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19-Jul-12 ZS-RUI Robinson R44 Witfontein, South Africa

Shortly after dropping two passengers, helicopter had problem on take-off and it crashed onto its starboard side.  Pilot Christoffel Myburgh sustained head injuries

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19-Jul-12 N911LS AgustaWestland AW119Ke Junction City, US-Kansas

Multiple laser strikes. Landed safely

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17-Jul-12 N716AM Agusta A109A Niihau, US-Hawaii

Rotor blades struck trees on take-off, landed on beach without further incident

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16-Jul-12 Mil MI-8 El Fasher, Sudan (7F)

Military spokesman Col. Sawarmy Khalid Saad said that a technical failure caused the crash. Seven officers were killed and two others were injured. [Helicopter type assumed, not confirmed]

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16-Jul-12 Mil Mi-2 Mbouambe, Congo Brazzaville (2F)

Mi-2 owned by Congo Interior Ministry (referred to in one report as a “police helicopter”) crashed killing Russian citizen, SP Korostel, and Belarusian citizen, MF Cherenkov.  Earlier reports of 2 Ukrainians being killed were later dismissed

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16-Jul-12 N47WH Robinson R22 Bountiful, US-Utah

Rolled over multiple times on autorotation landing on training flight.  Instructor and student not seriously injured

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14-Jul-12 N556MM Robinson R44 Red Oak, US-Iowa

Rotor blade struck vehicle on landing

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13-Jul-12 N45VX Eurocopter SE313B Glenn, US-California

Landed hard and rolled onto its side.  Aircraft destroyed

 

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13-Jul-12 N45VX Eurocopter SE313 Glenn, US-California

Flipped over on landing.  Night landing assumed, given time listed as 0740Z in California

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12-Jul-12 YL-HCJ Robinson R44 Kastīres, Latvia

Helicopter was involved in operation cutting trees back along a powerline, using an underslung saw.  Finnish pilot

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12-Jul-12 ZS-HIG Robinson R44 Grand Central, South Africa

Helicopter landed heavily and fell onto its side

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11-Jul-12 Mil Mi-17 Skardu, Pakistan (6F)

Reported as a test flight, but with 8 POB?  Fatalities named as Major Amir Azam, Havildar Abdual Waheed, Havildar Zeeshan Haider, Naik Muhammad Imran, Sepoy Kaleem Ullah and Sepoy Noor Mustafa

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11-Jul-12 PT-HOL Robinson R22 Campo de Marte, Brazil (2F)

Crashed to the ground into a building, killing both occupants – instructor Mailson Rocha Lopes (age 23) and student Denis Frank Thomazi (32)

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10-Jul-12 C-GHZN Robinson R44 Carcross, Canada (1F)

Helicopter was involved in a low level bear survey and crashed.  Pilot killed, one passenger seriously injured, the other minor injuries.  Pilot was later  identified as 56-year-old Paul Rosset, from Yellowknife. Both passengers were employees of Environment Yukon – named here as Jonathan Postma and Raphael Roy-Jauvin.

CADORS 2012C2841

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09-Jul-12 N7527Y Robinson R22B Murrieta, US-California (1F)

Pilot killed in R22 accident.  Passenger received minor injuries.   See also HeliHub.com news story – California R22 crash kills record-holder pilot Johan Nurmi

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09-Jul-12 Borroloola, Australia

Mustering accident

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09-Jul-12 C-GLAQ Bell 206B Rouyn-Noranda, Canada

Starboard skid got stuck on terrain, resulting in dynamic roll-over onto its side.  Minor injuries to sole occupant pilot.  CADAORS 2012Q1523

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09-Jul-12 N2919W Bell 47G.3B.2 Treynor, US-Iowa

Main blades contacted tail boom during agricultural operations

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08-Jul-12 G-LVDC Bell 206L Silverstone, UK

Industry source tell us that a force landing was made, and during flare the main blades clipped the stabliser end-plates.  Damage pointed out by refueller when next uploading fuel, and pilot continued a further one or two more legs.  Date needs confirming

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08-Jul-12 G-OAMI Bell 206B Silverstone, UK

Industry sources tell us that the helicopter made a very heavy landing inside the circuit causing sufficient damage to require it to be taken out by road for repair.  Date needs confirming

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08-Jul-12 G-LVDC Bell 206L Silverstone, UK

While taking off, the helicopter’s low rotor rpm warning horn sounded. The pilot entered autorotation and carried out a forced landing into a field.

