Engine failed while hovering over mountainous terrain. Heavy landing and helicopter rolled onto its side. Pilot not injured
Helicopter was being operated for HighGold Mining, who issued this related press release
Accident pilot was dropping off 2 heli-ski clients at a 6,000 foot msl mountain ridge line site, requiring him to preform a “toe in” landing. While hovering, but with the toes of the skids resting on the up-sloping field, and the two skiers disembarked, the main rotor blades contacted an area of rocky terrain. The pilot then flew downhill for an emergency landing. The helicopter rolled to the right after touchdown on snow-covered terrain.
The pilot reported he was conducting an approach in flat light conditions, visibility was decreasing, and during a turn, the right skid impacted terrain. The pilot reported the helicopter then came to rest on its side and he egressed from the cockpit. Substantial damage sustained to the helicopter. The purpose of the flight was to extract a work crew.
Crew of three stranded by weather on a volcano after freezing rain left thick ice on their helicopter. The three were identified as pilot Sam Egli, USGS geophysicist John Paskievitch and University of Alaska-Fairbanks researcher Taryn Lopez
Impacted terrain while maneuvering during an SAR flight near Talkeetna, Alaska. The airline transport pilot, an Alaska state trooper serving as a flight observer for the pilot, and a stranded snowmobiler who had requested rescue were killed, and the helicopter was destroyed by impact and postcrash fire.
On landing, pilot looked to ensure tail rotor clearance and inadvertently inputted cyclic. Helicopter rolled up on one skid and main rotor blades struck the ground. Helicopter was involved in load lifting operations
En route to pick up miners at the remote site when the helicopter crashed into the side of a hill and rolled a considerable distance, killing the pilot -Â later named as James Hopper, 63
A PZL SW4 has crashed at Fairbanks International Airport while operating there for “Cold Weather Testing”.Â 3POB.Â The incident happened at 2:23 p.m. and the temperature at the airport was minus 36 degrees that afternoon, according to the National Weather Service.