Latest Accident Reports

05-Dec-20 N625CF Airbus AS365N3 Dayton, US-Ohio

At approximately 140 KIAS, the right rear passenger door came open. The PIC had also heard and felt a change in the aircraft. PIC immediately slowed down the aircraft and the flight nurse in the back of the aircraft while still seat-belted was able to close the door. Upon safe landing and exiting of the... Read more

04-Dec-20 JA504D Airbus AS350 Higashi Matsuyama, Japan

Take off from a temporary helipad in Higashi Matsuyama, Miyagi Prefecture at 10:50 (JST). The flight was for carrying trees with a sling (total weight of about 380 kg), and at an altitude of about 90 m near Miyato Kokegaura in Higashi Matsuyama, one of the trees (about 30 kg) fall in a paddy field.  No... Read more

02-Dec-20 VH-HGU Robinson R44 Marulan South, Australia (2F)

Helicopter collided with terrain during a training flight.  The pilot and instructor on board were fatally injured and the helicopter was destroyed by fire.  The student pilot was named as Andrew Goldman... Read more

02-Dec-20 OF-??? Airbus AS350 Mombo, Botswana

Crashed on take-off during an anti-poaching operation.  Army spokesperson advised that all five Botswana Defence Force members aboard the helicopter survived the accident and are currently receiving medical attention... Read more

30-Nov-20 PR-HEB Bell 206L4 Porto Jofre, Brazil (1F)

Firefighting operation – single occupant pilot died when helicopter went down in a water course, while taking on water for the firefighting process.  Pilot named in government press release as Mauro Tadeu da Silva Oliveira... Read more

29-Nov-20 9N-AJJ Airbus AS350B2 Nuwakot, Nepal

Bird strike took out the port windshield and damaged area between nose and base of windshield.  Safe landing, but some of 6POB were injured... Read more

24-Nov-20 YN-CIQ Continental Copters Tomcat Chinandega, Nicaragua (1F)

The Tomcat helicopter (Bell 47 adaption) was involved in agricultural work.  Unclear what happened but helicopter ended up on the ground on its skids but without its rotor mast or main blades This report states that “Jose Daniel Avelarez Gálea – aviation mechanic was killed and citizen Edward José Flores Padilla, who works as an aviation... Read more

25-Nov-20 RF-38376 Mil Mi-8MTV1 Volgograd, Russia

Airport ramp floodlight mast fell onto boom, possibly caused by main blades striking it first.  Video shows tail rotor separating from boom prior to the mast falling 3POB not injured... Read more

20-Nov-20 LV-FQN Airbus AS350B3 Coronel Moldes, Argentina (2F)

Crashed after hitting zip wire.  Both occupants received fatal injuries. One was named as entrepreneur Jorge Brito... Read more

18-Nov-20 N442JP Robinson R44 Austell, US-Georgia

Training accident – FAA report loss of control followed by ground impact.  2 POB reported not injured... Read more

16-Nov-20 ZS-MCC Bell 407 (Location tba), Tanzania

Photos posted online show helicopter significantly damaged by landing in two feet of water in a lake, although it remained upright on its skids.  Second image shows the person who took the photos, sat in the water of the lake with leg injuries strapped up in a rudimentary way... Read more

16-Nov-20 LN-OAX Airbus AS350B3 Lysefjorden, Norway

The aircraft was performing external load flights with delivering of concrete to a powerline fundament. During delivery of concrete to powerline mast number 49, the pilot experienced severe vertically vibrations. The pilot took immediate action, released the external load and was capable to manoeuvre the helicopter away from the construction area. During this operation the... Read more

15-Nov-20 N442ME Airbus EC135 Williamsport, US-Pennsylvania

Bird strike left six inch hole in chin bubble window FAA just reported this as “Stat 13” which is a callsign and not a registration, but our research identified it as N442ME... Read more

14-Nov-20 N712CA Airbus AS355F2 Hammonton, US-New Jersey

While attempting to decouple from dolly, rudder pedal became stuck and helicopter briefly became airborne.  The tail rotor separated from the aircraft, resulting in a hard landing... Read more

13-Nov-20 LV-??? Robinson R22 Santo Tomé, Argentina

Incident was reportedly caused by the helicopter hitting powerlines shortly after take-off.  Heavily damaged... Read more

11-Nov-20 HB-ZVN Guimbal G2 Sion, Switzerland

Landed too close to the parked Bell 505 HB-ZYN, striking and breaking its tail fin.  This helicopter, with student and instructor, then crashed from a lower hover, breaking its skids and damaging its boom close to the fenestron (which ended up approx 90 degrees twisted on the boom axis)... Read more

