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30-Mar-12 C-GLQI Bell 206 Canmore, Canada (1F)

Sightseeing tour with four British tourists crashed on the side of a mountain near Highways 1 and 40 east of Canmore.  Pilot Matthew Goodine died prior to arrival at hospital, with other passengers sustaining minor injuries

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30-Mar-12 N868W Hughes 369D McCormick, US-South Carolina

Extensively damaged (photo).  Pilot Dee Haddock landed at a gas station when he noticed some mechanical issues. He took off again to go to the Mccormick County Airport nearby, but never made it, crashing in a field near Mine Street and Highway 28 after flying approx half a mile

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30-Mar-12 N929JV Eurocopter SA315B Alva, US-Oklahoma

Autorotated into field during external load operations

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30-Mar-12 MQ-8B Fire Scout off USS SImpson

MQ-8B Fire Scout operating off USS Simpson (FFG-56) was ditched at sea upon returning from a maritime surveillance mission in support of Africa Partnership Station. The air vehicle was unable to achieve UAS Common Automated Recovery System (UCARS) lock on, a requirement for landing aboard a ship at sea. After multiple approaches and exhaustive troubleshooting by operators, the aircraft was positioned a safe distance from USS Simpson and the flight was terminated. Subsequently, Simpson crew performed a nighttime recovery of the aircraft.

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29-Mar-12 2216 Eurocopter AS332B Chaparralito, Venezuela (7F)

Crashed during anti-drug operations

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28-Mar-12 Eurocopter SA319 Lunundo, Angola (2F)

Helicopter was carrying out filming work.  The accident killed Feliciano Saiminho of Public Television of Angola and Air Force technician Manuel André

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28-Mar-12 N5189K MD Helicopters 500E Lawrenceville, US-Georgia

Bird strike on take off, precautionary landing made on taxiway

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28-Mar-12 Mil Mi-17 Kathmandu, Nepal

Got out of control during an anti-hijacking training session. Two army personnel injured

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28-Mar-12 N124AM Bell 407 Odenville, US-Alabama

While en route to a medical emergency at Steele, LifeSaver 1 from Birmingham was struck by a goose and landed in the parking lot at Margaret Elementary School.

** NOTE ** Registration is assumed from operator website.  The FAA repors code “LSV1” which refers to “LifeSaver 1” and recent photos on the LifeSaver 1 facebook page show N124AM

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27-Mar-12 Bell OH-58 McComb, US-Mississippi

Pilot smelt burning and made emergency field landing close to road intersection.  Helicopter burned out on the ground.  Although fitted with spray bars, operator Custom Air said no chemical was on board.  Custom Air have three OH-58s registered to them – N128NS (70-15128), N354NS (71-20354), N452MC (69-16110)

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26-Mar-12 Sikorsky S70C Orchid Island, Taiwan (5F)

Black Hawk with 6 POB – one rescued, five missing presumed perished

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25-Mar-12 D-HENN Eurocopter AS350SD2 Gelsdorf, Germany

Shortly after take off with five passengers on a pleasure flight at the Frühlingsfest event, the helicopter descended suddenly and suffered a heavy run-on landing which caused the skids to completely deform -then  sliding onwards through two security fences before coming to rest in a 40 degree nose down angle on the bank of a lake.  All six occupants were slightly injured.

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25-Mar-12 N407UT Bell 407 Rockwood, US-Tennessee

Precautionary landing

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25-Mar-12 PH-WQW Robinson R44 Zwolle, Netherlands

Helicopter ditched in lake adjacent to de Koperen Hoogte hotel.  Three occupants – two adults and a child aged 5 – swam to safety.  Press repots include a series of photos prior/during/after impact, but unclear what caused the helicopter to get into the flying state causing the ditching.

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25-Mar-12 Robinson R22 Sinalunga, Italy (2F)

R22 crashed from a low level sharp turn shortly close in a ploughed field approx 200m from the pilot’s house, killing both occupants.  The sequence was watched by the pilot’s son from the house, who immediately called the emergency services. The two were later named as pilot  Marcello Bartalucci age 62 and Giampaulo Marri, age 53.  Bartalucci was president of the Avio Club Valdichiana

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25-Mar-12 G-EMOL Schweizer 300CBi Bournemouth, UK

Date is estimate – helicopter was seen being loaded onto a road trailer 26-Mar-12 at Bournemouth Airport being taken for repair.  Operator name and registration had been covered over with black bin liners.  Training accident, further details awaited – but noting that the helicopter does not look badly damaged from a photo we have seen.

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24-Mar-12 G-BXRR Westland Scout Northampton, UK

Pilot flared on final approach to hotel landing site but helicopter did not slow down as quickly as he expected so he increased the flare attitude, causing the tail to strike the ground. The helicopter started to yaw to the right, pilot lowered the collective, resulting in a heavy landing. The pilot and his passengers were uninjured and able to vacate normally.

