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02-Feb-21 (tba) Sikorsky UH-60 Lucky Peak, US-Idaho (3F)

Night training mission in a routinely used area.  In a press conference (video, 7m50s) Lt. Col. Nicole Washington noted that the weather was poor, with snow and a low ceiling of fog that affected both the subject flight and later search efforts for the victims.  The Guard named those on board as

  • Chief Warrant Officer 4 Jesse Anderson, 43
  • Chief Warrant Officer 3 George “Geoff” Laubhan, 39
  • Chief Warrant Officer 3 Matthew Peltzer, 43

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29-Jan-21 CU-H1457 Mil Mi-8 Mesura, Cuba (5F)

Helicopter was one of three making the same route within minutes of each other.  This helicopter impacted terrain and all 5POB received fatal injuries – named here as

  • Pilot: Ernesto Ivan Verdecia Diaz
  • Copilot: Luis Miguel González Santana
  • Flight Engineer: Nivaldo García Herrera
  • Bodyguard: Yoani Alarcón Ramirez
  • Bodyguard: Osneiviz Pedro Martinez Reyes

 

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21-Jan-21 ZT-RRT Bell 430 Bergville, South Africa (5F)

Crashed and caught fire, killing all five POB.

The deceased were named here as Dr Kgopotso Rudolph Mononyane, an anaesthetist, Dr Curnick Siyabonga (Sia) Mahlangu a cardiothoracic surgeon and Mpho Xaba, a specialist theatre nurse for cardiothoracic and transplant, all from Netcare Milpark Hospital; Sinjin Joshua Farrance, an advanced life support paramedic at Netcare 911, and pilot Mark Stoxreiter from National Airways Corporation


 

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20-Jan-21 YV200T MD Helicopters MD500E Guanare, Venezuela (4F)

Helicopter impacted lake.  All four POB died in the accident.  When the helicopter was recovered, one blade was missing and the tail boom had been sliced off.  Pilot named in this report as Elio Marcaccio while passengers Moisés Selvi and Euclides Quintero, and a unnamed 14 year-old were added from this report


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19-Jan-21 ZS-HUC Bell 206B Ceres, South Africa

Helicopter involved in low level agricultural work.  Struck wires and crashed to the ground.  Pilot suffered fatal injuries

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16-Jan-21 517 Bell UH-1H Busdi, Philippines (7F)

Two UH-1s flying together and the pilot of the second aircraft remarked that he could see smoke from the engine of the first aircraft.   The pilot of the first aircraft advised that they were turning back, but as it maneuvered, it nosedived, according to reports.  The pilot reportedly made sure they would not crash land on a group of houses and hence ended up in the rice field, but the impact was fatal for all six on board.  Pilot named in the report as Lt. Col. Arnie Arroyo

Some reports say 6 fatalities and we will update this post as required

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14-Jan-21 (reg tba) Leonardo AW??? Yashlyk, Turkmenistan (3F)

Helicopter crashed with the loss of all 3 POB after contacting powerlines.  Weather conditions were reported as low visibility.  Some reports say “AgustaWestland helicopter” and this probably means an AW109, given the Turkmen Border Guard are known to operate them.  AW139 and AW101 helicopters are also operated by the local military.

Date not certain.  This source quotes 13-Jan-21 and location as Annau

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10-Jan-21 ZU-RAJ Aerospatiale SE313 Brits, South Africa (1F)

Helicopter ended up submerged in a river, reasons currently unclear

Pilot freed himself, swam to river bank and called for help.  Male passenger freed, but female passenger trapped and declared dead at scene

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06-Jan-21 PR-WVW Robinson R44 Vila Velha, Brazil (2F)

Helicopter was on final approach to land at its base airport Vila Velha en route from Guarapari and suddenly lost height from 200ft to the ground.  Both occupants in the helicopter received fatal injuries.  They were named in this report as pilot Octavio Schneider Guieroz (68) and his girlfriend Lucimara Poleto (52).

Video of accident from a CCTV camera here – helicopter comes into view at 14s

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01-Jan-21 C-FBGT Robinson R44 Eaglesham, Canada (4F)

Helicopter collided with terrain, killing all four on board – the owner, his wife and two of their five children – named in this report as Wade Balisky, 45, and Aubrey Balisky, 37, and two of their children, Jewel, 8, and Fleur, 2.  They were survived by their oldest three children.

