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27-Nov-14 Archerfield, Australia

Tail boom damaged when parked inside hangar during a hail storm which ripped off the hangar doors

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23-Nov-14 VH-YYS Robinson R44 Archer River, Australia

The ATSB has commenced an investigation into a Forced landing and ground fire involving a Robinson R44, VH-YYS, 56 km E of Archer River, Queensland on 23 November 2014

During cruise, the pilot detected abnormal engine indications and received a low rotor RPM warning. He conducted a forced landing into long grass which was then ignited by the helicopter’s exhaust. The helicopter was destroyed by fire and the pilot and passenger were uninjured.

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21-Nov IAR330 Puma Malancrav, Romania (9F)

Eight of 10 POB killed in accident during military training exercise after helicopter crashed from low level and caught fire. Ninth victim died later 9on 8th December) in hospital

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20-Nov-14 RA-04032 Airbus AS350B3 Mikhalchikovo, Russia (5F)

Crashed in foggy conditions en route from Moscow to Kstovo (Nizhny Novgorod region) between the villages of Mihalchikovo and Korabotovo. Killing the pilot and four passengers, including an 8-year-old girl.

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18-Nov-14 VH-HPH Roibinson R22 Lavelle Station, Australia

The ATSB has commenced an investigation into a Collision with terrain involving a Robinson R22, registration VH-HPH, at Lavelle Station, Northern Territory on 18 November 2014.

During air work at 1,000 feet, the tail rotor drive system failed. The helicopter commenced an uncommanded spiral and landed heavily. The pilot and passenger were not injured and the aircraft was substantially damaged.

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15-Nov-14 N23VH Robinson R22 Prescott, US-Arizona

Rolled over on landing

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13-Nov-14 N425U Eurocopter AS350BA Panguitch, US-Utah

Rolled onto its side on landing, 2 POB, one slight injured, other not injured.

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13-Nov-14 F-PGVH FAMA K209 Aubenas, France

The pilot landed on runway 36. During translation to reach the taxiway, the helicopter tilts right and a main rotor blade struck the ground. The helicopter is destabilized and collides with the ground. The two people on board were evacuated by a witness and the helicopter caught fire.

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11-Nov-14 N414AE Bell 206L4 Merkel, US-Texas

Emergency night landing between two buildings after bird strike while ferrying a patient from Hendrick Medical Center in Abilene to Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock.  A nurse was reported injured by the bird entering the helicopter

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08-Nov-14 ZK-HOL Composite Helicopters KC518 Silverdale, New Zealand

Emergency field landing on a test flight, ending up with helicopter lying on its side.  Pilot Peter Maloney was attended to on site, while co-pilot Herbert Idelon was taken to a local hospital as a precaution.  Location was two miles north-east of their intended destination – their home base North Shore Airfield.  See also interview of pilot about the accident. including full video of the accident both from the cockpit and the tail

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06-Nov-14 Boeing AH-64 Boise, US-Idaho (2F)

Crashed on night training mission.  The two pilos were named as Chief Warrant Officers Stien P. Gearhart, 50, of Meridian and Jon L. Hartway, 43, of Kun

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02-Nov-14 Mil Mi-2 Yamal, Russia (2F)

Russia’s Emergencies Ministry has confirmed the death of two persons in the crash of a private Mi-2 helicopter in Yamal, northwest Siberia.  Heliccopter crashed into a lake and only the tail visible above the water

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01-Nov-14 N710DP Bell 407 Denver, US-Colorado

Night emergency landing into public park after bird strike broke chin window

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31-Oct-14 C-FRCG Robinson R44 Calgary, Canada

Traffic monitoring helicopter makes emergency landing in school field.  No damage to helicopter

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30-Oct-14 G-MOGY Robinson R22 Acklington, UK

