Latest Accident Reports

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20-Apr-21 (serial TBC) Airbus UH-72A New Brockton, US-Alabama

Training accident, further details awaited.  Two POB both to hospital... Read more

19-Apr-21 N516MT Bell 407 Columbia, US-South Carolina

FAA report emergency field landing for this air ambulance helicopter... Read more

17-Apr-21 RA-20977 Mil Mi-2 Ilsky, Russia (1F)

Helicopter crashed during low level agricultural spraying operations.  Pilot received fatal injuries  ... Read more

14-Apr-21 N369PD MD Helicopters 500E Atlanta, US-Georgia

Emergency landing on golf course.  FAA report did not supply any further details.  ... Read more

13-Apr-21 148825 Sikorsky CH-148 Halifax, Canada

Precautionary off-airfield landing in a local park on a training flight.  No apparent damage.  Helicopter was towed back to base by road (10 kilometers)... Read more

11-Apr-21 VT-YMA Leonardo AW109SP Madavana, India

Corporate helicopter owned by LuLu International who issued this statement (from Outlook India) regarding the incident, which involved their CEO “Yusuff Ali, currently in Kerala, was on a short trip from his home in Kochi to visit a relative at a nearby hospital. Due to the sudden deterioration of weather conditions and heavy rains, the... Read more

09-Apr-21 N421PB Airbus H120 LeRoy, US-Kansas

Heavy landing in a garden on grass.  Skids splayed out.  Press report states pilot was Tereso T Orozco, 64, of Topeka, and passenger was Kenneth David Norman, 48, of Sunnyvale, Texas.  Neither were injured... Read more

08-Apr-21 N9274 Enstrom 28A Springdale, US-Arkansas

FAA – Skid stuck in mud while hover training, bending the skid... Read more

08-Apr-21 N258LE Bell OH-58A Naples, US-Florida

Successful emergency landing made on football pitch, following a possible governor failure that happened shortly after the aircraft left Naples Municipal Airport... Read more

07-Apr-21 B-70S5 Bell 407GXi Lingbao City, China

Emergency landing in a car park, landed heavily and skids splayed out after the helicopter started spinning in the air, suggesting a tail rotor issue (see video below) 2 minor injuries of 4 POB.  This was a training flight by a company intending to use the helicopter for sightseeing.  One report said that they do... Read more

07-Apr-21 N830AC Airbus AS332L1 Sherwood, US-Oregon

Helicopter dropped load, pinning person to the ground.  Load was a swimming pool shell weighing 2000lb (907kg), which fell 50 ft onto a person standing below. Canadian operator Coldstream Helicopters reported four weeks ago on their Facebook that they had purchased this aircraft.  Victim to hospital by road ambulance... Read more

05-Apr-21 N8348X Robinson R44 Johnson, US-Kansas

Loss of control while hovering (FAA).  2POB not injured... Read more

04-Apr-21 N145SD Airbus EC145 Sioux Falls, US-South Dakota

During positioning flight back to base, VFR at night, the co-pilot’s door sliding window fell out.  Pilot diverted from intended route and landed at Sioux Falls Regional Airport without further incident.... Read more

03-Apr-21 N577DD Robinson R66 Riegle, US-Pennsylvania

Helicopter was inbound from Harrisburg, PA and ended upright after a very heavy landing.   The tail boom chopped off and the floats had popped out, the latter likely due to the landing impact. Pilot was the only POB. Image from Pennlive report... Read more

03-Apr-21 F-HPTI Guimbal G2 St-Georges-de-Reneins, France

Training flight – sloping ground –  student hovers and places the helicopter facing the wind. At fifteen meters above the ground, a clicking sound is heard by the crew and the instructor takes over. He made a U-turn to land where he had just taken off. During landing, landing slid downwind, the helicopter bounces then... Read more

03-Apr-21 N74347 Robinson R22 Baltimore, US-Maryland

FAA report “tail rotor strike during hover manoevres”... Read more

02-Apr-21 G-JDHN Rotorway Exec Ledbury, UK

Press image shows helicopter on its side in an open field.  2POB, injuries reported as “not serious”  ... Read more

