Helicopter was carrying an air rescue crew on a training mission when it fell from an altitude of (5,900ft). The surviving pilot raised the alarm at around 19:10 local time (18:10 GMT) after managing to escape from the helicopter. The crew onboard consisted of two pilots – one in training – along with two winch operators and two mountain rescue workers.
Weather is a factor – low visibility in fog – and the rescue effort overnight was hampered as a result according to this report.
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]
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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)
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
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
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
Tail rotor struck a cable while on a reconaissance flight.Â Two occupants thrown clear of the helicopter and two trapped inside.Â 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.
Pilot Kevin Mullarkey, age 67, an Irishman now resident in Kuwait.Â 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.
Shortly after take off from the military base of Saint-Laurent-de-la-Salanque, a door of the aircraft opened.Â One occupant tried to secure it, but appears to have dragged out by suction, fallingÂ into the waters of a pond.Â A second crew member went to assist and was also sucked out.Â One later died in the hospital of Perpignan
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.