Location was a wide open and near level farm field, covered in snow

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30-Dec-20 JA77AR Robinson R66 Ojiro, Japan (1F)

Helicopter had taken off from the Isewan Helipad in Tsu City.  Circumstances of accident unclear but it is noted that high winds were recorded around that time and a local weather observatory had issued a gale advisory.  Pilot named here as Kotaro Demura, 46, was taken to a hospital but died later the same day

Accident location was in a mountain forest

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29-Dec-20 N103SU MD Helicopters MD500D Glade, US-Mississippi (1F)

Crashed and completely burned out.  Helicopter was involved in low-level work – trimming trees off power lines – when it crashed

Pilot named here as Jason Krakowiak

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26-Dec-20 (tba) Airbus H125 Minimarg, Pakistan (4F)

Helicopter was involved in an operation to evacuate the body of a shaheed soldier, Abdul Qadeer

The four on board were named here as Pilot Major M. Hussain, Co Pilot Maj Ayaz Hussain, Naik Inzimam Alam and Sepoy Muhammad Farooq.

No details on cause of accident

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16-Dec-20 MS-25 Leonardo AW101 Bouharoun, Algeria (3F)

Helicopter descended in an uncontrolled spiral into the sea in clear calm weather – see video.  The three on board did not survive.

The Algerian military is quoted here as stating that the three onboard were Lt Col Kharousa Noureddine, Lt Col Al Wafi Muhammad Al Amin, and Lt Bouzaida Noureddine

 

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15-Dec-20 ZK-HEK Airbus H120 Kekerengu, New Zealand (2F)

Helicopter crashed on rocky beach.  Eyewitness reported seeing the helicopter spiralling out of control and plummeting to the ground

Two fatalities named as owner/pilot Andrew Hamish Davidson, 60, and wife Lin Chen, 39.  Three injured passengers including their two children and another child.  The children – two boys and a girl – were all aged under 14

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11-Dec-20 PP-MSA Bell 206B Angra dos Reis, Brazil (1F)

Helicopter crashed after striking a wire.  Pilot died in the accident – and was named here as Eurico Azevedo

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10-Dec-20 N7085Z Robinson R44 Colorado City, US-Texas (2F)

Sketchy details but both occupants received fatal injuries, named here as pilot Zane Whitesides, 31, and passenger Zack Pfeuffer, 32

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08-Dec-20 F-HJAF Airbus EC135T1 Bonvillard, France (5F)

Helicopter was carrying an air rescue crew on a training mission when it fell from an altitude of (5,900ft). The surviving pilot raised the alarm at around 19:10 local time (18:10 GMT) after managing to escape from the helicopter. The crew onboard consisted of two pilots – one in training – along with two winch operators and two mountain rescue workers.

Weather is a factor – low visibility in fog – and the rescue effort overnight was hampered as a result according to this report.

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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

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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

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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 assistant, was seriously injured.”

 

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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

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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 a built-up area and the two occupants suffered fatal injuries in the impact.  See Liveleak video

The two occupants are named in this article as retired Kdr Mohamed Sabri Baharom TLDM, a former naval aviator with No 502 Squadron, and businessman Mohd Irfan Fikri Mohamed Rawi

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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”, part-owner of Aerosoyuz, along with the company’s accountant and the pilot.

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26-Sep-20 B-70GZ Airbus AS350B3 Se’ergu, China (3F)

Helicopter hit an unmarked high-voltage line across the Heishui River Valley about 4 kilometers south of Se’er Ancient Town, and then lost control, hit the mountain on the west side of the river valley, then caught fire and burned down the mountain. Falling and disintegrating, ending up on the eastern carriageway of the G347 national highway.  All three POB died in the accident.  Post crash fire.

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

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

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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.

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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

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

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

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

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

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17-Aug-20 C-FAHC Airbus AS350B2 Stewart, Canada (1F)

Helicopter crashed while carrying out a long-line sling operation. The sole pilot was fatally injured and the aircraft was destroyed in a post-crash fire.

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17-Aug-20 C-FAHC Airbus AS350 Stewart, Canada (1F)

Pilot killed in accident.

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31-Jul-20 VH-HNF Robinson R22 Steam Plains, Australia (1F)

During agricultural spraying operations, the helicopter struck powerlines and collided with terrain, resulting in substantial damage. The pilot sustained fatal injuries.

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28-Jan-20 AF-302 Bell 206 Bulo, Uganda (2F)

The UPDAF (Uganda People’s Defence Air Force) aircraft crashed in unknown circumstances in Bulo, Uganda. The helicopter had two crew on board, named as Maj Naome Karungi and PCdt Wakalo Benard, neither survived.

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26-Jan-20 N72EX Sikorsky S76B Calabasas, US-California (9F)

This accident took the lives of basketball legend Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna.

More details to follow when facts can be established rather than relying on media speculation

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09-Jan-20 N450MC Robinson R66 Silver Spring Township, US-Pennsylvania (2F)

A helicopter crashed in a backyard of a home in Silver Spring Township, US-Pennsylvania. The two occupants on-board died, no injuries on the ground reported.

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26-Dec-19 N985SA Airbus AS350 Lihue, US-Hawaii (7F)

During a sightseeing flight the helicopter crashed into terrain under unknown circumstances, resulting in a post crash fire. The pilot and six passengers perished.