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24-Mar-12 9N-AKA Eurocopter AS350B2 Dhorpatan, Nepal

Tail rotor suffered minor damage after it stuck the ground while attempting to take off

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23-Mar-12 C-GYNN AgustaWestland AW139 Toronto, Canada

Window blew out in flight, apparently causing door to open.  Safe precautionary landing made in local park, not long after take off from Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport on EMS flight

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23-Mar-12 N31PB Bell 407 Delray Beach, US-Florida

Emergency landing in wooded area.  Helicopter ended up on its skids with its nose against a wall,  narrowly missing a convenience store.  Pilot and copilot both both injured

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22-Mar-12 RA-01931 Bell 407 Nizhny Novgorod, Russia (1F)

Helicopter struck wires and crashed into the icy waters of the River Volga, killing the pilot.  The helicopter was inverted and half under the ice with the pilot (named as Igor Sevbo) trapped inside.  Helicopter lifted out by Mil Mi-8 airlift

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22-Mar-12 Mil Mi-2 Sheksna, Russia

Two people hijacked the helicopter, forced the pilot to fly to a prison at gunpoint, and then hovered as a rope ladder was dropped town for prisoner Alexei Shestakov to escape.  Prison guards shot at the helicopter in an attempt to force it to land.  The aircraft was later found abandoned on the edge of Vologda.  The hijackers were named here as Tatyana Vazhalina, 35, and Alexander Rusakov, 36

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21-Mar-12 HB-ZKK Eurocopter AS350B3 Claridenfirn, Switzerland

Helicopter landing on snow ended up on its starboard side.  2 of 6 POB had minor injuries

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20-Mar-12 Eurocopter SE313 El Cuervo, Spain (3F)

Helicopter crashed with significant vertical descent rate.  see photo here and here.

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20-Mar-12 AgustaWestland AW101 Colchester, UK

The downdraft of a Merlin helicopter on a training exercise at Colchester General Hospital damaged support poles holding up a covered walkway linking Gainsborough Ward with the main hospital building so badly it had to be taken down.  Cars in the car park – including a police vehicle – suffered broken windscreens.

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17-Mar-12 PK-ODA Eurocopter AS350B2 Tembagapura, Indonesia (3K)

42-year-old Shri Rama Krishnan, was flying the Squirrel with two passengers on board on a routine food supply trip when the helicopter went missing, after turning back on encountering bad weather.  The helicopter was on charter to the Indonesian arm of US mining company Freeport-McMoRan.

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16-Mar-12 10981 Sikorsky UH-60 Kabul, Afghanistan (16K)

Turkish military MI-17 crashed in a suburb of Kabul killing 16 – reports suggest 12 in the helicopter, 4 on the ground (two women, two children).  The names of the soldiers  are as follows: Maj. Mithat Çolak, Maj. Şükrü BaÄŸdatlı, Maj. Serkan DoÄŸan, Maj. Ä°smail Cem Yakınlar, Cpt. Adil ErdoÄŸan, Commanding Sgt. Maj. Salih Helvacı, Commanding Sgt. Maj. Mehmet AkbaÅŸ, Spc. Sgt. Önay Vurucu, Cpt. Ä°lker Aydın, 1st Lt. Murat Yıldız, 1st Lt. Tahsin Barutçu and 1st Lt. Okan MelikoÄŸlu.

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16-Mar-12 F-GBEG Bell 47G Basse-Pointe, Martinique

Helicopter on agricultural operations crashed in a banana field.  Pilot got out OK and then helicopter caught fire and burnt out.

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15-Mar-12 N290SH Robinson R22 Palo Alto, US-California

Engine trouble on approach.  Pilot was only occupant, and was not injured.  After the landing, the helicopter was on its side in about a marshy area near the side of a lake (see photos in third link below)

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14-Mar-12 5N-POL Bell 427 Rukuba, Nigeria (12K)

While on “routine aerial patrol” the helicopter crashed into a residential area.  Reports vary as to number of fatalities, but general consensus is 7 in the helicopter and 5 on the ground.  Nigerian Police press release names four in the helicopter –  DIG Haruna John the DIG In-charge of Operations, ACP Garba Yalwa – Pilot, CSP Alexander Pwol-Ja co-pilot and Sgt Sonatian Shirunam – orderly.  One newspaper reports only a pig killed on the ground!

