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27-Sep-14 HS-CCN Eurocopter EC130 Naung Mon, Myanmar (1F)

Crashed in jungle on flight searching for two missing mountaineers.  Wreckage found three days later.  Two occupants (pilot  Capt Chatchawal Thanthong and experienced mountain trekker U Shwe Yin Taw Gyi) hiked for some time and were located further days after that according to this report.  The third (Myanmar co-pilot Aung Myat Toe who navigated) was found dead a few days later according to this article – he was not strong enough to hike out from the crash site.  Capt Chatchawal Thanthong suffered broken ribs and by the eighth day of trekking (according to this article) was too weak to keep up with Shwe Yin Taw Gyi, and they agreed that he would wait at a specified place – and was rescued from there a further three days later.

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27-Sep-14 AgustaWestland Lynx Fryton, UK

Precautionary field landing after malfunction on night flight

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26-Sep-14 N7026J Robinson R22 Albuquerque, US-New Mexico

Force landing after power loss

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26-Sep-14 G-CIGZ Sikorsky S92 Aberdeen, UK

Emergency landing with 3 POB.  Declared emergency at 2.20pm and landed at airport safely 2.39pm

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25-Sep-14 ZS-OFJ Robinson R44 Rand Airport, South Africa (2F)

Crashed in open field not far short of landing at Rand Airport. Both people on board killed – pilot named here as Blake Simpson.   The helicopter caught fire after impact and was completely destroyed.

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25-Sep-14 N152CA Bell 206B Pushmataha County, US-Oklahoma

Crashed in unknown circumstances

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23-Sep-14 YV-2537 Bell 206B Tumeremo, Venezuela (3F)

Crashed into heavy wooded area and wreckage not found until 05-Oct-14.  Pilot David Guerra had reported loss of power and autorotated into the jungle

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23-Sep-14 VH-HLB Robinson R44 Tindal, Australia

While hovering to assess a potential landing site, the pilot received a LOW ROTOR RPM warning. The pilot then lowered the collective but the helicopter struck a tree and landed hard. Both occupants received minor injuries and the helicopter was substantially damaged.

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22-Sep-14 N1675U Schweizer 300C Grand Forks, US-North Dakota

Touched down hard, striking the tail rotor

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21-Sep-14 Fayoum, Egypt (6F)

Unknown helicopter type of Egyptian miitary crashed “due to technical issues” killing 6

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21-Sep-14 N8375E Robinson R44 Honolulu, US-Hawaii

Hard landing and tail strike

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21-Sep-14 I-PITO Eurocopter SA315B Rocca Pietra, Italy

Fell onto port side during landing

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21-Sep-14 G-OKEY Robinson R22 Elstree, UK

Crashed from a low hover on a training flight.   Male pilot and female student uninjured.

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20-Sep-14 PR-CIG Robinson R44 Fama, Brazil (2F)

Helicopter crashed into lake during a scenic flight, although Military Police reported that this type of operation was not permitted for this helicopter and/or pilot.  Pilot Abitbol Bruno Nogueira de Andrade got out (and reportedly fled the scene) while the two passengers were trapped inside and drowned.  Press report stated “According to police, the driver was offering risky maneuvers danger to people who accompanied him on flights”.  Passengers named as Marcos Antônio Alves, 44. and his wife Lívia Reis Carvalho, 27.  Video of accident here.

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20-Sep-14 Rotorway Exec 162F Pitt Meadows, Canada

Helicopter experienced a power loss and landed hard in a field adjacent to the airport
CADORS 2014P1639

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19-Sep-14 RA-1233G Eurocopter SA341G Vasilievsky Island, Russia (1F)

Helicopter overflew a boat before flying at low level and high speed, getting lower very gradually until hitting the water. The water surface was glassy smooth, perhaps contributory.  After crashing, the helicopter is said to have sunk almost immediately.  The pilot/owner who died has been identified as 41 year old Alexei Afonchenkovu.  Passenger survived

