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02-Jan-13 N828AC Bell 206 Delano, US-California (1F)

Helicopter was one of a pair on low level frost control flight over a vineyard.  Weather reported as foggy.  Pilot named as Karen L. Johnson, age 62

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25-Dec-12 Mil Mi-8MT Oleksandriia, Ukraine (5F)

Crashed shortly after take-off, killing all five on board.  Three were the helicopter crew, two were ground handlers from the airport

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21-Dec-12 RA-27003 Mil MI-8AMT Likuangole, Sudan (4F)

Shot down – four Russian nationals on board all died – named later in a UN statement as Pilot in Command Ilin Sergei, Co-Pilot Abrakov Alfir, Flight Engineer Egorov Sergei and Flight Attendant Shpanov Nikolai

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15-Dec-12 07 AgustaWestland AW109E Okoroba, Nigeria (6F)

Six killed including  the Governor of Kaduna State, Patrick Yakowa and former National Security Adviser, Gen. Andrew Owoeye Azazi. Aircraft was involved in shuttle operations transporting people to/from the funeral of the father of Oronto Douglas, one of the President’s aides.  Airframe total time 1704 hours according to this report

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10-Dec-12 N911BK Eurocopter BK117B3 Rochelle, US-Illinois (3F)

Three killed in an EMS helicopter accident – en route from Rockford base to Mendota to pick up a patient.  Weather reported as a factor.  Pilot later named as Andy Olesen, and the two flight nurses were Jim Dillow and Karen Hollis

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09-Dec-12 VH-WOH Robinson R44 Mudgee, Australia (1F)

Crashed during crop spraying operations.  Sole occupant pilot killed.

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05-Dec-12 C-FRSO Robinson R44 Slave Lake, Canada (1F)

Emergency beacon activated, helicopter in forested area – sole occupant pilot Glen Freeland died in the accident. Three rescuers had to be dropped by helicopter to cut out a landing pad. CADAORS 2012C5203

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01-Dec-12 N3755Z Bell 47G2 Walkerville, US-Michigan (1F)

Crash into forest area killed pilot Thomas Slocum, 49, and injured passenger Matt Williams, 28

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30-Nov-12 N2626N Robinson R22 Apollo Beach, US-Florida (1F)

Crashed into water, killing sole occupant pilot John “Larry” Ward.  Witness reported rotor blade separation

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28-Nov-12 Balikpapan Bay, Indonesia (1F)

Flying very low and struck passenger in speedboat, killing him

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27-Nov-12 N28MP Hughes 500D Childress, US-Texas (1F)

Helicopter lost power while working at low level on powerlines for  Cross Texas Transmission. Jonathan David Suhr, 23, was suspended 50 ft below the helicopter as part of this work and was certified dead a short time later.

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25-Nov-12 N4204A Robinson R44 Corona, US-California (1F)

Helicopter exploded after striking fuel bay canopy.  Sole occupant pilot was killed.  Occurred at 11.08pm local time.  The casualty was later named as owner James Belcher

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22-Nov-12 C6-APV Eurocopter AS355F1 Great Guana Cay, Bahamas (1F)

1 killed (named here as Lance Valdez) and 4 injured including billionaire Jeffery Soffer, Dan and Paula Riordan and an unnamed pilot

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21-Nov-12 PR-UTJ Robinson R22 Serra da Grota Funda, Brazil (2F)

Crashed in a wooded area on training flight.  Instructor Silvestre Travassos Neto, 34, and student Felipe Barreto, 18, died at the scene

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20-Nov-12 I-MIAE Eurocopter AS350BA Trichiana, Italy (2F)

Helicopter was involved in low-level aerial work to drop rabies vaccines for foxes as part of a Health Authority program.  AS350BA crashed into field close to houses after hitting high voltage cables, killing both occupants – pilot Silvio Botto Steglia, 37, and Felice Faivano, 35.  Two houses damaged (see photo essay).  Some local reports cite poor visibility at the time of the accident

