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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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15-Feb-12 N407HL Bell 407 Jackson, US-Wyoming (1F)

SAR mission, very heavy landing

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15-Feb-12 N440AH Robinson R44 Austin, US-Texas

Unscheduled landing in a parking lot

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14-Feb-12 Mil Mi-8 Sundo Island, North Korea (5F)

A North Korean helicopter crash has killed five of the Stalinist country`s Cabinet-level officials, including Commerce Minister Kim Bong Chol

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13-Feb-12 N5511L Robinson R44 Charleston, US-South Carolina

Unknown circumstances

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13-Feb-12 146453 Bell 412 Yellowknife, Canada

Wirestrike approaching Yellowknife airport at around 7:50 p.m. MT with 3 POB and the aircraft sustained significant damage.  It  was returning to the airport after conducting air operations in support of Exercise Arctic Ram. It is from 408 Tactical Helicopter Detachment and is normally stationed at CFB Edmonton.  The Bell 412 is known as the CH-146 Griffon in Canadian military service.  See also p36 of this PDF

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20-Feb-12 G-SUEZ Agusta-Bell 206B Perth, UK

After suffering an engine failure at 600 ft agl the helicopter completed a successful autorotation into a field. The engine failure was a result of a fracture in fatigue of a stage-two compressor blade.

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11-Feb-12 EY-106 Mil Mi-8 Zabul Province, Afghanistan (4F)

Operated by Central Asian Aviation Services on behalf of logistics company Supreme Group.  4 fatalities were nationals of Tajikistan, including the son of the deputy defense minister, and helicopter was registered there.

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11-Feb-12 Bell 206L Kuching, Malaysia

Helicopter tasked to fly Natural Resources and Environment Minister suffered significant in-flight vibration and pilot elected to return to base.  Safe landing

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11-Feb-12 N20536 Schweizer 300C Las Vegas, US-Nevada

Fell on side during landing

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11-Feb-12 G-SRPH Robinson R44 Crossmaglen, UK

Confined site with various small buildings in the immediate vicinity. As the helicopter lifted off, it yawed to the left but  the pilot over corrected. He then applied more collective in an attempt to escape from the situation but the helicopter yawed through about 180° and reached a height of about 25 to 30 ft, before descending. Before hitting the ground, the pilot pulled the cyclic control aft, to slow down. The tail struck the ground and the main rotor blades struck a nearby Portakabin, causing it severe damage. The helicopter came to rest upright on its skids. The pilot, who had not flown in the preceding 90 days, attributed the accident to over controlling on pedals and collective.

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10-Feb-12 A-2605 Mil Mi-8MTV-1 Bukvica, Bosnia

Crashed during humanitarian aid mission – main blades severed tail boom.  11POB all safe.  Weather reported as gusty.  Potential for white-out with ground snow.  Another potential contributor was the changing CofG due to the aid being moved some metres forward in the minutes prior to the accident – see YouTube video

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09-Feb-12 N809LF Eurocopter AS350B3 Oakesdale, US-Washington

20 minutes into flight, weather rapidly changed putting helicopter in Inadvertent IMC.  Location is estimated based on cruise speed of aircraft and stated routing from Spokane to Lewiston

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08-Feb-12 G-OJMF Enstrom 280FX Barton, UK

In a run-on landing , the helicopter veered after landing and the tail rotor struck the ground.

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07-Feb-12 Mil Mi-8 Kyzyl, Russia

Helicopter destroyed in hangar fire along with two An-2 fixed wing aircraft.  Preliminary cause given centred on welding work being done in the hangar at the time.  One possible candidate for this helicopter is  RA-24234 (98730691) but that is not confirmed

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06-Feb-12 RA-04054 Eurocopter AS350B3 Plekhanovo, Russia

Engine allowed to over-speed causing turbine blades to fail

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06-Feb-12 SE-JNE Guimbal Cabri G2 Hjallsta, Sweden

Precautionary landing due to engine vibration

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06-Feb-12 Robinson R22 Megara, Greece

Emergency landing after suspected mechanical issues on night flight in gusty weather.

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06-Feb-12 Eastern Afghanistan

An International Security Assistance Force helicopter crew survived after their aircraft crashed in eastern Afghanistan.  The crew members have been safely recovered and moved to a nearby base, officials said. The site has been secured and initial reports indicate there was no enemy activity in the area.

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05-Feb-12 N807LE Robinson R44 Modesto, US-California

Emergency landing on school field shortly after refuelling at Modesto Airport.  No damage

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04-Feb-12 VH-COK Robinson R44 Jaspers Brush, Australia (2F)

Crashed during take off, subsequent fire destroyed the aircraft.  Passenger named as film maker Mike DeGruy and pilot was the aircraft owner, Andrew Wight, of Great Wight Productions P/L.

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03-Feb-12 ZS-RUH Eurocopter SA330 Pristina, Serbia

Power loss during takeoff, ground impact

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27-Jan-12 N311YS AgustaWestland AW119 Philadelphia, US-Pennsylvania

Window “blew” – aircraft was only registered brand new 6 days prior, and thus likely on test flight out of AW facility at Philadelphia

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25-Jan-12 VH-FUJ Schweizer 300C Long Hill, Australia

During the return from crop spraying operations, the engine lost power, resulting in a forced landing. The pilot was not injured, however the helicopter caught fire and was destroyed.

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23-Jan-12 VH-HYC Robinson R44 Parramatta, Australia

The pilot of the Robinson R44 took avoiding action when the Piper PA-28 passed in close proximity. No radio broadcasts were heard from the PA-28 and the pilot did not respond to radio calls.

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22-Jan-12 N555NB Bell B206 Las Colinas, US-Texas

Tail boom damaged.  4 POB not seriously injured

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22-Jan-12 PT-YLS Helibras HB350B2 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

In flight fire, emergency landing.

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21-Jan-12 N4510T Robinson R44 Anchorage, US-Alaska

Loose cargo bag flew into rotors

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20-Jan-12 N902SF Bell OH-58A Brawley, US-California

Crashed on take-off

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19-Jan-12 Sikorsky CH-53D Helmand Province, Afghanistan (6F)

The ceceased were named as Capt. Daniel Bartle, 27, of Ferndale, WA; Capt. Nathan McHone, 29, of Crystal Lake, IL; Master Sgt. Travis Riddick, 40, of Centerville, IA; Cpl. Jesse Stites, 23, of North Beach, MD; Cpl. Kevin Reinhard, 25, of Colonia, NJ; and Cpl. Joseph Logan, 22, of Willis, TX

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19-Jan-12 LV-ZXO Bell 412EP Petit Martinique, Grenada

Emergency landing while en route St Lucia to Tobago

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19-Jan-12 PP-MOF Robinson R44 Lake Paranoá, Brazil

R44 took off from edge of car park and did not gain height, ditched into shallow water at edge of lake shortly after.  4POB exited without further problems

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