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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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31-Jan-19 F-HRCR Guimbal G2 Pierrevert, France

During reconnaissance to land on a golf course, the helicopter suddenly rotates left on its yaw axis, falls from a height of 5 to 10 m by making several turns on itself, and collides with the ground on one of the courses of the golf course.  Two POB, one reported seriously injured, the other lightly injured

 

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05-Nov-18 F-WSPM Rotorway Exec 162F Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon, France

The helicopter takes off in the wind. It reaches the altitude of about 20m and makes a 180 ° to head south. Shortly after this U-turn, the aircraft tilts to the left about 45 °, falls rapidly and hits the ground violently.

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03-May-17 F-HUSH Robinson R44 II Monléon-Magnoac, France

Helicopter sank into the ground on landing and then tilted backwards. The pilot applies more power but loses control of the helicopter which falls onto its side.

BEA 2017-0233

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03-Dec-15 73-QL Cicare CH-7 Albens, France

Skid collapsed in heavy landing after striking wires – which the pilot had not seen due to being distracted by direct sunlight

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05-Nov-15 F-GLSF Robinson R22 Andernos les Bains, France

On return from a local flight, pilot stabilizes the hovering helicopter, turns round before starting a fast forward about 5 m height. After about 300m the pilot the helicopter pitched up to stop hovering. He then receives a uncontrolled increase in engine speed and fails to reduce power. He loses control in rotation, the right skid struck the ground and the helicopter goes down on the left side.  Substantially damaged

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24-Oct-15 F-GOLH Airbus EC130 Megève, France

Sightseeing flight – failed to take-off, lost height and rolled over on landing.  Only one of the 7 POB was not injured.  Registration to be confirmed – Type, Colour scheme and operator match to our records

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16-Sep-15 F-HCSC Airbus AS350B3 Boisses, France

Two of Tignes ski patrol were seriously injured in the crash at 8.15am.   There were four trackers on board, in addition to the pilot and a mechanic, to be dropped to reactivate the remote avalanche triggering devices after maintenance period occurred this summer.

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04-Aug-15 D-HBRM Hughes 500C Ramatuelle, France

Substantially damaged in autorotation landing after pilot noticed a decrease in engine power

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05-Jul-15 Elisport CH-7 Gruffy, France

Crashed into field and burned out.  Pilot seriously injured. Helicopter type to be confirmed

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27-Jun-15 F-PPCO Rotorway 162F Montséret, France

Engine failed, and  helicopter fell onto its side during autorotation landing. Pilot and his passenger/wife got out OK

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18-May-15 OH-HNR MD Helicopters MD500D Bocognano, Corsica

During a low level flight prior to attending to vegetation near powerlines, pilot noticed a decrease in engine power.  The subsequent autorotation avoiding powerlines and buildings led to a hard landing and completely burnt out in post crash fire in the garden of a house.  2 POB seriously injured

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22-Apr-15 F-HLOU Robinson R44 Lyon, France

Date assumed given posting date of the incident on Facebook.  Helicopter had been peppered with over 100 lead shots from close range, causing damage the tail boom close to the root

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06-Apr-15 F-GLHC Robinson R22M Le Plessis Belleville, France

Substantially damaged

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12-Mar-15 F-HOLA Guimbal G2 Plateau de Matheysine, France

The instructor explained that during a go-around after practice approach altitude on a field, the helicopter suddenly made several turns to the left around the yaw axis.  He managed to land in a snowy field at about 5400 ft.

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05-Mar-15 F-GOLT Robinson R44 Beaune, France

Extensively damaged – hired by PPL from Hélitravaux.  3 POB all to hospital.

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13-Nov-14 F-PGVH FAMA K209 Aubenas, France

The pilot landed on runway 36. During translation to reach the taxiway, the helicopter tilts right and a main rotor blade struck the ground. The helicopter is destabilized and collides with the ground. The two people on board were evacuated by a witness and the helicopter caught fire.

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02-Oct-14 HB-ZJC Eurocopter EC130 Bart, France (5F)

Helicopter took off from Lausanne, Switzerland and has crashed in France – reportedly just prior to landing at Montbéliard – Courcelles Aerodrome. Weather reported as foggy and press report says that pilot was looking for a gap in the cloud to land at the airfield.  Five of seven POB killed when helicopter landed on a barn used as a wood store

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11-Sep-14 G-CDMG Robinson R22 France

The subject helicopter was noted at 5.15am local time on 12-Sep-14 on a trailer at Calais ferry port bound for the UK.  Given it is based UK, there must have been some reason that it was not flown back to the UK.  Incident date 11-Sep-14 thus approximate

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25-Jul-14 F-GMHZ Eurocopter EC120B Chateaublanc, France

Very heavy landing – remained upright but skids splayed out and main rotors chopped tail boom.  Photos here and here

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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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14-Feb-14 Cicare CH-7T Lalbenque, France (1F)

Helicopter crashed killing solo pilot Didier Deschoolmeester

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10-Jan-14 F-GIZR Enstrom F28A Saint-Amans-des-Cots, France

Pilot observed a significant reduction in engine noise and a different regime. The helicopter slowly loses the height. The pilot decided to land in the countryside. A 2 meters on the ground, the device drops abruptly. One of the main rotor blades struck the ground in front of the camera then severed the tail boom.