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26-Dec-19 N985SA Airbus AS350B2 Kauai, US-Hawaii (7F)

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25-Dec-19 N663SF Bell 407 Headland, US-Alabama (1F)

A Survival Flight aircraft rolled onto its side on landing, after the pilot, Douglas Davis had an unconfirmed heart attack. There was no patient on-board at the time, the two crew members were uninjured, the pilot was later pronounced dead at the hospital.

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25-Dec-19 N663SF Bell 407 Headland, US-Alabama (1F)

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09-Dec-19 N79LP Bell 407 Grand Isle, US-Louisiana (2F)

Aircraft crashed in the Gulf of Mexico under unknown circumstances.
The last known position was 13 nm W of Southwest Pass, Louisiana as they transiting from one off-shore platform to another.

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25-Nov-19 Airbus AS532 Liptako, Mali (11F)

Around 19:40, during the maneuver to prepare for the engagement of the enemy, the Cougar helicopter and a Tiger collided, crashing close to each other. None of the embarked soldiers survived.

A rescue and safety operation of the accident zone is underway. Many ways of the Barkhane force are still engaged.

Thirteen soldiers died in combat are the two Tiger crew members of the 5th Combat Helicopter Regiment (5th RHC), the five crew members of the Cougar (5 th RHC also), four operators of the Group commandos mountain ( GCM) of the 4th Fighter Regiment (4th RCH), a GCM operator of the 93rd Mountain Artillery Regiment (93rd RAM) and a GCM operator of the 2nd Foreign Regiment of Engineering (2nd REG).

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25-Nov-19 Airbus EC505 Liptako, Mali (2F)

Around 19:40, during the maneuver to prepare for the engagement of the enemy, the Cougar helicopter and a Tiger collided, crashing close to each other. None of the embarked soldiers survived.

A rescue and safety operation of the accident zone is underway. Many ways of the Barkhane force are still engaged.

Thirteen soldiers died in combat are the two Tiger crew members of the 5th Combat Helicopter Regiment (5th RHC), the five crew members of the Cougar (5 th RHC also), four operators of the Group commandos mountain ( GCM) of the 4th Fighter Regiment (4th RCH), a GCM operator of the 93rd Mountain Artillery Regiment (93rd RAM) and a GCM operator of the 2nd Foreign Regiment of Engineering (2nd REG).

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31-Oct-19 HL9619 Airbus EC225 Dokdo, Korea (7F)

SAR helicopter ditched and located in 72m of water shortly after taking off at 11.26pm on a rescue mission.  7 POB missing

There are four EC225s registered in Korea at present.  HeliHub research shows that the subject aircraft is either HL9472 (msn 2702) or HL9619 (msn 2987)

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26-Oct-19 N280F Enstrom 280F Jordan Valley, US-Oregon (1F)

Details not yet known.  Pilot suffered fatal injuries and passenger (pilot’s daughter) received injuries which are reportedly not life threatening

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25-Oct-19 FAC0006 Bell 412 Albán, Colombia (6F)

Helicopter with pilot, co-pilot and four technicians was en route from Palanquero Air Base, in Puerto Salgar, to its maintenance base at Madrid.  The helicopter is part of the Presidential Flight.

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23-Oct-19 N7189D Robinson R22 Hebbronville, US-Texas (2F)

Two Robinson R22s engaged in herding operation.  Rotor blade of N7189D hit skid of N74512.  Both occupants of N7189D fatally injured

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23-Oct-19 N225JM Robinson R44 Las Vegas, US-Nevada (2F)

The pilot and passenger were transported to a local hospital for treatment, but local press report the pilot died from injuries suffered in the crash, and the passenger remains in the hospital with critical injuries.  Pilot named here as 53-year-old Scott Socquet from Milford, Connecticut.  The passenger passed away two days later and was named here as Howard Jameson, 27, from New Fairfield, Connecticut (a relative of the pilot according to this tweet).  The pair are pictured in this tweet.

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21-Oct-19 UR-KTB Robinson R44 Tarasenkove, Ukraine (1F)

Crashed in unknown circumstances and burned out.  Pilot named in press as Taras Kutovoy, former minister of the Ukraine Government

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17-Oct-19 N167AG Bell 206B Marshville, US-North Carolina (1F)

Struck powerlines and crashed while involved in low level spraying operations

Pilot was  identified as Andrew Alan Stephen by the Union County Sheriff’s Office

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15-Jul-19 N144TG Robinson R44 II Hayward, US-California (1F)

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28-Jun-19 N11NM Leonardo AW109S Brainerd Lakes, US-Minnesota (2F)

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17-Jun-19 N7187D Robinson R44 Catalina Island, US-California (1F)

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10-Jun-19 N200BK Leonardo AW109E Manhattan, US-New York (1F)

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02-Jun-19 N41351 Robinson R44 II near Mulberry Mountain, US-Arkansas (3F)

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17-May-19 N744TW Robinson R44 II Alpine, US-Utah (2F)

