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01-Jun-12 C-FBHN Eurocopter AS350B2 Terrace, Canada (3F)

Three killed in mountainous area, all employees of Bailey Helicopters.  Pilot named as Peter Bryant, 45 and passengers Blake Erickson, 48, and Arnaud Jolibois, 44.   CADAORS 2012P0786

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28-May-12 Eurocopter EC130B4 Puna, US-Hawaii

Precautionary field landing made during sightseeing flight. N o damage to helicopter.  Another helicopter from the same operator came and picked up the passengers.

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22-May-12 Eurocopter AS332L2 North Sea, UK

Bbrought back to land by sea after concerns were raised about fuel samples.  Date was the day it arrived back by boat.  May need to adjust this date once more details become clear.

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16-May-12 Eurocopter Tiger Australia

Fumes in the cockpit – led to fleet grounding.

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10-May-12 G-REDW Eurocopter EC225 off Aberdeen, UK

Controlled ditching in North Sea and all 14 on board into liferafts and later rescued.  The helicopter remained upright on its emergency floats.  Flight number was “Bond 88R”

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11-May-12 HB-ZCM Eurocopter AS350B3 Camorino, Switzerland

Crew member suffered serious head injuries when “releasing the transport line” (literal translation).  Investigation ongoing, few details.

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29-Apr-12 N406EM Eurocopter AS350B2 Hugo, US-Oklahoma

Annual check ride with NVGs in EMS helicopter.  After a satisfactory slope landing, the PIC repositioned the helicopter to a flat area and performed a hovering autorotation,
which  resulted  in  a  hard  landing.  After the flight, during a post-flight examination,  substantial  damage  was  discovered  to the tail boom and the aft portion of the fuselage

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25-Apr-12 Eurocopter AS350 Yangzhou, China

Emergency landing after running out of fuel.  No damage.

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18-Apr-12 N191EH Eurocopter AS350B2 Valdez, US-Alaska

Tail rotor separated while landing on glacier

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11-Apr-12 N135WJ Eurocopter EC135P2 Palm City, US-Florida

Emergency landing while en route to an accident scene – smoke in the cockpit.  Registration assumed as this is the only helicopter operated by Martin County on this work and our report stated “Martin County LifeStar”

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11-Apr-12 Eurocopter MH-65C Salinas, US-California

Emergency landing after crew began to smell smoke in the cockpit and reported that the engine was acting unusual.  MH-65C assumed on the basis that the CGAS San Francisco website states they currently operate four of these (and no other types)

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06-Apr-12 F-GFZC Eurocopter AS350BA Tenere desert, Niger (6F)

Four Chinese employees from state oil firm CNPC and two French crew members were killed in a helicopter crash in Niger’s Tenere desert.  Helicopter went missing 6th April and was not found until 9th April

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06-Apr-11 N244AM Eurocopter EC135P2+ St Augustine, US-Florida

Ingested plastic carrier bag on final approach to land on road to pick up accident victim.  Aircraft went U/S and patient continued by road.  Mechanic called to clear aircraft for flight.

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30-Mar-12 N929JV Eurocopter SA315B Alva, US-Oklahoma

Autorotated into field during external load operations

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29-Mar-12 2216 Eurocopter AS332B Chaparralito, Venezuela (7F)

Crashed during anti-drug operations

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28-Mar-12 Eurocopter SA319 Lunundo, Angola (2F)

Helicopter was carrying out filming work.  The accident killed Feliciano Saiminho of Public Television of Angola and Air Force technician Manuel André

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25-Mar-12 D-HENN Eurocopter AS350SD2 Gelsdorf, Germany

Shortly after take off with five passengers on a pleasure flight at the Frühlingsfest event, the helicopter descended suddenly and suffered a heavy run-on landing which caused the skids to completely deform -then  sliding onwards through two security fences before coming to rest in a 40 degree nose down angle on the bank of a lake.  All six occupants were slightly injured.

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24-Mar-12 9N-AKA Eurocopter AS350B2 Dhorpatan, Nepal

Tail rotor suffered minor damage after it stuck the ground while attempting to take off

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21-Mar-12 HB-ZKK Eurocopter AS350B3 Claridenfirn, Switzerland

Helicopter landing on snow ended up on its starboard side.  2 of 6 POB had minor injuries

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20-Mar-12 Eurocopter SE313 El Cuervo, Spain (3F)

Helicopter crashed with significant vertical descent rate.  see photo here and here.

