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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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20-May-13 Eurocopter EC145 Allier, France

Wire strike during low-level rescue operation to try and save a kayaker in flood waters.  Successful emergency landing in adjacent meadow without further damage.  Part of wire impaled in main blade(s)

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20-May-13 F-HHFA Eurocopter EC120 St Tropez, France

Crashed on a football pitch with the tail boom having been cut off.  Substantially damaged

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19-May-13 C-GYWB Eurocopter AS350B2 Fort McMurray, Canada

Helicopter landed on edge of swamp, passengers began to unload their equipment from port side equipment basket, causing helicopter to tilt aft and left damaging the tail boom and tail rotor blades when they contacted the water. CADORS 2013C2009

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18-May-13 Robinson R22 Wilmington, US-North Carolina

Emergency landing for “engine issues”

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17-May-13 Virginia Beach, US-Virginia (2F)

Two members of the FBI’s ultra-elite Hostage Rescue Team (Special Agents Christopher Lorek and Stephen Shaw) were killed  during a training accident involving a helicopter off the coast of Virginia Beach.  The military statement said very little except that it encountered unspecified difficulties and the agents fell a “significant distance.”

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17-May-13 Sambisa, Nigeria

Militants hit a JTF helicopter with anti-aircraft weapons during combat operations.

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16-May-13 D-HLDM Eurocopter EC135P2 Ochsenfurt, Germany

EMS helicopter landed on scene and stabiliser end-plate pierced car windscreen

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14-May-13 B-7479 Bell 206B Dezhou City, China

Helicopter hijacked, linked to recovery of monies owed by the operator to another aviation company

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13-May-13 North Platte, US-Nebraska

Emergency landing – North Platte Fire and Rescue responded to the airport for precautionary reasons. Fire Marshal George Lewis said there was no fire and no one was injured.

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13-May-13 HAL Dhruv Siachen, India

1 serious, 1 minor injury to the 2 POB.  Damage level to helicopter not known

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12-May-13 C-GAHZ Bell 212 Dewar Lakes, Canada

On landing, the helicopter encountered whiteout conditions, and after touchdown, the helicopter rolled over. Two of the three passengers suffered minor injuries. The pilot and other passenger were not injured. The helicopter was destroyed.  On contract to Canada’s Dept of National Defence.  CADORS 2013C1810

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10-May-13 Irvine, US-California

Sheriff helicopter made emergency field landing after reporting engine problems

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10-May-13 N94PH Bell 206B Heflin, US-Kentucky

Hit powerline while spraying.  Pilot walked away – he was named here as Michael Stewart

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09-May-13 N927SP Bell OH-58A Jekyll Island, US-Georgia

Main rotor struck tail on landing

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09-May-13 Mil Mi-24 Port Harcourt, Nigeria

Emergency landing on training flight due to tail rotor failure.  No injuries

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09-May-13 Robinson R22 Sao Paulo, Brazil

Training accident, helicopter ended up on its starboard side in local park

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08-May-13 N318DB Eurocopter SA318C Everglades National Park, US-Florida

Pilot reported a loss of engine power while hovering the helicopter at 20 feet during biological survey flight. Aircraft was substantially damaged.

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08-May-13 N5ZK Robinson R22 Honolulu, US-Hawaii

Force landed in street and badly damaged in collision with parked vehicle

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08-May-13 PT-HML Eurocopter AS350 Morro da Urca HP, Brazil

Approach to helipad with tail wind – ended up in trees adjacent to the heliport. Helicopter believed to be on sightseeing tour.  Five people injured Cláudio Cobo Fernandes, Marcos Estaca da Silva Nunes, Disney da Silva Ribeiro Lopes Júnior, along with pilot Ricardo de Resende Herter and co-pilot Murilo Cesar da Silva Saibro.  Damage to main rotor, as well as breakage of the tail rotor and vertical stabilizer; there was also damage to the underside and skis of  the helicopter.

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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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