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17-Nov-12 Mil Mi-2 Ivanovo, Russia (2F)

2 killed when helicopter crashed into forest

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16-Nov-12 Mil Mi-17 Al-Ghota Al-Sharqeya, Syria (5F)

Syrian rebels claim to have shot down a Mi-17 helicopter

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15-Nov-12 N369AW Hughes 500D Corning, US-New York (2F)

Helicopter on low level patrol, hit wires and crashed.  Fatalities were pilot Mackenzie Bleth from Haverfield Aviation and Dale Crout – an employee of New York State Electric and Gas.  Post crash fire, and we note from this story that the tail was some distance from the helicopter and not affected by the fire.

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14-Nov-12 Bell 214B Khorassan Razavi, Iran (10F)

Struck wires in poor visibility and crashed after rescuing five from a minibus road crash.  A further five crew on board were killed.  Extensive photo cover in news agency photo albums here , here and here

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14-Nov-12 Guelmim, Morocco (9F)

Nine people were killed and two seriously injured in a military helicopter crash in the Guelmim area of southwest Morocco late on Wednesday.  Eight of the passengers were pronounced dead on the spot and another succumbed to injuries in hospital.  One source names operator as Moroccan Royal Gendarmerie

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10-Nov-12 Sikorsky S70 Bilgili, Turkey (17F)

Controlled flight into terrain in poor visibility.  All 17 aboard killed

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08-Nov-12 Robinson R22 Central Otago, New Zealand (1F)

Experienced pilot killed in “perfect weather conditions” after reportedly “falling out of the sky”.  Police stated that the pilot was Julian Dean Kramer (52), also known as Julianne Kramer – chief flying instructor at Wakatipu Aero Club.  Helicopter may be ZK-HCG (1499)

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03-Nov-12 N368PD Hughes OH-6A Altlanta, US-Georgia (2F)

Police helicopter crashed on night search operation, killing both officers on board – later named as Richard J. Halford and Shawn A. Smiley.  Later report stated it hit a powerline pole and part of the cable was wrapped around the skids. Post crash fire.

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21-Oct-12 Derby, Australia (1F)

On a sightseeing tour flight, male passenger suddenly unfastened his seatbelt, opened the door and jumped from the aircraft – falling 500 feet to his death

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17-Oct-12 RA-24267 Mil Mi-8 Evenk, Russia (1F)

Fell onto its side while landing, killing one of the eight on board.  Fatality named as Svetalana Kulishova

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17-Oct-12 C-FXGM Eurocopter AS355F2 Tinicum Township, US-Pennsylvania (1F)

Crashed 500m from an early morning take off, killing the sole occupant pilot – named as Doug Brigham

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16-Oct-12 RA-04206 Robinson R44 Muravlyanka, Russia (1F)

Crashed and burned on field. Pilot fatally injured

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15-Oct-12 HAL Chetak Dabolim, India (3F)

Crashed on take off from INS Hansa (nr Dabolim) after refuelling en route Mumbai to Bangalore.  Post crash fire.  Another report says landing accident, not take-off

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15-Oct-12 Anad, Yemen (1F)

Crashed on take off from Anad air base.  Pilot died from his injuries a short time after

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11-Oct-12 N474FA Robinson R44 Luckenbach, US-Texas (3F)

Circumstances not known.  3 fatalities – pilot Chester Monroe (35) and passengers Rusty Aaron (26) and Kaci Fairchild (29)

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11-Oct-12 Sikorsky S70 Diyarbakir, Turkey (1F)

Hit wires on take-off.  1 killed, 8 injured

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10-Oct-12 N333DR Bell 206B Lyons Point, US-Louisiana (1F)

Helicopter crashed after hitting guy wire of radio tower.  Sole occupant pilot (named as Hugh Clifton Kelley) killed

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09-Oct-12 N108MF Bell 407 Coolbaugh Township, US-Pennsylvania (2F)

