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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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26-Sep-13 SE-JHH Eurocopter EC120B Kiruna, Sweden

The occupants survived without serious injuries, but the helicopter was badly damaged. The commercial helicopter was engaged in a lifting task south of the lake Rostujaure when something went wrong

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25-Sep-13 N95MD Eurocopter AS365N3 Leonardtown, US-Maryland

State Police helicopter made wheels-up landing and remained upright on the fuselage

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19-Sep-13 N810LE Eurocopter AS350B2 Canton, US-Mississippi

Force landing in field with patient on board – photos show tail boom separated, starboard skid collapsed.  Pilot injured his back.  Helicopter was en route to Baptist Medical Center in Jackson from Pioneer Community Hospital in Ackerman.

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12-Sep-13 Eurocopter EC225 North Alwyn platform, North Sea, UK

Technical issues prevented take-off and required engineer next day

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09-Sep-13 C-GCFU Eurocopter Bo105S McClure Strait, Canada (3F)

A  Canadian Coast Guard Bo105 operating from the research icebreaker Amundsen crashed at night into the Arctic Ocean, killing all three on board.  They were named as Marc Thibault, commanding officer of the CCGS Amundsen, Daniel Dubé, helicopter pilot and Klaus Hochheim, an Arctic scientist affiliated with the University of Manitoba. CADORS 2013C3920

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04-Sep-13 N911ET Eurocopter EC135P2+ Tyler, US-Texas

Post-flight inspection revealed remains of small bird on barrier screen for oil cooler inlet. No damaged identifed.

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23-Aug-13 G-WNSB Eurocopter AS332L2 nr Shetland, UK (4F)

CHC helicopter reported ditched in North Sea , 18 POB reported with 14 rescued and 4 fatalities named as Duncan Munro, 46, from Bishop Auckland, Sarah Darnley, 45, from Elgin, Gary McCrossan, 59, from Inverness, and George Allison, 57, from Winchester.

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23-Aug-13 Eurocopter EC120 Calgary, Canada

Calgary Police EC120 – emergency landing in field.  Repaired on site by engineer.  no damage.

Not clear which of Calgary Police’s pair of EC120s involved – they fly C-FCPS (1468) and C-FHMC (1050)

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21-Aug-13 PR-IVE Eurocopter EC120B Sao Paulo, Brazil

Post maintenance test flight.  Pilot saw the low oil pressure alert when flying at 1,200ft AGL and performed an autorotation for landing on the Marginal Tiete Avenue which was busy with traffic.  While trying to avoid the traffic, the landing flare caused the helicopter to hit a low concrete wall, causing teh tail boom to separate.

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17-Aug-13 D-HZSG Eurocopter EC135T2i Bielefeld, Germany

Plastic bag blown up into tail rotor.  EMS Helicopter roaded out from landing site

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17-Aug-13 N190EH Eurocopter AS350B2 Healy, US-Alaska

Struck powerlines

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14-Aug-13 Eurocopter EC135 Montafon, Austria

Main blades struck rock

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12-Aug-13 Eurocopter EC135 Meidling, Austria

“Christopherus 9” helicopter found with 9mm bullet hole through rotor blade.  Date/location of incident unknown, but 12-Aug-13 the most likely date according to report and given location is base of this helicopter – Meidling Heliport, Vienna

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06-Aug-13 C-GKSH Eurocopter AS350B2 Forrest Lake, Canada

After touching down, two of the three passengers got out of the helicopter while the engine and rotor were still running. The passenger on the right removed his gear from the cargo bay and proceeded to the front of the helicopter where he was struck by the rotating rotor blade.

CADORS 2013C3288

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04-Aug-13 EC-KIE Eurocopter AS350B3 Pallares, Spain

Firefighting helicopter.  Ended up on its starboard side with little apparent vertical impact (=roll-over?).  2 POB, 1 with minor injuries, 1 uninjured

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03-Aug-13 G-JESI Eurocopter AS350 Fenny Drayton, UK

Smoke in cockpit, force landed, helicopter destroyed in ensuing fire.  Pilot uninjured.  Time approx 10.30pm and location reported as close to (or at?) the MIRA test track.

