Latest Accident Reports

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16-Apr-22 N808LF Airbus AS350B3 Phoenix, US-Arizona

Rotors running refuel – FBO attendant was pulling the grounding cable from the fuel truck and the cable struck the main rotor blades Helicopter operates as “Native Air 7” from a base at Payson, AZ  ... Read more

15-Apr-22 N7516G Robinson R22 Gila Bend, US-Arizona (1F)

FAA : crashed in unknown circumstances... Read more

12-Apr-22 N426DB Robinson R44 Calhoun, US-Georgia

Gusty conditions caused helicopter to drift and main rotor blades struck building, ending on its port side.  4 POB, no injuries reported Helicopter with children inside crashes into building in Calhoun, officials say https://t.co/rYuoyFWXDi — 13WMAZ News (@13wmaznews) April 13, 2022  ... Read more

05-Apr-22 N999FR Robinson R22 Seymour, US-Texas

During herding operation, pilot landed and exited the aircraft with the blades still turning.  Sufficient inertia in the rotor system caused the helicopter to fall onto its side... Read more

02-Apr-22 N7057L Hughes 269A Fort White, US-Florida

FAA: “Crashed into a field for unknown reasons”... Read more

26-Mar-22 N288L Robinson R44 Myrtle Beach, US-South Carolina

Attempting to land at helipad, but ended up landing in car park and rolled over into bushes... Read more

25-Mar-22 N514CD Robinson R44 Rowlett, US-Texas (2F)

Helicopter descended from the sky in multiple pieces – tail rotor gearbox area separated from the boom, and then the boom separated from the cabin area – see video 2 POB received fatal injuries.  Student pilot was named here as Ty Wallis, while the instructor was named here as Lora Trout... Read more

22-Mar-22 N44DQ Robinson R44 Howe, US-Idaho

FAA – Minor damage under unknown circumstances... Read more

17-Mar-22 N500MZ Hughes 500D Adair, US-Iowa

Experienced engine problems during low level powerline operations.  Landed hard, starboard skid collapsed and helicopter rolled onto its starboard side... Read more

15-Mar-22 N99676 Airbus AS350B Valdez, US-Alaska

Heli skiiing operation.  On final approach to pick up some skiiers, the helicopter impacted the snow and rolled over... Read more

12-Mar-22 N761AF Sikorsky S76D Texarkana, US-Texas

Tail strike on landing at hospital helipad... Read more

10-Mar-22 N456PA Guimbal G2 Waterloo, US-Iowa

Emergency landing in field. No damage reported... Read more

09-Mar-22 N162MW Airbus EC135P1 Lincoln, US-Nebraska

Bird strike.  2 POB, neither injured... Read more

07-Mar-22 N29VA Airbus EC145 Abingdon, US-Virginia

Engine issues while landing on a trolley at night, pilot lost control and impacted the ground... Read more

04-Mar-22 G-MCGY Sikorsky S92 Plymouth, UK (1F)

Police statement – Two members of the public were injured as a HM Coastguard helicopter was landing at the helipad at Derriford. One person is being treated for their injuries and remains in hospital. The second injured person, a local woman in her 80’s, (named here as Jean Langan, 87) has since died; their next of kin... Read more

03-Mar-22 N183PS Robinson R44 Titusville, US-Florida

Shortly after take-off from Space Coast Regional Airport in Titusville, an emergency landing was made in a parking lot of a self-storage business following loss of engine power. Helicopter was heading to Northeast Florida Regional Airport in St. Augustine No damage is evident from the poor press image Helicopter makes emergency landing in Titusville parking... Read more

01-Mar-22 N2191 Bell 407 Fort Worth, US-Texas

Autorotations to a taxiway, and damaged a taxiway light... Read more

01-Mar-22 N786SH Robinson R22 Fallston, US-Maryland

Hover taxiing, caught a skid and fell onto its side... Read more

22-Feb-22 N615CK Sikorsky S61N Kekaha, US-Hawaii (4F)

Under contract to the US Navy, the helicopter was providing retrieval support for a routine training operation when the crash happened. Brian Beattie, Croman director of operations, said the Sikorsky S-61N had just retrieved an object from the water and was trying to drop it on the ground when something went wrong. Post crash fire All... Read more

20-Feb-22 N521HB MD Helicopters MD520N Newport Beach, US-California (1F)

Law enforcement helicopter crashed into shallow water, severely injuring the pilot and killing the passenger – named in the Huntington Beach Police statement as Nicolas Vella. This tweet suggests it was spinning out of control prior to hitting the water Investigation continues into cause of fatal police helicopter crash in Newport Beach – KTLA Los... Read more

