Fatal Accidents

10-Oct-14 Mil Mi-8 Tuva, Russia (14F)

Helicopter crashed into a mountainside amid low cloud and falling snow and caught fire when it hit the ground   There were 11 passengers and 3 crew members on board .  Wreckage not found until 07-Aug-15 and reported 08-Aug-15... Read more

08-Oct-14 Bell 407 Beiji, Iraq (2F)

The helicopter was allegedly downed by IS with a shoulder fired missile.  One report says three fatalities... Read more

07-Oct-14 ZK-HBQ Robinson R44 Kahurangi, New Zealand (1F)

Cause unknown.  Helicopter went missing on flight from Karamea to Nelson and the wreckage was not found for a further four days.  The deceased pilot was named as Damian Webster... Read more

04-Oct-14 N335AE Bell 206L.1 Wichita Falls, US-Texas (3F)

Accident on night EMS flight just one block short of its intended landing spot at United Regional Hospital in Wichita Falls, inbound from Waurika, OK.  Patient (named here as 26-year-old Buddy Rhodes) killed in the accident, and the three crew named here as pilot Zechariah Smith, flight nurse Leslie Stewart and flight paramedic Erasmus J. Vandercolff... Read more

02-Oct-14 HB-ZJC Eurocopter EC130 Bart, France (5F)

Helicopter took off from Lausanne, Switzerland and has crashed in France – reportedly just prior to landing at Montbéliard – Courcelles Aerodrome. Weather reported as foggy and press report says that pilot was looking for a gap in the cloud to land at the airfield.  Five of seven POB killed when helicopter landed on a... Read more

01-Oct-14 HAL Cheetah Bharthaul, India (3F)

Cheetah helicopter of the Indian Army taking part in the ongoing military exercise at the Jat Regimetanl Centre (JRC) at Bareilly crashed minutes after take-off killing all three on board.  It had gained only a few hundred metres in height when it caught fire mid-air.  Another report states it was a maintenance flight.  The three... Read more

01-Oct-14 Bell-Boeing MV-22 Arabian Gulf, Bahrain (1F)

Osprey temporarily lost power after taking off from the amphibious ship Makin Island. temporarily hitting the water before the pilot regained control.  In that moment, two Marine air crewmen aboard jumped out when it looked like the Osprey was going into the ocean, with only one recovered.  The search for the second has been called... Read more

28-Sep-14 N7062U Helicycle Gellatin, US-Tennessee (1F)

Crashed on take off from private property near the intersection of Old Douglas Lane and Old Flynn Road.  Owner/pilot James Lee died in the accident... Read more

27-Sep-14 HS-CCN Eurocopter EC130 Naung Mon, Myanmar (1F)

Crashed in jungle on flight searching for two missing mountaineers.  Wreckage found three days later.  Two occupants (pilot  Capt Chatchawal Thanthong and experienced mountain trekker U Shwe Yin Taw Gyi) hiked for some time and were located further days after that according to this report.  The third (Myanmar co-pilot Aung Myat Toe who navigated) was... Read more

25-Sep-14 ZS-OFJ Robinson R44 Rand Airport, South Africa (2F)

Crashed in open field not far short of landing at Rand Airport. Both people on board killed – pilot named here as Blake Simpson.   The helicopter caught fire after impact and was completely destroyed.... Read more

23-Sep-14 YV-2537 Bell 206B Tumeremo, Venezuela (3F)

Crashed into heavy wooded area and wreckage not found until 05-Oct-14.  Pilot David Guerra had reported loss of power and autorotated into the jungle... Read more

20-Sep-14 PR-CIG Robinson R44 Fama, Brazil (2F)

Helicopter crashed into lake during a scenic flight, although Military Police reported that this type of operation was not permitted for this helicopter and/or pilot.  Pilot Abitbol Bruno Nogueira de Andrade got out (and reportedly fled the scene) while the two passengers were trapped inside and drowned.  Press report stated “According to police, the driver... Read more

19-Sep-14 RA-1233G Eurocopter SA341G Vasilievsky Island, Russia (1F)

Helicopter overflew a boat before flying at low level and high speed, getting lower very gradually until hitting the water. The water surface was glassy smooth, perhaps contributory.  After crashing, the helicopter is said to have sunk almost immediately.  The pilot/owner who died has been identified as 41 year old Alexei Afonchenkovu.  Passenger survived... Read more

16-Sep-14 G-SUEX Bell 206B Flamborough, UK (2F)