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07-Jul-12 N565LH Schweizer 300C Shreveport, US-Louisiana

Unknown circumstances, according to FAA records

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06-Jul-12 N617HP Eurocopter AS350B3 Trinity Alps, US-California

One serious injury after rotor blades hit disembarking passenger – CHP crew member Tony Stanley, who was getting out to help pick up injured hiker Jeremy Kilburn – both were then airlifted to Mercy Medical Center in Redding

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06-Jul-12 Bell 206B Mount Hagen, Papua New Guinea

Helicopter missing for 4+ days.  Three crew missing are New Zealander Antony Annan, 49 and two Australians, one named as Russel Aitken, 42.

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04-Jul-12 RA-04097 Eurocopter AS350B3 Lensk, Russia (4F)

Helicopter crashed killing all four occupants shortly after take off from Lensk Airport.  Operator UTair named the victims as  pilot Gordeychuk Vasily, mechanic Druzenko Ivan and passengers Verezhak Yaroslav and Arthur Popov.  Unclear how relevant this is, but UTair have also stopped using Lensk for refuelling as a result of the accident.

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04-Jul-12 N561CH Robinson R44 Tallahassee, US-Florida

Crashed into lake – student pilot on night training exercise

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04-Jul-12 F-OHOR Eurocopter AS355N Remire-Montjoly, French Guiana

Pilot had difficulty adjusting power.  Skid hits edge of helipad when landing, causing it to roll over onto its side

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04-Jul-12 C-GUIK Bell 206B Silverton, Canada

JetRanger crashed in open field during agricultural operations.  Pilot in hospital after walking to nearest farm for help. Helicopter destroyed.  CADAORS 2012C2726

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03-Jul-12 C-GENL Bell 206B Saskatoon, Canada

Crashed while conducting low level manoeuvres east of Saskatoon. An ELT signal was reported by several overflying aircraft.  CADAORS 2012C2707

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03-Jul-12 N499DF Bell UH-1H Willits, US-California

Cal Fire helicopter was forced to make an emergency landing.  No injuries, minor damage

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02-Jul-12 EC-KSJ Bell 412 Yátova, Spain (1F)

First of two accidents fighting the same fire in Spain.  Pilot killed.

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02-Jul-12 RA-04176 Robinson R44 Imangulovo, Russia

“helicopter made a crash landing”.  No injuries

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02-Jul-12 EC-JUN PZL Sokol Sierra Martes, Spain

Crashed 30 minutes after the Bell 412 firefighting accident.  One report states loss of tail rotor on approach to site at altitude of 20m.  Both occupants (aged 55 and 36) injured

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01-Jul-12 I-LASB Eurocopter AS350B3 Granmichele, Italy

Force landing due to a technical issue on positioning flight back to base after firefighting

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30-Jun-12 N729DP Eurocopter AS350B Camp Verde, US-Arizona (4F)

Helicopter crashed into river, killing all four occupants, on a flight from Sedona to Scottsdale.  Wreckage located the next day.  A later report from KGUN9suggested that authorities had “discovered a severed cable near the crash site and found marks on the rotor blade consistent with hitting a cable”.  Fatalities were named as helicopter owner/pilot Raymond Perry (70), Karen Stinn (68), Mike Dunaway (63), and Linda Dunaway (64).

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30-Jun-12 Kimberley, South Africa

Emergency landing on farm, helicopter caught fire.  Sole occupant, an instructor on a positioning flight, not seriously injured.

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29-Jun-12 D-HLUX Hughes 500D Bernkastel, Germany (1F)

Hughes 500D spraying a vineyard hit powerline and crashed into field, killing the 26-year old pilot.

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29-Jun-12 Sikorsky MH-53E Pohang, Korea

Emergency landing made in rice paddy field after indication of onboard fire during training flight.  helicopter completely burned out on the ground after all occupants had swiftly embarked after the emergency landing

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29-Jun-12 JA6817 Bell 412 Kawane, Japan

Landing accident.   2 POB injured

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28-Jun-12 TU-THO Eurocopter SA365C2 Beposo, Ghana

Helicopter carrying six employees of mining company Newmont and two crew of the IAS Helicopter Company this afternoon made an unscheduled landing at Beposo in the Ashanti Region. All people on board the aircraft are safe.  Damage level is not known – company announcement implies a safe single engine landing.  Some press reports contain a photo of a military Puma on its side, but the quoted registration and type do tie up to one in West Africa.  Another report shows a South African Bo105!

