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28-Dec-18 N8319T Robinson R22 Hayward, US-California

Remained upright in very heavy emergency landing on golf course after tail rotor birdstrike reported.  Tail hit ground, skids collapsed.  Training flight from nearby Hayward Executive airport – instructor and student not seriously injured

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20-May-17 6595 Airbus HH-65 Berkeley, US-California

Emergency landing after the autopilot system failed and a crew member smelled something electrical burning.  Helicopter removed from site by road back to base at CGAS San Francisco

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05-May-17 N981RR Robinson R44 Santa Barbara, US-California

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

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10-Dec-15 N408FC Bell 407 McFarland, US-California (4F)

EMS helicopter “went down in dense fog in an area known to have overhead powerlines”, killing all four on board – pilot, flight nurse, flight paramedic and patient

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18-Nov-15 N711BE Airbus AS350B3 Carlsbad, US-California (2F)

Landing on trolley pad went wrong – aircraft tipped back and hit tail on ground twice, then lurched forward and crashed, breaking off the main blades and tail.  Lack of tail rotor then started the fuselage spinning on the ground, which it did dozens of times (see track in this video) before gradually coming to a halt and finally catching fire

Both occupants suffered fatal injuries – named as 65-year-old pilot Bruce Allen Erickson (chairman of American Bank – Montana) and 60- year-old passenger Wayne Frank Lewis, his real estate agent.

Just moments before spinning out of control, the pilot is reported as saying to ATC that the ground handler(s) had not chocked the wheeled landing trolley, and thus the downdraft made it a moving target, and could have been contributory to the accident.

This AS350B3 was registered N711BE.  The registration is currently showing in FAA records as reserved by Mr Erickson, but not allocated to a given airframe.  This is likely to be an admin “pace” issue.  N711BE was previously allocated to Mr Erickson’s Bell 407, which he sold recently

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18-Nov-15 N36RX Eurocopter EC135P2e Apple Valley, US-California

The crew was conducting an approach to a landing zone inside of a public safety training center. During the approach, a towel was sucked up into the Fenestron tail rotor system resulting in substantial damage. The towel came out of an unsecured trailer next to the landing zone.

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24-Oct-15 N911WL Airbus AS350B3 Folsom Lake, US-California

Partial loss of engine power during autorotation flare. Hard landing.French report says “substantial damage” but local press report shows

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15-Aug-15 N120LA Bell 412EP Whittier, US-California

Emergency landing in a cemetery, during which the main blades sliced the tail boom off.  Helicopter substantially damaged but remained on its skids

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14-Aug-15 N15HX Bell 205A-1 La Verne, US-California

Struck powerlines and made a controlled landing in Angeles National Forest.  Substantially damaged

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23-Jul-15 N520NS Robinson R22 Corona, US-California

Substantially damaged after “force landing in the dirt” (FAA)

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12-Jul-15 N498PT Airbus AS350B Bridgeport, US-California

On landing, object flew out and struck blades

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08-Jul-15 N3QY Bell 206L4 Sacramento, US-California

Force landed on school property.  FAA has no other details, but industry forum suggesting engine failure.  Helicopter is operated by TV station KCRA

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29-Jun-15 Airbus MH-65 San Francisco, US-California

Landing accident on post maintenance test flight.  ended up on its side

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20-Jun-15 N4427F Bell 47G5 Salinas, US-California (1F)

Crashed in low level agricultural work after impacting a fence, killing pilot Frank Gomes Jnr.  Ground crewmen who worked for the operator had just refilled the fertilizer tank on the helicopter prior to its last departure. When the helicopter did not return for its scheduled rinse load the crewmen drove out to the field to be sprayed and observed that the helicopter had crashed on a road near a field. Neither ground crewmen witnessed the crash but stated that the fog was thick and visibility was between 10 and 20 feet at the time of the accident.