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17-Mar-12 PK-ODA Eurocopter AS350B2 Tembagapura, Indonesia (3K)

42-year-old Shri Rama Krishnan, was flying the Squirrel with two passengers on board on a routine food supply trip when the helicopter went missing, after turning back on encountering bad weather.  The helicopter was on charter to the Indonesian arm of US mining company Freeport-McMoRan.

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14-Mar-12 C-GONT Eurocopter EC130 Geraldton, Canada

conducting low-level wildlife management work when the helicopter was damaged and collided with the ground. The pilot and two crew members received minor injuries and were airlifted to safety by another MNR helicopter. CADAORS ref 2012O0625

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02-Mar-12 N101MZ Eurocopter AS355F1 Oahu, US-Hawaii

Force landed in a field

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01-Mar-12 CC-CSU Eurocopter AS350B3 San Felix, Chile

Contacted cables, but landed normally with all three main rotor blades damaged.  Pilot listed as Francisco Esquivel Sierra

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29-Feb-12 N341HP Eurocopter AS350B3 Napa, US-California

Tailboom damaged during autorotation landing

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28-Feb-12 6535 Eurocopter MH-65C Point Clear, US-Alabama (4F)

US Coast Guard MH-65C missing.  1 crew member rescue swimmer CPO Fernando Jorge was found unresponsive and later pronounced dead.  Search for the other thre on board has so far found the bodies of Lt. j.g. Thomas Cameron, and Lt. Cmdr. Dale Taylor.  The body of Petty Officer 3rd Class Andrew Knight has still not been found.

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25-Feb-12 N118MD Eurocopter AS350B2 El Cajon, US-California

Damaged in heavy landing.  Registration per FAA prelim report, but is not a valid registration(!)

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22-Feb-12 PT-YAK Helibras AS350BA Benevides, Brazil

Helicopter landed due to excessive vibration, which continued as ground resonance which shook the aircraft to bits (see YouTube video)  4POB all got out safely – the commander, the second pilot, a doctor and a nurse

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20-Feb-12 N82MD Eurocopter AS365N2 Harford County, US-Maryland

Engine vibrations in flight, made emergency landing and there was a fire in the engine too

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20-Feb-12 G-NWAA Eurocopter EC135 Lancaster, UK

Window smashed by vandals after helicopter went AOG and had to be parked up overnight.  North West Air Ambulance have confirmed helicopter registration and date – note that the BBC are reporting the wrong date in their story

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19-Feb-12 JA710H Eurocopter EC120 Minamifurano, Japan

“Damaged the aircraft during takeoff after the transport skiers to the summit Karifuridake, the aircraft is rolling to the right”

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17-Feb-12 H-501 Helibras-Eurocopter AS350B Solitario, Paraguay

crashed shortly after take-off.  5POB all safe.  Occupants included Lucio Benítez y and Walter Díaz

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17-Feb-12 N390AM Eurocopter EC130 Paris, US-Tennessee

Emergency landing after bird strike with mallard duck and cracked windshield.

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16-Feb-12 N63CF Eurocopter AS365N Dayton, US-Ohio

Rapid yaw to the left on take-off, which the pilot managed to control and bring the helicopter back to a safe landing.  Mechanic found tail/rotor servo cannon plug was coated with residual oil

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09-Feb-12 N809LF Eurocopter AS350B3 Oakesdale, US-Washington

20 minutes into flight, weather rapidly changed putting helicopter in Inadvertent IMC.  Location is estimated based on cruise speed of aircraft and stated routing from Spokane to Lewiston

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06-Feb-12 RA-04054 Eurocopter AS350B3 Plekhanovo, Russia

Engine allowed to over-speed causing turbine blades to fail

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03-Feb-12 ZS-RUH Eurocopter SA330 Pristina, Serbia

Power loss during takeoff, ground impact

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22-Jan-12 PT-YLS Helibras HB350B2 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

In flight fire, emergency landing.

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18-Jan-12 Eurocopter EC225 Aberdeen, UK

Emergency landing made after a transmission temperature indicator came on.

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17-Jan-12 C-FMPG Eurocopter AS350B3 Cultus Lake, Canada (1F)

Reports say the pilot has suffered cardiac arrest and the aircraft crashed. Pilot airlifted to Chilliwack Hospital, but BCAS later reported pilot deceased. RCMP named pilot as Dave Brolin. CADORS ref 2012P0085

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12-Jan-12 LN-OJE Eurocopter EC225 Asgard B rig, Norway

The incident happened when the helicopter alarm system alerted the pilots of loss of pressure in the left hydraulic system.