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29-Jul-13 N165WC Eurocopter EC130 off Monaco

Helicopter blown over on helipad of superyacht “Attessa IV” in gales reported as 60-80 knots

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29-Jul-13 YR-BTM Eurocopter EC130 Taureni Lake, Romania (5F)

Helicopter crashed into lake, killing 5 of 6 POB –  three German businessmen, Romanian businessman Sorin Terbea (the helicopter owner), and the pilot died in the crash.  Terbea’s assistant survived.

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26-Jul-13 N896LL Eurocopter AS365N3 Hershey, US-Pennsylvania

the #2 engine chip light illuminated without secondary symptoms noted. The pilot completed the emergency procedure for a #2 Engine Chip Light illumination and landed without incident at a local airport.

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22-Jul-13 N115SH Eurocopter AS350B2 Las Vegas, US-Nevada

Tail rotor struck ground on landing on a training flight.  From this press report – According to airport spokesperson Christine Crews told FOX5 one of the helicopter’s rotors struck the ground, causing significant damage to the aircraft. The Sundance spokesperson, though, said the Eurocopter AS350B2 had tail rotor and skid damage only.

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21-Jul-13 RA-04049 Eurocopter EC120 Kola Peninsula, Russia (3F)

Shortly after dropping off two tourist anglers and their interpreter, the pilot took off but crashed into them, killing all three. The pilot survived.  The casualties were named here as retired lawyer Rupert Beaumont and fine-art dealer Mark Robertson, both 69, and their Russian guide and interpreter, Alexander Tushnikov, 53.

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21-Jul-13 RA-1881G Eurocopter SA316B Solohaul, Russia

Helicopter was circling nose-down at low level before crashing into shallow Shahe River – see video.  Possible engine failure – note flame from exhaust just prior to impact

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18-Jul-13 N11QG Eurocopter EC130 Lihue, US-Hawaii

Bird strike on tour flight

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09-Jul-13 HK-4866 Eurocopter BK117A4 Teorama, Colombia (5F)

Contacted high voltage powerlines and crashed with 5 fatalities.  Registration NOT yet verified

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01-Jul-13 HB-ZMO Eurocopter AS350B3e Erstfeld, Switzerland (4F)

Clear skies, pilot experienced in the area (visited 3-4 times a week) but AS350B3e went down with four fatalities.  Post crash fire.  Wide debris field with tailboom 20+m away not touched by the fire (see photo)

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01-Jul-13 N989WC Eurocopter AS350B Hamilton, US-Montana

Substantial damage in force landing

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29-Jun-13 HB-XSO Eurocopter AS350B2 Personico, Switzerland (4F)

Main blades clipped rock in low hover, and subsequent crash landing killed all four POB – part named here as  pilot Davide B. (62), its passengers Daniele C. (43), Lauro S. (56) and F. Severino (63)

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28-Jun-13 VT-PHZ Eurocopter AS365N3 Harsil, India

Pawan Hans helicopter, which was on a rescue mission in Uttarakhand, made a hard landing at Harsil.  Although the helicopter remained on its wheels, photos show the tail separated just ahead of the horizontal stabilizer.  The aircraft remained on site until the Indian AF airlifted it out on 4th September (see here and here)

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24-Jun-13 CC-AHT Eurocopter AS355NP María Dolores de Los Ángeles, Chile

Heavy landing, rolled over and tail with tail rotor separated aft of the horizontal stabiliser.

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21-Jun-13 VT-PED Eurocopter AS350B3 Rambara, India

While landing at make shift helipad, one main rotor blade hit the cliff. The helicopter turned 90° and tail also hit the cliff. Helicopter sustained substantial damage.

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19-Jun-13 I-VIEW Eurocopter AS350B3+ Muchu, Nepal (1F)

Crashed when trying  to make an emergency landing on the bank of Karnali River, killing one of the 6 POB.  According to this report Police have identified the deceased as Tek Bahadur Tapali, station manager of Humla office of the Nepalese CAA.  The injured were named as pilot David Talu, an Italian national, flight manager Dilak Shrestha, Goma Airlines pilot Prajwal Bhattarai, co-pilot Yadi Sherpa, and Gobinda Lama

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19-Jun-13 G-ECUK Eurocopter AS350B3e Begbroke, UK

Multiple sources tell us that this AS350B3e crashed and written off at 7.39pm after reported tail rotor issues.  This helicopter was delivered new to the owner less than two months ago.