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18-Sep-14 HAL SA316B Alibaug, India

Extensively damaged in “heavy landing”.  4 POB injured, but not life threatening

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16-Sep-14 G-SUEX Bell 206B Flamborough, UK (2F)

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

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15-Sep-14 N9844N Robinson R44 Beaumont, US-Texas

Crashed on approach after pilot lost control

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14-Sep-14 VH-FHX Bell 206B Jabiru, Australia

During the approach to a confined landing area, the pilot was alerted to an object to the left of the helicopter and while manoeuvring to avoid this object, the main rotor and tail rotor struck a tree. The pilot conducted a missed approach and after the subsequent landing, assessed the damage as minor and elected to continue the flight. An engineering inspection at the end of the day revealed substantial damage to the rotor blades.

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13-Sep-14 EC-KSD AgustaWestland AW119 Alpera, Spain (1F)

Pilot killed in crash on firefighting ops – Type and operator confirmed by this report.  Registration confirmed from photo on this page – enlarged here.  Pilot named as Fernando Baraza on this tribute page

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13-Sep-14 C-FNRR Bell 206B Tumbler Ridge, Canada

Repositioning to another landing spot after dropping off 3 passengers when it suffered a tail rotor strike and hard landing. CADORS 2014P1608

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13-Sep-14 Everglades City, US-Florida

Emergency landing – pilot requested a mechanic, and some water.  No details of any damage in teh press reports

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12-Sep-14 N64AW Bell 206L4 LongRanger Tombstone, US-Arizona

Operated by Airwest Helicopters for Cochise County Sheriff.  Main blades chopped tail boom and skids splayed out in heavy landing.  Two POB were listed as pilot Larry Pucci and the observer Officer Justin Dannels (the son of Cochise County Sheriff Mark Dannels)

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11-Sep-14 Lalpur Chowkdi, India

Percautionary landing due to poor weather.  On the ground five hours before continuing journey from Vadodara to Udaipur.  No indication in the press report how much pre-flight planning the pilot had done with the weather forecast.

Operator Trans Bharat Aviation has three Bell 407s and one 206

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11-Sep-14 G-CDMG Robinson R22 France

The subject helicopter was noted at 5.15am local time on 12-Sep-14 on a trailer at Calais ferry port bound for the UK.  Given it is based UK, there must have been some reason that it was not flown back to the UK.  Incident date 11-Sep-14 thus approximate

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11-Sep-14 N142MA Bell 407 Moab, US-Utah

Sole occupant pilot injured in crash – helicopter was on survey work for Greenriver Energy

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06-Sep-14 N699TQ Robinson R44 Macedonia, US-Iowa (1F)

Struck powerline while on low level agricultural work.  Pilot died in hospital on 11th September from his injuries – and was named here as Chris Moore

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05-Sep-14 OY-HRG Robinson R44 Samsoe Sea, Denmark (4F)

Helicopter ditched.  Three bodies recovered, fourth not found and presume drowned.

Owner/pilot was billionaire Michael Henriksen of MH Gruppen, which specialises in container shipping.  Another name published was that of Morten Friis, an executive in Norrecco, also part of MH Gruppen.  Volvo Trucks Denmark named the other two as their CEO Søren Wettergreen and Sales Manager Mark Jacobsen

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05-Sep-14 N60JD Robinson R44 Roeselare, Belgium (2F)

Crashed shortly after take-off into the car park of a football stadium.  Post crash fire.  The two deceased were named as Lieven Ghekiere and Johan Deceuninck

Note – despite being registered in the US, this helicopter has been based in Belgium

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04-Sep-14 OB-1884-P Eurocopter SA315B Andamarca, Peru (3F)

Crashed and completely burnt out, killing pilot Walter Sulca Ramos and co-pilot Walter Quevedo Mestanza.  Weather of blizzards likely to be a factor

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04-Sep-14 RA-24255 Mil Mi-8 Gelendzhik, Russia (2F)

Crashed near Gelendzhik airport and caught fire. Full video of accident here.  From a steady hover the helicopter lost height and hit the ground heavily and bounced.  The impact caused the tail boom to shear off and thus the helicopter became dynamically unstable, it immediately crashed onto its belly and caught fire.  It burned out completely.  Both occupants died – noting that the video does show one person being taken by stretcher to an ambulance.