31-Mar-21 I-MIAT Airbus H125 Bisaccia, Italy

Helicopter was involved in loadlifting operations, and lost altitude suddenly , crashing into trees as seen below in the image from Vigili del Fuoco.  37 year old pilot was the only POB and was taken to hospital... Read more

30-Mar-21 OK-WHA-84 Helisport CH-77 Dobřichovice, Czech Republic (2F)

Helicopter crashed in an open field, killing both on board.  ... Read more

30-Mar-21 G-EMEB Airbus H175 Mariner A Platform, UK

Offshore rig helideck surface block collapsed, trapping the starboard main wheel.  Unclear at present whether the collapse was caused by the wheel or the integrity of the block.  Anonymously supplied images can be seen at both links below The Mariner field is in UK Block 9/11a in the northern North Sea approximately 95 miles east... Read more

29-Mar-21 D-HRUT Schweizer 300C Schwarze Heide, Germany

Crashed during low level manoeuvre on training flight. The 60-year-old instructor from Krefeld was slightly injured, and the 52-year-old student pilot was uninjured, the police reported. Both got out of the wreckage unaided.  Image from Ruhr Nachrichten report  ... Read more

27-Mar-21 MM81970 Leonardo AW169 Bolzano, Italy

Substantially damaged in ground running incident prior to take-off (see video below).  The explanation is approximately as follows:-  Nose wheel is locked (should have unlocked in pre-taxi check list).  Pilot then tries to taxi and turn left but the aircraft doesn’t respond as expected.  After a pause, the nose wheel is unlocked, but without first... Read more

26-Mar-21 N351SH Airbus AS350B3 Palmer, US-Alaska (5F)

Helicopter crashed on Knik Glacier, killing five of the six POB.  The helicopter appears to have hit the mountain 10-15 feet below a ridgeline at an elevation of about 5,500 feet. The helicopter then rolled 800-900 feet downhill.  Alaska State Troopers identified the deceased as: 52-year-old Colorado resident Gregory Harms 56-year-old Czech Republic resident Petr... Read more

25-Mar-21 OK-GUI Guimbal G2 Kladno, Czech Republic

Helicopter crashed from 10-15m to the ground suddenly during a dual training flight.  Both POB airlifted to hospital with injuries image- tydenikpolicie.cz... Read more

04-Feb-21 N820H Bell 206B Pahokee, US-Florida

While conducting low level nighttime frost control operations, the helicopter dropped to the ground, rolled over and caught fire.  No injury reported to the 2 POB... Read more

02-Feb-21 (tba) Sikorsky UH-60 Lucky Peak, US-Idaho (3F)

Night training mission in a routinely used area.  In a press conference (video, 7m50s) Lt. Col. Nicole Washington noted that the weather was poor, with snow and a low ceiling of fog that affected both the subject flight and later search efforts for the victims.  The Guard named those on board as Chief Warrant Officer 4 Jesse Anderson,... Read more

30-Jan-21 N660TN Robinson R66 Arline, US-Tennessee

Crashed 5 minutes after taking off from McGhee Tyson Airport  ... Read more

30-Jan-21 ZS-RWZ Airbus AS350B3 Grand Central, South Africa

Hit the ground and rolled over during low level training flight Student pilot was named as professional boxer Kevin “Two Guns” Lerena   Facebook... Read more

29-Jan-21 CU-H1457 Mil Mi-8 Mesura, Cuba (5F)

Helicopter was one of three making the same route within minutes of each other.  This helicopter impacted terrain and all 5POB received fatal injuries – named here as Pilot: Ernesto Ivan Verdecia Diaz Copilot: Luis Miguel González Santana Flight Engineer: Nivaldo García Herrera Bodyguard: Yoani Alarcón Ramirez Bodyguard: Osneiviz Pedro Martinez Reyes  ... Read more

27-Jan-21 CC-ATY Bell 212 Olivar, Chile

Remained upright in very heavy landing.  Engine fire.  Skids collapsed, boom detached.  Pilot (only person on board) airlifted to Rancagua hospital Chilean Army photo from Twitter... Read more

26-Jan-21 (reg/type tba) La Mosquitia, Honduras

Emergency landing after receiving gunshot fire during drug interception operation.  Helicopter landed safely but damaged... Read more