20-Feb-22 N544SB Robinson R44 Miami, US-Florida

Crashed into the water close to a busy beach.  Three POB were seriously injured, and were named here as Morgan Geller, Rachelle Mussary Arkin, and Robert Arkin This afternoon at 1:10 p.m., MBPD received a call of a helicopter crash in the ocean near 10 Street. Police and @MiamiBeachFire responded to the scene along with... Read more

19-Feb-22 N1342X Bell 47G4A Titusville, US-Florida

Hard landing in field.  No injuries to 2 POB... Read more

17-Feb-22 N929WA Robinson R44 White Plains, US-New York

Dynamic roll-over while attempting to land on a dolly.  No injuries to pilot, only person on board... Read more

16-Feb-22 N72297 Bell UH-1 Coalinga, US-California (1F)

Helicopter involved in agricultural ops crashed under unknown circumstances – sole occupant pilot received fatal injuries – named here as Steven Wilson, 53 🚁💨 Inquiry Begins Into Fatal Helicopter Crash Near Coalinga Federal investigators have begun an inquiry into what caused a helicopter to crash near Coalinga, killing pilot Steven Wilson, 53, of Shafter. Full... Read more

11-Feb-22 N1023V Bell 47G2 Fallon, US-Nevada

Helicopter incurred a tail strike and then crashed onto the roof of a hangar, ending up on its port side. FAA incorrectly reported this as a Bell 407, rather than a Bell 47 as is evident in this image N1023V was not currently registered at the time of the accident.  FAA data shows it de-registered... Read more

17-Jan-22 N167RL Bell 407 Houma, US-Louisiana (2F)

FAA “aircraft crashed in unknown circumstances” Press reports “Local authorities were notified of the crash before noon by a citizen who reported seeing the aircraft lose altitude and then saw a “big splash of mud,” Lafourche Parish President Archie Chaisson said during a news conference” The two fatalities were named here as 30-year-old Dylan Horn... Read more

11-Jan-22 N531LN Airbus EC135P2 Drexel Hill, US-Pennsylvania

Pilot reported difficulties while flying and made emergency landing in built-up area – it appeared to be circling at low level in this doorbell footage  All four on board, including a baby of 2 months old, got out without further injury. Air Methods statement : Today an Air Methods owned aircraft experienced an accident in... Read more

08-Jan-22 G-DAAS Airbus H145 Dartmoor, UK

Press release: Devon Air Ambulance’s H145 Helicopter, G-DAAS has been parked on the Derriford Hospital Helipad since the afternoon of Saturday 8 January. This is as a result of damage the aircraft sustained during a HEMS (Helicopter Emergency Medical Service) task on Dartmoor. The aircraft skid was damaged during the landing on the moor, probably as a... Read more

06-Jan-22 Bell AH-1Z Wrightstown, US-New Jersey

US DoD statement – A Marine Corps AH-1Z with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron (HMLA) 773, Marine Aircraft Group 49, 4th Marine Aircraft Wing, Marine Forces Reserve, had a mishap at approximately 3:30 p.m. (EST) today in Wrightstown, N.J., outside Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst. There were no fatalities or civilian structure damage. Two personnel were on... Read more

06-Jan-22 G-OVNR Robinson R22 Denham, UK

Badly damaged in training accident... Read more

05-Jan-22 L170x MD Helicopters MD530F Hadath al-Jebbeh, Lebanon

Emergency landing after the soldiers on board heard a strange sound and they decided to make an emergency landing – the helicopter ended up on its side in a tree.  According to a press report, all on board of the helicopter are in good health. The Lebanese Army received six 530Fs from the US in... Read more

30-Dec-21 N8AU Bell 206B Livingston, US-Texas (1F)

1 fatal injury of the four on board when the helicopter came down on the edge of a wood nr Livingston.  Fatality named in this press report as  54-year-old Daniel King of Livingston while the survivors were named as pilot 73-year-old John Martin and passengers 26-year-old Braydon King and 23-year-old Brocton King At approximately 11:45... Read more

29-Dec-21 N544SC Robinson R44 Gatlinburg, US-Tennessee (1F)

Crashed east of Gatlinburg–Pigeon Forge Airport. Passenger Juli Wagner received fatal injuries and pilot Matthew Jones was 1 injured.  According to this press report, the U.S. Attorney’s office confirmed that Matthew Jones should not have been in Tennessee, or flying any aircraft, as he is facing a federal prosecution in Utah for mail fraud and... Read more

14-Dec-21 5146 Enstrom 480B Jiraprawat, Thailand (2F)

