The sheriff was reported as saying Pilot Robert Krier with Ride the Sky Helicopters and passenger Steve Ahrendt, the owner of the cattle, were in the helicopter when it clipped a power line looking for loose cattle. Both occupants reported as suffering serious injuries.
Passing 500 ft in a descending turn at approximately 50 kt, the pilot reported the helicopter began to vibrate. The pilot was unable to stop the vibration and conducted a precautionary landing. The helicopter landed hard and severed the tail boom. The helicopter sustained substantial damage and the pilot and three passengers were not injured.
Date was recorded as 04-Jun-17 when helicopter wreckage was found, but as reports state the pilot’s family were looking “in the middle of the night” for him, and he was last seen on 03-Jun-17, we believe the accident date would most likely have been 03-Jun-17. NTSB also tweeted on 4th June that they were attending “investigating yesterday’s crash of a Robinson R-44 helicopter in Dimmit, TX”. No details of the situation have been reported, bar that it was working low level checking on cattle.
The accident killed 68-year old Don Oppliger – whos company owns ranches and farms in Texas, New Mexico and Nebraska to support the feeding of 230,000 cattle in six large feedlots. More than 90,000 acres of the roughly 150,000 acres held by the company are in Nebraska, including properties near Paxton, Wallace, Atkinson, Tryon and Johnstown.
Main blades struck street light on final approach to land at the Hohe Düne marina, and the instability created led to the crash. Tail (including rotor) separated in the accident. The complete scene is best seen in this YouTube video. Light injuries to the 4 POB – although some reports say 3 POB and one injury on the ground.
There is a marked helipad at this location – see map
Crashed and destroyed by fire. 3 POB seriously injured. Passengers named as Carlos Marcelo Ruiz Sánchez and Juan Domínguez were transferred to a hospital in Naolinco, while the pilot was taken to a hospital in Xalapa.
two farmers and their sons were returning home from the Nampo Harvest Day on Bothaville in the Free State when the accident occurred. One farmer, Douw Wentzel Snr, and the other farmer’s son Andre Deale suffered fatal injuries.
Two passengers and a pilot were taking a waterfront tour, when the R44 experienced mechanical problems and an emergency landing was made. The helicopter struck two vans near a golf course and caught fire, but all three occupants got out before the flames broke out.
Operator was Santa Barbara Helicopter Tours, who lease it from Spitzer Helicopters
Crashed killing 3 onboard as the helicopter was monitoring forest fires in Bashkortostan, Russia. Reports coming in state that the pilot and 2 forestry workers were killed instantly when the R44 came down in the forest
on a local pleasure flight from a private facility at Redfern Lake, BC. As the pilot attempted a landing at approximately 7800 feet ASL near the edge of a cirque, the aircraft encountered descending air on final. The pilot elected to continue the approach and increased the collective to maintain the sight picture. The pilot then noticed the low rotor warning with the rotor RPM decreasing rapidly toward 70%. The aircraft landed hard and rolled over several times down the slope. The pilot and the two passengers evacuated the aircraft with no injuries. There was no post impact fire; however the aircraft sustained substantial damage.
R44 with four POB crashed at the AgLand Cooperative fertilizer plant. Images show (1) tail boom sliced by main rotor blades and (2) heavy damage to the front of the cabin and all occupants injured, with two treated locally at Avera St. Benedict Hospital and two with more serious injuries transferred to a more equipped medical center in Sioux Falls. The three pasengers were all AgLand employees. The location is very close to Parkston Municpal Airport
Helicopter crashed into trees, dropping vertically nose-first between the trees down to the ground, killing both on board – named as 24-year-old Jeremie Belanger and 41-year-old Ken Mielke – both were pilots were pilots for Apex Helicopters, which was performing aerial spraying for a forestry company in the area.
During a hard landing in a field with low-level crop (presumably an emergency landing?), the helicopter rocked back onto its tail, resulting in the tail rotor gearbox and tail shearing off. Rest of helicopter appears unscathed, apart from the skids being splayed out as a result of the heavy landing.
The helicopter landed hard from an altitude of about 15 feet and slid about 8 to 10 feet. Both skids were spread apart and broken and the helicopter came to rest on its fuselage. Both tail rotor blades separated and the vertical stabilizer was damaged. There was some buckling of the fuselage. The tail boom and main rotor blades appeared to be undamaged, and there was no discernible tail strike.
Mid-air with Cessna U206F Floatplane RA-67523 killing all four in the R44 and five in the Cessna. Initial reports say the Cessna pilot was taking off in the evening into the sun and likely did not see the helicopter
Date is estimated, and may be any time in the range 23-Jun (last known flight) to 05-Aug, when the helicopter was seen damaged on a trailer in the insurance compound at Fairoaks Airport in the UK. Helicopter looks mostly complete, but tail boom a little bent and the lower part of the tail is bent round, suggesting a tail strike.
Helicopter was being used to spray fungicide on fields of corn. The pilot approached and overflew one field checking for hazards and wind conditions, and then began a spray swath across the field. Midway through the first swath, the pilot heard the low rotor horn sound. Manually rolling the throttle up did not prevent the rotor RPM from continuing to drop. The pilot then attempted a quick stop and a controlled autorotation into the corn. The helicopter was substantially damaged by the impact but the pilot who was wearing a four point shoulder harness and a helmet was not injured.
Helicopter landed at a manufacturing business, severing powerline. After brief stop on the ground – and “the authorities had arrived at the scene“, the helicopter took off again and departed the area
During mustering operations, the helicopter collided with terrain, resulting in substantial damage (photo). The pilot, who was the sole occupant of the helicopter, sustained minor injuries.
