Fatal Accidents

09-Jul-11 RA-04304 Robinson R44 Istok, Russia (1F)

Collided with the Yenisei River, near Istok, Krasnoyarsk Region, Russia, during a repositioning flight at night. IMC prevailed, and no flight plan was filed. The pilot is missing and presumed fatally injured. The helicopter sustained substantial damage. The flight originated from a landing strip near Severnaya, Krasnoyarsk Region... Read more

07-Jul-11 Boeing MV-22 southwestern Afghanistan (1F)

Staff Sgt. Thomas J. Dudley fell to his death from an MV-22 Osprey while conducting combat operations in southwestern Afghanistan... Read more

06-Jul-11 Bell UH-1Y Camp Pendleton, US-California (1F)

The helicopter, belonging to the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, crashed on a training flight shortly before noon Wednesday in the San Mateo Area of Camp Pendleton killing one of the seven on board.  The deceased serviceman was later named as Sgt. Trevor Cook, 25, of Orleans, N.Y.... Read more

04-Jul-11 LN-OXC Eurocopter AS350 Dalamot, Norway (5F)

Helicopter had been rented by a construction company.  Crashed and burnt out in mountainous location at Dalamot nr Hardanger Fjord.  Deceased named as Kjetil Bu (27) from Kinsarvik, Karianne Ringkjøb Dahl (29) from Bergen, Andrew Søvik Fossmark (24) from Vaksdal, Siv Holtan (18) from Bergen and pilot  Tore Bendigtsen Ystanes (39) from Bergen... Read more

27-Jun-11 N7779M Robinson R22 Garfield, US-Texas (1F)

An eyewitness described the aircraft as having “disintegrated” mid-air, according to Austin-Travis County EMS spokesman Warren Hassinger  “Fire rescuers and EMS personal arrived on the scene and pretty much confirmed that it was not a survivable crash,” Hassinger said, adding that the victim was “burned beyond recognition”.  Pilot later named as 60 -year-old Steve Titsworth. ... Read more

24-Jun-11 C-FSKV Robinson R44 Schefferville, Canada (1F)

landing accident.  Registration assumed from reports of it being a 2008 build R44 registered to Capitale Hélicoptère and this is the only such aircraft.  25 year old pilot Allain Da Encarnacao survived, 65 year old passenger Andre Lafontaine did not.... Read more

22-Jun-11 Mil Mi-2 Andreyevskaya Cossack, Russia (1F)

The helicopter had flown only about 300 metres after takeoff when it crashed, killing the sole occupant pilot... Read more

17-Jun-11 PR-OMO Eurocopter AS350B2 Porto Seguro, Brazil (7F)

Crashed into the sea 300-500m offshore.  Wreckage washed up on beach.  Fatalities named as pilot Marcelo de Almeida and passengers Mariana Noleto, Gabriel Kfuri Gouveia (aged 2), Luca Kfuri de Magalhães Lins (aged 3), Norma Batista de Assunção (aged 49, the children’s nanny), Jordana Kfuri Cavandish, and Fernanda Kfuri... Read more

15-Jun-11 EC-LHP AS350B3 Canillo, Andorra (5F)

Five confirmed killed, one seriously injured to hospital in accident on mountain Pleta de Juclar (2240m) nr Canillo. “cable caught in tree” in unofficial report.  Fatalities listed in press as Heliand employees Claude Michel Boulanger and Jacques Lahouille – plus Daniel Curruhuinca, Elías Pérez and Lluís Blanco.  Survivor was Jean-Jacques Vidal,... Read more

11-Jun-11 PNC-0731 Bell UH-1 Huey II Salinas, Colombia (8F)

Struck high voltage powerline. 8 fatalities named as pilot Néstor Manuel Niño Acosta, Copilot Fabián Fuentes Meneses, technician Leandro Sánchez Sánchez  and passengers Gutiérrez Mendoza Eimer, John Contreras Lobo, John Joya Delgado, Germán Medina Delgado and Wilson Correa Castillo... Read more

10-Jun-11 Eurocopter SA342M Bagram, Afghanistan (1F)

The pilot of a French Army Gazelle died when his helicopter crashed in poor weather conditions.  Victim later named as Lieutenant Matthew Gaudin, 37... Read more

08-Jun-11 Mil Mi-17 Saurimo, Angola (5F)

Fatalities include a major, two lieutenants and two sergeants.... Read more

07-Jun-11 EC-IMZ Bell 407 Villasana de Mena, Spain (2F)

