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15-Oct-13 EJC-4214 Bell UH-1H La Mayajura, Colombia

Crashed in mountainous region close to Venezeulan border.  No casualties

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15-Oct-13 AgustaWestland AW139 Dubai, UAE (1F)

Military aircraft down, US embassy in UAE confirms US passport holder (but UAE resident) pilot died.  Pilot was reportedly the only person on board.

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13-Oct-13 146432 Bell 412CF (CH-146) Wilson, Canada

Emergency field landing after ingesting a bird

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09-Oct-13 Bell Pattani, Thailand

Contacted wires while inspecting high-voltage transmission towers, causing the helicopter to crash into the Sai Bo La Yu Canal in Tambon Thepa.  Occupants, reported as ten in number (to inspect powerlines??) all escaped without serious injury

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04-Oct-13 Bell UH-1H Balingasag, Philippines

Capt. Christian Uy, spokesperson of the army’s 4th Infantry Division, said that the Huey made an emergency landing in Balingasag Friday morning when the pilot noticed a mechanical malfunction

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03-Oct-13 Westland Sea King Mk.4 Yeovilton, UK

Details unknown but reported as a training flight.  Photo of recovery shows tail blades bent round

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02-Oct-13 Baiji, Iraq (4F)

Unidentified militants shot down a military helicopter in northern Iraq on Wednesday, killing all four crew members, police sources said.

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02-Oct-13 HH-12 MD Helicopters MD500E Utti, Finland

Solo student pilot ran out of altitude on a practice engine-out autorotation landing and hit the tail boom on the ground.

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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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29-Sep-13 Mil Mi-8 Zalingei, Sudan

UN helicopter developed a technical fault en route Zalingei to Nertiti, in Central Darfur.  Pilot turned back to Zalingei helipad and during the emergency landing the aircraft crashed and was badly damaged. All 19 passengers and 4 crew were safely evacuated, of which three passengers suffered minor injuries

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25-Sep-13 Mil Mi-17 Chennai, India

Technical issue on Presidential helicopter prevented take-off

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22-Sep-13 Sikorsky MH-60S Red Sea, Bahrain (2F)

An MH-60S assigned to HSC-6 crashed in the central Red Sea Sept. 22, while operating with the guided-missile destroyer USS William P. Lawrence (DDG 110).  Three personnel are accounted for and stable but two perished – named as Lt. Cmdr. Landon L. Jones and CW3 Jonathon Shelby Gibson.  The crash was not due to any sort of hostile activity.

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20-Sep-13 Westland Sea King Nigg Hill, UK

Precautionary landing after bird strike with a goose.  16 hours later it was flown to Lossiemouth for more detailed examination

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18-Sep-13 01 Mil Mi-24P Sevastopol, Ukraine

Started to spin uncontrollably at 10m altitude.  Landed heavily, and 2 of 3 POB to hospital.

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16-Sep-13 UAE (1F)

The military in the United Arab Emirates says a helicopter has crashed during a training mission, killing one crew member.  Tuesday’s statement from the UAE Armed Forces Command gave no further details.

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12-Sep-13 Sikorsky UH-60 Springville, US-California (1F)

57-year-old volunteer Shane Krogen fell about 50 feet from a helicopter during a marijuana-eradication effort in Tulare County and died

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12-Sep-13 Mil Mi-17 Lest, Slovakia (1F)

Soldier abseiling down rope died after falling to the ground.  Reports in subsequent days suggest the rope was intentionally cut after the helicopter suffered a major malfunction and had to make an emergency landing to save the 13 on board.

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07-Sep-13 MD Helicopters MD530F Shindand, Afghanistan

Landed on an IED during training flight, blowing one skid off.  Helicopter caught fire.  2 POB were U.S. Army CW4 Thomas “Andy” Miller and Afghan air force Lt. Massoud Islamkhil – both were saved by a Mi-17 crew

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26-Aug-13 Bell-Boeing MV-22 Creech AFB, US-Nevada

Heavy landing during a training exercise and caught fire.  4 POB unharmed

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22-Nov-13 NH Industries NH90 Ohakea, New Zealand

Lighning strike, safe subsequent landing, but aircraft reportedly needs repair to the approx value of US$ 8 Million

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15-Aug-13 Mil Mi-17 Mehsana, India

Precautionary landing due to unforeseen weather

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07-Aug-13 ZJ122 AgustaWestland AW101 Old Colwyn, UK

An RAF helicopter was forced to land in a field in Conwy county as a precaution after encountering tail rotor issues

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06-Aug-13 Mil Mi-8 Marib, Yemen (8F)

Shot down by Yemeni tribesmen, complaining about an oil pipeline.  The helicopter crashed and all eight occupants died

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05-Aug-13 Sikorsky HH-60 MCAS Hansen, Japan (1F)