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27-May-15 N138HA Hiller UH-12E Wasco, US-California

Crashed from low level into an onion field during agricultural operations.  Pilot seriously injured, including both legs broken and 80% burns in the post-crash fire

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11-May-15 Bell AH-1W South Gate, US-California

Emergency landing Monday in the bed of the Los Angeles River near South Gate due to electrical problem.  No injuries to 2 POB or damage to the helicopter.  Military registration not known, but carries squadron code 423 by the nose

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17-Apr-15 N103CG MD Helicopters MD520 Burbank, US-California

Bird strike, breaking an antenna. Safe emergency landing made

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15-Apr-15 Sikorsky CH-53E Solana Beach, US-California

Emergency landing on public beach after reported oil leak

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28-Mar-15 N130HA Hiller UH-12E Fresno, US-California

Lost power and landed in a tree

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03-Mar-15 N4003S Robinson R22 San Bernardino, US-California

Landing accident, extensively damaged

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01-Mar-15 N960LA Airbus AS350B2 Santa Clarita, US-California

Sheriff helicopter made emergency landing in fields of Hart High School due to lightning

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27-Feb-15 N4774S Bell 47G2A Ivanhoe, US-California

Agricultural aircraft hit powerlines and came down in orange orchard.  Pilot seriously injured and airlifted to hospital

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26-Feb-15 N834CS Airbus EC13P2e Vacaville, US-California

Precautionary landing shortly after take-off

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13-Feb-15 N8311A Robinson R22 Riverside, US-California

Minor damage on landing

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01-Feb-15 N510KJ Robinson R44 Calexico, US-California

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.

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20-Jan-15 Sikorsky UH-60 Ramona, US-California

Routine night training mission.  Helicopter ended up on its side.  2 injured

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19-Jan-15 N3202Q Bell 206 Calabasas, US-California

Emergency landing in baseball field.  Engineer called.  No damage.

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29-Dec-14 N6522 Robinson R22 Huntingdon Beach, US-California

Unknown damage in force landing

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10-Oct-14 N229LA Eurocopter AS350B2 Los Angeles, US-California

Emergency night landing in public park

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07-Oct-14 N603CF AgustaWestland AW119 Chiriaco Summit, US-California

Tail rotor struck fence at airport

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04-Sep-14 N217HP Eurocopter AS350B3 Lincoln, US-California

Heavy autorotation landing, damaging helicopter

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02-Sep-14 N516PJ MD Helicopters MD500D Willow, US-California

Pilot Ron Chaplin injured when helicopter came down during low level powerline work

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28-Aug-14 N991SD Airbus AS350B3 Hemet, US-California

The Riverside County Sheriff press release says “On 08/28/2014 at approximately 11:00 AM the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Aviation Unit was conducting training exercises with a department helicopter. While low-flying over the Hemet / Ryan Airport runway the helicopter crashed. Sheriff’s personnel operating the helicopter were transported to a local area hospital for treatment of minor injuries. The cause of the crash is being investigated by FAA.

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18-Jul-14 N47DT Bell 47G2A Merced, US-California

Agricultural ops – crashed in field after hitting powerline

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20-Jun-14 N681SH Robinson R22 Long Beach, US-California

Rolled onto its side on landing

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03-Jun-14 N78291 Rotorway Exec 162F Merced, US-California

Crashed into field and landed on its side in crop over 1m tall.  Only skids visible in photos

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26-May-14 Weaverville, US-California

Homebuild helicopter, according to press story.  Pilot to hospital

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23-May-14 N4081H Robinson R22 Santa Paula, US-California (1F)

County fire spokesman said the helicopter apparently clipped and downed power lines before crashing. A brush fire broke out that burned less than an acre before it was put out.  Fatal injuries to sole occupant pilot – named here as Philip Margolis

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18-May-14 N16414 Bell 47G Bakersfield, US-California

Skid caught on ground handling trailer on take-off and rolled onto its side

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03-May-14 N7895B Bell 47G Whittier, US-California

Partial engine failure and hard landing and roll-over onto port side.  Minor injuries to 2 POB.  100 gallons of fuel spilt, but no fire.

