As the helicopter lifted, it began to rotate to the right which the instructor attempted to counter with the application of left pedal and by lowering the collective. The helicopter then rolled to the left and the front of the left skid contacted the ground before breaking off. The helicopter continued to roll further to the left, with the rotor blades striking the ground, before coming to rest on its left side with the engine still running.
Helicopter took off from Leicester City FC stadium and crashed shortly after in the adjacent car park. Five fatalities named by police as Club chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, two members of his staff, Nursara Suknamai and Kaveporn Punpare, pilot Eric Swaffer and passenger Izabela Roza Lechowicz.
Landed on its port side with minimal damage to anything on the starboard side (stabiliser, tail rotor), although starboard skid somewhat bent. Possible dynamic roll-over. 3 POB all to hospital, one with life-threatening injuries
Date is not confirmed but is between 4th February and 11th when it was transported from Booker (Wycombe Air Park) by road.
Substantially damaged in heavy landing with 5 on board. Industry sources indicate that the tail boom was badly damaged in the autorotation landing.
CHC EC225 made emergency landing following warning light in cockpit. Helicopter was reported as 60 miles out east from Aberdeen to a rig when it turned round and returned to Aberdeen
During ground run post-maintenance, the SA342J Gazelle took off to 10ft and then dropped to the ground. MW Helicopters engineer on board was reportedly not a qualified pilot – and was not injured in the accident. Starboard skid ripped off, tail boom badly creased.
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.
Due to weather conditions on Saturday 20th, the helicopter was unable to fly and remained grounded at the site. While parked and unattended on Sunday 21st, the helicopter was damaged by cattle which managed to break through fence from adjacent field. Nose area damaged. Fly Heli Wales had provided the helicopter for the Welsh Game Fair based at Pembrey Country Park. Registration assumed as it is the only helicopter operated by Fly Heli Wales – and the event website referred to a JetRanger being used for tour flights
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.
Two POB to hospital. Information suggests that the skid toes stuck into the ground during a run-on landing, causing the helicopter to cartwheel. No vertical force in the accident as skids have not splayed out. Skid toes missing forward of front skid legs, and nose “turned up” where helicopter cartwheeled onto its nose
At around 11.15am, fire crews were called to Dyce, after the pilot of the CHC S92 alerted air traffic control and asked for emergency crews to be placed on stand-by as it made a return to base landing. Landed safely
Initial reports coming in. Witnesses say they heard a “loud crack” shortly be fire the helicopter started descending rapidly.
The helicopter took off from Dechmont, near Livingston in West Lothian and was due to land at Humberside Airport for refuelling before flying on to Gamston, presumably en route it’s home base at Manston. It had been operating experience flights at Ingliston Showgrounpd on Saturday 13th and appears to have been en route home.
The report here named the pilot as Brian Bridgman and the passenger as John Kent
The pilot was attempting a practice autorotation when the accident occurred. He did not realise that he had failed to achieve a split between engine and rotor rpm, with the result that the rotor rpm reduced to below the normal operating range. The pilot was unable to prevent the helicopter striking the ground hard. It was destroyed in the accident, although the pilot escaped injury.
On touchdown the aircraft ‘porpoised’, initially nose down, due to contact with the heels of the skids followed almost immediately by the cyclic being displaced fully aft and a progressive left (lateral) cyclic displacement. The cyclic was then centralised longitudinally as the aircraft pitched up before it was again displaced fully aft, on this occasion for a protracted period, out of phase with the oscillation in pitch attitude. The pitch oscillation continued (albeit to a lesser extent) and whilst full aft cyclic was maintained, the collective was lowered fully causing the disc attitude to be such that the MRB struck the tail. There was a subsequent violent roll of the airframe, before a full cessation of movement; this is assessed to be as a consequence of the impact forces.
The student pilot was attempting a solo lift from a grass surface. Whilst applying left cyclic input to correct a right side low condition, the helicopter rolled rapidly to the left in what was reported as a dynamic rollover incident.