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14-Mar-12 D-HALS Bell 212 Iquela, Gabon (2F)

Crashed while taking part in oil exploration/ seismic operations on behalf of the Perenco Oil

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14-Mar-12 C-GONT Eurocopter EC130 Geraldton, Canada

conducting low-level wildlife management work when the helicopter was damaged and collided with the ground. The pilot and two crew members received minor injuries and were airlifted to safety by another MNR helicopter. CADAORS ref 2012O0625

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13-Mar-12 Kamov Ka52 Torzhok, Russia (2K)

Crashed on training flight

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13-Mar-12 N105KM CHR Safari Falling Water, US-Tennessee

NTSB report states that after an engine surge, the pilot performed an autorotation onto the trees below. The helicopter landed on top of a tree, which lower the helicopter gently as it bent over toward the creek below. As the helicopter reached the water, it rolled on to its side. Fuel from the fuel tanks spilled and caught on fire.

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12-Mar-12 F-BXXL Agusta-Bell 47G2 Lorrain, Martinique (1F)

Struck powerlines during agricultural operations, crashed and burnt out killing the pilot – Luke Chassery

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12-Mar-12 N104LP Bell 206L3 US-Gulf of Mexico

Rolled over on offshore platform

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12-Mar-12 C-GVEB Hughes 500D Trading Bay, US-Alaska

“flipped over”

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11-Mar-12 Bell UH-1H Kitcharao, Philippines

Helicopter was hovering near the ground when it suddenly crashed.

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11-Mar-12 Newcastle, UK

Bottle thrown at rotor blades of helicopter, incurring damage.  Man arrested

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08-Mar-12 Tamworth, Australia

Agricultural operations – helicopter hit powerlines

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07-Mar-12 N54BA Robinson R22 Randle, US-Washington

“impacted the side of a hill”

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06-Mar-12 N83AP Bell 206B Titusville, US-Florida

JetRanger working with Bristow Academy crashed and turned over.  Main rotors ripped off, tail boom damage but skids appear to in one piece?  No injuries

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05-Mar-12 N1099N Hughes 300C Staples, US-Texas

landed in a field with the tail boom chopped in half.  Remained upright on skids and two occupants not injured

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03-Mar-12 N20LA Robinson R44 Baranquitas, Puerto Rico

Tail sustained damage on take-off

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02-Mar-12 Scripps Ranch, US-California

“Approximately five pieces of wood cribbing came loose from a helicopter load and fell to the ground in an unoccupied open space along the Sunrise Powerlink about four miles south of Interstate 8 and four miles east of Loveland Reservoir,” the company said. “No one was injured.”

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02-Mar-12 N101MZ Eurocopter AS355F1 Oahu, US-Hawaii

Force landed in a field

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02-Mar-12 Bell 206L Baldwyn, US-Mississippi

precautionary landing after a transmission light came on

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01-Mar-12 N38FA Bell OH-58A Eufaula, US-Alabama

Hard landing on training flight

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01-Mar-12 N197LE Bell AH-1F Coolidge, US-Arizona

the helicopter was taking part in the filming of an episode of “Top Gear-Korea” when it crashed.  Initial reports indicate the crash was caused by a mechanical malfunction at a low altitude.  2 POB were reported safe soon after the accident.  A video was posted on LiveLeak.com from inside the cockpit of the whole sequence

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01-Mar-12 CC-CSU Eurocopter AS350B3 San Felix, Chile

Contacted cables, but landed normally with all three main rotor blades damaged.  Pilot listed as Francisco Esquivel Sierra

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29-Feb-12 N341HP Eurocopter AS350B3 Napa, US-California

Tailboom damaged during autorotation landing

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28-Feb-12 HL-190 Bell UH-1H San Luis Peten, Guatemala (10F)

Military helicopter which went to rescue civil helicopter which had crashed (see here) – crashed itself in a mountainous area killing all 10 aboard,

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28-Feb-12 6535 Eurocopter MH-65C Point Clear, US-Alabama (4F)

US Coast Guard MH-65C missing.  1 crew member rescue swimmer CPO Fernando Jorge was found unresponsive and later pronounced dead.  Search for the other thre on board has so far found the bodies of Lt. j.g. Thomas Cameron, and Lt. Cmdr. Dale Taylor.  The body of Petty Officer 3rd Class Andrew Knight has still not been found.

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28-Feb-12 TG-SAN Bell 206 Livingston, Guatemala

Crrashed in bad weather, injuring the three occupants – Carlos Larios Aguilar, 48 years, the pilot Juan Pablo Moran, 52, and mechanic Jose Gomez, 28..  A military helicopter sent to help rescue this helicopter had a fatal crash itself (see here)

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27-Feb-12 ST-GFB Mil Mi-17 Al-Qadarif, Sudan (3F)

Sudanese minister of agriculture, Abdel Halim al-Mutafi, has escaped death in a crash which killed three people. He  emerged almost unscathed from the mishap which took place in Sudan’s eastern state of Al-Qadarif, where an Mi-17 helicopter carrying him along with six of his aides and two Iranian investors caught fire during take-off.