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27-Apr-14 N606BP MD Helicopters MD600N Adelanto, US-California

Crashed on take-off, hit ground hard and rolled over.  THe helicopter appears to have lost its anti-torque system, causing it to start to spin as it lifted off.  Significantly damaged.  One of three POB airflifted to hospital

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27-Mar-14 N497E Bell OH-58A Tehachapi, US-California

Helicopter was damaged in hard landing around 1.48am, but the pilot was able to regain control and fly it back to the Tehachapi Airport.

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17-Mar-14 N229LA Eurocopter AS350B2 Los Angeles, US-California

Emergency night landing around 1.30am in stadium parking lot.  Engineer called

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20-Jan-14 N916PD Bell OH-58A Sacramento, US-California

Precautionary landing in public park.  Engineer called

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09-Dec-13 N36MV Hiller UH-12E Chowchilla, US-California

Helicopter was hovering low over orchards on a standard frost-mitigation operation.  Problem at low level after the helicopter had been running for about 10 hours straight (bar fuel stops), and landed in crop with main blades striking tail boom on the way.  Pilot Stephen Streeter.

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23-Nov-13 N368RW Schweizer 300C Bakersfield, US-California

Minor rotor blade damage on departure

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05-Nov-13 N70KA Robinson R44 Newport Beach, US-California (1F)

Passenger opened door and jumped out over the ocean near Balboa Pier.  Rescuers performed CPR on the beach but he was pronounced dead at hospital.  The pilot’s father described in an interview how his son tried in vain to stop the other passenger jumping out.  A suicide note was found later, and the deceased’s relatives said he had previously had mental health issues.

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01-Nov-13 N916PD Bell OH-58A Folsom Lake, US-California

Wire strike.  Wire cut by fitted “wire strike protection system” and helicopter landed safely.  Slight damage on nose where wire first struck, and port windshield broken.

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11-Oct-13 N206KK Bell 206L1 Seely, US-California

Force landed in the desert due to smoke in the cabin.  Pilot and two passengers got out OK.  Helicopter consumed by fire

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29-Sep-13 Bell 47G Guadalupe, US-California

Struck powerlines on agricultural operations, cutting power to around 500 homes.  In ensuing manoeuvre, main blades cut tail boom.  Pilot not injured

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13-Sep-13 N15LA Sikorsky S70A Sylmar, US-California

Emergency landing on hillside. Helicopter needed roading out for repair. The helicopter was en route to a brush fire in the city of La Verne

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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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11-Sep-13 N7836S Bell 47G5 King City, US-California

Substantially damaged in force landing on road

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28-Aug-13 N922SD MD Helicopters MD500E Easton, US-California

Emergency night landing in school field after experiencing unusual rotor blade vibration.  Attended to by engineer next day on site.  Pilot named by CBS47 as Johnny Reyes

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04-Aug-13 N90146 Bell 206B Gonzales, US-California

Crashed into Braga Ranch lettuce field near Chualar River Road in Gonzales after reported engine failure. Pilot Doug Walker was not injured. Helicopter ended up on its side, tail boom cut by main blades

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24-Jun-13 N419MA Bell 222UT Barstow, US-California

Landed close to a highway and suffered unknown damage

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19-Jun-13 N90301 Bell 206B Redding, US-California

Precautionary landing on a logging road

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06-Jun-13 N915BW Robinson R44 Los Angeles, US-California

Pilot experienced mechanical issue, made immediate heavy landing, bounced and fell onto its side.  Four POB minor injuries only.