Crashed and burned out, with instructor and student receiving fatal injuries.  News reel shows one helicopter suddenly losing altitude in a long parade of 9+ helicopters.  One report indicates there was smoke was emanating from the helicopter while it was in flight. The fatalities were later named as Lt. Col. Panthong Banchongplaen, flight instructor and... Read more

14-Dec-21 N150AS Bell 407 LaPlace, US-Louisiana (1F)

Helicopter crashed on the eastbound carriageway of the Bonnet Carré Spillway Bridge on Interstate 10.  Aircraft was observed flying low, consistent with low cloud base and low visibility at the time.  Helicopter took out some powerlines, causing 20,000 people to be without electricity.  The helicopter was on fire post impact and completely burned out, as... Read more

14-Dec-21 N862YB Bell 407 Bridgeport, US-Texas

FAA – Training flight for power recovery practice.  Crashed over safety area on runway.  ... Read more

14-Dec-21 N8827F Hughes 269A Crowley, US-Texas

FAA: Pilot lost control while practicing on a private ranch, and rolled onto its side on landing.  No injuries reported to the 2 POB Helicopter is registered to an address in the town of the incident... Read more

13-Dec-21 N920PD Bell 429 New York, US-New York

Experienced engine issues in the hover, made a heavy landing damaging skids and underside of fuselage. New York Police Dept aircraft... Read more

12-Dec-21 N434PH Bell 407 Conroe, US-Texas

Controlled emergency landing after being unable to recover correctly from practice autorotation landing... Read more

11-Dec-21 ZS-HXG Bell 206L Ultimate HP, South Africa

Helicopter appeared to lose power on final approach and landed very heavily just short of the helipad.  Location was adjacent to an earth bank, which the main blades hit.  Fuselage creased on aft starboard side, and images show oil as having leaked from the engine – but it is not known whether this was prior... Read more

10-Dec-21 RA-07397 Robinson R66 Lake Karakul, Russia (1F)

Crashed in mountainous region near Lake Karakul on flight from Novokuznetsk (Kemerovo region).  Pilot received fatal injuries... Read more

09-Dec-21 N401TB CHR Safari 400 McKinney, US-Texas

After performing some maintenance work on an amateur build helicopter, the pilot carried out a test flight.  In a low hover there was an explosion which caused the helicopter to crash from low level and subsequently burn out. Pilot to hospital with burns. Helicopter believed to be a CHR (Canadian Home Rotors) Safari 400 from... Read more

08-Dec-21 ZP5164 Mil Mi-17V5 Coonoor, India (14F)

India’s top military commander has been killed in a helicopter crash in the southern state of Tamil Nadu, the country’s Air Force says. Chief of Defence Staff Gen Bipin Rawat, his wife and 11 others died after the Mi-17V5 helicopter came down in hills near Coonoor city on Wednesday morning.  Images show that the helicopter... Read more

03-Dec-21 N7116L Robinson R22 Hachita, US-New Mexico

Crashed during low level cattle operations on a ranch.  FAA report “unknown” injury level to the pilot, the only person on board. Noted that the same owner had a fatal Robinson R22 accident on 04-Dec-98 – see NTSB DEN99FA024... Read more

02-Dec-21 N911PH MD Helicopters MD500E Chesterfield, US-Missouri

Main blades sliced tail boom on training flight while practicing autorotations St. Louis County Police helicopter damaged at Spirit of St. Louis https://t.co/g4nPl1NaYe — KMOV (@KMOV) December 2, 2021... Read more

28-Nov-21 N59600 Bell 206B Perry, US-Oklahoma (1F)

Crashed under unknown circumstances, caught fire and completely burned out.  Pilot received fatal injuries passenger had serious injuries. Address quoted in press report equates to address on FAA register for owner Jeff A Henke... Read more

25-Nov-21 H-0433 Bell UH-1H Ñu Guasu, Paraguay (3F)

Three of the four on board the helicopter received fatal injuries in a training accident Two of the deceased were named in this tweet as Gustavo Velazco Acosta, Lieutenant Andrea Cubilla and Sergeant Gustavo Arzamendia Se confirmó el fallecimiento de 2 personas tras la caída del Helicóptero de la FFAA en Luque. En total habían 4... Read more

22-Nov-21 N307TC Leonardo AW169 Bastrop, US-Texas

Bird strike on climb-out from hospital helipad, damaging windscreen and beam.  ADSB data shows helicopter continued its 12 minute flight back to base... Read more