Helicopter was on electricity line survey when it went down at the crest of the mountain of Puerto Angulo, in a rocky and inaccessible by land vehicle.  Locals reported a fire and the authorities later confirmed two fatalities.  Foggy weather conditions may have contributed... Read more

05-Jun-11 Bell OH-58D Sabari District, Afghanistan (2F)

A NATO spokesman in eastern Afghanistan said the helicopter in Sunday’s crash went down in the Sabari District of Khost Province, a mountainous area near the Pakistan border, where insurgent activity has been among the heaviest this spring.  Deceased later named as Chief Warrant Officer Kenneth R. White, 35, of Fort Collins, Colo., and Chief... Read more

01-Jun-11 2025 Bell 206L LongRanger Layyah, Pakistan (5F)

Crashed into Indus or Sindh River en route to Peshawar, and poor weather reported.  Five people on board including Major-General Mohammad Nawaz, director general of the Punjab Rangers along with two Captains and one Colonel.... Read more

30-May-11 Bell AH-1 Isfahan, Iran (2F)

A military helicopter belonging to Iran’s Air Force has crashed near the central city of Isfahan, killing the pilot and co-pilot, a senior Iranian official says.  Deputy Governor of Isfahan Mohammad Mehdi Esmaili said that the crash was caused by technical problems in the helicopter.... Read more

30-May-11 Boeing CH-47D Tarin Kot, Afghanistan (1F)

An Australian Army Officer (later named as Marcus Case) was killed when an Australian Chinook Helicopter crashed while undertaking a re-supply mission in Zabul Province.... Read more

28-May-11 Mil Mi-2 Yasny, Russia (1F)

A Mi-2 helicopter crashed in the Stavropol Territory when it supposedly performed farm work. The pilot died, a source at the Emergencies Ministry’s regional centre said. The accident occurred in the village of Yasny at about 23:00 on Friday.... Read more

27-May-11 N222DW Brantly B2 Hayfork, US-California (1F)

Flight plan for the overdue helicopter had it going the 30 miles from Hayfork to Weaverville and then back to Hayfork Friday.  Search crews found the helicopter’s wreckage and pilot’s body in a remote area around 3:15 p.m.  Student pilot later named as registered owner Mor Applebaum.... Read more

26-May-11 Paktika Province, Afghanistan (1F)

Fort Hood Chief Warrant Officer Christopher R. Thibodeau, 28, of Chesterland, Ohio, died in Paktika Province, Afghanistan, of injuries he suffered when his helicopter crashed during combat operations, the military said. Thibodeau was assigned to Fort Hood’s 1st Battalion, 4th Combat Aviation Brigade.... Read more

20-May-11 Eurocopter SA318C Istanbul, Turkey (4F)

Four of five occupants killed when helicopter crashed into Istanbul Strait.  Pilot, and commander of the Police Aviation Unit, Kemal Ozdemir survived the accident by swimming to safety.  Other passengers were Branch Director of Information Technology Ragip Ali Bilgen and his son, Marine, with a strong second pilot Murat Güçlü and Oray Sarıçay’ın who worked... Read more

20-May-11 C-FJUR Bell 212 Slave Lake, Canada (1F)

Firefighting operations, taking up water from lake, fel into lake 30m from shore and two thirds submerged.  Sole occupant pilot killed, later named as Jean-Luc Deba, 54, of Montreal.... Read more

13-May-11 Mil Mi-8 Bahadurpura, India (4F)

A Border Security Force helicopter crashed in Sirohi district of Rajasthan killing the pilot and three others. The helicopter crashed at 3 pm near Bahadurpura village. A team of officials from Mount Abu reached the crash site and all the bodies, which are badly burnt, have been recovered.  The killed are identifed as pilot Colonel... Read more

12-May-11 N9263Y Bell OH-58C New Athens, US-Illinois (1F)

Coroner reported that James Burks of Hot Springs, Ark. was pronounced dead at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Belleville.   Sheriff’s Sgt. Michael Hundelt says the helicopter was spraying fungicide on a wheat field near New Athens when the rotor separated from the aircraft, causing it to crash.... Read more

09-May-11 VH-DSD Robinson R22 Julia Creek, Australia (1F)

1 fatality.  Mustering accident, according to Queensland Fire & Rescue.  Official report here... Read more

03-May-11 Hari Pur, Pakistan (1F)

At least one officer was killed and several others were injured as a Pakistani army helicopter crashed Tuesday evening some 40 km northwest of the country’s capital Islamabad, reported local Urdu TV channel Samaa.   Fatality named as Subedar Major Fayyaz, with injured personnel named as Lt Colonel Abdullah, Major Tufail, Lance Naik Ehsan and another... Read more