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27-Feb-12 N177FS Robinson R44 Glendale, US-California

During post-maintenance run-up, helicopter fell on its side, caught fire and was destroyed

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25-Feb-12 Scripps Ranch, US-California

Crash occurred during windy flight conditions, the FAA said. The hard landing bent the tail boom of the aircraft and damaged the skids, among other things. No one was hurt.

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25-Feb-12 N118MD Eurocopter AS350B2 El Cajon, US-California

Damaged in heavy landing.  Registration per FAA prelim report, but is not a valid registration(!)

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22-Feb-12 168039 Bell UH-1Y Yuma, US-California (5F)

Mid air accident between AH-1W and UH-1Y of the US Marine Corps during a night-time exercise  Total of 7 fatalities, 2 in the AH-1W, five in the UH-1Y. The five in the UH-1Y were named later as Capt. Michael M. Quin, 28, of Purcellville, VA, Sgt. Justin A. Everett, 33, of Clovis, CA, Lance Cpl. Corey A. Little, 25, of Marietta, GA, Lance Cpl. Nickoulas H. Elliott, 21, of Spokane, WA, Capt. Nathan W. Anderson, 32, of Amarillo, TX

See also – 22-Feb-12 Bell AH-1W Yuma, US-California (2F)

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22-Feb-12 160107 Bell AH-1W Yuma, US-California (2F)

Mid air accident between AH-1W and UH-1Y of the US Marine Corps during a night-time exercise  Total of 7 fatalities, 2 in the AH-1W, five in the UH-1Y.  The two in the AH-1W were named later as Maj. Thomas A. Budrejko, 37, of Montville, CT and Capt. Benjamin N. Cerniglia, 31, of Montgomery, AL

See also – 22-Feb-12 Bell UH-1Y Yuma, US-California (5F)

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22-Feb-12 N43921 Bell 47 (M74 Wasp) Farmington, US-California

Crashed in open, flat field during agricultural ops

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22-Feb-12 PT-YAK Helibras AS350BA Benevides, Brazil

Helicopter landed due to excessive vibration, which continued as ground resonance which shook the aircraft to bits (see YouTube video)  4POB all got out safely – the commander, the second pilot, a doctor and a nurse

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21-Feb-12 XA-JMB Bell 407 Loma Bonita, Mexico

On February 21, 2012, about 1400 central standard time, a Bell 407 helicopter, XA-JMB, had a loss of engine power and impacted terrain near Loma Bonita, Veracruz, Mexico. The commercial pilot, who was the sole occupant, was seriously injured. The helicopter was substantially damaged and was operated by Heliservicio Campeche S.A. de C.V. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed. The local flight and had departed from Veracruz, Mexico.

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21-Feb-12 ZJ202 Boeing AH-64D Tattingstone, UK

Emergency landing after hitting overhead power lines on night flight

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21-Feb-12 VH-HRY Robnison R22 Beauchamp Station, Australia

During mustering operations, the helicopter collided with terrain. The pilot was not injured, however the helicopter was substantially damaged.

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20-Feb-12 N51727 Enstrom F28C Kalispell, US-Montana

Engine failure, autorotation

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20-Feb-12 N82MD Eurocopter AS365N2 Harford County, US-Maryland

Engine vibrations in flight, made emergency landing and there was a fire in the engine too

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20-Feb-12 G-NWAA Eurocopter EC135 Lancaster, UK

Window smashed by vandals after helicopter went AOG and had to be parked up overnight.  North West Air Ambulance have confirmed helicopter registration and date – note that the BBC are reporting the wrong date in their story

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19-Feb-12 N7508Y Robinson R22 Rio Vista, US-California

Crashed into field after mid-air collision with fixed-wing Beech Bonanza.  Minor injuries.  R22 pilot was experienced fixed wing pilot logging night hours as a student.

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19-Feb-12 JA710H Eurocopter EC120 Minamifurano, Japan

“Damaged the aircraft during takeoff after the transport skiers to the summit Karifuridake, the aircraft is rolling to the right”

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18-Feb-12 D-HEDV CHR Safari Lahr, Germany (1F)

Crashed and caught fire.  Sole occupant (Gustl Schrempp – the owner) killed.

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17-Feb-12 H-501 Helibras-Eurocopter AS350B Solitario, Paraguay

crashed shortly after take-off.  5POB all safe.  Occupants included Lucio Benítez y and Walter Díaz

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17-Feb-12 N390AM Eurocopter EC130 Paris, US-Tennessee

Emergency landing after bird strike with mallard duck and cracked windshield.

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16-Feb-12 N63CF Eurocopter AS365N Dayton, US-Ohio

Rapid yaw to the left on take-off, which the pilot managed to control and bring the helicopter back to a safe landing.  Mechanic found tail/rotor servo cannon plug was coated with residual oil

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16-Feb-12 Robinson R44 Cape Town, South Africa

Heavy landing close to airport due to mechanical issues on climb out

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