HH-60 from MCAS Kadena crashed and caught fire near MCAS Hansen.  3 serious injuries and 1 fatal – named as Tech. Sgt. Mark A Smith

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03-Aug-13 Bell UH-1 Izmir, Turkey

Emergency landing at Izmir Ataturk Stadium after suspected engine problems

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02-Aug-13 H-39 Agusta 109BA Bevekom, Belgium

Problem on post-maintenance test flight.  Pilot  Eddy Lambrechts OK, but technician Steve Houttekier to hospital

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15-Jul-13 Sikorsky S61/CH-124 CFB Shearwater, Canada

Helicopter “toppled over”.  More details to follow soon

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12-Jul-13 Baghlan Province, Afghanistan

ISAF official Twitter feed reports hard landing, no casualties and aircraft recovered.  We assume it is a helicopter

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09-Jul-13 Bell UH-1H Tingo Maria, Peru (3F)

Crashed on night training flight.  Pilot named as Ronald Helbert Vargas Terán (34), and crew were Amadeo César Loayza Mercado (33) and Carlos Alberto Cercado Pinares (42).

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04-Jul-13 Mil Mi-35 Benghazi, Libya (2F)

It is though the crash was caused by human error during a particularly daring manoeuvre.  2 killed, 1 seriously injured

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03-Jul-13 S3-BMK Bell 206L4 Dhamrai, Bangladesh

Emergency landing on training flight, helicopter ended up on its side with the main rotorhead lying separated next to the wreck with the blades largely intact.  Skids ripped off too.  Tail boom separated at root.  2 POB – Lieutenant Colonel Ariful Bari to hospital and Major Nazrul Islam only needed first aid.  Reg not yet confirmed

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25-Jun-13 Mil Mi-17V5 Gaurikund, India (20F)

Crashed in poor weather. Vice Chairman of National Disaster Management Authority said eight bodies have been recovered and chances of any survivor among the 19 onboard were remote

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20-Jun-13 Mil Mi-17 Momotombo, Nicaragua (9F)

helicopter experienced “mechanical problems” at altitude before descending uncontrolled on the edge of Lake Managua.  Most of the wreckage entered the water where it subsequently submerged

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17-Jun-13 Bell UH-1 Ban Na district, Thailand

Eight POB, five injured of which one serious.  Emergency landing after reported tail rotor problem

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14-Jun-13 Boeing V-22 Dare County, US-North Carolina

Osprey engine exhaust caused grass fire on a Dare County bombing range.  No word as to extent of fire.  Osprey was “slightly scorched”

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11-Jun-13 Sikorsky UH-60 Tarin Kowt, Afghanistan

Australian special ops soldier injured in heavy landing .  5+ POB

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11-Jun-13 Schweizer 300C Semarang, Indonesia

Training flight, minor injuries to 2 POB

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07-Jun-13 Bell 412 Katupotha, Sri Lanka

Precautionary landing, reportedly with Air Force Commander Air Marshal Harsha Abeywickrama on board

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05-Jun-13 Kaman K-Max Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan

Helicopter was delivering cargo to a predetermined location without the input of a UAV pilot.

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04-Jun-13 Sikorsky S61A-4 Petaling Jaya, Malaysia

Emergency landing in corner of golf course close to trees

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02-Jun-13 Alborz Mountains, Iran

Helicopter carrying President Mahmud Ahmadinejad made an emergency landing.  No details.  President on board and an continued his journey by car

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28-May-13 Mil Mi-8 Ivanovsky, Russia (2F)

Crashed on training flight, killing two of the four POB

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28-May-13 Boeing VH-46 Medford, US-New Jersey

Emergency landing in school field

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24-May-13 Bell UH-1 Arlington, US-Virginia

Near miss – military helicopter and Embraer 175 airliner at same level (400ft) and 950 ft horizontal separation.  Airliner on approach to Reagan National Airport

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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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17-May-13 Virginia Beach, US-Virginia (2F)

Two members of the FBI’s ultra-elite Hostage Rescue Team (Special Agents Christopher Lorek and Stephen Shaw) were killed  during a training accident involving a helicopter off the coast of Virginia Beach.  The military statement said very little except that it encountered unspecified difficulties and the agents fell a “significant distance.”

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17-May-13 Sambisa, Nigeria

Militants hit a JTF helicopter with anti-aircraft weapons during combat operations.

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13-May-13 HAL Dhruv Siachen, India

1 serious, 1 minor injury to the 2 POB.  Damage level to helicopter not known

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09-May-13 Mil Mi-24 Port Harcourt, Nigeria

Emergency landing on training flight due to tail rotor failure.  No injuries

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03-May-13 Wazirabad, Pakistan

Two seat helicopter on routine training flight

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01-May-13 Frankfort, US-Kentucky

Sergeant First Class David Gentry was on rapelling practice from a helicopter, but did not control/slow his descent in the last 60 feet and hit the ground very heavily and collapsed

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25-Apr-13 (military helicopter) Israel

A helicopter transporting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made an emergency landing after military officials spotted and shot down a UAV entering Israeli airspace.