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

Heavy autorotation landing, damaging helicopter

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03-Sep-14 XC-ALM AgustaWestland AW109S Lerma, Mexico (2F)

While en route from the Mexico City area to Toluca, helicopter went down just 5 miles from destination

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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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02-Sep-14 Sikorsky MH-60S Fallon, US-Nevada

Rolled on its side while landing during a routine training mission. All five crew members aboard — two pilots and three enlisted aircrew — are accounted for and safe with no significant injuries. All five crew members were transported to Naval Air Station Fallon medical facilities for evaluation.  Recovered by a Chinook 11-Sep-14

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01-Sep-14 Sikorsky CH-53E Gulf of Aden, Djibouti

CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter crashed at sea in the Gulf of Aden as it attempted to land aboard USS Mesa Verde.  All 25 persons aboard the helicopter; 17 Marines and eight Navy Sailors, were safely recovered

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31-Aug-14 PT-YFD Robinson R44 Candoi, Brazil

Failed to gain height on climb out and struck powerlines causing helicopter to come down – see amateur footage of take-off  A total of six were on board – four adults and two children under 10 – and the helicopter was operating short joyride flights from the Festa do Charque event

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30-Aug-14 Z-SCA Bell 206L3 LongRanger Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Damaged in heavy landing only 30m from take-off point on sightseeing flight.  Passengers named as Janice Mitchel, Elizabeth Hamilton, William Leur, Elizabeth Benevides, Debbie Lonechamps and Stephanie Black all walked from the crash site unaided

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28-Aug-14 HK-4287G Robinson R22 Amaga, Colombia

http://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/wiki.php?id=169314

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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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27-Aug-14 N4187W Robinson R22 Gardnerville, US-Nevada

Substantially damaged after striking wires 10 ft above ground on take-off.  Boom broken and tail separated. Heavy impact starboard side.  Pilot named in press as Doyle Holden and passenger as Karen Cole.

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27-Aug-14 Mil Mi-8 Tikrit, Iraq

A helicopter from the Iraqi Air Force was allegedly shot down north of Tikrit by ISIS insurgents

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26-Aug-14 RA-22430 Mil Mi-8AMT Bentiu, South Sudan (3F)

During operations for the UN, the helicopter was shot down over the area of Bentiu in Southern Sudan. Three crew members died, a fourth was seriously injured.

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25-Aug-14 VH-YPC Robinson R22 Halls Creek, Australia (1F)

During the ferry flight, the helicopter collided with terrain. The helicopter was destroyed by fire and the pilot died in the accident.

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25-Aug-14 RA-04286 Robinson R44 Alekseevka, Russia

http://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/wiki.php?id=169234

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25-Aug-14 N4035A Hiller UH-12E Cape May, US-New Jersey

Rolled over during force landing into open field

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24-Aug-14 HU.15-90 Airbus Bo105CBS-4 Marana, Spain (3F)

Blades struck mountain side during rescue operation of a climber, causing helicopter to crash.  All three on board killed, named as

  • Captain Emilio Pérez Peláez
  • Lieutenient Marcos Antonio Benito Rodríguez
  • José Martínez Conejo (Mountain specialist)

The helicopter is officially serialled HU.15-90.  It also carried the Guardia Civil code 09-118

See also Guardia Civil tribute video on YouTube

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24-Aug-14 N4246Z Robinson R44 Pahrump, US-Nevada

Rolled onto its side on landing

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23-Aug-14 PR-NEO Airbus EC130B4 Goianira, Brazil