Available photos give no clues as the trees are likely to have had a significant effect on the level of damage. Weather reports include both rain and fog with visibility of less than a quarter of a mile. Pilot William Ellsworth and passenger Tighe Sulllivan were killed.  The other passenger Stephen Barral survived but is in a critical condition

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05-Oct-12 Mil Mi-8 East Ghouta, Syria (4F)

Helicopter shot down by rebel forces, and burned out on the ground

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05-Oct-12 N406AL Bell 407 Intracoastal City, US-Louisiana (1F)

From a Bristow press release:-  A Bristow Bell 407  operating near Intracoastal City, Louisiana was involved in a fatal accident at approximately 8:00 a.m. CDT . Local press reported poor visibility.  The pilot was the only person onboard – later named as Carl Amos, from Corpus Christi, Texas

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03-Oct-12 VH-LLF Robinson R22 Halls Creek, Australia (1F)

Crashed on a cattle station half way between Halls Creek and Fitzroy Crossing, and two days later the press reported that the pilot’s body remains trapped in the wreckage underwater in a remote gorge.

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28-Sep-12 TG-FHD Eurocopter AS350B3 Vista Hermosa, Guatemala (1F)

Pilot reported tail rotor problems before crashing – the tail rotor was found on the roof of a house “a few hundred metres” from the crash site.  While the pilot and one passenger survived, the accident killed textile magnate Joe Habie, one of the richest men in Guatemala

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23-Sep-12 Vertol BV107 Bella Coola, Canada (1F)

Unstable load on climbout led to pilot releasing two logs, killing a logging worker on the ground – CADAORS ref 2012P1637

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20-Sep-12 PR-DKK Eurocopter EC130 Itamaraju, Brazil (1F)

Crashed on night flight.  Helicopter was 30 days old with 50 hours on the airframe.

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18-Sep-12 XC-ZIT Bell 407 Lake Zirahuen, Mexico (1F)

Crashed into lake after contacting zip wire which spans the lake.  One drowned (named as Daniel Segundo Martinez), four survived.  Helicopter was being used to capture video footage of the lake for use on a television program

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18-Sep-12 HB-ZJO Eurocopter AS350B3 Vallemaggia, Switzerland (1F)

Helicopter crashed in mountainous region, killing the sole occupant pilot.  There was a post-crash fire.

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15-Sep-12 N58020 Eurocopter AS355F1 West Windsor, US-New Jersey (1F)

Crashed into cornfield, burning out and killing sole occupant pilot named as Michael Scarfia.

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10-Sep-12 N281RG Robinson R22 Crosby, US-Texas (2F)

Helicopter crashed and burnt out.  Both occupants killed – later named here as Christopher John Yeager, 40, the pilot of Houston and Joyce Ann Ates, 60, a photographer from Midwest City, Oklahoma.

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09-Sep-12 D-HALX Eurocopter EC120 Metzingen, Germany (1F)

Skid snagged ground taking off from sloping ground, causing helicopter to turn onto its side.  Debris from helicopter killed

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08-Sep-12 Mil Mi-24 Dagestan, Russia (4F)

Mountainous region, poor weather, 4 killed

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05-Sep-12 Bell OH-58D Puli Alam, Afghanistan (2F)

“An ISAF helicopter has crashed in eastern Afghanistan, resulting in two ISAF fatalities. We are investigating,” a spokesman for NATO’s U.S.-led International Security Assistance Force said.  The two casualties were later named as Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jose L. Montenegro Jr., 31, of Houston, Texas, and Chief Warrant Officer 2 Thalia S. Ramirez, 28, of San Antonio, Texas.

