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02-May-12 N209KR Robinson R22 Kona, US-Hawaii

Came down on training flight.  Instructor and student both reported injured and to hospital

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02-May-12 M-EMLI AgustaWestland AW109E Northolt, UK

Rotor blades clipped a small branch of one of the trees while the helicopter was manoeuvring to land

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02-May-12 N380TL Hughes 300C Phoenix, US-Arizona

Crashed in a residential neighbourhood, both occupants hospitalised -Alan Cottrell and Ron Ponce

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01-May-12 N309MH Bell 407 Anchorage, US-Alaska

Struck trees with main rotor blades while landing

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30-Apr-12 FAC-4020 Bell 212 Sabanagrande, Colombia (13F)

The helicopter was on a transport mission from Barranquilla to Caucasia when the accident occurred, killing all 13 on board – 7 from the Colombian Air Force and 6 from the Colombian National Police.  Pilot was named as Major Abel Jorge Garcia Cardona, while Lieutenant Hector Vega Alejandro Cuevas was serving as copilot.

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30-Apr-12 N433UM Bell 430 Tecumseh, US-Michigan

EMS helicopter taking off from accident site – and downwash caused awning to blow over

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29-Apr-12 OE-XMM MD Helicopters MD902 Großvenediger, Austria (1F)

Alpine rescue expert and two others were being lowered on a winch to rescue a trapped climber.  Due to poor visibility, the pilot released the winch at too high an altitude – about 10m AGL.  Franz Franzeskon died instantly in the fall while the two others suffered multiple injuries. No technical issues reported with the helicopter

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29-Apr-12 N406EM Eurocopter AS350B2 Hugo, US-Oklahoma

Annual check ride with NVGs in EMS helicopter.  After a satisfactory slope landing, the PIC repositioned the helicopter to a flat area and performed a hovering autorotation,
which  resulted  in  a  hard  landing.  After the flight, during a post-flight examination,  substantial  damage  was  discovered  to the tail boom and the aft portion of the fuselage

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28-Apr-12 D-HARV Robinson R44 II Spieckern, Germany

Written off after hitting high-tension cables climbing out from a precautionary off-field landing due to an ill passenger.  Three injured to hospital.

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27-Apr-12 Bell 206 South Londonderry Township, US-Pennsylvania

Agricultural accidents.  Starboard skid reportedly hit crop, Pilot got out on his own.  Tail boom severed from fuselage.  Pilot later named in press as 59-year-old Thomas Green of Gettysburg

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26-Apr-12 ER-KGD Kamov Ka32 Ostrov, Romania (5F)

Crashed shortly after take off, killing all five Ukraine nationals on board.  Helicopter was one of two being ferried from Ukraine to Turkey for firefighting operations there.

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26-Apr-12 164771 Sikorsky MH-53E Virginia Beach, US-Virginia

There were no injuries among the crewmen aboard and the helicopter suffered no damage as a result of the precautionary landing.  8 POB.  C ode 540 from the press photo (link 2) leads us to believe this was Bu164771

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26-Apr-12 N2068X Bell B206B Amarillo, US-Texas

Substantially damaged in heavy landing.  Both occupants to hospital.  Weather report as winds gusting to 30 knots at the time of the accident

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25-Apr-12 Eurocopter AS350 Yangzhou, China

Emergency landing after running out of fuel.  No damage.

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24-Apr-12 N969W Bell B206B Arvin, US-California

Agricultural ops, crashed in field

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24-Apr-12 Sikorsky UH-60 Isurava, Papua New Guinea

Precautionary landing due to an engine fault

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24-Apr-12 “40” Mil Mi-8 Garovka, Russia

Crash landed on a road during a training flight.  3 POB to hospital but not seriously injured.

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21-Apr-12 N121MR Robinson R22A Palmer, US-Alaska

Struck tail rotor on landing

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21-Apr-12 N34LB Schweizer 300C Schaumburg, US-Illinois

Tail rotor struck ground handling platform during landing

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20-Apr-12 Eromanga, Australia (1F)

Police reported “A man believed to be in his 50’s has died when the single seat experimental helicopter he was operating crashed on a property north of Eromanga”.  Helicopter type may be a Masquito.  Another report noted he was mustering at the time.

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20-Apr-12 Mil Mi-8, Atyrau, Kazakhstan

Landed and fell onto its side during a training flight.  2 of the 6POB injured.

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19-Apr-12 Sikorsky UH-60 Helmand Province, Afghanistan (4F)

A Black Hawk helicopter crashed Thursday in southern Afghanistan, killing all four POB.  Weather was apparently a factor.  Fatalities named as Chief Warrant Officer 2 Nicholas Johnson, 27, San Diego; Spc. Dean Shaffer, 23, Pekin, Ill.; Chief Warrant Officer 2 Don Viray, 25, Waipahu, Hawaii; and Spc. Chris Workman, 33, Boise, Idaho.