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10-Jan-12 G-WDEV Eurocopter SA341G Salisbury, UK

Helicopter down in wooded area.  3POB – owner/pilot Andy Ridings was airlifted to Southampton General Hospital with chest and head injuries, along with another man who was suffering from back pain and head injuries.  The third is believed to have suffered a dislocated ankle.  Second/third POB were Mike Rosser and Ian Sutton

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07-Jan-12 TF-GNA Eurocopter AS332L1 Est Vestmannaeyjar, Iceland

Cable break during a hoist exercise at night

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30-Dec-11 CC-CIX Eurocopter AS350B3 Fundo Colo, Chile

Helicopter destroyed by arson attack at 2.45am when parked.  Helicopter was operated by INAER Chile for CONAF (Chilean national fire service) in support of forest firefightingm,  which is what it is currently actively involved in.  Slogans were left nearby suggesting the perpetrators were campaigning for the freedom of “political prisoners”.

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21-Dec-11 N964SA Eurocopter AS350B2 Hilo, US-Hawaii

Precautionary landing made on road, no injuries, no damage

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17-Dec-11 Eurocopter Bo105 Antarctica (2 of 2)

Flight conditions further rapidly deteriorated and became extremely bad, one of the helicopters had an accident during the flight back to the Germany research ship Polarstern. Fortunately, the passengers were only slightly injured. Instant support could be given by the other helicopter team, which at the same time had a hard but safe landing

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17-Dec-11 Eurocopter Bo105 Antarctica (1 of 2)

Flight conditions further rapidly deteriorated and became extremely bad, one of the helicopters had an accident during the flight back to the Germany research ship Polarstern. Fortunately, the passengers were only slightly injured. Instant support could be given by the other helicopter team, which at the same time had a hard but safe landing

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17-Dec-11 Eurocopter AS350 Keiyo, Kenya

Crashed shortly after take-off with two high profile politicians on board – total 5POB.  Potential damage is to port skid?  But it may just be uneven ground.

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15-Dec-11 YV-2717 Eurocopter Bo105 Puerto Ordaz, Venezuela (1F)

Crashed and burned in a residential area on a post maintenance test flight.  1 fatal from 2POB – Pilot Pedro Malaver survived and engineer Edsel Pachecho did not.

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14-Dec-11 VH-VSA Eurocopter BK117 Port Pirie, Australia

Emergency single-engine landing after chip light illuminated.  Aircraft was en route to pick up patient.

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12-Dec-11 CC-ABX Eurocopter AS350B3 Minera Pascua-Lama, Chile

External load operations.  Load had been transferred when pilot felt something unusual and elected to make an autorotation landing.  Lost control in the flare and the helicopter landed heavily and rolled onto its side – severely damaged. Pilot listed as Eduardo Boisset Encina

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10-Dec-11 N164CF Eurocopter AS365N2 Dayton, US-Ohio

Emergency landing due to mechanical issue.  Upon inspection by the mechanic, a clogged left hydraulic filter was found which had made the collective feel stiff. After replacement, the aircraft was returned to service.

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07-Dec-11 N37SH Eurocopter AS350B2 Las Vegas, US-Nevada (5F)

5 killed on “sunset” tour flight.  Pilot has been named as  Landon Nield, 31.  Passengers named include Delwin and Tamara Chapman, from Utica, Kansas, who were celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary.  The other two passengers were 26-year-old Anupama Bhola and 28-year-old Lovish Bhanot, both from New Delhi, India.

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30-Nov-11 ZK-IMB Eurocopter AS350BA Matai Bay, New Zealand (2F)

Went missing during fire fighting operations.  Located some hours later in 7m of water. Bodies of pilot John “Prickles” de Ridder and passenger William MacRae from Dept of Conservation have been confirmed by divers as being inside the helicopter.  Salt Air – Company statement here

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29-Nov-11 9N-AIK Eurocopter AS350 Lubuche, Nepal

Helicopter was taking off at Lubuche when it suffered damage to the tail boom/rotor.  All 3 occupants safe

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26-Nov-11 C-FRKY Eurocopter AS350B2 Wabush, Canada

Helicopter crashed Saturday in a wooded area near Labrador City, but the only person on board has walked away without serious injuries.  CADAORS 2011A1083

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23-Nov-11 ZK-HIG Eurocopter AS350B2 Auckland, New Zealand