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03-Sep-12 EC-IVT Robinson R44 Valouse, France (2F)

R44 routing from Switzerland through France to Spain.  Had taken off from Clermont-Ferrand, destination Le Luc in the Var region.  Father and son killed in the accident. Controlled flight into terrain. Aircraft destroyed

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01-Sep-12 Eurocopter AS350B3 Dundo, Angola (4F)

Accident caused the deaths of the captain of the aircraft, chief-inspector Tiago Casimiro, his assistant, João Adelino João Brandão, as well as the workers of the Provincial Electoral Commission, Lourenço Mussenoho and Maria Augusta João.

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01-Sep-12 N70415 CHR Safari McVeytown, US-Pennsylvania (1F)

Unknown helicopter type crashed into a farm field killing the only occupant, named in the press as Kenneth M. Smith, 61.

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30-Aug-12 Mil Mi-17 Sarmat, India (5F) – 2 of 2

Two Mi-17 helicopters hit each other on take off on a training mission from an air base near the village of Sarmat in Jamnagar district of Gujarat state.  9 killed, assumed currently as 4 in one helicopter and 5 in the other.  One helicopter caught fire and completely burned out, the other did not – see photo set here

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30-Aug-12 Mil Mi-17 Sarmat, India (4F) – 1 of 2

Two Mi-17 helicopters hit each other on take off on a training mission from an air base near the village of Sarmat in Jamnagar district of Gujarat state.  9 killed, assumed currently as 4 in one helicopter and 5 in the other.  One helicopter caught fire and completely burned out, the other did not – see photo set here

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30-Aug-12 Helmand province, Afghanistan (2F)

Two Australian special forces officers were killed when their helicopter crashed in Helmand Province. The pair were named in Australian press as Private Nathanael Galagher and Lance Corporal Mervyn McDonald.   Initial reporting indicates there was no insurgent action in the area at the time of the incident which could be related to the crash.

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27-Aug-12 Mil Mi-17 Damascus, Syria (1F)

Shot down by rebels

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25-Aug-12 Bell 214 Sardasht, Iran (4F)

Helicopter crashed about 6 miles from the Iraqi border in northwestern Iran.  Four killed – one Revolutionary Guard member and three crew members.  Bell 214 as a type is not fully confirmed

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24-Aug-12 N407N Bell 407 Abingdon, US-Virginia (1F)

Crashed into lake shortly after take-off around 10.20pm – after dropping off six passengers at helicopter owner’s home.  Sole occupant pilot was named in local press as Bill R. Starnes, 64 (see obituary)

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22-Aug-12 Mil Mi-17 Astana, Kazakhstan (4F)

Crashed during a training exercise at an airfield near the capital Astana and caught fire.

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16-Aug-12 Sikorsky UH-60 Shah Wali Kot, Afghanistan (11F)

Helicopter crashed during a firefight with insurgents in a remote area of southern Afghanistan on Thursday, killing seven Americans and four Afghans

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12-Aug-12 AF-808 Mil Mi-24 (1 of 3) Mount Kenya, Kenya (7F)

Three Mi-24 helicopters of a group of four ferrying from Uganda to Somalia impacted Mount Kenya in poor weather and in close formation – all three wrecks within 1km of each other approx 11,000ft above sea level.  This helicopter completely burnt out (photo), except the last part of the tail which revealed its serial AF-808.  All seven on board died – named as Capt. William Letti, Lt. Patrick Nahamya, 2nd Lt. Robert Mushabe, 2nd Lt. Nelson Mulumba, WO. David Kakube, Sgt. Mweshezi Rahumata and Sgt. Charles Lukwago.  Weather/Visibility was reportedly a factor.  The fourth helicopter, a Mi-8, continued to its intended destination

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10-Aug-12 RA-3054K Mil Mi-2 Proletarsky, Russia (1F)

Helicopter crashed while carrying out agricultural work.  No further details at this time.  Pilot fatally injured

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09-Aug-12 RA-31596 Kamov Ka32 Koycegiz, Turkey (5F)

Firefighting helicopter impacted terrain, killing 5 including three Russian citizens named as Alexander Gavrilov, Nikolai Atepalikhin and Sergey Khorokhorin