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10-May-13 Irvine, US-California

Sheriff helicopter made emergency field landing after reporting engine problems

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04-May-13 N911RN Bell OH-58A Somerton, US-California

Spraying accident at night

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25-Mar-13 N90570 Hughes 300C Rialto, US-California

Landing gear collapsed

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16-Feb-13 Woodland, US-California

Helicopter was powered-up but still on the ground, when the engineer reached in through the open door and hit a lever, causing it to take off to a few feet altitude and then crash onto its side away from the engineer.  A second person was present, but it is unclear from the press report whether they were in the helicopter or  not.  The crash caused the engine to separate

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10-Feb-13 N59518 Bell 206B Acton, US-California (3F)

Three killed when a JetRanger went down at 3.42am on a reality TV shoot on a remote ranch.  Helicopter had been supplied via Crossbow Helicopters, who act as brokers between film companies and helicopter operators.  Photos posted of this 206 on Orbic Air’s website (example) in the last few weeks indicate that it carried their titles as operator.  Casualties named as pilot David Gibbs, 59, cinematographer Darren Rydstrom, 46, and Michael Donatelli, 45 – they were involved in filming for the Discovery Channel.

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10-Feb-13 N802KA Bell 206B Paso Robles, US-California

Helicopter destroyed per FAA data

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08-Jan-13 N911PT Bell OH-58C Lemoore, US-California

Helicopter on agricultural ops crashed near HWY 41 and Harlan Ave. near the Fresno Co and Kings Co border

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03-Jan-12 N14841 Bell 47G5A Huron, US-California

Hit powerlines (note, reg assumed correct but FAA accident report states it is a 47J whereas register and MSN suggest G5A)

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02-Jan-13 N828AC Bell 206 Delano, US-California (1F)

Helicopter was one of a pair on low level frost control flight over a vineyard.  Weather reported as foggy.  Pilot named as Karen L. Johnson, age 62

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12-Dec-12 Sikorsky MH-60R North Island NAS, US-California

Heavy landing, all 4 POB hospitalized, post crash fire, live ammunition on board

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07-Dec-12 N818CE Hughes 500D Valencia, US-California

Substantial damage after unsecured item from cabin struck aircraft

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25-Nov-12 N4204A Robinson R44 Corona, US-California (1F)

Helicopter exploded after striking fuel bay canopy.  Sole occupant pilot was killed.  Occurred at 11.08pm local time.  The casualty was later named as owner James Belcher

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19-Nov-12 N222RX Bell 222U Santa Maria, US-California

Post flight inspection revealed damage following bird strike

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17-Nov-12 N911FA Bell OH-58A Altadena, US-California

Low level collision between one helicopter landing and the other taking off from the adjacent pad.  N911FA ended up on its skids, main blades missing and damage to rear cabin area after apparently being hit by main blades of N98BM.  Boom of N911FA still attached (just) but fallen to ground at tail.  Six to hospital, two in each helicopter plus two on the ground.  On Monday 19th, Chief Phillip Sanchez provided a list of those affected – The two pilots are Officer Carol Eldridge and Officer Markus Mendenhall, and the commanding officer on board was Lt. Michael Ingram. The others were Lt. Randell Taylor, Officer Ryan Smith and an unidentified civilian contractor.

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17-Nov-12 N96BM Bell OH-58A Altadena, US-California

Low level collision between one helicopter landing and the other taking off from the adjacent pad.  N98BM ended up on its skids, main blades missing and damage to front cabin area after apparently being hit by main blades of N911FA.  Six to hospital, two in each helicopter plus two on the ground.  On Monday 19th, Chief Phillip Sanchez provided a list of those affected – The two pilots are Officer Carol Eldridge and Officer Markus Mendenhall, and the commanding officer on board was Lt. Michael Ingram. The others were Lt. Randell Taylor, Officer Ryan Smith and an unidentified civilian contractor.

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11-Nov-11 Carlsbad, US-California

Out of control fixed wing veered off runway and struck parked/unattended helicopter

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29-Oct-12 N905HA Bell 407 Bakersfield, US-California

Blade delamination caused unusual vibration levels which prompted crew to investigate and then change aircraft before they took off

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