Final report says “According to the Carburettor Icing Probability chart, the conditions indicated a high probability of serious carburettor icing at descent power.”
There were no reported injuries among the 4 souls on board. Search and rescue located the site via emergency locator transmitter (ELT) signal and extracted the occupants. Unknown damage to the aircraft. CADORS 2015C2524
After striking a low level wire, the pilot elected to land on the shoreline (or sandbank?) of a river. On subsequent take-off the pilot lost control and crashed – photo shows it on a rocky shoreline.
The pilot was intending to make a local flight and having completed his pre-flight checks, gradually increased the rotor rpm to about 80%. From the CCTV it can be observed that at about this time, the helicopter rapidly yawed to the left and rotated through about 290° before tipping over onto its right side. The helicopter came to rest with a sufficient gap between the forward right door, which had opened as the helicopter struck the ground, and the concrete apron to enable the pilot to vacate the helicopter unaided. The pilot reported sustaining minor injuries.
The aircraft collided with terrain while conducting aerial agriculture operations. The pilot, the only person on board, died as a result of the accident – named here as Dougal Brett
Crashed into a shallow river, possibly after hitting wires. 4 POB rescued OK. Even if the helicopter survived in a rebuildable state, the locals manage to pull it apart sufficiently in this video that it is most unlikely to be rebuilt. This tweet claims it was unregistered. The occupants were all from Frabelle Fishing, a Filipino company
Very heavy autorotation landing resulted in skids being ripped off and helicopter coming to rest on its starboard side. Owner reported in his own Facebook post that this was after the “newly fitted Lycoming Engine had just 15 minutes of flight time and lost power on its second flight approx 10 minutes after take off”, and happened at a reported 400ft agl. A later report quotes the South African CAA as saying the issue “was solely caused by a Spider Fuel Distributor that came apart in flight after engineers had hand fitted four pipes and failed to use proper equipment to tighten the flexible pipes with metal endings”.
Pilot was owner Prem Balram and suffered minor injuries while passenger Jerome Sumdath was admitted to the ICU with spinal injuries
Crashed into trees shortly after take-off from a site described as ” inaccessible” – pilot reported to have stayed the night in a cottage in the woods. Weather mentioned as a possible factor in some reports
R44 went down two miles west of the airport it took off from, crashing into a house and killing the pilot and two passengers – later named here as Bruce Teitelbaum, 48, and Marsha Khan, 55, and Harry Anderson, 42
While landing at his own helipad, the pilot said the ground gave way beneath the pad causing the tail rotor to strike the dirt. This caused the helicopter to spin uncontrollably, and it ended up in nearby trees
Heilcopter struck wires crossing an 800m wide sea inlet known as French Pass between D’Urville Island and the mainland. Sole occupant pilot named as Ian John Simcox, 65, from Blenheim was killed
3 POB not seriously injured after emergency landing in farmland and helicopter ended upside down. Was en route to Sussex
Appears from BBC story that pilot had problem with tail rotor control and executed a run on landing on a level but soft field, and then one skid dug into the mud and flipped the helicopter over.
Helicopter with four on board crashed in forest area. One passenger (named as Miguel Zunino Valenzuela) jumped clear just before the helicopter crashed and the other three died in the accident, including Ítalo Zunino Muratori, Nicolás Fossatti and pilot Luis Alvarado.
Pilot experienced a loss of engine power during turn on approach – autorotation unsuccessful due to low altitude. The helicopter landed hard and rolled onto its right side, resulting in substantial damage to the forward fuselage and tailboom.
The pilot was killed and an occupant was seriously injured after a helicopter crashed in the PR-576 highway, in Santa Monica, Paraná. Post crash fire. Helicopter reportedly hit a large bird, and wires during emergency landing
After taking off and clearing some trees, the helicopter began to lose rotor RPM and the pilot elected to land nearby. During the landing, the helicopter sustained some damage, but the helicopter remained upright and the pilot and passengers were uninjured. Helicopter was being used for a police search for a missing 23-year old who died after trying to ride a tyre tube down the normally dry Todd River.
On take off, main rotor blade(s) contacted the wind sock mast. A vibration was felt and the pilot landed immediately at the same site. An inspection of the main rotor revealed damage to one of the blades. CADORS 2014C5006
Substantially damaged in heavy landing – photo. Sole occupant pilot Charles Deyhle Jr was reportedly uninjured. Reportedly due to gusty conditions when trying to land on a ground handling trolley
Crashed onto highway after reported power failure, extensively damaged. Minor injuries to pilot
R44 identification from comparison between this photo of ZS-RMH flying and the large titles on the side on this photo – it is feasible, although unlikely, that there is another R44 in the same colour scheme
Shortly after take-off, the helicopter contacted the ground again and fell onto its starboard side. Private pilot had rented helicopter from Heli-Zuri for a flight to Ticino. Final confirmation required on reg
Crashed shortly after take-off. Local press reports indicate that either the pilot was not licenced, or the aircraft did not have a current airworthiness certificate, or both. 2 POB – unnamed pilot and his passenger, named as Giorgio da Silva Souza
Helicopter was not authorized scenic flights in the state of Parana, crashed shortly after takeoff, injuring the four occupants of the aircraft. The airworthiness certificate had expired over two years earlier
Main rotor and mast separated shortly after take-off from Sky Park Airport on post-maintenance test flight to track and balance the blades. Two fatalities named later as Claus Hauer and Bruce Orr