Intended landing point was on a football pitch as part of an election campaign by Alexandre Baldy. When it was about to land, the main rotor blades collided with the cross-bar of the goal and the wire fence surrounding the football pitch. Fragments of the cross-bar were cast at a distance of 41 meters, perforating a metal gate of the garage of a residence. One of the main rotor blades broke with the impact, while the other blades sustained substantial damage. The helicopter tail-boom structure got perforated in several places

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20-Aug-14 FAG-132 Bell 206L1 LongRanger El Aguacate, Guatemala (5F)

Bad weather had prevented the helicopter from from touching down at the base where they had planned to land. The accident happened during the diversion. One of the occupants was Major General Israel Rudy Ruiz Ortiz, Chief of Staff of National Defense of Guatemala

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20-Aug-14 09 Yellow Mil Mi-24VP Heorhiyivka, Ukraine (2F)

Separatists downed one Mil Mi-24 helicopter from the Ukrainian Air Force with a portable air defence system

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20-Aug-14 VH-JRX Robinson R66 Giru, Australia

While conducting aerial agricultural operations, the helicopter struck a wire and subsequently collided with terrain. The helicopter was substantially damaged and the pilot received minor injuries.

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20-Aug-14 Mil Mi-24VP Luhansk region, Ukraine

Separatists downed one Mil Mi-24 helicopter from the Ukrainian Air Force with a portable air defence system – this second helicopter was also hit, but further details not known

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19-Aug-14 N444RS MD Helicopters MD500E Tuscaloosa, US-Alabama (2F)

Crashed on powerline patrol, killing both on board – 51-year-old pilot Matthew Wallace of Hiram, Georgia and 63-year-old David Carson of Tuscaloosa, Alabama who was employed by Alabama Power.

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19-Aug-14 Mil Mi-8 Donetsk, Ukraine

Mil Mi-8 helicopter was shot down by Donetsh People Republic fighters. Helicopter crashed and crew member were severely injured. Later they were evacuated to hospital. The very same pilots flew on Mil Mi-8MT, 62 YELLOW which was shot down the day before (see HeliHub.com page for that accident). That time they were into luck to escape uninjured.

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18-Aug-14 N720HT Sikorsky S64E Lindsay Lake, Canada

The helicopter was slinging a hydro tower into position. After positioning the tower, the ground crew secured two of the support cables to their foundations. The pole was then shifted to accommodate securing of the remaining two support cables. As the two secured cables became taut, the pilot felt a bump and the helicopter became unstable. The pilot then released the load and was able to regain control of the helicopter. The helicopter then landed safely. There were no injuries and there was no damage to the helicopter.

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18-Aug-14 I-AICO Airbus BK117C1 Val Badia, Italy

Main rotor blade strike in mountainous region during rescue. Helicopter landed safely with main blade tips suffering the most damage

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18-Aug-14 C-GSSS Airbus AS350B2 Matagami, Canada

On a local flight 32 NM northwest of Matagami, QC, when the engine (Honeywell LTS-101-700-D2) failed on final for the helipad. The aircraft was not damaged and the pilot, alone on board, was not injured. The TSB will implement a plan to examine some of the components

CADORS 2014Q1697

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18-Aug-14 62 Yellow Mil Mi-8MT Donetsk, Ukraine

Mil Mi-8MT helicopter of 16 Army Aviation Brigade was shot down by Donetsh People Republic fighters. Helicopter crashed but crew managed to leave the downed machine and return to air base. The next day the same crew flying on another helicopter would be shot down again. (see HeliHub.com page for that accident).

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16-Aug-14 ZK-HYO Eurocopter AS350B2 Mount Alta, New Zealand (1F)

Heliski helicopter crashed on mountain.  Boom detatched from cabin, which rolled further down the slope.  1 fatal (named as Jerome Box) of 7 on board – five skiers, their guide and the pilot. The other six all to hospital, none with life-threatening injuries

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13-Aug-14 Mil Mi-2 Tomtor, Russia

crashed due to wiring problem and burnt out completely. 2 crew members and 7 passengers managed to escape.