22-Nov-21 N102LD Rotorway Exec 162F Scio, US-Oregon

FAA : Flipped over on takeoff after tail rotor was struck by something Press Report : Pilot (named as 74-year-old Jack Elvin) quoted as saying “mechanical failure when trying to land” Sheriff: 74-year-old pilot walks away unharmed after helicopter crash near Scio https://t.co/QmVNB8p8Op — Fox12Oregon (@fox12oregon) November 23, 2021... Read more

21-Nov-21 OE-XCE Bell 429WLG Wiener Neustadt, Austria (1F)

Crashed and caught fire on landing.  Weather reported as foggy.  Pilot was the only person on board.... Read more

20-Nov-21 PNC-0715 Bell UH-1H II Subachoque, Colombia (3F)

Police helicopter on counter-narcotics operation crashed for unknown reasons.  Initial reports (example) show foggy conditions, which may have been contributory.  Two fatalities of the six on board as a result of the accident, with a third death confirmed a short time later from the hospital Colombian vice president Marta Lucia Ramirez tweeted the names of... Read more

20-Nov-21 LN-OOS Airbus H145 Kongsvikdalen, Norway

Air ambulance on a mission to help three persons that were lost in the mountains. The helicopter had to wait in heavy snow showers while boarding the passengers. The crew were aware of a power line they had to be careful to avoid while navigating out of the valley. Due to the heavy snow the... Read more

19-Nov-21 N221HG Robinson R22 Dayton, US-Ohio

Tail rotor struck ground on take-off... Read more

15-Nov-21 N103WC Bell OH-58A Molalla, US-Oregon

Experienced engine issues while in low level ops (Christmas tree harvesting).  Main blades struck tail boom... Read more

14-Nov-21 D-HOHL Hughes 300C Grimma, Germany

Heavily damaged in emergency landing, but remained upright on its skids.  Tail boom was not attached to the cabin.  Two people on board only suffered minor injuries See image  ... Read more

13-Nov-21 N902CH MD Helicopters MD902 Springfield, US-Missouri

While en route from a scene request to a Springfield hospital, the aircraft was illuminated repeatedly by a blue laser.  The individual tracked the aircraft with the laser for approximately 3-5 minutes.  The laser was behind us and would illuminate and wash out the cabin with light.  The incident was reported to ATC while it... Read more

10-Nov-21 N3027W Robinson R44 Fort Davis, US-Texas

FAA : Helicopter lost lift due to density altitude, crashed to the ground and rolled over.  Pilot and two passengers had minor injuries... Read more

10-Nov-21 N619DE Bell 407 Eloy, US-Arizona

Force landing on a road after paraglider tether caught on the skid... Read more

31-Oct-21 N132BR Bell 47D.1 Zelienople, US-Pennsylvania

Crashed into a field shortly after take-off... Read more

28-Oct-21 N27TK Bell 206L3 Covelo, US-California

Low level photo mission with door off.  Passenger removed jacket which was sucked out, caught on the stabilizer and then the tail rotor, causing helicopter to crash.  Pilot and three passengers reported as not injured, but helicopter reported as substantially damaged... Read more

28-Oct-21 N4058C Robinson R22 Riverside, US-California

Emergency landing on the shoulder of Interstate 15.  The helicopter is so new, it is still registered to the manufacturer and not yet to the first customer... Read more

26-Oct-21 V5-HOC Bell 206L1 Mhlambanyatsi, Eswatini (1F)

Crashed into wooded area and consumed in post crash fire.  The pilot died in the accident and was later identified in this article as Gary Fox. A helicopter has crashed and burned at the Mhlambanyatsi forests in the early hours of Tuesday morning. #Eswatinihttps://t.co/OAMcCOAcpc — Independent News Eswatini (@inewseswatini) October 26, 2021  ... Read more

23-Oct-21 LV-CVE Airbus Bo105 Buenos Aires, Argentina

Medical helicopter had landed on the highway to assist at an accident involving two trucks.  The road had NOT been closed to traffic, and another truck drove past too close, causing the tips of the main blades to strike and damage the truck, with the impact moving the helicopter on its skids across the tarmac. ... Read more

21-Oct-21 N442UK Robinson R44 Sevierville, US-Tennessee

Emergency landing shortly after take-off.  FAA say damage level “unknown”... Read more

20-Oct-21 PR-ITT Robinson R66 Ponta Porã, Brazil (2F)

Brazilian airport authority Infraero refers to the flight as “illegal”. Helicopter was carrying 246kg of cocaine, crashed and burned out in an open field, killing both occupants, named here as Matheus Henrique dos Santos Venancio (aged 20) and Pedro Augusto Boim (aged 24).  Image issued by Police... Read more

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