11-Nov-20 HB-ZYN Bell 505 Sion, Switzerland

Tail broken off while parked after Guimbal G2 Cabri HB-ZVN landed too close... Read more

08-Nov-20 9M-HCB Guimbal G2 Taman Melawati, Malaysia (2F)

Two Guimbal G2 Cabris were conducting training flights. Both took off from Subang’s Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport bound for Genting Sempah. Each helicopter was carrying an instructor and and a student.  It is reported that the two helicopters contacted each other in some way before each making separate landings. This blue-livery helicopter descended vertically into... Read more

08-Nov-20 9M-HCA Guimbal G2 Taman Melawati, Malaysia

Two Guimbal G2 Cabris were conducting training flights. Both took off from Subang’s Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport bound for Genting Sempah. Each helicopter was carrying an instructor and and a student.  It is reported that the two helicopters contacted each other in some way before each making separate landings. This red-livery helicopter managed to make... Read more

08-Nov-20 N123NC Bell 206A Raleigh, US-North Carolina

Highway Patrol helicopter landed in the street on final approach to its base after striking trees.  The helicopter remained upright, but landed heavily and the skids splayed out – other damage included main blades and bom.  Sole occupant pilot B.K. Jones was injured Approx latlong 35.731181, -78.629324... Read more

08-Nov-20 TG-GEA Airbus AS350B3 Alta Verapaz, Guatemala

Tail rotor and stabiliser damaged by hitting a tree during an emergency landing... Read more

08-Nov-20 N139PD Bell 407 Piñones, Puerto Rico

Emergency landing on beach as the tide was coming in.  Skids sank into the soft sand.... Read more

07-Nov-20 N2081G Schweizer 300C Bowman, US-North Dakota

Helicopter tipped over on landing.  2 POB, not injured... Read more

05-Nov-20 N505AJ Bell 505 Chino, US-California

Aircraft sustained heavy autorotation landing.... Read more

06-Nov-20 N109EX Leonardo AW109S Boyle Heights, US-California

Landing accident on hospital roof top pad, bringing in a donated heart for transplant from Sharp Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa.  3 POB all got themselves out of the wreckage.  Each needed medical attention. This video shows the helicopter spinning just prior to touch-down, suggesting a tail rotor issue.  Another video here, different angle.... Read more

04-Nov-20 N3191 Bell 407 Little Rock, US-Arkansas

Heavy autorotation landing.  Sole occupant pilot not injured... Read more

04-Nov-20 ARC223 Bell UH-1N Guaymaral, Columbia

Emergency landing during low level training detail.  4POB all out OK Helicopter fell onto its port side, breaking the main blades.  The tail boom remained mostly intact, apart from the port stabiliser on which the helicopter came to rest.,... Read more

27-Oct-20 N58251 MD Helicopters MD500D Nuuanu, US-Hawaii

Emergency landing in a ravine after experiencing engine problems.  Helicopter was working for Hawaiian Electric.  Some reports say “hard landing”.  Extent of damage not known. Pilot not injured “A contractor for Hawaiian Electric was transporting material near the Nuuanu Reservoir off Pali Highway when the helicopter lost power and made a hard landing,” according to... Read more

26-Oct-20 N530H Airbus AS350B3 Arenas Valley, NM

The helicopter sustained substantial damage and the sole occupant pilot was seriously injured.... Read more

21-Oct-20 N716VL Bell 206B Jones Inlet, US-New York

Helicopter ditched in three feet of water in poor visibility.  Fuselage cracked by impact.  Sole occupant pilot got out and appeared OK... Read more

20-Oct-20 RA-04327 Robinson R44 Bobrovskoye, Russia (4F)

The helicopter was en route Vologda – Veliky Ustyug and crashed into the Sukhona River near the Bobrovskoye settlement of the Nyuksensky District, after flying into powerlines.  Three villages suffered power failure. Operated by Aerosoyuz, the four occupants on board all died in the accident.  They included Oleg Vasiliev, the general director of JSC “Ded Moroz”,... Read more

18-Oct-20 N566BC Robinson R22 Winder, US-Georgia

Crashed into a wooded area.  Further info awaited... Read more

19-Oct-20 N31136 Robinson R44 Washington Island, US-Wisconsin

Gust of wind caught helicopter on take-off, causing it to land and tip over onto its starboard side... Read more