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08-Aug-12 N737TV MD Helicopters MD600N Delta Junction, US-Alaska (1F)

En route to pick up miners at the remote site when the helicopter crashed into the side of a hill and rolled a considerable distance, killing the pilot -  later named as James Hopper, 63

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28-Jul-12 XA-UQH AgustaWestland AW109SP Cerro Alpino, Mexico (3F)

Two crew and one passenger killed – mountainous location.  The passenger is named in local press as Juan Armando Hinojosa Cantú, owner of Grupo Higa, parent company of helicopter operator Eolo who have up to four AW119s and three AW109SPs according to this press release

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27-Jul-12 Bell UH-1 Catha Village, South Africa (1F)

Weather conditions were described as adverse with winds up to 80km/h. The helicopter was dousing veld fires in the mountains on behalf of the Department of Water Affairs

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25-Jul-12 Eurocopter AS532AL Verdon Gorge, France (6F)

AS532AL on a pre-delivery test flight out of Marignane crashed killing all six occupants.  Some reports are suggesting it struck wires but that is not confirmed

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22-Jul-12 Sikorsky UH-60 Daglica, Turkey (4F)

UH=-60 of Turkey’s paramilitary police crashed in Kurdish border region killing 4.  A further 8 survived (other reports differ on number of survivors).  One reported said it lost power while landing

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21-Jul-12 HL9196 Eurocopter AS350B2 Daegu, Korea (1F)

Struck wires at low level while spraying and ended up upside-down on roof of building.

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21-Jul-12 Bell 206L4 Chuxiong, China (1F)

One killed and two injured when helicopter crashed into reservoir.  Operator flies at least two LongRanger IVs – B-7712 (52305) and B-7715 (52357)

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20-Jul-12 Bell 212 Ulu Belait, Brunei (12F)

2 survived, 12 killed in crash.  Helicopter was en route home with three members of the crew and 2 trainers, 1 staff and 8 Officer Cadets, Officer Cadet School after a jungle training camp.  The Defence Ministry later stated “The main cause of the aircraft crash was due to human error. The aircraft was involved in Controlled Flight into Terrain (CFIT) while conducing unauthorized low level flying.”

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20-Jul-12 N8899 Eurocopter EC120 Sri Aman, Malaysia (3F)

Crashed into river, killing 3 – named as Siti Khuzaimah Anuar, Pepter Ato Mayau and Henry Lau Tee Yong.  German pilot Rico Steger, 35, was the only survivor.  Weather was reported as a factor (also cited in later report)

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19-Jul-12 Sikorsky MH-53E Muscat, Oman (2F)

Helicopter crashed killing 2 of the 5 POB – later named as Senior Chief Aviation Warfare Systems Operator Sean P. Sullivan, 40, of St. Louis, MO, and Naval Aircrewman (Helicopter) 2nd Class Joseph P. Fitzmorris, 31, of West Monroe, LA.  The helicopter was assigned to Helicopter Mine Countermeasure Squadron 15, based in Norfolk, Va and was involved in lifting a Royal Oman Air Force NH90 (seen here in the YouTube video the Oman Goverment apparently did not want to get out)

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16-Jul-12 Mil MI-8 El Fasher, Sudan (7F)

Military spokesman Col. Sawarmy Khalid Saad said that a technical failure caused the crash. Seven officers were killed and two others were injured. [Helicopter type assumed, not confirmed]

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16-Jul-12 Mil Mi-2 Mbouambe, Congo Brazzaville (2F)

Mi-2 owned by Congo Interior Ministry (referred to in one report as a “police helicopter”) crashed killing Russian citizen, SP Korostel, and Belarusian citizen, MF Cherenkov.  Earlier reports of 2 Ukrainians being killed were later dismissed

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11-Jul-12 Mil Mi-17 Skardu, Pakistan (6F)