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13-Aug-14 6-2414 Agusta-Bell 212 Dayer, Iran

Helicopter came down with significant vertical force, causing the skids to splay out, the cabin to touch the ground and the boom to detach at the root.  That said, the main and tail rotor blades were not damaged.  4 of 6 POB injured

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13-Aug-14 N8343P Robinson R44 Lancaster, US-Wisconsin

Dale Elio, 54, was crop-spraying herbicide on a bean field when main blades contacted power lines.  Helicopter hit ground nose-first, then fell on its starboard side.  Minor injuries.  Brief power outage from broken power lines.

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13-Aug-14 RA-04368 Robinson R44 Pioner, Russia

Crashed into a lake/swamp with 4 POB, all out OK. Helicopter on its starboard side in water less than 2m deep with port skid above the water level. Pipeline survey flight, low level.  One report suggests all occupants had recently been drinking alcohol

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12-Aug-14 N7089J Bell 47G-5 Mansfield, US-Illinois (1F)

Helicopter clipped powerlines and crashed killing pilot Paul Reynolds during a low level transit between fields he was working on.

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12-Aug-14 Mil Mi-17 Sinjar, Iraq (1F)

Helicopter was involved in evacuating people in a humanitarian emergency situation in northern Iraq.  Crashed – killing the pilot (reported as “Majed”) – possibly due to overloading. Those on board included

  • Yazidi member of parliament, Vian Dakheel
  • New York Times reporter Alissa Rubin – see story
  • Australian photographer Adam Ferguson, freelancing for the New York Times
  • Photographer Moises Saman, on assignment for TIMEsee story

One of the (apparently two) Mi-17s involved in this work was YI-403 (see video here).  The ITV reporter quotes one flight of the Mi-17 taking as many as 50 (yes, fifty) refugees on board, desperate to escape their dire situation (see TIME video for typical flight)

Fuad Hussein, the chief of staff for the president of the Kurdistan region, attributed the crash to an accidental loss of control by the pilot when the aircraft hit a boulder as it was lifting off.

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12-Aug-14 C-FANC Bell 206B Whitecourt, Canada

Crashed west of Whitecourt, AB after experiencing tail rotor problems. Four occupants suffered minor injuries, two were taken to hospital. The aircraft had significant damage.  Helicopter was contracted to Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development and carrying out a pine beetle survey

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11-Aug-14 N7432F Hughes 300C Darrington, US-Washington

Force landed, pilot had minor injuries

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11-Aug-14 N18GH MD Helicopters MD520N Idaho Falls, US-Idaho

Helicopter crashed in pilot’s garden, ending up on its starboard side with significant damage.  Pilot quoted by press as Dave Hansen, passengers as his wife and daughter.  No injuries.

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10-Aug-14 N4690 Bell 47G-2 Jeanerette, US-Louisiana (1F)

Crashed on the edge of a sugar cane field killing pilot Kenneth E. Squires, age 60.  Five years ago age 55 the pilot was quoting himself as having flown 19,000 hours

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09-Aug-14 OE-XRL Schweizer 300C Stockerau, Austria

Helicopter fell over onto port side on landing.  Male pilot uninjured, female passenger slight injuries.

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08-Aug-14 I-PAAD Eurocopter SA318C Gaby, Italy (2F)

Crashed into mountain during a thunderstorm killing pilot Domenico Praiale (55) and passenger Sara Piredda Piras (29).  Local reports suggest ​​poor visibility due to fog and clouds.  Helicopter was original an SA318 Alouette but had been extensively modified and was classed as a homebuild

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07-Aug-14 N213BL Enstrom F28F Tunnel City, US-Wisconsin

Crashed into cornfield while spraying.

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07-Aug-14 310921 PZL W-3 Sokol Marawi City, Philippines

Appeared to lose power in hover taxi for take-off  en route to Cagayan de Oro City and lost height, crashing to the ground – see full video

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