Initial reports coming in. Witnesses say they heard a “loud crack” shortly be fire the helicopter started descending rapidly. The helicopter took off from Dechmont, near Livingston in West Lothian and was due to land at Humberside Airport for refuelling before flying on to Gamston, presumably en route it’s home base at Manston. It had... Read more

13-Sep-14 EC-KSD AgustaWestland AW119 Alpera, Spain (1F)

Pilot killed in crash on firefighting ops – Type and operator confirmed by this report.  Registration confirmed from photo on this page – enlarged here.  Pilot named as Fernando Baraza on this tribute page... Read more

05-Sep-14 OY-HRG Robinson R44 Samsoe Sea, Denmark (4F)

Helicopter ditched.  Three bodies recovered, fourth not found and presume drowned. Owner/pilot was billionaire Michael Henriksen of MH Gruppen, which specialises in container shipping.  Another name published was that of Morten Friis, an executive in Norrecco, also part of MH Gruppen.  Volvo Trucks Denmark named the other two as their CEO Søren Wettergreen and Sales... Read more

05-Sep-14 N60JD Robinson R44 Roeselare, Belgium (2F)

Crashed shortly after take-off into the car park of a football stadium.  Post crash fire.  The two deceased were named as Lieven Ghekiere and Johan Deceuninck Note – despite being registered in the US, this helicopter has been based in Belgium... Read more

04-Sep-14 RA-24255 Mil Mi-8 Gelendzhik, Russia (2F)

Crashed near Gelendzhik airport and caught fire. Full video of accident here.  From a steady hover the helicopter lost height and hit the ground heavily and bounced.  The impact caused the tail boom to shear off and thus the helicopter became dynamically unstable, it immediately crashed onto its belly and caught fire.  It burned out... Read more

03-Sep-14 XC-ALM AgustaWestland AW109S Lerma, Mexico (2F)

While en route from the Mexico City area to Toluca, helicopter went down just 5 miles from destination... Read more

26-Aug-14 RA-22430 Mil Mi-8AMT Bentiu, South Sudan (3F)

During operations for the UN, the helicopter was shot down over the area of Bentiu in Southern Sudan. Three crew members died, a fourth was seriously injured.... Read more

25-Aug-14 VH-YPC Robinson R22 Halls Creek, Australia (1F)

During the ferry flight, the helicopter collided with terrain. The helicopter was destroyed by fire and the pilot died in the accident.... Read more

24-Aug-14 HU.15-90 Airbus Bo105CBS-4 Marana, Spain (3F)

Blades struck mountain side during rescue operation of a climber, causing helicopter to crash.  All three on board killed, named as Captain Emilio Pérez Peláez Lieutenient Marcos Antonio Benito Rodríguez José Martínez Conejo (Mountain specialist) The helicopter is officially serialled HU.15-90.  It also carried the Guardia Civil code 09-118 See also Guardia Civil tribute video... Read more

20-Aug-14 FAG-132 Bell 206L1 LongRanger El Aguacate, Guatemala (5F)

Bad weather had prevented the helicopter from from touching down at the base where they had planned to land. The accident happened during the diversion. One of the occupants was Major General Israel Rudy Ruiz Ortiz, Chief of Staff of National Defense of Guatemala... Read more

20-Aug-14 09 Yellow Mil Mi-24VP Heorhiyivka, Ukraine (2F)

Separatists downed one Mil Mi-24 helicopter from the Ukrainian Air Force with a portable air defence system... Read more

19-Aug-14 N444RS MD Helicopters MD500E Tuscaloosa, US-Alabama (2F)

Crashed on powerline patrol, killing both on board – 51-year-old pilot Matthew Wallace of Hiram, Georgia and 63-year-old David Carson of Tuscaloosa, Alabama who was employed by Alabama Power.... Read more

16-Aug-14 ZK-HYO Eurocopter AS350B2 Mount Alta, New Zealand (1F)

Heliski helicopter crashed on mountain.  Boom detatched from cabin, which rolled further down the slope.  1 fatal (named as Jerome Box) of 7 on board – five skiers, their guide and the pilot. The other six all to hospital, none with life-threatening injuries... Read more

12-Aug-14 N7089J Bell 47G-5 Mansfield, US-Illinois (1F)

Helicopter clipped powerlines and crashed killing pilot Paul Reynolds during a low level transit between fields he was working on.... Read more

12-Aug-14 Mil Mi-17 Sinjar, Iraq (1F)

