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08-May-13 HB-ZFO Robinson R44 Glärnischfirn, Switzerland

Very heavy landing on snow at 2,500m (8,200ft) altitude.  Helicopter ended up on its side with the tail boom broken.  Minor injuries to the 73-year old pilot and his wife/passenger

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07-May-13 ZK-ICM Composite Helicopters KC518 Auckland, New Zealand

Technical issue forced pilot to ditch prototype 5-place turbine helicopter on a test flight into Auckland Harbour.  Pilot named as company owner Peter Maloney, while the female passenger has not been named

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07-May-13 RP-C7788 Eurocopter SE313B Barangay Rawis, Philippines

EMergency landing on shoreline shortly after take-off.   Pilot  Capt. Dino Garcia and passengers Decoroso Asinas, and Efipanio Pinca suffered minor injuries while the last passenger Andre Abalon suffered serious head injuries after being struck by the rotor blades

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07-May-13 N20Z Bell 206L La Junta, US-Colorado

Crashed in open land and fell onto its side.  Reported as on photo mission.  Three occupants had minor injuries

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07-May-13 N911ET Eurocopter EC135P2+ Tyler, US-Texas

Bird strike on pilot’s chin window on approach to base.  No damage

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07-May-13 I-ONYX MD Helicopters MD500E L’Aquila, Italy

Contacted powerlines on approach to airport

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06-May-13 RA-24410 Mil Mi-8 Preobrazhenka, Russia (9F)

Helicopter with 9 persons and 2 tons of explosive

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06-May-13 N373NE Eurocopter BK117C1 Bourne, US-Massachusetts

Precautionary landing due to weather

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06-May-13 Mosquito XE Waterloo, US-Iowa

Ultralight helicopter, believed to be a Mosquito Xe, crashed – injuring the pilot

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06-May-13 N911SV Eurocopter EC135 Reed Point, US-Montana

Bird strike broke windshield while flying over Reed Point under NVG conditions.  The pilot determined that the aircraft was safe to continue the flight to base at the Billings airport.  No injuries.

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05-May-13 9M-DBH Eurocopter AS365N2 Sungai Besi, Malaysia

Caught by sudden gust of wind in poor weather while hovering to turn for taxi to parking spot.  Helicopter ended up on its port side.  Passengers were Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein and his wife  Tengku Datin Seri Marsilla Tengku Abdullah, and their daughter and son-in-law – none were injured in the accident

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04-May-13 Liaocheng City, China

Hit high-voltage cables

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

Spraying accident at night

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04-May-13 Burdett, Australia

EMS helicopter grounded with patient on board after electrical issue.  Patient to hospital by ground ambulance – took 1 hour extra.  Medstar operates EC130, BK117 and B412 helicopters

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03-May-13 Wazirabad, Pakistan

Two seat helicopter on routine training flight

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03-May-13 I-B165 Robinson R22B Viareggio, Italy

Helicopter ended up on its side in an open field

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02-May-13 G-MRRY Robinson R44 Denham, UK

Tail boom broke off from the cabin area – which in turn came to rest on the vertical rear of the engine cover with the nose pointing to the sky.

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02-May-13 PP-EIH Eurocopter AS350BA Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Five hospitalised after police helicopter crashed on training flight.  Landed upright with significant vertical forces.  Helicopter was executing a series of low orbit firing passes when the main rotor blades struck treetops and it spiraled into the ground.