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04-May-19 N572MD Guimbal Cabri G2 Kent Island, US-Maryland (2F)

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29-Apr-19 N808NV Robinson R44 Kawainui, US-Hawaii (3F)

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16-Apr-19 N61PH Bell 206B Fountain Hills, US-Arizona (2F)

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27-Mar-19 N818MC Airbus AS350B3 Conroe, US-Texas (1F)

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22-Mar-19 OK-CLV Enstrom 480 Slavoňov, Czech Republic (2F)

Training flight leading to fatal injuries of both the student and the instructor, named here as Michal Beneš

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10-Mar-19 N577AL Bell 407 Galliano, US-Louisiana (2F)

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08-Mar-19 N64RA Bell UH-1B Olympic Peninsula, US-Washington (1F)

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05-Mar-19 N89ZC Hughes 369D Talking Rock, US-Georgia (1F)

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27-Feb-19 9M-AMI Airbus H125 Pathibhara, Nepal (7F)

Initial reports suggest the helicopter entered cloud and struck a cliff, locally known as Sisne Bhir. Helicopter consumed in post crash fire.  Crash site is located at around 10,000 feet.

This report states that the fatalities were

  • Rabindra Adhikari, Minister for Tourism and Civil Aviation
  • Ang Tshiring Sherpa, managing director of Yeti Airlines and the chairman of Air Dynasty
  • Birendra Prasad Shrestha, deputy director general of Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN)
  • Dhurba Bhochhibhoya, deputy director of CAAN
  • Yubaraj Dahal, a personal aide to Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli
  • Arjun Kumar Ghimire, a Nepal Army official
  • Captain Prabhakar KC, pilot, Air Dynasty

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17-Feb-19 LN-ORH Robinson R44 Røldal, Norway (2F)

Impacted terrain in mountainous region.  2 fatal

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11-Feb-19 Bell UH-1 Çekmeköy, Turkey (4F)

Helicopter crashed into a residential area, and is the second fatal UH-1 accident in the Istanbul metropolis in three months – the other one was on 26th November 2018 at Sancaktepe.

The Turkish defence ministry named the four fatalities in their tweet as  Pilot Captain Umit Ozer, Captain Semih Ozcan, Petty Officer Sergeant Ilyas Kaya and NCO Officer Yakup Avsar

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11-Feb-19 PT-HPG Bell 206B Jabaquara, Brazil (2F)

Helicopter crashed on Anhanguera Highway in Sao Paulo and hit the front of a truck that was passing by, and was consumed by fire.  Two fatalities, including journalist, presenter and broadcaster Ricardo Boechat.  Ronaldo Quattrucci also died in the accident.  Brazilian defence department confirmed the registration of the Bell 206

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09-Feb-19 ET2015 Mil Mi-17V-5 Abyei, South Sudan (3F)

Ethiopian Air Force Mi-17V-5 being operated for the United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA) crashed inside the UNISFA compound.  The aircraft was on routine operation carrying Ethiopian troops on rotation from Kadugli to Abyei, and it could be assumed it was intending to land in that compound when it experienced some sort of difficulty and came down in the wrong place.  The helicopter hit the ground very heavily and came to rest upright, breaking the tail boom in two and all main rotor blades losing most of their length.  An alarming video shows rescuers going in and pulling at least one person out while the main rotor head continues to turn under power.

Of the total 23 on board, three died in the accident and ten passengers were injured with three in critical condition.

NOTE – Registration being wrongly quoted (including by the UN here) as UNO370P, which is the UN operational code and not the registration.  The military registration/serial carried on this helicopter was ET2015, per this image.

 

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29-Jan-19 N191SF Bell 407 Zaleski, US-Ohio (3F)

The helicopter departed Mount Carmel Grove City hospital and was flying to Holzer Meigs hospital in Pomeroy to pick up a patient.  Contact was lost and the wreckage was found in a wood about three and a half hours later.

Troopers located the wreckage of a Bell 407 helicopter east of State Route 278 and south of King Hollow Trail in Vinton County.

The crew were named here as pilot Jennifer L. Topper and flight nurses Bradley J. Haynes and Rachel L. Cunningham.

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25-Jan-19 I-EDIC Airbus AS350B2 La Thuile, Italy (7F)

Mid-air crash between AS350B2 I-EDIC and a Jodel D140 fixed wing F-PMGV, resulting in seven fatalities between the total of nine on board the two aircraft.  Helicopter pilot was named here as Maurizio Scarpelli, accompanied by mountain guide Frank Henssler and three others, one of whom survived.

In the fixed wing were four people, the French instructor named here as Philippe Michel, who was sitting in the back of the aircraft – with two student pilots in the front – a 51-year-old Belgian and a 59-year-old Frenchman.