30-Apr-11 VT-PHT Eurocopter AS350B3 Kyela, India (5F)

Crashed in mountainous region.  One passenger was Arunachal Pradesh’s Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu... Read more

30-Apr-11 N445AB Robinson R44 Indiana, US-Pennsylvania (1F)

Clipped a building whilst filming for reality show “Campus PD”. R44 could be seen after the crash on its nose, leaning up against a building.  Cameraman Greg Jacobsen, 33, passed away 22-May after spending more than three weeks in intensive care.  Pilot Robert Trent, of Friedens, Penn., was admitted to hospital in critical condition, but... Read more

29-Apr-11 F-PJMI Dynali H2 Bezouce, France (2F)

Two fatalies – Jean-Michel Mazet, a dentist in Margate (Gard) and Jean-Louis Durant, a Narbonne, an instructor pilot in Pezenas... Read more

28-Apr-11 98-5054 Boeing AH-64D Packers Bend, US-Alabama (1F)

Instructor killed, Dutch student unnijured.  Helicopter apparently struck the cable for the Davis Ferry that is strung across the Alabama River... Read more

27-Apr-11 ZK-HMU Robinson R22 Arawhata Saddle, New Zealand (2F)

Instructor Graham Alan Stott, 31, and student Marcus Hoogvliet, 21, were on a training flight when their R22 went down on the Arawhata Saddle, at the head of the Matukituki River... Read more

27-Apr-11 CC-PJI Bell B206 San Clemente, Chile (1F)

Crashed while firefighting, pilot Matuaze Héctor de la Fuente, 54, died at the scene of the accident, while his passenger, Cristián Sánchez Gabriel Orellana, 38, was seriously injured... Read more

26-Apr-11 I-ETEC Robinson R22 Sulmona, Italy (2F)

Initial reports are suggesting a wire strike in less-than-ideal visibility. Fatalities named as Danilo Ricuperati (31) and Matteo Franchini (27)... Read more

24-Apr-11 VH-RUR Robinson R44 Batemans Bay, Australia (1F)

R44 ditched into the sea about 40m offshore.  The 72-year-old pilot was pulled from the water unhurt. His 70-year-old wife died.... Read more

23-Apr-11 Bell OH-58D Kapisa province, Afghanistan (1F)

The Kapisa deputy provincial governor Aziz Ul Rahman said that the helicopter had hit a cable.  Fatality later named as Chief Warrant Officer 2 Terry L. Varnadore II, 29, of Arden, N.C... Read more

21-Apr-11 HAL Dhruv Lachung, India (4F)

“Though it seems that the helicopter had crashed owing to the inclement weather, a court of inquiry has been ordered,” quoting the Indian Army.  Deceased quoted at pilots – Lt. Jepa and Lt. Col Bhatia of the Indian Air Force and soldiers Naib Subedar Rana and Naik Panth of 8 Gorkha Rifles... Read more

20-Apr-11 Nawab Shah, Pakistan (6F)

One source said the helicopter was carrying military and army personnel. All six on board killed... Read more

19-Apr-11 VT-PHF Mil Mi-17 Tawang, India (18F)

Mi-17 hit a wall and burst into flames as it was trying to land in India’s remote northeast, killing 17 people [later revised to 18 after another passenger died].  It was on a regular passenger service from Guwahati.  See also HeliHub.com story on appointment of a committee of inquiry... Read more

18-Apr-11 Mil Mi-17 El-Fasher, Sudan (5F)

Second Sudanese military accident in a week, this one kiling 5.  Details to follow... Read more

13-Apr-11 Mil Mi-24 Khartoum, Sudan (1F)

Sudanese Air Force Mi-24 attempting to take off from the military airport in Khartoum crashed on Wednesday morning, killing one of three people on board after an engine caught fire, the army said.... Read more

11-Apr-11 9M-AXH Bell B206 Dataran Sibu, Malaysia (1F)

B206 crashed in the town square of Dataran Sibu, just opposite a hotel where Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin is due to attend a function.  Sole occupant pilot Sahimi Razali died later in hospital from his injuries... Read more

09-Apr-11 854 Mil Mi-24 Brega region, Libya (3F)

Shot down by pro-Gadaffi troops.  A second helicopter was also shot down and has a separate entry in HeliHub accident data... Read more

08-Apr-11 PT-YMJ Bell B206 Rio Grande da Serra, Brazil (2F)

Pilot Retoreto Seriba Marcelo, 39, and passenger Adrian Rodriguez, 54, were killed in the accident.... Read more