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02-May-13 N442RN Robinson R44 Pomeroy, US-Washington

Rolled over during aerial spraying operation

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02-May-13 N209LF Eurocopter EC130 Walnut Hill, US-Florida

EMS Helicopter grounded after technical (electrical?) fault on take-off.  Patient on board and taken onwards by ground ambulance

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02-May-13 ZK-HAM Robinson R22 West Coast, New Zealand

“Helicopter took off on its own and came down on its side”

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01-May-13 N322MH Schweizer 300C Hamilton, US-Montana

Minor damage during training flight

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01-May-13 Frankfort, US-Kentucky

Sergeant First Class David Gentry was on rapelling practice from a helicopter, but did not control/slow his descent in the last 60 feet and hit the ground very heavily and collapsed

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30-Apr-13 C-FINX Eurocopter AS350BA Godbout, Canada

Substantially damaged. On approach to land on an undeveloped site. Just before landing, the tail rotor hit a mound of sand. The aircraft landed violently. The tail boom and a skid were significantly damaged. The pilot, alone on board, was not injured. CADORS 2013Q0909

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27-Apr-13 N150SP Bell 206B Shepherd, US-Montana (1F)

Sole occupant pilot killed after striking wires

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27-Apr-13 D-HMGD MD Helicopters MD500E Grenchen, Switzerland

Rotorwash from departing EC135 HB-ZJE caused blades on parked MD500E D-HMGD to strike and damage tail boom.  Pilot of EC135 listed as Schweizer Bürger

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27-Apr-13 HB-ZJE Eurocopter EC135P1 Grenchen, Switzerland

Rotorwash from departing EC135 HB-ZJE caused blades on parked MD500E D-HMGD to strike and damage tail boom.  Pilot of EC135 listed as Schweizer Bürger

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27-Apr-13 N305SJ Sikorsky S76B Constanza, Dominican Republic

While landing at 5000 ft MSL with 2 crew and 5 pax, the helicopter landed hard and rolled over.  Two slight injuries and plus injuries to one on the ground from debris.  Pilot reported as Manolito Vela

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27-Apr-13 LN-OVO Eurocopter AS350B3 Roldal, Norway

Five POB not seriously injured when helicopter crashed at ski resort.  One report quotes a police officer saying there is a suspicion the pilot was impaired by alcohol, but most reports say the test was “routine”. Some reports mention contact with powerlines, others rule that out

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25-Apr-13 N937GR Bell 407 Mount Aeneas, US-Montana

Rolled over on landing.  Supporting work on radio repeater site on the mountain

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25-Apr-13 (military helicopter) Israel

A helicopter transporting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made an emergency landing after military officials spotted and shot down a UAV entering Israeli airspace.

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25-Apr-13 HU26-18 Eurocopter EC135P2+ Los Galayos, Spain

Blade strike and ensuing heavy landing caused skids to deform.  Fortunately helicopter did not fall over the edge of the mountain, but it was very close.  Helicopter was registered HU26-18 and carried code “09-312”

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24-Apr-13 XC-AAF MD Helicopters MD600N Oaxaca, Mexico (4F)

Helicopter on an EMS flight crashed killing a newborn baby less than 24 hours old, his father Pedro Martinez, pilot  Guillermo Chávez Medina and paramedic Pablo Héctor Vicente.  Helicopter destroyed

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24-Apr-13 PP-ELB Eurocopter AS365N1 Santos Dumont, Brazil

While approaching the destination airport, the right engine Fuel and Fuel Quantity light flashed on. At the same time, the right engine flamed out. The crew made a single-engine landing . The aircraft was not damaged.

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23-Apr-13 N473SD Hughes OH-6A Crystal River, US-Florida

Emergency landing at night on highway US19.  Pilot minor injuries treated at scene, co-pilot uninjured

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23-Apr-13 ZS-HLS Robinson R44 Schoemanskloof, South Africa (4F)

Helicopter departed Nelspruit, picked up passengers at Casterbridge and was en route to Grand Central, but crashed in an open field.  Visibility is quoted in press reports as a possible factor.  The victims were named as Nicholas More, Pierre de Villiers, Lance Cooper and Elmarie Martens.