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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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20-Apr-13 Mil Mi-17 Sharq Al-Owainat, Egypt

Emergency landing after system malfunction

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19-Apr-13 Habaniya, Iraq

All four on board seriously injured

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16-Apr-13 Sikorsky CH-53E Chelwon, Korea

US military aircraft during ongoing South Korea-US joint military exercises.  All occupants safe – reports currently vary between 12 and 21 occupants.  Aircraft completely destroyed in impact before fire set in.

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15-Apr-13 Bell UH-1H Taipai, Taiwan

Door fell from helicopter into school grounds

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12-Apr-13 Ouro-Modi, Mali (5F)

Details not clear apart from casualty numbers

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09-Apr-12 Boeing AH-64 Pechigram district, Afghanistan (2F)

Two US soldiers killed in helicopter crash.  A press release from the Pennsylvania National Guard named the pair as Chief Warrant Officer 3 Matthew Ruffner, 34, and Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jarett Yoder, 27.

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05-Apr-13 Bell UH-1 Balauana, Tunisia

2 of 5 on board injured in heavy landing while on post-maintenance test flight

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01-Apr-13 FAC-4105 Sikorsky UH-60L Tabacal, Colombia

Precautionary landing due to engine problem en route Bucaramanga to Yopal

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29-Mar-13 AgustaWestland A109LUH Kruger, South Africa (5F)

Helicopter crashed during rhino poaching patrols.  Al five POB killed – later named as  Captain Jacobus Andries van Rensburg; Captain MP Chabalala; Sergeant Paulus Shongela Ndishishi; Sergeant GP Ruiters and Lance Corporal Bheki Petros Cele

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23-Mar-13 Bell TH-57A Salinas, Ecuador

Training accident.  Main rotors severed tail boom, aircraft ended upright on its skids

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16-Mar-13 Mil Mi-8 Khankala, Russia (3F)

Three killed out of four on board a Russian Border Guard Mi-8 which crashed in poor visibility.  A criminal investigation has been opened.

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16-Mar-13 Bell OH-58D Daman district, Afghanistan (1F)

Officials from the International Security Assistance Force said they have no indication that the helicopter was brought down by enemy activity in the area.

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14-Mar-13 Mil Mi-8T Khabarovsk, Russia

Crashed on take off for post-maintenance  test flight

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12-Mar-13 Bell AH-1 Shfela, Israel (2F)

Accident around 1am local on night training mission.  Both reservists killed, named by IDF as Lt.-Col. (res.) Noam Ron, 49, and Maj. (res.) Erez Flekser, 31. The pilots had radioed the Palmahim air base before the crash, saying they would land there in six minutes. There was no distress call prior to the accident.

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12-Mar-13 AVIC Z-9 Lusaka City Airport, Zambia (1F)

Major Misapa Mukupa was killed in an accident at Lusaka City Airport, while co-pilot Captain Kenneth Chilala sustained minor injuries

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11-Mar-13 Sikorsky UH-60 Daman district, Afghanistan (5F)

Helicopter went down during rain storm

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07-Mar-13 Eurocopter/IAR SA330L Bacau, Romania (2F)

Two killed and three injured when helicopter crashed on training flight.  The two fatalities were named by the Romanian military as Petty Officer Lawrence Chiru and Sergeant Basil Manolache

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05-Mar-13 IN445 Eurocopter SA316B Visakhapatanam, India (2F)

Crashed off the Vishakhapatnam harbour  Two crew members were immediately rescued while two others were missing and a search was underway for them.

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15-Mar-13 Sikorsky MH-60R Chula Vista, US-California

Precautionary landing today at Terra Nova Park in Chula Vista.  No one was injured as a result of the landing and there was no damage to the aircraft.

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04-Mar-13 Eurocopter EC505 Tiger Linderhof, Germany

Crashed into a field and caught fire

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03-Mar-13 MOI-12 Sikorsky S92 Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (1F)

Crew Member (named as First Class Pvt Abdul Aziz Bin Abdullah Al Qah’tani ) fell from the helicopter and died during the celebration of the World Civil Defence Day

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25-Feb-13 FAP-667 Schweizer 300C Centro Poblado Camacho, Peru

Training accident, helicopter ended up on its side in grassy field.  The two occupants of the aircraft were identified as pilot Captain Manuel Poblete FAP Pardo Aguilar (30) and passenger Major FAP Candle Italo Fernandez (36)

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