16-Oct-20 N500DL Robinson R44 Pahrump, US-Nevada

Skid struck water causing helicopter to crash into it.  Helicopter ended inverted and mostly under water.  Pilot out safely... Read more

16-Oct-20 N777CP Bell 206 Lakeland, US-Florida

Autorotation into a green swamp wilderness due to engine issues.  Tail boom separated and blades struck trees... Read more

10-Oct-20 N899RT Enstrom 480B Putnam, US-Connecticut

Helicopter was attempting to land on a trailer/dolly.  One skid got caught, causing helicopter to come to rest on its side.  The two passengers got out OK.  Fire Brigade said it took crews about 50 minutes to extricate the pilot... Read more

09-Oct-20 N3181F Bell UH-1F Willets, US-California

FAA – AIRCRAFT DURING PRE-FLIGHT INSPECTION DAMAGE WAS DISCOVERED TO RUDDER AND A MISSING BOLT TO TAIL BOOM, WILLITS, CA.... Read more

04-Oct-20 N24AE Bell 206 Jackson, US-Mississippi

Bird strike which broke the windshield on the pilot’s side and ended up in the cabin... Read more

03-Oct-20 C-FSSU Robinson R44 II Nottawasaga, Canada

The Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (JRCC) Trenton was first called around 1700Z regarding a helicopter in the Orangeville, ON, area due to an emergency locator transmitter (ELT) signal that was going off. It was confirmed that there had been a crash approximately 12NM Northeast (NE) of Orangeville, near a private strip. It was reported that... Read more

30-Sep-20 N250Z Guimbal G2 Bentonville, US-Arkansas

Bent skids and tail rotor ground strike on landing... Read more

29-Sep-20 N91TA Bell 206B Packwood, US-Washington

Tail rotor hit trees during logging operations, causing helicopter to crash... Read more

29-Sep-20 VH-WPX Airbus AS365N3 Perth, Australia

A rescue crewman was lowered onto the deck of a vessel as part of winch training exercise, off the coast of Perth, Western Australia. During the exercise, the rescue crewman was pulled overboard from the vessel, into and through the water. The rescue crewman was not injured.... Read more

25-Sep-20 LN-ONQ Sikorsky S92 Stavangar, Norway

S92 was on its way back to Stavangar/Sola (ENZV) after a flight to the West Elara oil installation. During descent from 7 000 ft. towards 1 000 ft., at a height of approx. 4 500 ft. the crew received a caution that the oil pressure on the main gearbox had dropped below 45 psi. Shortly afterwards,... Read more

25-Sep-20 LN-ONQ Sikorsky S92 Sola, Norway

On Friday 25 September 2020, the Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation S-92A, LN-ONQ, operated by Bristow Norway was on its way back to Sola (ENZV) after a flight to the West Elara oil installation. During descent from 7 000 ft. towards 1 000 ft., at a height of approx. 4 500 ft. the crew received a caution... Read more

23-Sep-20 G-???? Airbus H175 Aberdeen, UK

Failure of recently-overhauled main gear box during ground run. Significant damage to the main gear box No information provided on registration or operator.... Read more

18-Sep-20 VH-LTO Guimbal G2 Caloundra, Australia

During a touch-and-go, the Extra EA 300 aircraft collided with a Guimbal Cabri G2 helicopter on the runway.... Read more

15-Sep-20 N489DM Bell 407 Fort Worth, US-Texas

Main rotor struck tail boom during autorotation training.  Instructor and student not injured... Read more

13-Sep-20 PP-MRA Airbus AS350 Arapiraca, Brazil

The aircraft took off to carry out a local flight, with the purpose of conducting police patrol, with two pilots, an air operator and two policemen on board.On the return, during the taxi in the central area of ​​the apron, there was loss of control of the aircraft, which carried out two turns of approximately... Read more

12-Sep-20 N537BC Robinson R44 Willow, US-Alaska

Struck tree during landing.  Sole occupant pilot was not injured... Read more

12-Sep-20 N453F Airbus H120 Baltimore, US-Maryland

Precautionary emergency landing at Patterson Park on after a warning light came on (per press), or “altitude and radio issues” (per FAA)... Read more

09-Sep-20 N461RA Bell 206L1 Binghampton, US-New York

Precautionary field landing while on powerline  imaging work... Read more

06-Sep-20 N354PA Airbus AS350B2 Fort Greely, US-Alaska

Port side sliding door separated and hit main rotor disc.  Emergency landing... Read more

03-Sep-20 ?????? Sikorsky CH-53E Sneads Ferry, US-North Carolina

No details found on why this CH-53E made an emergency landing, but it ended up burning out on the ground after landing.  All 4 POB out safely.... Read more