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16-Jun-13 Eurocopter AS350B3 Gagariya,India

Helicopter washed away (along with helipad it was chained to!) sue to severe flooding of the Alaknanda River after monsoon rain. Recent press reports show 100s of lives lost in the region due to ths rain

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11-Jun-13 N935EM Eurocopter AS350B2 Talihina, US-Oklahoma (1F)

Crashed close to hospital helipad on take-off for transfer to Tulsa.  Patient on board, 1 fatal, 2 critical, 1 minor.  Post crash fire.  Fatality was the patient, Michael Wilson, 49, although unclear whether that was due to the accident or his previous medical condition (following a serious workplace injury)

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08-Jun-13 N130PH Eurocopter EC130 Grand Canyon, US-Arizona

The helicopter landed hard and main blades severed the tailboom during a practice engine-out procedure.  2 crew on board, no passengers

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07-Jun-13 N106LN Eurocopter AS350B3 Grande Prairie, US-Texas

Air Methods training flight.  Accident at around 22:30 hours local time. Two POB injured and airlifted to a hospital in Arlington

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05-Jun-13 I-LUPU Eurocopter AS350B3 Limavady, Italy

During cruise at 120 kts, pilot experienced a tail rotor failure and performed a forced landing on a field

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04-Jun-13 F-GSOE Eurocopter AS350B3 Livet-et-Gavet, France

Helicopter was involved in aerial work.  Helicopter struck63,000 volt powerline while turning, and caused local power failure.  Extent of damage to helicopter not yet known

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03-Jun-13 N452LH Eurocopter AS350B2 Bethpage, US-New York

Precautionary landing on golf course, less than a mile short of its destination at Republic Airport.  Reportedly due to poor weather

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30-May-13 PR-DJC Eurocopter EC130 Guaramiranga, Brazil

The aircraft was on the ground and the rotors were turning, when the pilot left the cockpit in order to assist the passengers to disembark. The aircraft tumbled to the left, when nobody was in control.  One of the passengers already in the helicopter – José Carlos Pontes, 61, president of the group Marquise – suffered serious injuries after one of the main blades amputated his leg

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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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23-May-13 PNB-8302 Eurocopter Bo105 Caracas, Venezuela (5F)

Crashed in low visibility while chasing a vehicle containing two hostages.  All five POB died.  Post crash fire

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22-May-13 Eurocopter AS350B3 Siellavagge, Sweden

Parked helicopter knocked over by avalanche started by skiers.  Avalanche travelled over 1km to reach the helicopter

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21-May-13 3A-MPG Eurocopter EC155 Albenga, Italy

Approaching Albenga Airport, MGB CHIP warning light ON. After 5 minutes hard noise was detected and crew has decided to land immediately on a beach. No damages was detected to the helicopter

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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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20-May-13 F-HHFA Eurocopter EC120 St Tropez, France

Crashed on a football pitch with the tail boom having been cut off.  Substantially damaged

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19-May-13 C-GYWB Eurocopter AS350B2 Fort McMurray, Canada

Helicopter landed on edge of swamp, passengers began to unload their equipment from port side equipment basket, causing helicopter to tilt aft and left damaging the tail boom and tail rotor blades when they contacted the water. CADORS 2013C2009

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16-May-13 D-HLDM Eurocopter EC135P2 Ochsenfurt, Germany

EMS helicopter landed on scene and stabiliser end-plate pierced car windscreen

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08-May-13 N318DB Eurocopter SA318C Everglades National Park, US-Florida

Pilot reported a loss of engine power while hovering the helicopter at 20 feet during biological survey flight. Aircraft was substantially damaged.

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08-May-13 PT-HML Eurocopter AS350 Morro da Urca HP, Brazil

Approach to helipad with tail wind – ended up in trees adjacent to the heliport. Helicopter believed to be on sightseeing tour.  Five people injured Cláudio Cobo Fernandes, Marcos Estaca da Silva Nunes, Disney da Silva Ribeiro Lopes Júnior, along with pilot Ricardo de Resende Herter and co-pilot Murilo Cesar da Silva Saibro.  Damage to main rotor, as well as breakage of the tail rotor and vertical stabilizer; there was also damage to the underside and skis of  the helicopter.

