutta service  and had not fully set!

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17-Jan-14 N578AE Eurocopter AS350B3 Houlton, US-Maine

Emergency landing followed by uncontained engine failure and fire.  2 POB safely exited helicopter

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14-Jan-14 LN-OOI Eurocopter EC135P2+ Solihøgda, Norway (2F)

Air Ambulance helicopter struck powerlines (video) on final approach to road traffic accident landing site.  Norsk Luftambulanse has confirmed two of its employees have died in the accident.  Fatalities confirmed here as pilot Bjorn Nergård and doctor Anders Nakstad with the paramedic Sondre Bjartland seriously injured

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10-Jan-14 N3948A Eurocopter AS350B3 Falfurrias, US-Texas

Emergency landing after pilot suspected (wrongly as it happens) an engine fire.  Helicopter ended up on its side.  3 POB all injured and to hospital.  US Customs & Border Patrol helicopter was reportedly on low level work

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09-Jan-14 Eurocopter AS350 Richardson Glacier, New Zealand

Fell onto its side in landing on snow

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07-Jan-14 ZS-RIU Eurocopter AS350B3 Grand Central, South Africa

This was a training flight and the crew was practising a simulated governor/FADEC failure when the helicopter landed hard short of the helipad, resulting in substantial damage to the skid gear, which broke off. The pilot flying closed the throttle at a height of 30 ft AGL, which resulted in a sudden decay in main rotor RPM, and hard landing followed prior to intervention from the instructor pilot.

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04-Jan-14 ZS-HOS Eurocopter AS365 Cape Town, South Africa

The helicopter lifted an external load of 485 kg from the deck of a vessel at sea to transport it to land. After lifting the load, the helicopter gained climbing speed and began to climb to 300 ft AMSL for the cruise. Once at 300 ft the load was reported to be stable, the PIC then handed over control to the co-pilot. Five seconds later during a left turn at about 80 kts the external load released and fell into the sea. This was confirmed by the occupant in the rear cabin. According to the crew at no stage during the flight have they activated the electrical or manual release of the cargo sling.

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03-Jan-14 N585TJ Eurocopter Bo105 Pembroke, US-New York

Badly damaged when fell off the trailer it was being transported on Interstate 90.  Road conditions were snowy.  Helicopter was withdrawn in 2011 and has been sold to a new owner in Australia.  It still appears to be carrying old registration N505TJ (since taken up by a new Bell 429) and not its reassigned reg N585TJ.

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01-Jan-14 N133GC Eurocopter EC130 Boulder City, US-Nevada

Heavy landing and rolled over after losing power on a post-maintenance test flight.  Pilot was only person on board

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21-Dec-13 HB-ZLN Eurocopter AS350B3e Elm, Switzerland

Tail hit ground on final approach, and helicopter rolled onto its side.  2 of 5 POB seriously injured

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19-Dec-13 PT-HLU Eurocopter AS350B Carlos Prates, Brazil

While on autorotation training, the aircraft made an abrupt run-landing with low main rotor rotation. One of the blades of the main rotor hit the upper surface of the tail-boom

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18-Dec-13 CS-HEX Eurocopter EC120 Marmelete, Portugal (1F)

Struck powerlines while surveying them for energy company Energias de Portugal.  Helicopter crashed into a wooded area.  1 fatal, 2 serious.

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17-Dec-13 Eurocopter AS365N Guwahati, India

Port side landing gear failed on landing, helicopter fell onto its side.  Later photo shows propped up helicopter with tail sitting on the ground and port stabiliser end-plate bent from ground contact.  All six passengers and two crew safely evacuated.  It is believed that the helicopter was operating on the scheduled route between Guwahati and Shillong

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12-Dec-13 OH-HKE Eurocopter AS350B2 Oulu, Finland

Substantially damaged during training flight – helicopter ended up on its skids but with tail boom dropped to the ground and main blades damaged.

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09-Dec-13 RA-04060 Eurocopter AS350B3 Uzhur, Russia

EMS helicopter crashed with pilot and two paramedics on board.  Helicopter on its side.  Boom broken off at root and tail is lying next to rotorhead

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08-Dec-13 VH-VMT Eurocopter EC120 Byron Bay, Australia

During landing at a private property, the helicopter skid and main rotor contacted the ground and the helicopter rolled over onto its right side. The occupants were able to exit uninjured but the helicopter was substantially damaged.

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08-Dec-12 Eurocopter EC120 Niagara, Canada

Emergency landing with no apparent damage.  TV reports stated helicopter had been “smoking” and that it remained in place and was blocking a taxiway.