The accident scene is shown in this official rescue service photo – altitude reported as 2600m

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23-Jan-19 N8227J Bell 206L-3 Ashland, US-Oregon (1F)

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14-Jan-19 PP-ECF Airbus AS350BA Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (1F)

While in a low hover during a rescue mission, the helicopter crashed into the water.  One police officer was trapped inside the wreckage and was later pronounced dead.  He was named in this report as Felipe Marques de Queiroz.  The others on board were named here as Major Alves, Major Albuquerque and Sargentos Morais

Helicopter callsign was Fenix 08

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10-Jan-19 N828KB Bell 230 Brooksville, US-Florida (1F)

Helicopter blades struck ramp worker during startup.  The man who was killed was identified in this report as Salvatore Disi, 62

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01-Jan-19 PR-RMZ Robinson R44 Ubatuba, Brazil (1F)

Helicopter on a scenic flight crash landed in a residential street, killing a pedestrian.  The three on board the helicopter were not seriously injured

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02-Feb-21 (tba) Sikorsky UH-60 Lucky Peak, US-Idaho (3F)

Night training mission in a routinely used area.  In a press conference (video, 7m50s) Lt. Col. Nicole Washington noted that the weather was poor, with snow and a low ceiling of fog that affected both the subject flight and later search efforts for the victims.  The Guard named those on board as Chief Warrant Officer 4 Jesse Anderson,… Read more »

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29-Jan-21 CU-H1457 Mil Mi-8 Mesura, Cuba (5F)

Helicopter was one of three making the same route within minutes of each other.  This helicopter impacted terrain and all 5POB received fatal injuries – named here as Pilot: Ernesto Ivan Verdecia Diaz Copilot: Luis Miguel González Santana Flight Engineer: Nivaldo García Herrera Bodyguard: Yoani Alarcón Ramirez Bodyguard: Osneiviz Pedro Martinez Reyes  

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21-Jan-21 ZT-RRT Bell 430 Bergville, South Africa (5F)

Crashed and caught fire, killing all five POB. The deceased were named here as Dr Kgopotso Rudolph Mononyane, an anaesthetist, Dr Curnick Siyabonga (Sia) Mahlangu a cardiothoracic surgeon and Mpho Xaba, a specialist theatre nurse for cardiothoracic and transplant, all from Netcare Milpark Hospital; Sinjin Joshua Farrance, an advanced life support paramedic at Netcare 911,… Read more »

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20-Jan-21 YV200T MD Helicopters MD500E Guanare, Venezuela (4F)

20-Jan-21 YV200T MD Helicopters MD500E Guanare, Venezuela (4F)

Helicopter impacted lake.  All four POB died in the accident.  When the helicopter was recovered, one blade was missing and the tail boom had been sliced off.  Pilot named in this report as Elio Marcaccio while passengers Moisés Selvi and Euclides Quintero, and a unnamed 14 year-old were added from this report

20-Jan-21

19-Jan-21 ZS-HUC Bell 206B Ceres, South Africa

Helicopter involved in low level agricultural work.  Struck wires and crashed to the ground.  Pilot suffered fatal injuries

19-Jan-21

16-Jan-21 517 Bell UH-1H Busdi, Philippines (7F)

Two UH-1s flying together and the pilot of the second aircraft remarked that he could see smoke from the engine of the first aircraft.   The pilot of the first aircraft advised that they were turning back, but as it maneuvered, it nosedived, according to reports.  The pilot reportedly made sure they would not crash land on a group… Read more »

16-Jan-21

14-Jan-21 (reg tba) Leonardo AW??? Yashlyk, Turkmenistan (3F)

Helicopter crashed with the loss of all 3 POB after contacting powerlines.  Weather conditions were reported as low visibility.  Some reports say “AgustaWestland helicopter” and this probably means an AW109, given the Turkmen Border Guard are known to operate them.  AW139 and AW101 helicopters are also operated by the local military. Date not certain.  This… Read more »

14-Jan-21

10-Jan-21 ZU-RAJ Aerospatiale SE313 Brits, South Africa (1F)

Helicopter ended up submerged in a river, reasons currently unclear Pilot freed himself, swam to river bank and called for help.  Male passenger freed, but female passenger trapped and declared dead at scene

10-Jan-21

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06-Jan-21 PR-WVW Robinson R44 Vila Velha, Brazil (2F)

Helicopter was on final approach to land at its base airport Vila Velha en route from Guarapari and suddenly lost height from 200ft to the ground.  Both occupants in the helicopter received fatal injuries.  They were named in this report as pilot Octavio Schneider Guieroz (68) and his girlfriend Lucimara Poleto (52). Video of accident… Read more »

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01-Jan-21 C-FBGT Robinson R44 Eaglesham, Canada (4F)

Helicopter collided with terrain, killing all four on board – the owner, his wife and two of their five children – named in this report as Wade Balisky, 45, and Aubrey Balisky, 37, and two of their children, Jewel, 8, and Fleur, 2.  They were survived by their oldest three children. Location was a wide open… Read more »