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07-May-13 RP-C7788 Eurocopter SE313B Barangay Rawis, Philippines

EMergency landing on shoreline shortly after take-off.   Pilot  Capt. Dino Garcia and passengers Decoroso Asinas, and Efipanio Pinca suffered minor injuries while the last passenger Andre Abalon suffered serious head injuries after being struck by the rotor blades

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07-May-13 N911ET Eurocopter EC135P2+ Tyler, US-Texas

Bird strike on pilot’s chin window on approach to base.  No damage

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06-May-13 N911SV Eurocopter EC135 Reed Point, US-Montana

Bird strike broke windshield while flying over Reed Point under NVG conditions.  The pilot determined that the aircraft was safe to continue the flight to base at the Billings airport.  No injuries.

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05-May-13 9M-DBH Eurocopter AS365N2 Sungai Besi, Malaysia

Caught by sudden gust of wind in poor weather while hovering to turn for taxi to parking spot.  Helicopter ended up on its port side.  Passengers were Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein and his wife  Tengku Datin Seri Marsilla Tengku Abdullah, and their daughter and son-in-law – none were injured in the accident

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02-May-13 PP-EIH Eurocopter AS350BA Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Five hospitalised after police helicopter crashed on training flight.  Landed upright with significant vertical forces.  Helicopter was executing a series of low orbit firing passes when the main rotor blades struck treetops and it spiraled into the ground.

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02-May-13 N209LF Eurocopter EC130 Walnut Hill, US-Florida

EMS Helicopter grounded after technical (electrical?) fault on take-off.  Patient on board and taken onwards by ground ambulance

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30-Apr-13 C-FINX Eurocopter AS350BA Godbout, Canada

Substantially damaged. On approach to land on an undeveloped site. Just before landing, the tail rotor hit a mound of sand. The aircraft landed violently. The tail boom and a skid were significantly damaged. The pilot, alone on board, was not injured. CADORS 2013Q0909

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27-Apr-13 HB-ZJE Eurocopter EC135P1 Grenchen, Switzerland

Rotorwash from departing EC135 HB-ZJE caused blades on parked MD500E D-HMGD to strike and damage tail boom.  Pilot of EC135 listed as Schweizer Bürger

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27-Apr-13 LN-OVO Eurocopter AS350B3 Roldal, Norway

Five POB not seriously injured when helicopter crashed at ski resort.  One report quotes a police officer saying there is a suspicion the pilot was impaired by alcohol, but most reports say the test was “routine”. Some reports mention contact with powerlines, others rule that out

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25-Apr-13 HU26-18 Eurocopter EC135P2+ Los Galayos, Spain

Blade strike and ensuing heavy landing caused skids to deform.  Fortunately helicopter did not fall over the edge of the mountain, but it was very close.  Helicopter was registered HU26-18 and carried code “09-312”

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18-Apr-13 N137HN Eurocopter EC130B4 Huntington, US-West Virginia

Laser strike in cruise with patient on board.  No detrimental effect to mission or crew on board

 

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16-Apr-13 N911CH Eurocopter BK117B1 Cumberland, US-Maine

Emergency field landing, no apprarent damage

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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 G-HBOB Eurocopter EC135T2+ Sunningdale, UK

Aircraft grounded after problem involving netting across an astroturf sports field at a school.  Needed engineer before it could fly, stayed overnight and departed next morning.

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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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09-Apr-13 C-GZBA Eurocopter AS350B3e Tenquille Lake, Canada

Blade strike on landing after snow blew up around helicopter on approach

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05-Apr-12 Eurocopter BK117 Parsdorf, Germany

“Christoph 1” helicopter cut telephone line on approach to site landing to pick up patient injured in equine accident

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03-Apr-13 ZK-IBK Eurocopter BK117 Wellington, New Zealand

Main rotor blades struck tail boom while running up on roof-top helipad.  Incident blamed on freak wind gust

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30-Mar-13 N911AA Eurocopter AS350B3 Talkeetna, US-Alaska

Impacted terrain while maneuvering during an SAR flight near Talkeetna, Alaska. The airline transport pilot, an Alaska state trooper serving as a flight observer for the pilot, and a stranded snowmobiler who had requested rescue were killed, and the helicopter was destroyed by impact and postcrash fire.

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