Helicopter was involved in evacuating people in a humanitarian emergency situation in northern Iraq.  Crashed – killing the pilot (reported as “Majed”) – possibly due to overloading. Those on board included Yazidi member of parliament, Vian Dakheel New York Times reporter Alissa Rubin – see story Australian photographer Adam Ferguson, freelancing for the New York... Read more

10-Aug-14 N4690 Bell 47G-2 Jeanerette, US-Louisiana (1F)

Crashed on the edge of a sugar cane field killing pilot Kenneth E. Squires, age 60.  Five years ago age 55 the pilot was quoting himself as having flown 19,000 hours... Read more

08-Aug-14 I-PAAD Eurocopter SA318C Gaby, Italy (2F)

Crashed into mountain during a thunderstorm killing pilot Domenico Praiale (55) and passenger Sara Piredda Piras (29).  Local reports suggest ​​poor visibility due to fog and clouds.  Helicopter was original an SA318 Alouette but had been extensively modified and was classed as a homebuild... Read more

27-Jul-14 I-LUPU Eurocopter AS350B3 Varco Sabino, Italy (2F)

Firefighting reconnaissance flight from Fassinoro.  Helicopter encountered difficulties and emergency landing procedure made – but hit a low level cable  shortly prior to intended landing point.  One killed in crash, second died during recovery operation.  Third and last occupant flown to hospital.... Read more

25-Jul-14 HAL Dhruv Ataria, India (7F)

Emergency declared shortly after take-off, then crashed killing all seven on board.  Copilot named here as Sqn. Ldr. R. Manu... Read more

23-Jul-14 N949FM Bell 206B Wenatchee, US-Washington (1F)

Crashed from low level killing the sole occupant pilot, while flying agricultural ops drying orchards... Read more

21-Jul-14 Mil Mi-35P Bama, Nigeria (1F)

A Nigerian Air Force Mi-35 Helicopter on a training mission crashed, reportedly due to a technical fault – although some reports suggest the involvement of insurgents in Borno State. Initial reports stated one dead, one survived, one missing presumed dead – but the latter trekked through the bush and back to base... Read more

17-Jul-14 HL9461 Eurocopter AS365N3 Gwangju, Korea (5F)

Firefighting helicopter crashed in built-up area killing all five on board – video online shows helicopter descending at high speed in 70 degree nose-down attitude.  Aircraft identified from this photo showing a Dauphin tail with GW001 code and this photo tracking it to HL9461... Read more

17-Jul-14 N507CF AgustaWestland AW109E Newkirk, US-New Mexico (3F)

Night EMS flight flying from Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center in Santa Fe to Tucumcari.  All three on board killed.  No patient being carried at the time... Read more

14-Jul-14 Harbin Z-9 Dangkor, Cambodia (5F)

Five military trainees killed and one seriously injured.  The helicopter was one of 12 helicopters Cambodia bought from China last year to boost its military capacity.... Read more

10-Jul-14 MAP-7712 Mil Mi-17V-5 Strumica, Macedonia (4F)

Police helicopter on night mission hit 140m high antenna, and crashed to the ground killing all four on board.  Cabin burnt out in post-crash fire... Read more

10-Jul-14 RA-23721 Mil Mi-2 Varyeganskiy, Russia (1F)

Tail boom (or rotor?) hit wires on take-off, causing crash.  Tail some metres from rest of wreckage, but unclear if that was contributory or result of accident.  Aircraft had been leased by Lukoil and had just dropped off oil workers. Pilot Nicholas Vandakurov killed.... Read more

07-Jul-14 Mil Mi-171 Hanoi, Vietnam (18F)

Military helicotpter on parachute training flight came down killing 16 and injuring a further 5.  2 of the 5 succumbed to their injuries in hospital within 48 hours, taking the toll up to 18... Read more

21-Jun-14 Mil Mi-8 Lyzohubivka, Ukraine (3F)

Crashed en route from Nezhin air base to Chuhuiv air base.  Quoted by one source as “21 yellow” msn 9788612 but with no evidence provided to validate... Read more

28-Jun-14 RA-1588G Robinson R66 Temnolesskaya, Russia (4F)

Details not yet known, but helicopter crashed killing all four POB including pilot A.I. Goncharenko, businessman Samvel Elugyan plus his 22-year-old daughter Alina Elugyan and 13-year-old son Eugene Elugyan.  Post crash fire... Read more

