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25-Jun-13 N74666 Robinson R44 Mill Creek, US-Oregon

Wire strike in hover

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25-Jun-12 N34CT MD Helicopters MD500E Eloy, US-Arizona

Emergecny landing after reportedly losing power.  Boom separate from cabin, which ended up on its side.  3 POB to hospital

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24-Jun-13 N407FK Bell 206B Royal City, US-Washington

Crashed into a cherry orchard after catching bird netting at low level.  Pilot 31-year-old Christopher Iezzoni suffered back injuries and was having trouble breathing

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24-Jun-13 CC-AHT Eurocopter AS355NP María Dolores de Los Ángeles, Chile

Heavy landing, rolled over and tail with tail rotor separated aft of the horizontal stabiliser.

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24-Jun-13 N419MA Bell 222UT Barstow, US-California

Landed close to a highway and suffered unknown damage

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24-Jun-13 N603HH Robinson R22 Hillsboro, US-Oregon

Force landed in field

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23-Jun-13 ZK-HKE Robinson R22 Forest Range Station, New Zealand

The helicopter’s tail rotor struck terrain/snow during a stock mustering operation. The pilot was unable to control the helicopter and while attempting to land the helicopter rolled over.

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22-Jun-13 N2091E Schweizer 300C Medford, US-New Jersey

Minor damage on landing at base.  http://www.helicopterflightservices.com/

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21-Jun-13 VT-PED Eurocopter AS350B3 Rambara, India

While landing at make shift helipad, one main rotor blade hit the cliff. The helicopter turned 90° and tail also hit the cliff. Helicopter sustained substantial damage.

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20-Jun-13 Mil Mi-17 Momotombo, Nicaragua (9F)

helicopter experienced “mechanical problems” at altitude before descending uncontrolled on the edge of Lake Managua.  Most of the wreckage entered the water where it subsequently submerged

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19-Jun-13 N5024N Bell 47G Maplewood, US-Minnesota (1F)

Crashed into the back yard of a house while on mosquito control work.  Maplewood acting Police Chief Dave Kvam identified the pilot as Michael Kramer, 44

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19-Jun-13 I-VIEW Eurocopter AS350B3+ Muchu, Nepal (1F)

Crashed when trying  to make an emergency landing on the bank of Karnali River, killing one of the 6 POB.  According to this report Police have identified the deceased as Tek Bahadur Tapali, station manager of Humla office of the Nepalese CAA.  The injured were named as pilot David Talu, an Italian national, flight manager Dilak Shrestha, Goma Airlines pilot Prajwal Bhattarai, co-pilot Yadi Sherpa, and Gobinda Lama

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19-Jun-13 N90301 Bell 206B Redding, US-California

Precautionary landing on a logging road

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19-Jun-13 N467AE Bell 206L4 Jonesboro, US-Arkansas

The Jonesboro, Ark., crew was on final to their base when they experienced a mechanical issue. The pilot initiated a precautionary landing, landing the aircraft at the base with no injuries to crew members. The aircraft sustained damage.

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19-Jun-13 G-ECUK Eurocopter AS350B3e Begbroke, UK

Multiple sources tell us that this AS350B3e crashed and written off at 7.39pm after reported tail rotor issues.  This helicopter was delivered new to the owner less than two months ago.

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19-Jun-13 RP-2045 Robinson R44 Tinglayan, Philippines

A police superintendent, a police pilot and another police officer survived a helicopter crash landing atop a rem ote mountain

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19-Jun-13 N485PM Enstrom F28A Danbury, US-Texas

Force landing

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17-Jun-13 VH-EMZ Bell 412 Prince of Wales Island, Australia

During the final approach, the helicopter impacted trees and landed heavily. The helicopter was substantially damaged, skids collapsed but it remained upright (photo).  EMS/SAR helicopter was on night training flight practicing Nightsun-lit approaches.  3 POIB

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17-Jun-13 5Y-KWW Bell 206L4 LongRanger Karatina, Kenya