06-Apr-11 PT-HNA Eurocopter AS355F2 Boa Vista, Brazil (3F)

Search for overdue helicopter found wreckage two days later.  EMS operation with three killed – pilot and patient survived.... Read more

06-Apr-11 Eurocopter SA315B Medina Sidonia, Spain (2F)

Wreckage reported 6th April.  Two bodies “may have been there a week” – thus date of accident unclear... Read more

06-Apr-11 TC-HET Eurocopter EC155B1 Orhangazi, Turkey (1F)

EC155 came down in wooded area of a mountainous region.  Foggy conditions reported.  One fatality, two injured.  The three were Jesus Light,  Ahmet Deniz, and Hadji Ahmed Maples.... Read more

06-Apr-11 ZK-IXR Robinson R22 Coleridge, New Zealand (1F)

Pilot died – later named as Adrian James Mayberry, 59, of Christchurch.  The passenger was seriously injured... Read more

04-Apr-11 HL9400 Kamov Ka32 Dongducheon, South Korea (2F)

Engaged in external lifting work in mountainous region.  No further details yet known. The pilots, identified only by their surnames Lee, 61, and Kwon, 49, died... Read more

30-Mar-11 OE-BXF Eurocopter EC135P2+ Achensee, Austria (4F)

4 died when EC135 crashed into a lake – check links for many photos and other info.... Read more

29-Mar-11 Sikorsky MH-53 Kaneohe, US-Hawaii (1F)

One fatality, two critical, one serious aboard USMC H-53 helicopter which came down in the sea two miles off Kaneohe Air Station.  USCG and Honolulu Fire Dept helicopters attending.  Fatality later named as Cpl. Jonathan D. Faircloth, 22, of Mechanicsburg, PA.  Others on board were pilot Maj. Clinton J. Collins, co-pilot Capt. Kevin F. Hayles,... Read more

19-Mar-11 EC-KTA Bell 407 Villel, Spain (6F)

The Interior Ministry says six firefighters have died when their helicopter crashed in a remote region in the northeastern province of Aragon as they flew to try and put out a wildfire.  The statement says a seventh crew member survived the accident and has been flown to hospital in the city of Teruel.  Photos at... Read more

19-Mar-11 PZL Sokol Seosan, South Korea (1F)

The Korea Forest Service  helicopter carrying three crew members crashed into a reservoir in Seosan, some 277 km south of Seoul, at 6:47 a.m., a few minutes after taking off for an extinguishing operation in the nearby Mount Gaya region.  Believed to be HL9449... Read more

18-Mar-11 CC-ACX Eurocopter AS350B3 Libertador, Chile

Passenger struck fatally on head by main rotor when disembarking on sloping site.  Pilot listed as Pablo Blanco Venegas... Read more

17-Mar-11 Sikorsky CH-53E MCAS Miramar, US-California (1F)

Mechanic became trapped under the sponson of a CH-53E after the landing gear collapsed when the landing-gear pin was pulled before takeoff. Marine was later named as Sgt. Alexis Fontalvo... Read more

08-Mar-11 HA-LFB Eurocopter SA341 Honister, UK (1F)

Authorities were alerted after the non-arrival of  a helicopter due from a short flight in Cumbria.  Local press reports give the owner/pilot’s name as Mark Weir.... Read more

07-Mar-11 FAC-4506 Bell UH-1 Melgar, Colombia (5F)

Air-to-air with FAC-4501, killing 5 in this helicopter. Air force Capt. Juan Jose Orjuela, Mexican Lt. Dante Herrera Alarcon, Lt. Manuel Alberto Cuspoca, technician John Mario Diaz Llanos and technician Felipe Pava Rodriguez were killed in the accident.... Read more

02-Mar-11 Eurocopter AS532 Salses-le-Château, France (1F)

Shortly after take off from the military base of Saint-Laurent-de-la-Salanque, a door of the aircraft opened.  One occupant tried to secure it, but appears to have dragged out by suction, falling  into the waters of a pond.  A second crew member went to assist and was also sucked out.  One later died in the hospital... Read more

23-Feb-11 AgustaWestland AW139 Jeju, South Korea (5F)

Only delivered within the last week, crew lost control with command centre.  Some wreckage and one body found to date.... Read more

18-Feb-11 HK-4594 Bell B206B Galán Rio Negro, Colombia (4F)

Brig. Gen. Alfredo Bocanegra Navia, the 48-year-old commander of the army’s 5th Brigade, and his aides (Lt. John Alexander Salcedo, Pvt. German Alfonso Ortiz) were traveling from brigade headquarters in Bucaramanga, Santander’s capital, to the town of Aguachica in neighboring Cesar province.  Civilian pilot Jaime Landinez was also killed... Read more