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28-Jun-12 A-2618 Bell UH-1H Ljubinici, Bosnia

Three injured in UH-1 crash.  Helicopter ended up upside-down on its rotorhead with skids ripped off (photo).  One report says “wire strike”

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26-Jun-12 N911KX Bell 407 Pleasantville, US-Iowa

Helicopter went AOG for unknown reason and was roaded out from field landing.  We are 99% sure this was N911KX, although the press photo shows the registration etc all covered up.  Compare to this photo of N911KX which is known to be based in Iowa.

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26-Jun-12 N4582D Bell UH-1F Concrete, US-Washington

Contacted powerlines during sling operations.  Bucket operator sustained serious injuries

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26-Jun-12 N488MC Hughes 269A Grinnell, US-Iowa

Tail boom struck fence on landing

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25-Jun-12 Eurocopter AS332L2 Shetland, UK

Offshore support helicopter escorted to Sumburgh Airport by Coastguard helicopter after a warning light illuminated

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25-Jun-12 Sikorsky S61 St Mary’s, UK

Emergency landing at St Mary’s, Scilly Isles, on a flight out of Tresco after a warning light came on.  Apparently a ‘spurious fire warning’

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25-Jun-12 Eurocopter Tiger Shoalwater Bay, Australia

Fumes in the cockpit – led to fleet grounding (for second time)

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24-Jun-12 N9043N Sikorsky S58 Brewster, US-Washington

Caught fire during pre-flight run-up

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23-Jun-12 AMHP-151 Eurocopter AS565SB Tecalitlan, Mexico (4F)

Extensively damaged after hitting mountain.  Took authorities four days to find wreckage.  No word of, or from, crew – thus presumed fatal.  Aircraft took off 22nd June just before midnight and last known contact was at 00.10am with ATC at Uruapan, Michoacan

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22-Jun-12 Boeing CH-47 Kandahar province, Afghanistan

Helicopter damaged, although extent of damage not stated.  One occupant injured.

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22-Jun-12 C-GAEE Robinson R44 Whitecourt, Canada

After being airborne for approximately 35 minutes, the engine began to lose power. The pilot picked an oil well lease site for a precautionary landing and while descending to the intended landing spot, the engine lost and regained power and then finally quit. The pilot entered autorotation and on landing the aircraft bounced, resulting in the skid gear spreading and the mast rocking. Sole occupant pilot was uninjured  CADAORS 2012C2510

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22-Jun-12 C-FVPP Rotorway 162F Red Deer, Canada

The helicopter began to rotate and the pilot entered auto rotation, however, while avoiding high tension power lines, landed with sideways motion resulting in a roll over. There were no injuries to the pilot or passenger. The helicopter was substantially damaged. The middle/centre Kevlar tail rotor drive belt was found to have split in two.  CADAORS 2012C2707

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21-Jun-12 157135 Sikorsky CH-53D Sarabagh, Afghanistan

Forced landing, and caught fire.  No fatalities

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19-Jun-12 270 Eurocopter EC135P2 Borrisoleigh, Ireland

EMS helicopter down – reported wire strike – 3 POB  – no patient on board.

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19-Jun-12 VH-HEB Eurocopter AS350 Charra, Australia

During the cruise, the pilot and passenger detected fuel fumes in the cockpit and conducted a precautionary landing. After landing, the helicopter caught fire and was destroyed.  Pilot named as Barry Thompson (52) and passenger aged 23

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18-Jun-12 VH-LTO Schweizer 300CBi Redcliffe, Australia

During a simulated forced landing, the helicopter landed heavily and rolled onto its side. The helicopter was substantially damaged and one crew received minor injuries.