26-Jan-21 N474AT Robinson R22 West Palm Beach, US-Florida

Heavy autorotation landing.  FAA report damage as Substantial... Read more

22-Jan-21 N60BK MD Helicopters MD600 Mankato, US-Minnesota

FAA report substantially damaged after main rotors contacted strawline.  2 POB not injured... Read more

22-Jan-21 N90TG MD Helicopters MD500E Queen Creek, US-Arizona

FAA report helicopter was substantially damaged after loss of tail rotor effectiveness on approach to land... Read more

21-Jan-21 ZT-RRT Bell 430 Bergville, South Africa (5F)

Crashed and caught fire, killing all five POB. The deceased were named here as Dr Kgopotso Rudolph Mononyane, an anaesthetist, Dr Curnick Siyabonga (Sia) Mahlangu a cardiothoracic surgeon and Mpho Xaba, a specialist theatre nurse for cardiothoracic and transplant, all from Netcare Milpark Hospital; Sinjin Joshua Farrance, an advanced life support paramedic at Netcare 911,... Read more

20-Jan-21 YV200T MD Helicopters MD500E Guanare, Venezuela (4F)

Helicopter impacted lake.  All four POB died in the accident.  When the helicopter was recovered, one blade was missing and the tail boom had been sliced off.  Pilot named in this report as Elio Marcaccio while passengers Moisés Selvi and Euclides Quintero, and a unnamed 14 year-old were added from this report... Read more

19-Jan-21 ZS-HUC Bell 206B Ceres, South Africa

Helicopter involved in low level agricultural work.  Struck wires and crashed to the ground.  Pilot suffered fatal injuries... Read more

16-Jan-21 517 Bell UH-1H Busdi, Philippines (7F)

Two UH-1s flying together and the pilot of the second aircraft remarked that he could see smoke from the engine of the first aircraft.   The pilot of the first aircraft advised that they were turning back, but as it maneuvered, it nosedived, according to reports.  The pilot reportedly made sure they would not crash land on a group... Read more

16-Jan-21 UR-ASD Robinson R44 Borispol, Ukraine

Details unclear, apart from ending up on its port side as below Source... Read more

15-Jan-21 PH-TTR Airbus H135 Almere, Netherlands

Bird strike on night flight took out the port lower windshield.  Emergency landing made at Amsterdam Heliport.  Recording of ATC conversation in this YouTube video  ... Read more

14-Jan-21 (reg tba) Leonardo AW??? Yashlyk, Turkmenistan (3F)

Helicopter crashed with the loss of all 3 POB after contacting powerlines.  Weather conditions were reported as low visibility.  Some reports say “AgustaWestland helicopter” and this probably means an AW109, given the Turkmen Border Guard are known to operate them.  AW139 and AW101 helicopters are also operated by the local military. Date not certain.  This... Read more

13-Jan-21 (serial tba) Mil Mi-24 Wad Zayed, Sudan

Crashed shortly after taking off from an airport.  All on board survived (Mi-24 is best guess at type.  3POB and an “attack helicopter” seem reasonably likely to be correct.  “Apache” clearly is not.  However, image issued by the Sudan News Agency shows the aft end of the tail boom and stinger of an AW109 –... Read more

13-Jan-21 N7480F Hughes 300C Spanish Fork, US-Utah

Field landing after reported engine failure on a training flight. No injuries reported to 2POB... Read more

12-Jan-21 N552DR Hiller UH-12C Lafayette, US-Indiana

Port side skid got caught on take-off, causing helicopter to fall onto its side. FAA report Substantially damaged, no injuries to 2 POB... Read more

12-Jan-21 F-HAGO Schweizer 300CBi Eze, France

Helicopter made an emergency landing on a mountain top and ended up nose down in the snow with its sliced tail boom pointing skywards and part of the tail rotor on the ground beside it  ... Read more

10-Jan-21 ZU-RAJ Aerospatiale SE313 Brits, South Africa (1F)

Helicopter ended up submerged in a river, reasons currently unclear Pilot freed himself, swam to river bank and called for help.  Male passenger freed, but female passenger trapped and declared dead at scene... Read more