Force landing in field due to sudden fog – between electricity lines and Karatina-Nairobi highway

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17-Jun-13 N31551 Robinson R44 Lihue, US-Hawaii

Bird strike, windshield damaged, landed OK

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17-Jun-13 Bell UH-1 Ban Na district, Thailand

Eight POB, five injured of which one serious.  Emergency landing after reported tail rotor problem

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16-Jun-13 Eurocopter AS350B3 Gagariya,India

Helicopter washed away (along with helipad it was chained to!) sue to severe flooding of the Alaknanda River after monsoon rain. Recent press reports show 100s of lives lost in the region due to ths rain

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16-Jun-13 PZL SW-4 Yinan, China (1F)

SW-4 on crop spraying operation crashed, killing the pilot

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15-Jun-13 PR-RGM Robinson R44 II Nova Lima, Brazil

Emergency landing on shoulder of main road after reported engine failure

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14-Jun-13 C-GADA Bell 205 Quebec, Canada

Pilot completed an emergency landing after a master caution warning light from input quill / freewheel system illuminated.  The power shaft and freewheeling unit were found ruptured, and debris had been thrown into the engine inlet compressor. No post accident fire. CADORS 2013Q1303

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14-Jun-13 Boeing V-22 Dare County, US-North Carolina

Osprey engine exhaust caused grass fire on a Dare County bombing range.  No word as to extent of fire.  Osprey was “slightly scorched”

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14-Jun-13 PR-HRZ Bell 212 Teffe, Brazil (2F)

No details given in press statement on circumstances of this fatal accident

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13-Jun-13 D-HIBS Hughes 500D Bernkastel-Wehlen, Germany

50 year old pilot seriously injured and 30 year old passenger minor injuries after helicopter crashed c9.30am local time while spraying a vineyard on a steep slope.  Helicopter is believed to be D-HIBS 500D (1035D) but we await confirmation

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12-Jun-13 N7057H Hughes TH-55 Morgantown, US-West Virginia

Force landing after contacting powerlines during crop spraying operation

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11-Jun-13 N935EM Eurocopter AS350B2 Talihina, US-Oklahoma (1F)

Crashed close to hospital helipad on take-off for transfer to Tulsa.  Patient on board, 1 fatal, 2 critical, 1 minor.  Post crash fire.  Fatality was the patient, Michael Wilson, 49, although unclear whether that was due to the accident or his previous medical condition (following a serious workplace injury)

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11-Jun-13 Sikorsky UH-60 Tarin Kowt, Afghanistan

Australian special ops soldier injured in heavy landing .  5+ POB

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11-Jun-13 Schweizer 300C Semarang, Indonesia

Training flight, minor injuries to 2 POB

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11-Jun-13 ZK-IJE CHR Safari Dairy Flats, New Zealand

Helicopter crashed beside the runway at Dairy Flat Airfield – skids collapsed but it otherwise stayed upright.  Minor injuries to pilot

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08-Jun-13 VH-RHF Bell 206L3 Derby, Australia

Ditched and turned over.  5 POB exited safely, although some needed help getting out of the cabin when it was submerged in water.

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08-Jun-13 N130PH Eurocopter EC130 Grand Canyon, US-Arizona

The helicopter landed hard and main blades severed the tailboom during a practice engine-out procedure.  2 crew on board, no passengers

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07-Jun-13 N207JA Bell 206B San Luis Potosi, Mexico (4F)

Lost height on climb out from golf complex.  Fatalities named as Juan Ignacio Torres Landa, Elizárraga Alejandro Felix (pilot), Jaime Olescowski, Manuel Palacios Alcocer, while Joseph Olescowski Nutt was seriously injured.