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18-Apr-12 N191EH Eurocopter AS350B2 Valdez, US-Alaska

Tail rotor separated while landing on glacier

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18-Apr-12 AgustaWestland AW139 Doha, Qatar

Emergency return to airfield after loss of right pedal control.  Reported as a tail rotor pitch change link bearing failure

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17-Apr-12 N56RD Sikorsky S76B Gulf of Mexico

U.S. Coast Guard responded to a downed helicopter about 82 nautical miles off Vermilion Bay in the vicinity of Vermilion Block 336. The Sikorsky S-76 was floating upside down, and the life raft had been deployed.  All 7 POB accounted for

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17-Apr-12 N171HH Enstrom F28F Pendleton, US-Oregon

Minor unspecified damage on landing

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15-Apr-12 Sehore, India

Emergency landing after door (possibly of cargo compartment, reports differ) opened on take 0ff.   Passengers included Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and home minister Uma Shankar Gupta

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15-Apr-12 Bell 206L Antigua, Guatemala

Four injured when helicopter crashed into two houses – Juan Carlos Menendez, 40, Andres Turcios, 32, and Octavio Gordillo, 52 and one identified only as Michael.  Aircraft made at least four circuits above Antigua before it went down, the fire department spokesman said – reportedly on aerial filming work

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15-Apr-12 Sikorsky UH-60J Mutsu Bay, Japan (1F)

Crashed into the water after main blades struck the side of destroyer Matsuyuki. 6 rescued, 1 fatal  – named as 37-year-old captain, Lt. Cmdr. Masahiko Miyanaga.

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14-Apr-12 N1152W Robinson R22 Farmington, US-Connecticut

R22 piloted by state Rep. Bill Wadsworth crashed in a wood, injuring passenger Irene Van – who is quoted as saying “We were coming over the trees and all of a sudden we went into a crazy spin”

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14-Apr-12 N509MT Bell 407 Aberdeen, US-South Dakota

Substantially damaged landing on gravel road around 3am local time after experiencing engine trouble on positioning flight after refuelling.  Sole occupant pilot not injured.

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13-Apr-12 N17HX Bell 205A-1 Hot Springs, US-Virginia

Minor damage during external load operations

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13-Apr-12 VH-ZZT Guimbal Cabri Camden, Australia

During jammed pedal recovery practice, the helicopter collided with the ground and rolled over. One crew member sustained minor injuries and the helicopter was substantially damaged.

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12-Apr-12 PNP-357 Bell UH-1H Kiteni, Peru (1F)

Peruvian National Police helicopter crashed killing co-pilot Nancy Flores after being shot at by rebels while searching for 43 kidnapped energy company workers. Two others – gunner Luis Guerrero and a civilian acting as a guide, Elver Huaman, were wounded.

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12-Apr-12 Mil Mi-8 Zhytomyr region, Ukraine

Emergency landing after a technical problem, reportedly in the fuel system.  Helicopter was carrying Ukraine Defense Minister Dmytro Salamatin and several officials

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12-Apr-12 eastern Afghanistan

An ISAF helicopter made a hard landing in eastern Afghanistan.  ISAF is still in the process of assessing the circumstances to determine more facts; however, initial reporting indicates that there was no enemy activity in the area. All crew members have recovered with no reported fatalities and the site of the incident is secure.

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12-Apr-12 N69HJ Hughes 269A Grinnell, US-Iowa

Substantially damaged due to ground resonance

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12-Apr-12 8335 Mil Mi-8 Murzuq, Libya

Crashed on take-off from Murzuq airport, landing on a rail track.  Possibly due to overloading – reported as 25 POB with two injured to hospital.  On board were members of the reconciliation and civil peace team  including Third Deputy Prime Minister Haramain Mohammed al-Haramain, Minister of Local Government Mohammad Hashemi Harari, one of the chiefs of military staff and the head of Murzuq Military Council, Baraka Wardako.

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12-Apr-12 VT-HAV Schweizer 300C Bangalore, India

Helicopter on training flight made emergency landing on roof of apartment block, ending up on its side. The two occupants of the helicopter were unhurt.  A HAL press release named them as  Air Commodore (Retd) Roj Assey alongwith trainee Capt Digvijay Singh

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11-Apr-12 Bell-Boeing MV-22 southern Morocco (2F)

Two killed and two seriously injured in Osprey accident in southern Morocco during exercise “African Lion”.  V-22 assigned to VMM-261 out of MCAS New River.  The fatalities were later named as Cpl. Robby A. Reyes and Cpl. Derek A. Kerns

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11-Apr-12 N135WJ Eurocopter EC135P2 Palm City, US-Florida

Emergency landing while en route to an accident scene – smoke in the cockpit.  Registration assumed as this is the only helicopter operated by Martin County on this work and our report stated “Martin County LifeStar”

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11-Apr-12 Eurocopter MH-65C Salinas, US-California

Emergency landing after crew began to smell smoke in the cockpit and reported that the engine was acting unusual.  MH-65C assumed on the basis that the CGAS San Francisco website states they currently operate four of these (and no other types)

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11-Apr-12 Bell-Boeing V-22 Amarillo, US-Texas