Two POB to hospital.  Information suggests that the skid toes stuck into the ground during a run-on landing, causing the helicopter to cartwheel.  No vertical force in the accident as skids have not splayed out.  Skid toes missing forward of front skid legs, and nose “turned up” where helicopter cartwheeled onto its nose

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28-Oct-14 ZK-ITJ MD Helicopters MD500E Brunswick, New Zealand (1F)

Struck wires while spraying at low level, killing pilot Peter Robb

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28-Oct-14 Stanthorpe, Australia

Helicopter clipped powerlines, causing it to crash.  The accident caused a 30 acre grass fire

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28-Oct-14 Airbus EC225 North Sea, UK

Faulty indicator led to precautionary landing on Forties Charlie platform instead of intended destination at Forties Unity

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28-Oct-14 Robinson R44 Nyabihu, Rwanda

Heavy landing on hillside.  One of four POB had minor injuries

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27-Oct-14 N5204X Airbus AS350B2 Bisbee, US-Arizona

Details sketchy, but Border Patrol pilot (only POB) was taken to hospital for evaluation

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25-Oct-14 N108LN Airbus AS350B3 Denver, US-Colorado

Hit flock of ducks on practice approach, breaking the windshield.  Helicopter landed with no further damage

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24-Oct-14 N7192K Robinson R44 Harper, US-Texas

Helicopter struck trees and crashed.  Helicopter is actively used for game capture, although nothing suggests it was being put to this use at the time of the accident

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24-Oct-14 I-DUEK Airbus AS350B3 Trodena, Italy

During take off (aerial work ops) in a mountain and wooded area, the main rotor hit a tree.  Damages to the main blades, to the tail boom and the tail rotor.

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23-Oct-14 N7518Q Robinson R44 Frederick, US-Maryland (3F)

Mid-air collision with Cirrus fixed wing N122ES.  Helicopter crashed fatally in an industrial area.  Total of three fatal – named later as Christopher David Parsons, 29, of Westminster, an instructor for Advanced Helicopter Concepts.  William Jenkins, 47, of Colorado, and Breandan J. MacFawn, 35, of Cumberland, were also killed

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23-Oct-14 C-GLVP Hughes 300C Chemin du Lac Mourier, Canada

During the landing approach at a height of about 20-30 feet above the ground, a quick right yaw occurs. Pilot lost control resulting in a hard landing and the helicopter rolled to the side and suffered significant damage, but the pilot was not injured.

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23-Oct-14 N72595 Bell UH-1H Rio Grande City, US-Texas

Port side cabin door separated and hit tail rotor.  Landed with no further incident

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23-Oct-14 N418SV Bell 206B Palm Beach, US-Florida

Substantially damaged.  FAA website provides no further information at this time

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14-Oct-14 Robinson R44 Rooibokkraal, South Africa (1F)

2000 hr pilot Bernhard de Beer flying his own helicopter on a route he covers most days.  Crashed fatally and completely burned out

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18-Oct-14 D-HAVG Guimbal Cabri Egelsbach, Germany

Main transmission belt came loose, causing engine to lose power.  Emergency landing completed successfully but uneven ground caused temporary instability which led to one main blade contacting and cutting tail boom.

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17-Oct-14 N852BP Eurocopter AS350B3 Lordsburg, US-New Mexico

Dynamic rollover on take-off

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17-Oct-14 N227FT Robinson R22 Kona, US-Hawaii

Tail rotor struck ground on training flight

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21-Oct-14 N145PR Eurocopter EC130 Pasadena, US-Texas

Force landing in field at night.  No apparent damage given flights reported on FlightAware.com on 23-Oct-14 and 27-Oct-14  – but incident was reported by FAA

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16-Oct-14 Sikorsky S92 Aberdeen, UK

A spokesman for CHC said: “An aircraft returned to Aberdeen International Airport after a crew noted a technical fault during the early stages of an off shore flight.