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18-Jun-12 G-ROAD Robinson R44 II Corby, UK

Rotor blade clipped the branch of a tree while hover taxying

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17-Jun-12 N808WH Robinson R44 Scottsdale, US-Arizona

Autorotated into field and the boom broke off

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16-Jun-12 N282AH Bell UH-1H Weatherford, US-Texas

Rotor blade separated during run up

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14-Jun-12 MD Helicopters 500E Columbus, US-Ohio

Emergency landing in school field after chip light illuminated

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15-Jun-12 I-PATI Eurocopter SA315B Illorai, Italy

Crashed on firefighting ops while filling up the water bucket

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15-Jun-12 I-PATI Eurocopter SA315B Illorai, Italy

Overturned while loading water from a stream during firefighting operations. Aircraft destroyed

 

 

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14-Jun-12 N1089N Robinson R22M Oak Island, US-North Carolina

Robinson R22 Mariner operating at low level (it usually flies aerial photography work with boats) crashed into the sea and turned over.  Ambulances transported occupants Will Mistrot and Marie Kojimoto to hospital but their injuries were not considered life-threatening

We note that the initial press reports (see below) indicated that Mr Mistrot was the pilot, but it is evident from the later and more thorough NTSB report refering to the pilot in the female, that it was actually Ms Kojimoto, and thus Mr Mistrot was the passenger.

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14-Jun-12 C-GNAI Eurocopter AS350B2 Hebron, Canada

While manoeuvring near wildlife at low altitude, the tail rotor struck rocks and a large vibration was noted in the pedals. The pilot landed beside the nearby river without incident and called the company to report. The subsequent maintenance inspection revealed damage to the tail rotor blades, drive shafts, the tail boom and the vertical and horizontal stabilizers – CADAORS 2012A0567

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14-Jun-12 ZK-ISG Robinson R44 Whangarei, New Zealand

Wire strike while involved in spraying operations at low level.  Landed safely, although cut wire meant that 530 customers were without electricity

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14-Jun-12 G-LNAA MD Helicopters MD902 Coventry, UK

Emergency field landing with patient on board while on transfer flight.  Patient continued to destination courtesy of AgustaWestland AW109 of Warwickshire & Northants Air Ambulance.  MD902 later flown short distance to Coventry Airport where it remained grounded at least the next day.

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13-Jun-12 EJC-3381 Mil Mi-17 Carepa, Colombia (1F)

Post maintenance test flight crash, major post-crash fire.  1 fatality named as Edgar Rojas Calderón.  Four survivors named as as Javier Salguero Moreno; José Espinosa Cortés; Jesús Carreño Manrique; and Jhon Agudelo Castaño

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13-Jun-12 ZK-ISG Robinson R44 Opuawhanga, New Zealand

Helicopter struck power lines during an agricultural spraying operation. The helicopter was damaged but a safe landing was made.

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13-Jun-12 Boeing CV-22B Navarre, US-Florida

Crashed on training mission out of Hurlburt Field’s Eglin Range, injuring all five occupants

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12-Jun-12 N8286Z Eurocopter AS350B2 Decatur, US-Georgia

Emergency landing in public park “after noticing strange fumes”

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12-Jun-12 N282MC Robinson R44 East Wenatchee, US-Washington (1F)

Clipped a power line while attempting to dry off an East Wenatchee cherry orchard.  Two occupants seriously injured, of which one died in hospital the day after.

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12-Jun-12 N590AE Eurocopter AS350B3 Grand Junction, US-Colorado

Bird strike at 12,000 ft amsl.  Pilot elected to abort and return to base.  Alternate aircraft sent to carry out patient transfer

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12-Jun-12 VH-HIE Robinson R44 Maryborough, Australia

After takeoff, the helicopter struck a single power line and the helicopter subsequently impacted the ground.

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10-Jun-12 VH-HOU Robinson R44 Maryvale, Australia

Landed heavily with 4 POB while transporting spectators for the Finke Desert Race.  2 Minor injuries.

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10-Jun-12 5Y-CDT Eurocopter AS350B3e Ngong Hills, Kenya (6F)

Crashed in woodland killing Kenya’s Security Minister, George Saitoti and his deputy Orwa Ojode, pilots Luke Oyugi, Nancy Gituanja and bodyguards Inspector Joshua Tonkei and Sergeant Thomas Murimis.  Only small size items remain after post-crash fire.  Helicopter had only been delivered earlier this year (see HeliHub.com story and local Kenyan story).  See also this YouTube video

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