Main blades struck wire while helicopter was helping install Christmas Tree on Auckland waterfront.  Helicopter split in two and thrashed itself to pieces from a 10m hover.  Pilot Greg Gribble escaped serious injury.  Event was being broadcast live on TVNZ

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17-Nov-11 N389PH Eurocopter EC135P2+ Jackson, US-Mississippi

AirCare helicopter suffered bird strike and landed safely despite a hole in the wind shield.  Pilot to hospital.  On board burns victim patient onward to hospital by land ambulance

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16-Nov-11 N410TV Eurocopter AS350B2 Scottsdale, US-Arizona

Emergency landing after bird strike caused hole 10×16 inches

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13-Nov-11 N330SL Eurocopter BK117 Carbondale, US-Illinois

Main rotor struck tail boom on shut down

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11-Nov-11 XC-UHP Eurocopter AS332L1 Temamatla, Mexico (8F)

Crashed killed Interior Secretary Francisco Blake and seven others.  NOTE, there is a question over which aircraft was involved.  Local reports (links 1 and 2 below) say XC-UHP (which is serial 2084)  but the NTSB report (link 3)  says XC-UHM (2127)

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10-Nov-11 N11QV Eurocopter EC130 Molokai, US-Hawaii (5F)

Crashed into a mountainside on a sightseeing tour.  All 5 POB perished, including pilot Nathan Cline and Pennsylvania residents Michael and Nicole Abel who were only married five days earlier.  The other two were later named as Stuart Roberston and Eva Birgitta Wannersjo from Ontario, Canada

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09-Nov-11 I-DAMS Eurocopter AS365N3 Mineo, Italy (1F)

Crashed into a hill in poor weather during an EMS flight with 5POB.  Co pilot Sergio Torre fatally injured.  The aircraft had taken off from the hospital in Caltanissetta and was bound for Messina

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07-Nov-11 Eurocopter AS350 Tudikhel, Nepal

Emergency landing made due to tail rotor problems

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07-Nov-11 HB-ZGI Eurocopter AS350B3 Artez, Switzerland

Main blades clipped rock while filming at low level.  Landed heavily and awkwardly on skids on a road.

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03-Nov-11 N130AL Eurocopter EC130 Noblesville, US-Indiana

Circled after encountering heavy rain while en route.  Landed in ploughed field and burst into flames,  6POB all safe with minor injuries

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02-Nov-11 9N-AIK Eurocopter AS350B Tanahun, Nepal

Landing made prior to arriving at intended destination due to weather.  Intended routing was Kathmandu from Pokhara

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29-Oct-11 N165EH Eurocopter AS350B2 Illamna, US-Alaska (1F)

The pilot had left Nome on Saturday and refueled in Unalakleet and Bethel – and had planned to spend the night in Iliamna before flying on to Anchorage on Sunday.  Pilot later named as 66-year-old William Zeman.  Reported as “crashed and burned”

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20-Oct-11 Eurocopter AS355NP Vileity, Belarus (5F)

Belarus Border Guard AS355NP crashed and caught fire, killing all 5POB including three television crew named as Vitaly Prochkovsky, 36; Sergei Shamalov, 39; and Yulia Shaternik, 28.  The crew were reported as Andrew Pekarsky (32 years) and Igor Skvortsov.  They operate three AS355NPs – EW-308BH (5773), EW-309BH (5774) and EW-310BH (5781)

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18-Oct-11 OO-HCI Eurocopter EC120B Micheroux, Belgium (2F)

Having taken off from Spa on a surveillance flight for the Fluxys company, helicopter crashed in a private garden killing 2 POB.  The owner of the land described the weather as low cloud and windy gusts.

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13-Oct-11 PH-MAA Eurocopter EC135T2+ Hilversum, Netherlands

Bird strike – broke a hole in the canopy just to the port side of the nose

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11-Oct-11 Eurocopter AS350B2 Ponte Alta do Tocantins, Brazil

Law enforcement helicopterin non-emergency situation made urban area landing too close to buildings and downwash caused damage

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08-Oct-11 VT-AZX Eurocopter AS350B3 Ratnagiri Beach, India

Precautionary landing due to weather en route Belgaum to Juhu on a ferry flight with 4POB after completing a filming job

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08-Oct-11 Eurocopter BK117 Selph, US-Texas

Helicopter became unserviceable while on ground responding to emergency call.  Second helicopter called in for patient

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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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