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16-Oct-14 N59541 Bell 206B Prattville, US-Alabama

Main blades contacted tail boom on landing, helicopter destroyed

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12-Oct-14 Sikorsky SH-60 Kartepe, Turkey (4F)

Turkish Navy Black Hawk had controlled flight into terrain in poor weather.  All 4 POB killed

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12-Oct-14 C-FTAW Heliot Bagotsville, Canada

Rolled over during initial lift-off from wooded area.  2 POB uninjured The helicopter sustained damage mainly to its rotor blades.  Amateur design/build type

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12-Oct-14 D-HUGI Robinson R22 Zöblen, Austria

 loss of engine power whilst on a flight from Wiedergeltingen to Jungholz and was badly damaged in an emergency landing at Mt. Schönkahler near Zöblen, Tyrol, Austria. The helicopter landed hard with its right skid and was damaged beyond repair. 63-year-old pilot o.k., 1 passenger on board minor injured

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11-Oct-14 M-518 AgustaWestland AW101 Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan

Helicopter ended up on its side in incident at 2200 hours local time.

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10-Oct-14 Mil Mi-8 Tuva, Russia (14F)

Helicopter crashed into a mountainside amid low cloud and falling snow and caught fire when it hit the ground   There were 11 passengers and 3 crew members on board .  Wreckage not found until 07-Aug-15 and reported 08-Aug-15

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10-Oct-14 Bell OH-58 Pedernales, Dominican Republic

Army helicopter with 4 POB.  Tail boom chopped off just forward of the stabilizer, and at the root attachment.  One of those on board was reported to be Major General José Matos de la Cruz, chief of the Army, who was unharmed.  The other three on board – including director of Military Intelligence, Hichi Mercedes Cepeda – were hospitalized

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10-Oct-14 Sikorsky S92 Aberdeen, UK

At around 11.15am, fire crews were called to Dyce, after the pilot of the CHC S92 alerted air traffic control and asked for emergency crews to be placed on stand-by as it made a return to base landing.  Landed safely

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

Emergency night landing in public park

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09-Oct-14 JA6741 Eurocopter AS332L1 Tsumagoi, Japan

5-6kg section of insecure load dropped from 100m during underslung operations

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08-Oct-14 Bell 407 Beiji, Iraq (2F)

The helicopter was allegedly downed by IS with a shoulder fired missile.  One report says three fatalities

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08-Oct-14 Kamov Ka32 Jincheon, Korea

2 of 3 POB injured in heavy field landing.  helicopter remained upright but tail and all rotor blades badly damaged

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07-Oct-14 ZK-HBQ Robinson R44 Kahurangi, New Zealand (1F)

Cause unknown.  Helicopter went missing on flight from Karamea to Nelson and the wreckage was not found for a further four days.  The deceased pilot was named as Damian Webster

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

Tail rotor struck fence at airport

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07-Oct-14 VH-CLR Bell 206B Cooktown, Australia

The Bell 206 helicopter was conducting a passenger carrying charter flight with passengers and has collided with terrain on Mt Cook. The helicopter has rolled onto its side and there are two persons with serious injuries and two with minor injuries.  One press report quotes the local Mayor saying that the helicopter was hovering close to the rock while he attempted to board when a gust of wind tipped the helicopter, crashing it into the rock.

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06-Oct-14 Bell CH-124 Eastern Passage, Canada

Emergency landing after gearbox sensor detected an anomaly. Landed at Hartland Point Golf Course and was then towed by road to 12 Wing Shearwater.