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04-Dec-13 F-GKMP Eurocopter AS350B3 Massif du Grand-Arc, France

Training situation – hydraulic failure exercise.  After the instructor has reset the hydraulic circuit, the pedals remain blocked causing loss of control and impact with terrain

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02-Dec-13 Eurocopter VH-HRQ AS350 Amery Ice Shelf, Antartica

Two helicopters flying in tandem and one experienced issue which led to hard landing and all three occupants injured.  Crew from second helicopter on hand to ensure injured kept safe and warm until further rescue arrives.  The two are operating for the Australian Antarctic Division

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29-Nov-13 G-SPAO Eurocopter EC135 Glasgow, UK (10F)

EC135 helicopter crashes onto roof of a crowded bar during a live music gig at approx 10.25pm.  Ten fatalities – the three in the helicopter and seven on the ground.  32 to hospital, of which 14 with serious injuries.  Statements issued so far include those from Scottish Police, helicopter operator Bond Air Services, manufacturer Eurocopter, British authority CAA, and British accident investigators AAIB.  The final report stated that both engines flamed out due to fuel starvation after the transfer pumps – which bring fuel from the main tank to each cell of the supply tank – were inexplicably switched off.

Fatalities named as pilot David Traill, police officers Tony Collins and Kirsty Nelis in the aircraft, and Gary Arthur, Samuel McGhee, Colin Gibson, Robert Jenkins, Mark O’Prey, John McGarrigle and Joe Cusker on the ground

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24-Nov-13 RP-C3699 Eurocopter Bo105M Hagonoy, Philippines

Helicopter carrying relief supplies crashed into Manila Bay.  Two occupants – named here as Captain Irene Dornier and Captain James Eagles – both rescued by US Marines involved in the post-typhoon relief effort

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20-Nov-13 VT-ELR Eurocopter AS365N Chowra Island, India

The LH sliding door flown off during flight causing damages to tail structure. The helicopter made an emergency landing on nearby helipad at Chowra island.

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12-Nov-13 F-HTOM Eurocopter AS350B3 Serre Chevalier, France (2F)

Helicopter was involved in loadlifting work in connection with the construction of a ski lift

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10-Nov-13 PR-HBE Eurocopter AS355N Almeirim, Brazil

During a low altitude flight with external load, the pilot heard a strong noise coming from the tail rotor blades, followed by a tendency to turn to the left. He depressed the right pedal completely and reduced power in order to diminish the torque. He managed to touch the ground in a stabilized manner, but after hearing a highpitch whiz, he shut down the engines. The pilot left the aircraft and saw that the tail rotor was missing, together with the rear gear box. The front part of the right ski had been damaged after the tail rotor blades struck a nearby load that was on the ground. There was neither fire nor damage to third parties.

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09-Nov-13 N911KB Eurocopter EC135P1 Shreveport, US-Louisiana

Pilot and two engineers uninjured in crash on post-maintenance test flight.  Helicopter ended up on its side.  Helicopter is contracted to Shreveport-based Life Air Rescue

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06-Nov-13 OY-HJJ Eurocopter EC155 Clipper Field, UK

Shortly after takeoff from an off-shore platform at night, the helicopter entered a series of extreme pitch excursions which resulted in the airspeed reducing below 20 kt, followed by a descent. The flight crew were eventually able to recover to normal flight. The helicopter had descended to within approximately 50 feet of the sea surface. It was found that the helicopter’s flight path was consistent with inappropriate control inputs. The investigation concluded that a combination of technical and organisational factors had pre-disposed the flight crew to believing that the helicopter was not performing correctly, which led them to depart from normal operating parameters. This resulted in the crew rapidly becoming disorientated to the extent that their ability to control the helicopter safely was compromised. Several safety actions have been taken by the helicopter operator.

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05-Nov-13 Eurocopter AS350B3 Roma, US-Texas

Emergency landing after damage to main rotor blades.  Helicopter was patrolling very close to the Mexican border when it was reportedly struck by rocks launched from the Mexican side.  Safe landing, no injuries

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29-Oct-13 N985EW Eurocopter AS350B3 Kona, US-Hawaii

Substantially damaged on landing.  Two people were aboard the aircraft. One was taken to the hospital with complaints of back pain, while the other was uninjured,

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28-Oct-13 ZK-HAE Eurocopter AS350B2 Tyndall Glacier, New Zealand

Struck by landing helicopter ZK-IMJ and damaged.