While flying at 1,000 ft in VMC conditions, the helicopter struck a bird which the pilot identified as a buzzard. The pilot carried out a precautionary landing to inspect the helicopter, which suffered a broken windscreen transparency. After the inspection, the pilot continued the flight to his destination at White Waltham. He reported that he did not see the bird before it struck the helicopter so had been unable to take avoiding action.
The helicopter was hover taxiing from its parking position towards the runway. As it did so, the tail of a Cessna 152 parked at a nearby refuelling point lifted and, under the influence of the rotor wash and a relatively strong surface wind, the aircraft came to rest inverted.
4 fatalities reported in a helicopter crash at Gillingham near Beccles, Suffolk UK around 7.30pm. Low visibility due to fog reported. Helicopter had just taken off from Gillingham Hall bound for Northern Ireland. Press report indicates that the fatalities included owner Edward Haughey
Pilot of offshore helicopter issued distress call 45 miles from Sumburgh and was escorted to a safe landing by Coast Guard helicopter. Report suggests pilot had indication of a “pump failure” without providing more details. Aircraft grounded awaiting engineering support
Shortly after takeoff the pilot experienced yaw control difficulties, resulting in the loss of control of the helicopter and a subsequent crash landing. The pilot escaped with minor injuries. In the absence of any mechanical abnormalities, the most likely cause of the accident is a loss of tail rotor effectiveness.
Lakenheath-based Pave Hawk helicopter crashed during a night low-level training exercise due to a multiple bird strike, killing all four on board – named as Capt Christopher S. Stover, Capt Sean M. Ruane, Technical Sergeant Dale E. Mathews and Staff Sergeant Afton M. Ponce.. The helicopter went down between a beach car park at Cley and Eastbank, near Salthouse. See official report here
Reportedly a night landing involving tail rotor impacting trees (or the ground) – causing heavy and awkward landing with wheels dug into soft soil. Owner reported incident to police on 08-Dec-13 but accident may have been 07-Dec-13
EC135 helicopter crashes onto roof of a crowded bar during a live music gig at approx 10.25pm. Ten fatalities – the three in the helicopter and seven on the ground. 32 to hospital, of which 14 with serious injuries. Statements issued so far include those from Scottish Police, helicopter operator Bond Air Services, manufacturer Eurocopter, British authority CAA, and British accident investigators AAIB. The final report stated that both engines flamed out due to fuel starvation after the transfer pumps – which bring fuel from the main tank to each cell of the supply tank – were inexplicably switched off.
Fatalities named as pilot David Traill, police officers Tony Collins and Kirsty Nelis in the aircraft, and
Shortly after takeoff from an off-shore platform at night, the helicopter entered a series of extreme pitch excursions which resulted in the airspeed reducing below 20 kt, followed by a descent. The flight crew were eventually able to recover to normal flight. The helicopter had descended to within approximately 50 feet of the sea surface. It was found that the helicopter’s flight path was consistent with inappropriate control inputs. The investigation concluded that a combination of technical and organisational factors had pre-disposed the flight crew to believing that the helicopter was not performing correctly, which led them to depart from normal operating parameters. This resulted in the crew rapidly becoming disorientated to the extent that their ability to control the helicopter safely was compromised. Several safety actions have been taken by the helicopter operator.
The pilot noticed that the engine turbine temperature had increased to close to its maximum limit and prepared to make a precautionary landing. During the approach the indication returned to normal, so he decided to continue the short distance to his destination. As the helicopter climbed away, the engine failed. The pilot carried out a forced landing during which the tail boom struck the ground. He candidly commented that, on reflection, it would have been better to continue with the precautionary landing, rather than having to attempt a forced landing without power from low altitude.
CHC helicopter reported ditched in North Sea , 18 POB reported with 14 rescued and 4 fatalities named as Duncan Munro, 46, from Bishop Auckland, Sarah Darnley, 45, from Elgin, Gary McCrossan, 59, from Inverness, and George Allison, 57, from Winchester.
Aircraft grounded after problem involving netting across an astroturf sports field at a school. Needed engineer before it could fly, stayed overnight and departed next morning.