10-Jan-21 SSAF-104 Mil Mi-17 Cueibet, South Sudan

Landing accident, likely caused by brown-out. Tail boom sliced by main rotor disc. Helicopter was arriving from Juba, and was carrying the body of the late hon. Gabriel Matur Malek.  Entourage included General Garang Mabil, General Majak Arol and Brigadier Mamer Ayom.  The latter is quoted saying “When it reached Cueibet town, there is a football field and... Read more

09-Jan-21 N8612F Hughes 500D Winthrop, US-Washington

Landed heavily on snow, skids broken, tail boom sliced by main blades... Read more

09-Jan-21 N4035S Sikorsky S-64F Oakland, US-California

Helicopter was lifting an air conditioning units from street level to the roof of the Elihu Harris State Building (1515 Clay Street) when the load dropped. No injuries were reported.... Read more

09-Jan-21 N322SH Robinson R44 Albany, US-Texas

Loss of power on take off, autorotation into field.  FAA report substantially damaged.  No injuries to 3POB... Read more

06-Jan-21 PR-WVW Robinson R44 Vila Velha, Brazil (2F)

Helicopter was on final approach to land at its base airport Vila Velha en route from Guarapari and suddenly lost height from 200ft to the ground.  Both occupants in the helicopter received fatal injuries.  They were named in this report as pilot Octavio Schneider Guieroz (68) and his girlfriend Lucimara Poleto (52). Video of accident... Read more

05-Jan-21 ZA679 Boeing CH-47F Wantage, UK

Helicopter made a precautionary landing, but the field was very soft and it sank into the soil, which initiated an exercise to extract it using cranes etc over two or three days. RAF Benson photo... Read more

02-Jan-21 ZS-OXK Airbus AS350B3 Cape Town, South Africa

Damaged after losing control during take off from Cape Town International Airport.  Helicopter ended up on its starboard side on the apron outside a hangar.  The pilot was flying alone and only suffered minor injuries and received medical attention.... Read more

01-Jan-21 C-FBGT Robinson R44 Eaglesham, Canada (4F)

Helicopter collided with terrain, killing all four on board – the owner, his wife and two of their five children – named in this report as Wade Balisky, 45, and Aubrey Balisky, 37, and two of their children, Jewel, 8, and Fleur, 2.  They were survived by their oldest three children. Location was a wide open... Read more

01-Jan-21 N74823 Bell 47D1 Marana, US-Arizona

Low level manouevre to avoid another aircraft caused helicopter to crash... Read more

01-Jan-21 9M-SAW Robinson R66 Port Klang, Malaysia

Badly damaged in dynamic rollover on a training flight.  Pilot named here as Kharudin Dahlan, 72, and his co-pilot was, Moithu Kutti Mohamad, 52... Read more

31-Dec-20 J-1902 Sikorsky UH-60M Istanbul, Turkey

After landing, and while taxying to be refuelled, a manoeuvre resulted in the tail hitting a lighting tower.  This caused the helicopter to spin on the ground, during which the main blades then hit the tower too.  Video of incident here.... Read more

30-Dec-20 JA77AR Robinson R66 Ojiro, Japan (1F)

Helicopter had taken off from the Isewan Helipad in Tsu City.  Circumstances of accident unclear but it is noted that high winds were recorded around that time and a local weather observatory had issued a gale advisory.  Pilot named here as Kotaro Demura, 46, was taken to a hospital but died later the same day Accident... Read more

30-Dec-20 I-LGLG Airbus H125 San Martino, Italy

Crashed in white-out conditions during landing, during which the main rotor disc hit the ground.  20 minutes after the accident the helicopter caught fire and completely burned out.  It is evident from images that the helicopter was written off in the accident (boom in multiple pieces) prior to the conflagration.  Pilot named in this report... Read more

29-Dec-20 N103SU MD Helicopters MD500D Glade, US-Mississippi (1F)

Crashed and completely burned out.  Helicopter was involved in low-level work – trimming trees off power lines – when it crashed Pilot named here as Jason Krakowiak... Read more

27-Dec-20 G-MCSK Sikorsky S92 Aberdeen, UK

Operator quoted as saying “An S-92 helicopter which was flying without any passengers returned to Aberdeen airport this morning (27.12.2020) after crew reported a cockpit warning light illumination. The crew followed standard precautionary procedures by requesting priority to land. “... Read more