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04-Oct-14 N335AE Bell 206L.1 Wichita Falls, US-Texas (3F)

Accident on night EMS flight just one block short of its intended landing spot at United Regional Hospital in Wichita Falls, inbound from Waurika, OK.  Patient (named here as 26-year-old Buddy Rhodes) killed in the accident, and the three crew named here as pilot Zechariah Smith, flight nurse Leslie Stewart and flight paramedic Erasmus J. Vandercolff IV.  Post crash fire.  Leslie Stewart died from her injuries 5 days later (source). Erasmus J. Vandercolff IV died from his injuries on 22 October (source)

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04-Oct-14 N4426M Bell 206B Atlanta, US-Arkansas

Attempting to take off from a helicopter transport trailer in a cleared section of pine forest . For some reason the helicopter never made it fully airborne, and tipped over on its starboard side beside the trailer.  Robert Dale Garzolini, pilot and owner of Terre Haute Helicopters, West Terre Haute, IN, was injured

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04-Oct-14 N490H Eurocopter AS350B3 Lubbock, US-Texas

Contacted fence on landing

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03-Oct-14 N409TD Bell 407 New York, US-New York

Bird strike, penetrating the windshield, which shattered – causing only minor injury to the front-seat passenger.  Note – wrongly reported elsewhere as N410TD.  N409TD confirmed by FAA report and this news story which refers to the ATC call “zero nine tango delta”.  pilot made an emergency landing at the West 30th St. HP

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03-Oct-14 N500LK MD Helicopters MD500E Briarcliff, US-New York

Emergency landing in school field after warning light illuminated

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02-Oct-14 HB-ZJC Eurocopter EC130 Bart, France (5F)

Helicopter took off from Lausanne, Switzerland and has crashed in France – reportedly just prior to landing at Montbéliard – Courcelles Aerodrome. Weather reported as foggy and press report says that pilot was looking for a gap in the cloud to land at the airfield.  Five of seven POB killed when helicopter landed on a barn used as a wood store

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02-Oct-14 N49746 Bell 206B Woodsboro, US-Texas

Low level pipeline patrol and “lost power”.  Written off.  On board were pilot Michael Orlowsky. 48, of West Plains, Missouri; Kevin Douglas Smothers, 44, of Minnesota; and Ronald Justin Dietz, 28, of Sinton.  Orlowsky and Smothers were described as being in critical condition with no word on Dietz

Halo Flight attended with a Bell 407

Helicopter owned by Heartland Helicopters but leased out to a third party according to press report

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01-Oct-14 HAL Cheetah Bharthaul, India (3F)

Cheetah helicopter of the Indian Army taking part in the ongoing military exercise at the Jat Regimetanl Centre (JRC) at Bareilly crashed minutes after take-off killing all three on board.  It had gained only a few hundred metres in height when it caught fire mid-air.  Another report states it was a maintenance flight.  The three were named as Major Abhijai Thapa, 29, Major Vikas Varyani, 29 and Captain Avinash Somavanshi, 26.

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01-Oct-14 Bell-Boeing MV-22 Arabian Gulf, Bahrain (1F)

Osprey temporarily lost power after taking off from the amphibious ship Makin Island. temporarily hitting the water before the pilot regained control.  In that moment, two Marine air crewmen aboard jumped out when it looked like the Osprey was going into the ocean, with only one recovered.  The search for the second has been called off

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28-Sep-14 N7062U Helicycle Gellatin, US-Tennessee (1F)

Crashed on take off from private property near the intersection of Old Douglas Lane and Old Flynn Road.  Owner/pilot James Lee died in the accident

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29-Sep-14 074 Sikorsky S61 Meloy, Norway

Hoist cable snapped and flicked up into main rotor disc. No damage in subsequent emergency landing

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29-Sep-14 Bell 412CF Shaw Island, Canada

Precautionary landing after rotor blades struck a wire on the Canadian Coast Guard vessel Sir William Alexander

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29-Sep-14 N557CP MD Helicopters MD500E Columbus, US-Ohio

Precautionary night landing in Hamilton Road near Groves Road.  It was determined that the helicopter had a faulty gauge.

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28-Sep-14 Warmun, Australia

“It appears the pilot had attempted a take-off, however clipped a tree on the way up which caused the helicopter to roll and crash,” police spokesman said.  Pilot and his passenger/grandson not seriously injured

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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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