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20-Dec-13 F-GPJG Robinson R44 Gironde, France (4F)

Four suspected died, of which one body found, when helicopter crashed into a river.  The occupants was Chinese billionaire Lam Kok, his son, an interpreter plus the pilot who had just sold his vineyard to Mr Kok

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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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29-Nov-13 F-PMRA Rotorway Exec 162F Bédoin, France

When showing off by the instructor, the motor stops at height of about 4 m. The instructor makes a running landing. The helicopter rolled onto its side.

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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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26-Oct-13 F-GPKA Robinson R22B Torreilles, France

Following a decrease in engine power, the pilot entered an autorotation. Upon landing at a solar power plant, the helicopter struck a photovoltaic panel and rolled onto its side.  Probable write-off

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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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16-Sep-13 F-GXRF Robinson R44 Font-Romeu, France

Pilot allowed rotor speed to decay too low on final approach – hit ground hard and rolled onto its starboard side

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18-Aug-13 F-GHHT Robinson R22 Bourg-Jasseron, France

Engine failure, autorotation, rolled over on landing

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28-Jul-13 N66001 Robinson R66 Mont Outheran, France

Main rotor struck tail boom during tailwind landing

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06-Jul-13 F-HBEA Guimbal G2 Cabri Fleurac, France

HeliHub.com have been given the following statement on 10 July by the manufacturer:-

“We at Helicopteres Guimbal are of course much worried that a recent accident involved a Cabri. We are even more frustrated to learn the distorted reports that appeared in the press. The following is what we know from our point and from the pilot and owner who called us immediately after the accident :

The owner, a 66 year private pilot was on a pleasure flight with a friend, a fixed-wing private pilot. The helicopter had been inspected and fitted with the newly developed Vibration Attenuation Pendulums the week before at the factory and was reported “incredibly smooth” by the owner calling us just before the accident. It was in an absolutely perfect condition.

In cruise flight, they heard some noise that they found was caused by the baggage door, left open, flapping in the airstream.  The pilot decided to land immediately in a field in front of him. In short finals with no anticipation, he was disoriented by the bright sunlight and an obstacle, and made a very hard landing with no yawing motion and moderate forward speed. The helicopter bounced significantly and hit the ground again on the left side. The two occupants got out with minor injury and are back home after examination.

The helicopter sustained significant damage, although early examination suggests it will be repaired for a fraction of its original cost. The occupant called to thank us because the cabin and seats offered an excellent protection, and with a full load of fuel, there was absolutely no spillage. The pilot, who owned different helicopters in the last 20 years, reported that he still considers the Cabri the easiest and safest helicopter to fly.

The Cabri G2 is the only light helicopter in the world, certified according to the highest requirements in crash protection, passengers and fuel circuit. The cabin and seats are tested to a 2000 ft/min vertical velocity, oblique crash, while the fuel tank, circuit and environment are tested to a 50 ft free fall with a full load.”

The French register gives the owner as  Alain Lafon

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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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02-Jun-13 F-GMLZ Robinson R22 Brest, France

Helicopter crashed into the fuel pumps, ending upside down impaled on them.  No fire.  Two injured

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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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01-Mar-13 F-GPGM Eurocopter SA316B Chattonay, France (1F)

Collided with trees and crashed into a lake killing the pilot

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05-Feb-13 F-GYBH Eurocopter AS350B3 Cormet-de-Roselend, France

Pilot chose to make precautionary landing due to deteriorating weather.  Helicopter rolled over when landing on snowy surface

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17-Jan-13 F-GZFJ Eurocopter AS350B2 St Julien-Molhesabate, France

Pilot lost visual reference when landing on a snowy surface. Heavy landing, damaged skids and tail boom

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03-Nov-12 F-RAUU Eurocopter AS555AN Toussus-le-Noble, France

Loss of control in the hover during post-maintenance test flight, and hit hangar.  3 injured, aircraft total loss.