26-Jun-14 Mil MI-35 Tikrit, Iraq (5F)

Shot down by insurgents.  All 5 POB killed.  The link given is reported to be the subject helicopter, but we have not been able to corroborate that.  Similarly one source quotes registration YI-352 but no supporting evidence... Read more

25-Jun-14 Bell AH-1F Multan, Pakistan (2F)

Crashed on a night flying training mission.  2 POB Killed, and they were named here as Major Yasir and Captain Murtaza... Read more

24-Jun-14 Mil Mi-8 Slaviansk, Ukraine (9F)

All nine on board killed when Ukrainian Army helicopter shot down by rebel forces... Read more

17-Jun-14 3C-OG Bell OH-58B Wattener Lizum, Austria (1F)

Crashed in mountainous area at 2000m agl, landing very heavily and killing one of the 3 on board.  Taking part in the exercise “Schutz 2014” NOTE – this is wrongly quoted elsewhere as 3C-OD but has been confirmed to HeliHub.com by Austrian military authorities that the subject helicopter was 3C-OG... Read more

13-Jun-14 OO-JCS Schweizer S300C Cerfontaine, Belgium (1F)

Annual licence renewal flight.  Instructor Louis Janssens (69) from Theux died in the accident... Read more

07-Jun-14 PT-YJJ Helibras AS350B Rio Araguaia, Brazil (5F)

The aircraft departed from a camping area on an island of the Araguaia River  at 1.30am, destined for a helipad in the town of Aruanã. Soon after getting airborne, at a distance of approximately 700m from the point of origin, while still on the departure axis, the aircraft crashed into the ground, killing all five on... Read more

31-May-14 Mil Mi-8 Munozero Lake, Russia (16F)

At least 16 people were missing after a helicopter believed to be carrying top regional officials and businessmen crashed into a lake in northwestern Russia, police and the emergencies ministry said... Read more

29-May-14 Mil Mi-8 Slavyansk, Ukraine (14F)

Ukraine AF helicopter shot down by rebel forces... Read more

28-May-14 N392GP Robinson R44 Chugiak, US-Alaska (1F)

Pilot killed during loadlifting training operations – named here as Thomas Moore.  Post crash fire.  Ground crew seriously burned in attempts to rescue pilot... Read more

28-May-14 Bell 47G Ripley Township, US-Minnesota (1F)

Crahed into roof of barn.  Pilot named in news reports as Gary Oleen, aged 71, critically injured.  AirCare helicopter attended per this YouTube clip On 05-Jun-14 this became a fatal accident following the pilot’s death from his injuries as reported here... Read more

28-May-14 Boeing CH-47 Maruf District, Afghanistan (1F)

An ISAF service member died as a result of a helicopter crash in southern Afghanistan.  One report states the Chinook contacted a telecoms tower when taking off at night.... Read more

24-May-14 Robinson R44 Casares, Spain (1F)

Contacted powerlines and crashed, killing sole occupant pilot.  Post crash fire.  Helicopter apparently Swiss registered judging by flag on tail in this image   Based on the colour scheme it could be one of HB-ZJK (12182), HB-ZPE (12862), HB-ZSA (10365), HB-ZSC (13426) – although it is also possible that an R44 previously flown in Switzerland (and... Read more

23-May-14 N4081H Robinson R22 Santa Paula, US-California (1F)

County fire spokesman said the helicopter apparently clipped and downed power lines before crashing. A brush fire broke out that burned less than an acre before it was put out.  Fatal injuries to sole occupant pilot – named here as Philip Margolis... Read more

19-May-14 RA-07232 Eurocopter EC120B Lepsari, Russia (2F)

Crashed into wooded area killing both on board... Read more

18-May-14 N840PA Eurocopter AS350B3 Peach Springs, US-Arizona (1F)

After landing, the pilot exited the running helicopter; shortly thereafter the helicopter became airborne without the pilot at the flight controls. The helicopter subsequently impacted the ground and rolled over. The pilot was struck by one or more of the main rotor blades and was fatally injured.... Read more

12-May-14 Mil Mi-24 Elwak, Kenya (1F)

1 fatality of 12 POB. Helicopter came down shortly after take off from Elwak in Mandera County, heading to Garissa County... Read more

12-May-14 VH-SWQ Cicare CH-7B Barcaldine, Australia (1F)

During cattle spotting operations, the helicopter impacted trees and collided with terrain, coming to rest inverted. The helicopter was substantially damaged and the pilot was fatally injured – named here as Michael Wills... Read more