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28-Oct-13 ZK-IMJ Eurocopter AS350B2 Tyndall Glacier, New Zealand

Pilot and 7 passengers injured when their helicopter crashed into parked AS350B2 ZK-HAE while landing in Mt Aspiring National Park.  Pilot seriously injured

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27-Oct-13 PT-HZQ Eurocopter AS350B2 Ilheus, Brazil

Crashed from low level after the pilot apparently lost control – ended up on its starboard side on the runway.  No serious injuries to 3 POB

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23-Oct-13 N1CR Eurocopter AS350B3 Eagle Pass, US-Texas

During a practice autorotation, after the helicopter landed, it slid about 8-10 feet forward and the skids sunk into soft terrain and rolled over.  No injuries reported to 2 POB

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22-Oct-13 N353HW Eurocopter AS350B3 Somerville, US-Tennessee (3F)

AS350B3 en route to pick up paediatric patient for a transfer flight crashed in Somerville early Tuesday morning, killing the pilot, a nurse and a respiratory therapist on board.  This article later named them as Hospital Wing pilot Charles Smith, Pedi-Flight nurse Carrie Barlow, and Pedi-Flite respiratory therapist Denise Adams

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22-Oct-13 PR-GPM Eurcopter AS350B2 Mucuge, Brazil

Skids ripped off and tail boom damaged in run-on landing at 50 knots after pilot had engine failure indications at 100ft altitude

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20-Oct-13 N911ES Eurocopter AS350B2 Madison, US-Mississippi

Force landed in a field after bird strike

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16-Oct-13 Kawasaki BK117B2 Yushan, Taiwan (3F)

Crashed in mountainous area shortly after take-off from weather station it had lifted supplies up to.

The deceased were identified as pilot Chang Kuo-kang (had flown 3181 hours), co-pilot Lin Yi-chi (2832 hours) and bureau worker Chen Wen-chung

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16-Oct-13 I-HASB Eurocopter AS350B3 San Bernardo di Mendatica, Italy

Main blades struck tree during aerial work operations

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15-Oct-13 ZK-HWF Eurocopter AS350BA Awatere Valley, New Zealand

During a frost protection exercise, the tail rotor struck grape vine cables. The aircraft was flown back to base and the post-flight inspection revealed damage was sustained by the tail rotor blades, stabilisers and the tail boom.

 

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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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14-Oct-13 JA15KM Eurocopter AS365N3 Kumamoto, Japan

Conducting a hoist training in front of a hanger located adjacent to Kumamoto Airport. While hovering at 60ft, it encountered close proximity to other aircraft.  Reported distance between two aircraft was 50ft horizontally.

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14-Oct-13 F-HAJJ Eurocopter EC130 Antraigues sur Volane, France

Helicopter contacted power lines on take off from Antraigues sur Volane (07) for flight to Castle Cachard (07)

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12-Oct-13 PT-YSS Eurocopter AS350B2 Cotegipe, Brazil

The aircraft took off on a mission to monitor sources of fire in the region. Thirty minutes into flight, the aircraft was at an altitude of 2 000 ft AGL and at a speed of 100 KIAS, when the warning light indicating iron-dust in the engine illuminated. This was followed by a strong noise, and the engine stalled. During the emergency landing, the aircraft had a tendency to capsize, wich was counteracted by the pilot by means of the collective. As a result of this action, however, the main rotor blades ended up hitting the tail boom, severing the transmission shaft, with severe damage to the helicopter.

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05-Oct-13 F-WTAZ Eurocopter AS365 Grand Central, South Africa

Grand Central Airport emergency services tweeted : “Precautionary landing (RCF) at Grand Central Airport. Dauphin AS365 Helicopter. Reg: FW-TAZ (French). All safe”.  We’re not sure why the reg isn’t presented correctly as F-WTAZ, but there you go!

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30-Sep-13 HAL SA316 Chetak Maktanpar, India

Indian Air Force helicopter made an emergency landing in Maktanpar town near Wankaner taluka of Morbi district today due to a technical snag, officials from the force said

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26-Sep-13 HB-ZIX Eurocopter EC120 Schwyz, Switzerland

Helicopter landed close to building, and two passengers alighted.  On take-off, the main blades hit the building, causing both of the recently alighted passengers and the pilot to be injured.  The pilot’s 12 year old son on board was unharmed.

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26-Sep-13 9N-AEX Eurocopter AS350B Lukla, Nepal

Skids caught on fence on final approach to land. Helicopter ended up on its starboard side, injuring all four on board, one seriously.  Occupants named here as DG Sherpa, Anita Sherpa, Lakpa Sonam Sherpa, and helicopter pilot Captain Arun Malla.

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