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07-Jun-13 C-FRGK Bell 206 Jackfish Lake, Canada

Main blades struck tree on take off on training flight. CADORS 2013O1811

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07-Jun-13 Bell 412 Katupotha, Sri Lanka

Precautionary landing, reportedly with Air Force Commander Air Marshal Harsha Abeywickrama on board

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07-Jun-13 ZK-HTA Bell 206B Nelson, New Zealand

Helicopter experienced an engine mechanical issue during a post maintenance ferry flight. An autorotation was conducted, with a heavy landing causing substantial damage – Tail boom cut but helicopter did end up on its skids. The pilot was uninjured.

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07-Jun-13 N106LN Eurocopter AS350B3 Grande Prairie, US-Texas

Air Methods training flight.  Accident at around 22:30 hours local time. Two POB injured and airlifted to a hospital in Arlington

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06-Jun-13 N114AE Bell 206L Manchester, US-Kentucky (3F)

Late evening accident in the grounds of an elementary school on positioning flight back to base in Manchester after delivering patient to London.  Three fatalities named as  pilot Eddie Sizemore, flight paramedic Herman “Lee” Dobbs and flight nurse Jesse Jones.  Reports include mention of fog and that electricity lines have been cut and there are power outages locally

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06-Jun-13 Schweizer S300C Guanghan, China (1F)

Training flight, one fatal, one injured.  Helicopter ended upside-down on the banks of a river

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06-Jun-13 N915BW Robinson R44 Los Angeles, US-California

Pilot experienced mechanical issue, made immediate heavy landing, bounced and fell onto its side.  Four POB minor injuries only.

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05-Jun-13 I-LUPU Eurocopter AS350B3 Limavady, Italy

During cruise at 120 kts, pilot experienced a tail rotor failure and performed a forced landing on a field

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05-Jun-13 Kaman K-Max Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan

Helicopter was delivering cargo to a predetermined location without the input of a UAV pilot.

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05-Jun-13 N103H AgustaWestland AW109E Lewes, US-Delaware

Tail rotor struck fence

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04-Jun-13 Sikorsky S61A-4 Petaling Jaya, Malaysia

Emergency landing in corner of golf course close to trees

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04-Jun-13 F-GSOE Eurocopter AS350B3 Livet-et-Gavet, France

Helicopter was involved in aerial work.  Helicopter struck63,000 volt powerline while turning, and caused local power failure.  Extent of damage to helicopter not yet known

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03-Jun-13 61011 Robinson R44 Lantian County, China (2F)

Two killed, one seriously injured – police helicopter on training flight.  Post crash fire

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03-Jun-13 N2318X Robinson R22B Lansing, US-Illinois

Training accident.  Main blades chopped tail boom.  Helicopter ended up on its skids

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03-Jun-13 N452LH Eurocopter AS350B2 Bethpage, US-New York

Precautionary landing on golf course, less than a mile short of its destination at Republic Airport.  Reportedly due to poor weather

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03-Jun-13 C-FZPS Robinson R44 Grande Cache, Canada

Deteriorating weather conditions were encountered. The pilot elected to divert and subsequently came into contact with trees while manoeuvring. The helicopter collided with terrain and was destroyed by post impact fire. The pilot was able to exit the helicopter but sustained serious injuries. CADORS 2013C2142

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02-Jun-13 Alborz Mountains, Iran

Helicopter carrying President Mahmud Ahmadinejad made an emergency landing.  No details.  President on board and an continued his journey by car

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02-Jun-13 N464E Robinson R44 Keystone Lake, US-Oklahoma

Helicopter crashed into lake, 3 POB saved by nearby boaters

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02-Jun-13 F-GMLZ Robinson R22 Brest, France

Helicopter crashed into the fuel pumps, ending upside down impaled on them.  No fire.  Two injured

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02-Jun-13 N999RF Rotorway Exec Saledo, US-Texas

Force landed in field.  No injuries to 2 POB

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31-May-13 C-GIMY Sikorsky S76 Moosonee, Canada (4F)

Helicopter down at night (approx 00:11 hrs) with 4 fatalities – two crew, two paramedics.  No patient on board.  See Ornge Media statement  crew were named (here) as

  • Captain Don Filliter, 54, of Skead, Ont.
  • First Officer Jacques Dupuy, 43, of Otterburn-Park, Que.
  • Paramedic Dustin Dagenais, 34, of Moose Factory, Ont.
  • Paramedic Chris Snowball, 38, of Burlington, Ont.