26-Dec-20 (tba) Airbus H125 Minimarg, Pakistan (4F)

Helicopter was involved in an operation to evacuate the body of a shaheed soldier, Abdul Qadeer The four on board were named here as Pilot Major M. Hussain, Co Pilot Maj Ayaz Hussain, Naik Inzimam Alam and Sepoy Muhammad Farooq. No details on cause of accident... Read more

23-Dec-20 RA-07328 Airbus H125 Novopodkletnoe, Russia

Accident on training flight.  Two POB both injured and airlifted out.  Helicopter ended up on its port side EMERCOM photo... Read more

20-Dec-20 N3264U Robinson R44 Morris, US-Illinois

Substantially damaged – during a touch-and-go, helicopter touched down and fell onto its side 1 minor injury... Read more

19-Dec-20 N574AM Airbus AS350B3 Driggs, US-Idaho

Starboard transmission cowling flipped up into the main rotor shortly after departure... Read more

16-Dec-20 MS-25 Leonardo AW101 Bouharoun, Algeria (3F)

Helicopter descended in an uncontrolled spiral into the sea in clear calm weather – see video.  The three on board did not survive. The Algerian military is quoted here as stating that the three onboard were Lt Col Kharousa Noureddine, Lt Col Al Wafi Muhammad Al Amin, and Lt Bouzaida Noureddine  ... Read more

16-Dec-20 ZK-IAY Robinson R44 Mahia Peninsula, New Zealand

43 year old pilot injured in accident while involved in ag spraying work, after hitting wires and crashing on a steep hillside.  Helicopter came to a halt further down the slope, but apparently still on its skids.  Airlifted to Gisborne Hospital Registration has been assumed on the basis of this being the only R44 on the... Read more

15-Dec-20 ZK-HEK Airbus H120 Kekerengu, New Zealand (2F)

Helicopter crashed on rocky beach.  Eyewitness reported seeing the helicopter spiralling out of control and plummeting to the ground Two fatalities named as owner/pilot Andrew Hamish Davidson, 60, and wife Lin Chen, 39.  Three injured passengers including their two children and another child.  The children – two boys and a girl – were all aged under 14 TAIC photo... Read more

15-Dec-20 ZK-??? Robinson R44 Te Anga, New Zealand

The helicopter’s main rotor blade struck electricity supply wires and then landed in a clearing. The pilot was uninjured. Power was disrupted to around 18 homes.  Low level agricultural spray operations.... Read more

11-Dec-20 PP-MSA Bell 206B Angra dos Reis, Brazil (1F)

Helicopter crashed after striking a wire.  Pilot died in the accident – and was named here as Eurico Azevedo... Read more

10-Dec-20 N7085Z Robinson R44 Colorado City, US-Texas (2F)

Sketchy details but both occupants received fatal injuries, named here as pilot Zane Whitesides, 31, and passenger Zack Pfeuffer, 32... Read more

08-Dec-20 F-HJAF Airbus EC135T1 Bonvillard, France (5F)

Helicopter was carrying an air rescue crew on a training mission when it fell from an altitude of (5,900ft). The surviving pilot raised the alarm at around 19:10 local time (18:10 GMT) after managing to escape from the helicopter. The crew onboard consisted of two pilots – one in training – along with two winch operators and... Read more

08-Dec-20 G-CLHW Sikorsky S92 Sumburgh, UK

Safe emergency landing after diversion due to unspecified technical issue – instead of returning to Aberdeen.  A one-off flight by sister ship G-IACF was flown Aberdeen to Sumburgh to Aberdeen a few hours later, presumably to bring back the passengers temporarily stranded.... Read more

08-Dec-20 D-HTAT Guimbal G2 Speyer, Germany

Student solo (aged 63) – at a height of 50-100 meters, there was a loss of engine power. The helicopter touched down hard and rolled onto its side around 15-20m from the runway in the grass.... Read more

05-Dec-20 N371MP Robinson R44 II Marietta, US-Texas

Helicopter clipped powerlines during the take-off phase and made a heavy emergency landing on highway 77.  Nearby neighbours moved the helicopter off the road onto the grass verge.  Skids splayed out, but rotor blades seemingly untouched and helicopter remained upright.  3 POB not injured... Read more

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