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03-Sep-12 EC-IVT Robinson R44 Valouse, France (2F)

R44 routing from Switzerland through France to Spain.  Had taken off from Clermont-Ferrand, destination Le Luc in the Var region.  Father and son killed in the accident. Controlled flight into terrain. Aircraft destroyed

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31-Aug-12 F-GPHE Eurocopter AS350B3 Argeles-Gazost, France

Four injured when helicopter came down after hitting cables.  The helicopter was involved in maintenance work on the cables.  Two were “ejected”, from an underslung cradle, and two were in the helicopter.  Pilot Joel Prisse  has dislocated shoulder and crew Philippe Pournin has multiple lower limb fractures.  Aircraft destroyed

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25-Aug-12 F-GTEJ Robinson R44 Brison-Saint-Innocent, France

Struck low-level power cables on final approach due to the pilot having the sun in his eyes.  Helicopter ended on starboard side.  60- year old pilot suffered concussion, head injury and scratches

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22-Aug-12 F-GHLF MD Helicopters 500E Lancon-de-Provence, France

High level of vibrations during landing phase.  Helicopter landed hard and rolled over.

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25-Jul-12 Eurocopter AS532AL Verdon Gorge, France (6F)

AS532AL on a pre-delivery test flight out of Marignane crashed killing all six occupants.  Some reports are suggesting it struck wires but that is not confirmed

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20-Jul-12 F-GIZR Enstrom F28A St Croix Vallee, France

Tail rotor struck ground taking off from sloping ground

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14-Sep-11 F-HFBI Eurocopter AS350B3 Vallorcine, France (4F)

Tail rotor struck a cable while on a reconaissance flight.  Two occupants thrown clear of the helicopter and two trapped inside.  Piloting the helicopter was Jacques Fouque, an experienced pilot and mountain guide, the engineering director of the Emosson dam Regis Desmus, Jean-Marc Mermillod, from IG3M a company specialising in lifts and cable work and Sebastien Brun, the helicopter mechanic and son of CMBH director Pascal Brun.

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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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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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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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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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11-May-11 Eurocopter SA341 Rose, France

Precautionary landing in field after engine problems

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29-Apr-11 F-PJMI Dynali H2 Bezouce, France (2F)

Two fatalies – Jean-Michel Mazet, a dentist in Margate (Gard) and Jean-Louis Durant, a Narbonne, an instructor pilot in Pezenas

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02-Mar-11 Eurocopter AS532 Salses-le-Château, France (1F)

Shortly after take off from the military base of Saint-Laurent-de-la-Salanque, a door of the aircraft opened.  One occupant tried to secure it, but appears to have dragged out by suction, falling  into the waters of a pond.  A second crew member went to assist and was also sucked out.  One later died in the hospital of Perpignan

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09-Dec-10 G-CBVL Robinson R22 Tourrettes-sur-Loup, France (2F)

R22 crashed in a steep sided valley while en route from Sospel to Avignon. French press named the deceased as Martin Rutty and Simon Lichtenstein

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07-Dec-10 Eurocopter AS350 Breil-sur-Roya, France (3F)

The helicopter had been chartered by the General Council of Alpes-Maritimes. On board was the pilot, a geologist from the General Council and an employee of the company “Heaven Climber”, specializing in work in steep areas.

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12-Oct-10 Eurocopter SA341 Saint-Remèze, France

Heavy landing on training flight

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22-Sep-10 Eurocopter SA341 Plaisance-du-Gers, France

Gazelle from 5RHC was involved in low level training, and crashed in an open field.

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11-Sep-10 HB-ZSH Eurocopter EC120 Niedergesteln, Switzerland

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04-Sep-10 F-GREC Schweizer 300C Fournols, France

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01-Aug-10 F-GKBF Eurocopter AS350 Bormes-les-Mimosas, France

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25-Jul-10 F-GJGQ Schweizer 269C Coullons, France (2F)

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27-Jun-10 F-GKHG Enstrom 280C Sully, France

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19-Jun-10 F-…. (Type TBA) Les Arcs, France

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14-Feb-10 F-…. Eurocopter AS350 Font d’Urle, France

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03-Feb-10 F-…. Bell 47 Cournonsec, France

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10-Oct-09 Eurocopter SA321F Super Frelon Puichéric, France

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09-Oct-09 F-…. Eurocopter AS350 SAF Helicopters Domjulien, France (1F)

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10-Sep-09 F- Ecas near Digne,, France

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14-Aug-09 F-GSSP Robinson R44 Dangé-Saint-Romain, France (2F)

Fatalities reported as Richard Delahaye, aged 62 and Mme Iromi Inagaki, aged 54

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20-Jun-09 F-GTRF Eurocopter AS350B2 Mount Cordon, France (7F)

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

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05-Apr-09 G-CESO Robinson R44 Dierre Airport, France (3F)

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18-Feb-09 F-GMBH Eurocopter AS350B3 , France

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