CADORS 2013O1350

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31-May-13 N9507F Hughes 300B Chautauqua Lake, US-New York

Helicopter ditched in lake shortly after take-off.  2 POB (pilot Gordon Wuebbolt and his daughter) swam ashore.

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30-May-13 ZK-HYR Robinson R22 Rangiora, New Zealand

Destroyed in take-off accident on first solo flight

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30-May-13 PR-DJC Eurocopter EC130 Guaramiranga, Brazil

The aircraft was on the ground and the rotors were turning, when the pilot left the cockpit in order to assist the passengers to disembark. The aircraft tumbled to the left, when nobody was in control.  One of the passengers already in the helicopter – José Carlos Pontes, 61, president of the group Marquise – suffered serious injuries after one of the main blades amputated his leg

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30-May-13 N407HC Bell 407 Columbia, US-Maryland

Emergency landing in school field, helicopter remained upright.  Tail boom sliced by main rotor blades

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29-May-13 C-FZWB Bell 206B Fort McMurray, Canada (2F)

Helicopter working for Alberta Sustainable Resource Development, coming down in a forested area.  Crash killed pilot Bryce Campbell and passenger biologist Kristina Norstrom.  The other passenger Simon Slater survived – names from this article

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28-May-13 Mil Mi-8 Ivanovsky, Russia (2F)

Crashed on training flight, killing two of the four POB

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28-May-13 Boeing VH-46 Medford, US-New Jersey

Emergency landing in school field

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28-May-13 Hughes 500 Pünderich, Germany

Vineyard spraying – caught port-side spray boom on powerline and damaged it.  Landed safely in nearby sports field with no further damage

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26-May-13 N99090 Hiller UH-12E Wenatchee, US-Washington

Main rotor separated, tail boom bent – pilot Charles Holmes and his wife Shanda.  Accident was shortly after take off and return to the airfield, following a refuel.

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26-May-13 ZK-HNA MD Helicopters MD500E Eglington Valley, New Zealand

Engine failure followed by autorotation, and resulting in moderate skid and tail boom damage.

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24-May-13 N569BC Robinson R44 Cross Timbers, US-Missouri (2F)

Crashed in heavy wooded area.  Fatalities named as pilot William Higgenbotham, 32, and the passenger was Catalina Richard, 21.

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24-May-13 Bell UH-1 Arlington, US-Virginia

Near miss – military helicopter and Embraer 175 airliner at same level (400ft) and 950 ft horizontal separation.  Airliner on approach to Reagan National Airport

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24-May-13 N45UH Eurocopter EC145 Salt Lake City, US-Utah

Bird strike and bird entered cockpit. AirMed 4 landed safely on the helipad at Kennecott mine. There were no injuries

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23-May-13 PNB-8302 Eurocopter Bo105 Caracas, Venezuela (5F)

Crashed in low visibility while chasing a vehicle containing two hostages.  All five POB died.  Post crash fire

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23-May-13 G-XXEB Sikorsky S76C++ Denham, UK

Precautionary landing after technical issue with VVIPs on board -Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall

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22-May-13 Eurocopter AS350B3 Siellavagge, Sweden

Parked helicopter knocked over by avalanche started by skiers.  Avalanche travelled over 1km to reach the helicopter

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21-May-13 3A-MPG Eurocopter EC155 Albenga, Italy

Approaching Albenga Airport, MGB CHIP warning light ON. After 5 minutes hard noise was detected and crew has decided to land immediately on a beach. No damages was detected to the helicopter

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21-May-13 RA-20977 Mil Mi-2 Seversky, Russia

Helicopter crashed into field during agricultural operations

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