18-Feb-11 F-GUJB Robinson R44 Canne della Battaglia, Italy (1F)

The helicopter had departed from Modugno, near Bari, and was heading to Foggia. Pilot Tanzarella Antonio D’Amico, age 29, was alone... Read more

15-Feb-11 Mil Mi-28N Budyonnovsk, Russia (1F)

A Mil Mi-28 Night Hunter attack helicopter made a rough emergency landing in the Budyonnovsk district in Russia’s southern Stavropol territory on Tuesday, a Russian Defense Ministry spokesman…  Pilot died later same day in hospital... Read more

13-Feb-11 P2-PHL Eurocopter AS350B2 Manus Island, Papua New Guinea (1F)

Australian pilot reported missing feared dead after helicopter crash in PNG.   It is understood the man is an experienced pilot who has been working in the mining industry for a number of years.  Oil slick and floating debris reported.  Update – Search for pilot Lloyd Lester has been abandoned... Read more

10-Feb-11 YV447A Bell 47G4A Moran, Venezuela (1F)

Crashed in mountainous region, pilot named as (José Gregorio Escalona) was killed in the impact... Read more

05-Feb-11 RF-00854 Mil Mi-2 Kalmukia, Russia (2F)

Crashed and burst into flames shortly after take-off at 1900hrs – after emergency landing earlier in the day (see separate incident page here) and subsequent repairs.  Pilot and passenger killed.... Read more

04-Feb-11 VH-HFH Robinson R44 Cessnock, Australia (2F)

R44 burst into flames on impact.  Student pilot was taken to hospital in a critical condition with serious burns.  Instructor Ivor Durham, owner and director of Newcastle Helicopters, died along with 21-year old Sam Bateman.... Read more

02-Feb-11 HAL Cheetah Nashik, India (2F)

Helicopter crashed into unoccupied building close to an air base used for training by the Indian Army.  Two killed were Major Atul Garje and Captain Bhanu Pratap Gupta... Read more

31-Jan-11 N530RL MD Helicopters MD530FF Waterman’s Peak, US-Arizona (1F)

The Pima County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed that civilian pilot Loren Leonberger was pronounced dead at the scene of the PCSO helicopter crash near Avra Valley.  Other occupants were Edwin Nettleton, 58, and Paul Panzica, 41, who were released from the hospital ahead of Larry Sayers, 64, who was seriously injured.... Read more

20-Jan-11 RA-04109 Eurocopter AS355N Priozyorsk, Russia (1F)

Loss of control due spatial orientation in limited visibility and” whiteness “of the underlying surface, not being able to continue the flight under visual flight rules, which led to reduce the uncontrolled collision with a roll and a helicopter with ice-covered surface of the lake.  1 killed, 5 injured... Read more

14-Jan-11 N4204X Robinson R44 Fort Wolters, US-Texas (1F)

Pilot Dempsey Stice, 42, was found dead in the cockpit with no signs of trauma, Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler said. He apparently landed the helicopter safely as there was no damage to the aircraft,... Read more

10-Jan-11 Bell UH-1H Polatli, Turkey (5F)

Television stations cited the military as saying officials had reached the wreckage, but fog covered the area.  It was a Bell UH-1 on a night training mission... Read more

07-Jan-11 Eurocopter AS365 Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (4F)

EMS helicopter went town killing all four on board – named as pilot Capt. Khaled Al-Dakhil and First Lt. Mandeel Al-Subaihi, both Saudis, Egyptian doctor Amjad Al-Iraqi and Filipino nurse Rosella.  Official source has said that it “crashed south of Riyadh Friday burst into flames due to the force of the impact with the ground”.... Read more

02-Jan-11 LV-ZYO Robinson R44 Argentina (1F)

HeliHub.com is currently tracking news of an R44 missing in Argentina.  No word in eight days is likely to lead to an incident report, hence we have opened a page for this.  Pilot named as Alejandro Ferzola.... Read more

26-Dec-10 UR-MANN Eurocopter SA341 Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine (4F)

Pilot listed as Vadim Vlasenko, and the three passengers were all fashion models – 19-year-old Catherine Vetchynkina , 19-year-old Yana Bondarenko and 22-year-old Zlata Mashyrova... Read more

21-Dec-10 PR-HQB Bell B206 Aracaju, Brazil (1F)

The accident was fatal victim Colonel Dionysos Bomfim, 65, and left the injured co-pilot Yves Monte Costa... Read more

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