08-May-14 TU-HAA Eurocopter AS365N Takoradi, Ghana (4F)

Offshore rig support helicopter operated by Volta River Aviation, working for Lukoil.  8 POB.  Four deceased (one named as Samuel Sambo and another as Walter Agbetimevor), and four rescued.  Helicopter appears to have broken up, given image in this story.  Helicopter was en route from Takoradi to the Jack Ryan drillship.  Registration confirmed as TU-HAA in... Read more

30-Apr-14 RA-06217 Robinson R44 Inta, Russia (1F)

Sole occupant pilot killed in accident – later named as Дмитрий Комиссаров (Dmitry Komissarov), 49-year old general director of  Завод железобетонных изделий (Concrete Products Plant).  Completely destroyed – See photo... Read more

26-Apr-14 ZF540 Westland Lynx Mk.9A Kandahar, Afghanistan (5F)

Lynx was one of two taking part in air-to-ground gunnery training when it was lost with all on board – named (eg. here) as Capt Thomas Clarke, WO2 Spencer Faulkner and Cpl James Walters of the Army Air Corps died alongside Flt Lt Rakesh Chauhan of the Royal Air Force and L/Cpl Oliver Thomas of... Read more

20-Apr-14 BPS-02 Eurocopter AS350B3 Xaraga, Botswana (3F)

Crashed on route from Gumare to Maun, killing all 3 POB.  Named by the Botswana Government here as Superintendent Keokeditswe Sobatha of Molepolole, Assistant Superintendent Shepherd Ntobedzi of Kalakamati and Inspector Ricardo Mabotho of Lekgolobotlo... Read more

13-Apr-14 N78CS Helicycle Reno, US-Nevada (1F)

Single-seat recently-completed amateur-build helicopter crashed fatally shortly after take-off from Reno Stead Airport.  See also NTSB report... Read more

11-Apr-14 Harbin H425 Grootfontein, Namibia (5F)

Failed to gain height on flight to Windhoek.  Four killed in accident of 10 POB, fifth died shortly after in hospital according to Facebook page of local press Informanté... Read more

11-Apr-14 ZK-ING Hughes 269B Haast, New Zealand (2F)

Darryl Condon, 51, and Neale Gray, 54 killed on flight returning back to base at Bruce Bay after maintenance at Wanaka... Read more

10-Apr-14 Bell 407 Mujiayu, China (1F)

Training accident, one pilot with very minor injuries but the other with head injuries which proved fatal... Read more

06-Apr-14 N13HG Robinson R22 Range Creek, US-Utah (2F)

Pilot Robin Venuti, 38 and passenger Albert Rubio killed when helicopter crashed in “treacherous terrain” on elk-hunting flight... Read more

05-Apr-14 G-OJMF Enstrom 280FX Kirchham, Austria (1F)

Crashed into a heavily forested area on a night flight.  Pilot killed, and the two other occupants seriously injured... Read more

23-Mar-14 PP-SSP Robinson R22B Ribeirão Preto, Brazil (2F)

Crashed in corn field with two fatalities... Read more

20-Mar-14 Wharerata, New Zealand (1F)

Passenger killed in accident at forestry site with helicopter being used for delivering supplies and equipment from one site to another.  Pilot has minor injuries.  Fatality named as Donald Carlton Kain, 53, a forestry supervisor... Read more

19-Mar-14 HD.21-10 Eurocopter AS332B Morro Jable, Spain (4F)

Military SAR helicopter crashed into the water off the Canary Islands at 2155 CET on night training flight.  One rescued, four later confirmed dead when the helicopter was located under water.... Read more

18-Mar-14 N250FB Eurocopter AS350B2 Seattle, US-Washington (2F)

KOMO News helicopter down in Broad Street in Seattle, more updates shortly.  Seattle Police confirm at least two fatalities – named in this article as  pilot Gary Pfitzner and KOMO photographer Bill Strothman.  The helicopter was being used in a joint partnership between KOMO and KING 5 according to this KING 5 report... Read more

13-Mar-14 G-LBAL AgustaWestland AW139 Beccles, UK (4F)

4 fatalities reported in a helicopter crash at Gillingham near Beccles, Suffolk UK around 7.30pm.  Low visibility due to fog reported.  Helicopter had just taken off from Gillingham Hall bound for Northern Ireland.  Press report indicates that the fatalities included owner Edward Haughey... Read more

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