01-Jan-21

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30-Dec-20 JA77AR Robinson R66 Ojiro, Japan (1F)

Helicopter had taken off from the Isewan Helipad in Tsu City.  Circumstances of accident unclear but it is noted that high winds were recorded around that time and a local weather observatory had issued a gale advisory.  Pilot named here as Kotaro Demura, 46, was taken to a hospital but died later the same day Accident… Read more »

30-Dec-20

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29-Dec-20 N103SU MD Helicopters MD500D Glade, US-Mississippi (1F)

Crashed and completely burned out.  Helicopter was involved in low-level work – trimming trees off power lines – when it crashed Pilot named here as Jason Krakowiak

29-Dec-20

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26-Dec-20 (tba) Airbus H125 Minimarg, Pakistan (4F)

Helicopter was involved in an operation to evacuate the body of a shaheed soldier, Abdul Qadeer The four on board were named here as Pilot Major M. Hussain, Co Pilot Maj Ayaz Hussain, Naik Inzimam Alam and Sepoy Muhammad Farooq. No details on cause of accident

26-Dec-20

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16-Dec-20 MS-25 Leonardo AW101 Bouharoun, Algeria (3F)

Helicopter descended in an uncontrolled spiral into the sea in clear calm weather – see video.  The three on board did not survive. The Algerian military is quoted here as stating that the three onboard were Lt Col Kharousa Noureddine, Lt Col Al Wafi Muhammad Al Amin, and Lt Bouzaida Noureddine  

16-Dec-20

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15-Dec-20 ZK-HEK Airbus H120 Kekerengu, New Zealand (2F)

Helicopter crashed on rocky beach.  Eyewitness reported seeing the helicopter spiralling out of control and plummeting to the ground Two fatalities named as owner/pilot Andrew Hamish Davidson, 60, and wife Lin Chen, 39.  Three injured passengers including their two children and another child.  The children – two boys and a girl – were all aged under 14 TAIC photo

15-Dec-20

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11-Dec-20 PP-MSA Bell 206B Angra dos Reis, Brazil (1F)

Helicopter crashed after striking a wire.  Pilot died in the accident – and was named here as Eurico Azevedo

11-Dec-20

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10-Dec-20 N7085Z Robinson R44 Colorado City, US-Texas (2F)

Sketchy details but both occupants received fatal injuries, named here as pilot Zane Whitesides, 31, and passenger Zack Pfeuffer, 32

10-Dec-20

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08-Dec-20 F-HJAF Airbus EC135T1 Bonvillard, France (5F)

Helicopter was carrying an air rescue crew on a training mission when it fell from an altitude of (5,900ft). The surviving pilot raised the alarm at around 19:10 local time (18:10 GMT) after managing to escape from the helicopter. The crew onboard consisted of two pilots – one in training – along with two winch operators and… Read more »

08-Dec-20

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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

02-Dec-20

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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

30-Nov-20

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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 »

24-Nov-20

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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

20-Nov-20

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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

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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 »

20-Oct-20

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26-Sep-20 B-70GZ Airbus AS350B3 Se’ergu, China (3F)

Helicopter hit an unmarked high-voltage line across the Heishui River Valley about 4 kilometers south of Se’er Ancient Town, and then lost control, hit the mountain on the west side of the river valley, then caught fire and burned down the mountain. Falling and disintegrating, ending up on the eastern carriageway of the G347 national highway. … Read more »

26-Sep-20

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

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

29-Aug-20

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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.

28-Aug-20

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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

27-Aug-20

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

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

24-Aug-20

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

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

19-Aug-20

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17-Aug-20 C-FAHC Airbus AS350B2 Stewart, Canada (1F)

Helicopter crashed while carrying out a long-line sling operation. The sole pilot was fatally injured and the aircraft was destroyed in a post-crash fire.

17-Aug-20

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17-Aug-20 C-FAHC Airbus AS350 Stewart, Canada (1F)

Pilot killed in accident.

17-Aug-20

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31-Jul-20 VH-HNF Robinson R22 Steam Plains, Australia (1F)

During agricultural spraying operations, the helicopter struck powerlines and collided with terrain, resulting in substantial damage. The pilot sustained fatal injuries.

31-Jul-20

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28-Jan-20 AF-302 Bell 206 Bulo, Uganda (2F)

The UPDAF (Uganda People’s Defence Air Force) aircraft crashed in unknown circumstances in Bulo, Uganda. The helicopter had two crew on board, named as Maj Naome Karungi and PCdt Wakalo Benard, neither survived.

28-Jan-20

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26-Jan-20 N72EX Sikorsky S76B Calabasas, US-California (9F)

This accident took the lives of basketball legend Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna. More details to follow when facts can be established rather than relying on media speculation

26-Jan-20

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09-Jan-20 N450MC Robinson R66 Silver Spring Township, US-Pennsylvania (2F)

A helicopter crashed in a backyard of a home in Silver Spring Township, US-Pennsylvania. The two occupants on-board died, no injuries on the ground reported.