Precautionary field landing on test flight out of Amarillo

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10-Apr-12 PNP-125 Robinson R44 Callao, Peru

Extensively damaged in force landing on roof of house.  On board were Mayor  Óscar Aronez Canova, Captain José Iván Tarrillo Díaz and officer Lucio Quispe Santillana, all of the Peruvian National Police

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10-Apr-12 N20NM Agusta A109C Mankato, US-Minnesota

Rotor blade struck light on landing

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09-Apr-12 N1813 Bell 206L4 Bossier City, US-Louisiana

Emergency landing at Barksdale AFB after suspected bird strike.  Registration assumed as news received by HeliHub showed operator name as “Pafford EMS helicopter” and this LongRanger flies as “Pafford Air One

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08-Apr-12 N55NZ Robinson R44 Henderson, US-Nevada

Tipped over on landing

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07-Apr-12 Boeing CH-47D Yuma, US-Arizona

Royal Air Force Chinook suffered unspecificed “mishap” during training exercise.  It is known that Chinooks ZA671, ZA711 and ZA712 (and maybe a fourth?) are all currently based in Yuma on training work, so subject aircraft will be one of these.

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06-Apr-12 F-GFZC Eurocopter AS350BA Tenere desert, Niger (6F)

Four Chinese employees from state oil firm CNPC and two French crew members were killed in a helicopter crash in Niger’s Tenere desert.  Helicopter went missing 6th April and was not found until 9th April

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06-Apr-12 OO-DTZ Robinson R22B2 Huy, Belgium (2F)

Hit cable car wires during low level photographic work.  Both pilot Jean-Yves Dantinne and photographer Lawrence Matagne lost their lives

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06-Apr-12 RA-01899 Bell 407 Blagodatnoye, Russia (1F)

Emergency landing in fog, killing sole occupant pilot Valeri Maiorov

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06-Apr-11 N244AM Eurocopter EC135P2+ St Augustine, US-Florida

Ingested plastic carrier bag on final approach to land on road to pick up accident victim.  Aircraft went U/S and patient continued by road.  Mechanic called to clear aircraft for flight.

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06-Apr-12 RA-01980 AgustaWestland AW119Ke Lake Yanisyarvi, Russia

Crashed on frozen lake, injuring all four occupants – including the CEO of Bank St Petersburg Alexander Saveliev and his companion Olga Lazareva.  Pilot elected to make emergency landing on encountering a sudden blizzard but the landing was too hard and the helicopter broke up on impact.  see also statement on Bank St Petersburg website

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06-Apr-12 PR-LDL Robinson R44 Feira de Santana, Brazil

Precautionary field landing, reasons not stated.  no damage apparent from press photo

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06-Apr-12 MQ-8B northern Afghanistan

MQ-8B operating in northern Afghanistan crashed while conducting a routine surveillance mission in support of Regional Command North.

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05-Apr-12 HAL Dhruv Ranchi, India

Maoist rebels shot at helicopter (which was on an EMS flight evacuating two injuried people).  Bullet holes confirmed on landing

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05-Apr-12 N104MH Robinson R22 Isabel, US-South Dakota

Unspecified crash, pilot airlifted to hospital.  Registration/type assumed as pilot was quoted in the press report as “Duane Jake Kraft” and N104MH is owned by Duane J Kraft at a local address

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05-Apr-12 Dera Allahyar, Pakistan

Helicopter carrying Interior Minister Rehman Malik and others had developed a technical fault and it had to make an emergency landing in Dera Allahyar.

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04-Apr-12 N424AE Bell 206L4 Winnsboro, US-Louisiana

Bird strike on take off while pilot was using NVG.  Damage to windscreen and vertical fin

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03-Apr-12 N3042D Enstrom F280FX Corpus Christi, US-Texas

Heavy landing on final approach, causing skids to flatten and some rotor blade damage.  Minor injury to pilot, passenger refused medical help.  Aircraft was returning to base after transmission line survey for American Electric Power.

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03-Apr-12 Ghallanai, Pakistan

Helicopter crashed while landing at the Civil Colony in Ghallanai.  Major General Nadir Zeb, Brigadier Aftab Ahmed, Brigadier Saeed Khan, Colonel Fazl-e Rabbi and Major Abbas of the paramilitary Frontier Corps all sustained injuries.  Taliban disputed report and said they shot it down.

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02-Apr-12 N911FR Bell 412EP Opa Locka, US-Florida

Tail rotor struck ground during hover taxi

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01-Apr-12 I-SNEK Robinson R44 Lago Patria, Italy

Pilot Raffaele Morelli di Quarto was not seriously injured in the crash of this R44 from low level, although photos of the R44 show extensive damage

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01-Apr-12 N911KX Bell 407 Pella, US-Iowa

Cockpit indication led pilot to make emergency landing at night.  Aircraft later checked out and cleared to fly

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31-Mar-12 Boeing CH-47 San Martino, Italy

Emergency landing while firefighting, possibly due to broken hydraulic lines

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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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