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23-Apr-13 OO-PIV Robinson R44 Geel, Belgium

Helicopter rolled over onto its side, causing substantial damage, shortly after cameraman had got out.  Off airfield landing at transport depot of BE-Trans

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23-Apr-13 N51767 Enstrom F28C Glidden, US-Iowa

Crashed in open field with boom separated from cabin/engine area.  Helicopter had been hired by Iowa Department of Natural Resources for a geese count

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23-Apr-13 N2072M Bell 206L1 Grand Canyon, US-Arizona

Substantially damaged in landing accident.  Although this is a tour helicopter, only two flight crew were on board, no passengers

 

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21-Apr-13 OM-M959 Dynali H2S Trnava, Slovakia (1F)

Crashed into ploughed field with no obstructions near, killing one.  Both occupants were pilots.

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21-Apr-13 Mil Mi-8T Azr district, Afghanistan

Emergency landing off airfield.  12 occupants (2x USA, 7x Turkish, 1x Russian, 2x Afghan) captured by Taliban forces, who claim to have destroyed the helicopter, which may be one of YA-KHA/B/C/D/E

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20-Apr-13 N4237M Bell 206B Wells, US-Nevada

Tail rotor damaged on landing

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20-Apr-13 Mil Mi-17 Sharq Al-Owainat, Egypt

Emergency landing after system malfunction

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19-Apr-13 Habaniya, Iraq

All four on board seriously injured

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18-Apr-13 N495AE Bell 407 Waco, US-Texas

Bird strike, windscreen broken, landed without further incident, no injuries

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18-Apr-13 N137HN Eurocopter EC130B4 Huntington, US-West Virginia

Laser strike in cruise with patient on board.  No detrimental effect to mission or crew on board

 

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16-Apr-13 N911CH Eurocopter BK117B1 Cumberland, US-Maine

Emergency field landing, no apprarent damage

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16-Apr-13 Sikorsky CH-53E Chelwon, Korea

US military aircraft during ongoing South Korea-US joint military exercises.  All occupants safe – reports currently vary between 12 and 21 occupants.  Aircraft completely destroyed in impact before fire set in.

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16-Apr-13 Mahikeng, South Africa

Helicopter crashed into water.  only tail visible.  Early reports only – one of which says it is a fixed-wing.  Will update later

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15-Apr-13 Bell UH-1H Taipai, Taiwan

Door fell from helicopter into school grounds

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15-Apr-13 N408GA Bell 407 New River, US-Arizona

We have a recent report in of an emergency landing at 10.28pm of an EMS helicopter near the junction of New River and Cross Mountain roads in New River, Arizona – northern outskirts of Phoenix.  Air Methods operating for “Guardian Air”

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15-Apr-13 N262MH Eurocopter EC145 Highland Heights, US-Ohio

Precautionary landing and maintenance team called out after unexpected torque split

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13-Apr-13 C-FCTD Bell 206L1 Cambell River, Canada (1F)

1 fatality of 6 on board after helicopter crashed into the Homathco River on a fly-fishing charter.   The fatality was named in this report as Michael Monson.  CADAORS 2013P0449

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12-Apr-13 Ouro-Modi, Mali (5F)

Details not clear apart from casualty numbers

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12-Apr-12 N442FG Robinson R44 II Ocean Shores, US-Washington

76 year old pilot and his 51 year old passenger not injured in accident, which left helicopter on its side

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12-Apr-13 G-HBOB Eurocopter EC135T2+ Sunningdale, UK

Aircraft grounded after problem involving netting across an astroturf sports field at a school.  Needed engineer before it could fly, stayed overnight and departed next morning.

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12-Apr-13 N911FT Hughes 500D Phoenix, US-Arizona

Tail boom separation

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12-Apr-13 N909SH Eurocopter EC145 Sioux Falls, US-South Dakota

Precautionary landing after  left transmission oil indication below normal limits.  Later traced to faulty transmission oil pressure transmitter

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11-Apr-13 G-EROM Robinson R22B Redhill, UK

Substantially damaged – solo student training flight

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10-Apr-13 ZK-HTQ Robinson R22 Tarras, New Zealand

Helicopter was left unattended with the engine running. The helicopter became airborne, spun around, and struck the ground.

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09-Apr-12 Boeing AH-64 Pechigram district, Afghanistan (2F)

Two US soldiers killed in helicopter crash.  A press release from the Pennsylvania National Guard named the pair as Chief Warrant Officer 3 Matthew Ruffner, 34, and Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jarett Yoder, 27.