09-Jan-20

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26-Dec-19 N985SA Airbus AS350 Lihue, US-Hawaii (7F)

During a sightseeing flight the helicopter crashed into terrain under unknown circumstances, resulting in a post crash fire. The pilot and six passengers perished.

26-Dec-19

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26-Dec-19 N985SA Airbus AS350B2 Kauai, US-Hawaii (7F)

26-Dec-19

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25-Dec-19 N663SF Bell 407 Headland, US-Alabama (1F)

A Survival Flight aircraft rolled onto its side on landing, after the pilot, Douglas Davis had an unconfirmed heart attack. There was no patient on-board at the time, the two crew members were uninjured, the pilot was later pronounced dead at the hospital.

25-Dec-19

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25-Dec-19 N663SF Bell 407 Headland, US-Alabama (1F)

25-Dec-19

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09-Dec-19 N79LP Bell 407 Grand Isle, US-Louisiana (2F)

Aircraft crashed in the Gulf of Mexico under unknown circumstances. The last known position was 13 nm W of Southwest Pass, Louisiana as they transiting from one off-shore platform to another.

09-Dec-19

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25-Nov-19 Airbus AS532 Liptako, Mali (11F)

Around 19:40, during the maneuver to prepare for the engagement of the enemy, the Cougar helicopter and a Tiger collided, crashing close to each other. None of the embarked soldiers survived. A rescue and safety operation of the accident zone is underway. Many ways of the Barkhane force are still engaged. Thirteen soldiers died in combat are… Read more »

25-Nov-19

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25-Nov-19 Airbus EC505 Liptako, Mali (2F)

Around 19:40, during the maneuver to prepare for the engagement of the enemy, the Cougar helicopter and a Tiger collided, crashing close to each other. None of the embarked soldiers survived. A rescue and safety operation of the accident zone is underway. Many ways of the Barkhane force are still engaged. Thirteen soldiers died in combat are… Read more »

25-Nov-19

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31-Oct-19 HL9619 Airbus EC225 Dokdo, Korea (7F)

SAR helicopter ditched and located in 72m of water shortly after taking off at 11.26pm on a rescue mission.  7 POB missing There are four EC225s registered in Korea at present.  HeliHub research shows that the subject aircraft is either HL9472 (msn 2702) or HL9619 (msn 2987)

01-Nov-19

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26-Oct-19 N280F Enstrom 280F Jordan Valley, US-Oregon (1F)

Details not yet known.  Pilot suffered fatal injuries and passenger (pilot’s daughter) received injuries which are reportedly not life threatening

26-Oct-19

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25-Oct-19 FAC0006 Bell 412 Albán, Colombia (6F)

Helicopter with pilot, co-pilot and four technicians was en route from Palanquero Air Base, in Puerto Salgar, to its maintenance base at Madrid.  The helicopter is part of the Presidential Flight.

25-Oct-19

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23-Oct-19 N7189D Robinson R22 Hebbronville, US-Texas (2F)

Two Robinson R22s engaged in herding operation.  Rotor blade of N7189D hit skid of N74512.  Both occupants of N7189D fatally injured

23-Oct-19

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23-Oct-19 N225JM Robinson R44 Las Vegas, US-Nevada (2F)

The pilot and passenger were transported to a local hospital for treatment, but local press report the pilot died from injuries suffered in the crash, and the passenger remains in the hospital with critical injuries.  Pilot named here as 53-year-old Scott Socquet from Milford, Connecticut.  The passenger passed away two days later and was named here as Howard… Read more »

23-Oct-19

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21-Oct-19 UR-KTB Robinson R44 Tarasenkove, Ukraine (1F)

Crashed in unknown circumstances and burned out.  Pilot named in press as Taras Kutovoy, former minister of the Ukraine Government

21-Oct-19

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17-Oct-19 N167AG Bell 206B Marshville, US-North Carolina (1F)

Struck powerlines and crashed while involved in low level spraying operations Pilot was  identified as Andrew Alan Stephen by the Union County Sheriff’s Office

17-Oct-19

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15-Jul-19 N144TG Robinson R44 II Hayward, US-California (1F)

15-Jul-19

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28-Jun-19 N11NM Leonardo AW109S Brainerd Lakes, US-Minnesota (2F)

28-Jun-19

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17-Jun-19 N7187D Robinson R44 Catalina Island, US-California (1F)

17-Jun-19

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10-Jun-19 N200BK Leonardo AW109E Manhattan, US-New York (1F)

10-Jun-19

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02-Jun-19 N41351 Robinson R44 II near Mulberry Mountain, US-Arkansas (3F)

01-Jun-19

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17-May-19 N744TW Robinson R44 II Alpine, US-Utah (2F)