01-Sep-20 N139HN Airbus EC130 Winchester, US-Kentucky

Emergency landing in field after engine issues... Read more

01-Sep-20 7?? Mil Mi-17 Rustaq, Afghanistan

Helicopter landed heavily and rolled over onto its starboard side. 12 POB, 2 with minor injuries... Read more

29-Aug-20 B-7537 Robinson R44 Longnan, China (1F)

Hit lines while on low level agricultural spraying ops.  Pilot died... Read more

29-Aug-20 HC-CVB Robinson R66 Manta, Ecuador

Heavy landing which resulted in the starboard skid ripped off, main blades damaged, tail strike which destroyed tail blades Registration to be confirmed as HC-CVB is also reported as a Bell 505... Read more

28-Aug-20 5N-BQW Bell 206B Opebi, Nigeria (3F)

Helicopter crashed into the yard in a built-up area, killing two of three occupants on impact.  Third is reported to have later died in hospital. Images show mast and main rotor blades largely intact, suggesting it descended upright and vertically.  Location is about 3km east of Lagos Airport.... Read more

28-Aug-20 C-____ Robinson R44 New Liskeard, Canada

As the helicopter was touching down on the helipad, it bounced and then drifted laterally. A main rotor blade contacted a tree and the helicopter rolled over onto its side. The two occupants were not injured; the helicopter was destroyed.... Read more

28-Aug-30 JA332T Airbus AS332L1 Nagaoka, Japan

The aircraft took off from the temporary helipad, and was transporting a cargo, and unintentionally dropped the cargo (about 790kg, construction materials) on a grass field near the temporary helipad from a height of about 25m around 9:50 JST. Cargo was old steel tower members, weight: about 790 kilograms.... Read more

27-Aug-20 ??-????? Sikorsky MH-60M San Clemente Island, US-California (2F)

US special forces UH-60M crashed with two fatalities and three injuries. Two fatalities were named as Staff Sgt. Vincent Marketta, 33, and Sgt. Tyler Shelton, 22... Read more

26-Aug-20 RA-04393 Robinson R44 Krasnaya Polyana, Russia

Details sketchy, but helicopter damaged and 2 of 4 POB were injured.... Read more

25-Aug-20 N276TH Sikorsky S76C West Palm Beach, US-Florida

Landing gear collapsed while taxying after landing. 2POB not injured... Read more

25-Aug-20 N160SH Airbus AS350B2 Tuxedni Bay, US-Alaska

Engine failed while hovering over mountainous terrain.  Heavy landing and helicopter rolled onto its side.  Pilot not injured Helicopter was being operated for HighGold Mining, who issued this related press release... Read more

24-Aug-20 N314 Kaman K-Max Warmic, US-Oregon (1F)

Pilot killed in firefighting accident.  Pilot named here as Tom Duffy... Read more

24-Aug-20 N280SG Enstrom 280FX Longmont, US-Colorado

FAA report unexplained field landing... Read more

24-Aug-20 OH-HJH MD Helicopters MD500D Sarvisalo, Finland

Landed upright but tail boom got chopped by main blades during emergency landing... Read more

24-Aug-20 C-GRCT Bell 206B Porcupine Plain, Canada

Helicopter was applying herbicide to a wheat field with only the pilot on board. After clearing a row of trees, the helicopter began a slight descent. While rounding out to continue the application pass, the spray boom made contact with the crop and the pilot lost directional control of the helicopter. The helicopter veered to... Read more

24-Aug-20 N386HQ Bell 205A.1 Laverne, US-California

Tail rotor double delamination discovered during post flight inspection... Read more

22-Aug-20 N41SJ Bell 206 Clifton, US-New Jersey

Precautionary landing in baseball field.  Eyewitness reports suggest there was something on fire in the cockpit which was taken out of the helicopter and extinguished.  With rotors still turning, the one person who got out then got back in and the helicopter took off again.... Read more

20-Aug-20 RA-????? Mil Mi-8 Khakassia, Russia

Heavy landing, damaging the landing gear.  No injuries to 17 POB Helicopter was en route from Tashtagol to Kemerovo... Read more

19-Aug-20 N711GH Bell UH-1 Coalinga, US-California (1F)

Crashed during firefighting operations.  Pilot received fatal injuries – named here as Michael Fournier... Read more

19-Aug-20 N95RZ Leonardo AW109E Wauseon, US-Ohio

Tail rotor struck lamp post on landing... Read more

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