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09-Apr-13 C-GZBA Eurocopter AS350B3e Tenquille Lake, Canada

Blade strike on landing after snow blew up around helicopter on approach

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09-Apr-13 ZK-HLY Robinson R44 Christchurch, New Zealand

Moved on its pad while the pilot was conducting checks after engine start, with the tail rotor striking and rupturing a container of AVGAS.

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07-Apr-13 OB-1916P Mil-8 Loreto, Peru (13F)

Incident summary – Oil exploration support helicopter went down, killing all on board.  Initial reports vary between 13 and 14 fatalities after initial reports of 9.  Some local news sources are saying it exploded in the air, 10 minutes from its destination.  The helicopter was supporting work by Perenco Peru, who issued a statement saying that apart from two crew there was one of their employees on board as well as others from three different contractors.

The flight manifest (according to this page) listed those on board as R. Caballero de la Cruz – Pilot, Pedro Garate Arcila – Co-pilot, Ángel La Rosa Díaz – Flight Engineer, José Vargas Siprian – Mechanic, Máximo Cuello Yumbato, Deyvi Salas Del Águila, F. Saavedra Sánchez, Víctor Vallejos Clavo, Hernán Serrantes Paima, José Navarro Pinto, Frider Pasmiño Vargas, R. Manuyama Sandoval, Jairo Cahuamri Tello

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05-Apr-12 Eurocopter BK117 Parsdorf, Germany

“Christoph 1” helicopter cut telephone line on approach to site landing to pick up patient injured in equine accident

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05-Apr-13 Bell UH-1 Balauana, Tunisia

2 of 5 on board injured in heavy landing while on post-maintenance test flight

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05-Apr-13 N520PA Hughes 500D Lihue, US-Hawaii

Found damage to trailing edge of rotor blade(s) on post-flight inspection

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03-Apr-13 N3101H Robinson R44 Tamiami, US-Florida (2F)

Crashed into a parking lot two miles after take-off, killing both occupants.  Non-aviation witnesses report an explosion before the helicopter reached the ground. Post crash fire.  The deceased were later named by Miami Dade Police as pilot Mark Palmieri and passenger Ross Allen.  One report states it was a post-maintenance test flight

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03-Apr-13 Robinson R44 Nylstroom, South Africa (1F)

Unknown circumstances.  Wreck found next morning after failing to arrive at intended destination

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03-Apr-13 ZK-IBK Eurocopter BK117 Wellington, New Zealand

Main rotor blades struck tail boom while running up on roof-top helipad.  Incident blamed on freak wind gust

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02-Apr-13 N369HW Hughes OH-6A Conner, US-Montana

Helicopter ended up with tail boom severed by main rotors – which were themselves removed by the accident.  Left skid completely deformed. All 4 occupants suffered minor injuries

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01-Apr-13 FAC-4105 Sikorsky UH-60L Tabacal, Colombia

Precautionary landing due to engine problem en route Bucaramanga to Yopal

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01-Apr-13 N584PM Schweizer 333SP San Antonio, US-Texas

Precautionary landing in parking lot on night mission after warning light illuminated

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30-Mar-13 N911AA Eurocopter AS350B3 Talkeetna, US-Alaska

Impacted terrain while maneuvering during an SAR flight near Talkeetna, Alaska. The airline transport pilot, an Alaska state trooper serving as a flight observer for the pilot, and a stranded snowmobiler who had requested rescue were killed, and the helicopter was destroyed by impact and postcrash fire.

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30-Mar-13 N911AA Eurocopter AS350B3 Talkeetna, US-Alaska (3F)

Two Alaska State Troopers and a rescued snowmobiler died in the crash.  A press release later named them as Alaska State Trooper pilot Mel Nading, Trooper Tage Toll of Talkeetna, and Carl Ober, the 56-year-old injured snowmachiner from Talkeetna

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