17-May-19

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04-May-19 N572MD Guimbal Cabri G2 Kent Island, US-Maryland (2F)

04-May-19

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29-Apr-19 N808NV Robinson R44 Kawainui, US-Hawaii (3F)

29-Apr-19

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16-Apr-19 N61PH Bell 206B Fountain Hills, US-Arizona (2F)

16-Apr-19

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27-Mar-19 N818MC Airbus AS350B3 Conroe, US-Texas (1F)

27-Mar-19

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22-Mar-19 OK-CLV Enstrom 480 Slavoňov, Czech Republic (2F)

Training flight leading to fatal injuries of both the student and the instructor, named here as Michal Beneš

22-Mar-19

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10-Mar-19 N577AL Bell 407 Galliano, US-Louisiana (2F)

10-Mar-19

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08-Mar-19 N64RA Bell UH-1B Olympic Peninsula, US-Washington (1F)

08-Mar-19

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05-Mar-19 N89ZC Hughes 369D Talking Rock, US-Georgia (1F)

05-Mar-19

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27-Feb-19 9M-AMI Airbus H125 Pathibhara, Nepal (7F)

Initial reports suggest the helicopter entered cloud and struck a cliff, locally known as Sisne Bhir. Helicopter consumed in post crash fire.  Crash site is located at around 10,000 feet. This report states that the fatalities were Rabindra Adhikari, Minister for Tourism and Civil Aviation Ang Tshiring Sherpa, managing director of Yeti Airlines and the chairman… Read more »

28-Feb-19

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17-Feb-19 LN-ORH Robinson R44 Røldal, Norway (2F)

Impacted terrain in mountainous region.  2 fatal

17-Feb-19

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11-Feb-19 Bell UH-1 Çekmeköy, Turkey (4F)

Helicopter crashed into a residential area, and is the second fatal UH-1 accident in the Istanbul metropolis in three months – the other one was on 26th November 2018 at Sancaktepe. The Turkish defence ministry named the four fatalities in their tweet as  Pilot Captain Umit Ozer, Captain Semih Ozcan, Petty Officer Sergeant Ilyas Kaya and… Read more »

11-Feb-19

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11-Feb-19 PT-HPG Bell 206B Jabaquara, Brazil (2F)

Helicopter crashed on Anhanguera Highway in Sao Paulo and hit the front of a truck that was passing by, and was consumed by fire.  Two fatalities, including journalist, presenter and broadcaster Ricardo Boechat.  Ronaldo Quattrucci also died in the accident.  Brazilian defence department confirmed the registration of the Bell 206

11-Feb-19

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09-Feb-19 ET2015 Mil Mi-17V-5 Abyei, South Sudan (3F)

Ethiopian Air Force Mi-17V-5 being operated for the United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA) crashed inside the UNISFA compound.  The aircraft was on routine operation carrying Ethiopian troops on rotation from Kadugli to Abyei, and it could be assumed it was intending to land in that compound when it experienced some sort of difficulty… Read more »

09-Feb-19

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29-Jan-19 N191SF Bell 407 Zaleski, US-Ohio (3F)

The helicopter departed Mount Carmel Grove City hospital and was flying to Holzer Meigs hospital in Pomeroy to pick up a patient.  Contact was lost and the wreckage was found in a wood about three and a half hours later. Troopers located the wreckage of a Bell 407 helicopter east of State Route 278 and… Read more »

29-Jan-19

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25-Jan-19 I-EDIC Airbus AS350B2 La Thuile, Italy (7F)

Mid-air crash between AS350B2 I-EDIC and a Jodel D140 fixed wing F-PMGV, resulting in seven fatalities between the total of nine on board the two aircraft.  Helicopter pilot was named here as Maurizio Scarpelli, accompanied by mountain guide Frank Henssler and three others, one of whom survived. In the fixed wing were four people, the French instructor named… Read more »

25-Jan-19

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23-Jan-19 N8227J Bell 206L-3 Ashland, US-Oregon (1F)

23-Jan-19

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14-Jan-19 PP-ECF Airbus AS350BA Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (1F)

While in a low hover during a rescue mission, the helicopter crashed into the water.  One police officer was trapped inside the wreckage and was later pronounced dead.  He was named in this report as Felipe Marques de Queiroz.  The others on board were named here as Major Alves, Major Albuquerque and Sargentos Morais Helicopter callsign… Read more »

14-Jan-19

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10-Jan-19 N828KB Bell 230 Brooksville, US-Florida (1F)

Helicopter blades struck ramp worker during startup.  The man who was killed was identified in this report as Salvatore Disi, 62

10-Jan-19

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01-Jan-19 PR-RMZ Robinson R44 Ubatuba, Brazil (1F)

Helicopter on a scenic flight crash landed in a residential street, killing a pedestrian.  The three on board the helicopter were not seriously injured

01-Jan-19

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