Reported as a test flight, but with 8 POB?  Fatalities named as Major Amir Azam, Havildar Abdual Waheed, Havildar Zeeshan Haider, Naik Muhammad Imran, Sepoy Kaleem Ullah and Sepoy Noor Mustafa

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11-Jul-12 PT-HOL Robinson R22 Campo de Marte, Brazil (2F)

Crashed to the ground into a building, killing both occupants – instructor Mailson Rocha Lopes (age 23) and student Denis Frank Thomazi (32)

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10-Jul-12 C-GHZN Robinson R44 Carcross, Canada (1F)

Helicopter was involved in a low level bear survey and crashed.  Pilot killed, one passenger seriously injured, the other minor injuries.  Pilot was later  identified as 56-year-old Paul Rosset, from Yellowknife. Both passengers were employees of Environment Yukon – named here as Jonathan Postma and Raphael Roy-Jauvin.

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02-Jan-13 N828AC Bell 206 Delano, US-California (1F)

Helicopter was one of a pair on low level frost control flight over a vineyard.  Weather reported as foggy.  Pilot named as Karen L. Johnson, age 62

02-Jan-13

25-Dec-12 Mil Mi-8MT Oleksandriia, Ukraine (5F)

Crashed shortly after take-off, killing all five on board.  Three were the helicopter crew, two were ground handlers from the airport

25-Dec-12

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21-Dec-12 RA-27003 Mil MI-8AMT Likuangole, Sudan (4F)

Shot down – four Russian nationals on board all died – named later in a UN statement as Pilot in Command Ilin Sergei, Co-Pilot Abrakov Alfir, Flight Engineer Egorov Sergei and Flight Attendant Shpanov Nikolai

21-Dec-12

15-Dec-12 07 AgustaWestland AW109E Okoroba, Nigeria (6F)

Six killed including  the Governor of Kaduna State, Patrick Yakowa and former National Security Adviser, Gen. Andrew Owoeye Azazi. Aircraft was involved in shuttle operations transporting people to/from the funeral of the father of Oronto Douglas, one of the President’s aides.  Airframe total time 1704 hours according to this report

15-Dec-12

10-Dec-12 N911BK Eurocopter BK117B3 Rochelle, US-Illinois (3F)

Three killed in an EMS helicopter accident – en route from Rockford base to Mendota to pick up a patient.  Weather reported as a factor.  Pilot later named as Andy Olesen, and the two flight nurses were Jim Dillow and Karen Hollis

10-Dec-12

09-Dec-12 VH-WOH Robinson R44 Mudgee, Australia (1F)

Crashed during crop spraying operations.  Sole occupant pilot killed.

09-Dec-12

05-Dec-12 C-FRSO Robinson R44 Slave Lake, Canada (1F)

Emergency beacon activated, helicopter in forested area – sole occupant pilot Glen Freeland died in the accident. Three rescuers had to be dropped by helicopter to cut out a landing pad. CADAORS 2012C5203

05-Dec-12

01-Dec-12 N3755Z Bell 47G2 Walkerville, US-Michigan (1F)

Crash into forest area killed pilot Thomas Slocum, 49, and injured passenger Matt Williams, 28

01-Dec-12

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30-Nov-12 N2626N Robinson R22 Apollo Beach, US-Florida (1F)

Crashed into water, killing sole occupant pilot John “Larry” Ward.  Witness reported rotor blade separation

30-Nov-12

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28-Nov-12 Balikpapan Bay, Indonesia (1F)

Flying very low and struck passenger in speedboat, killing him

28-Nov-12

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27-Nov-12 N28MP Hughes 500D Childress, US-Texas (1F)

Helicopter lost power while working at low level on powerlines for  Cross Texas Transmission. Jonathan David Suhr, 23, was suspended 50 ft below the helicopter as part of this work and was certified dead a short time later.

27-Nov-12

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25-Nov-12 N4204A Robinson R44 Corona, US-California (1F)

Helicopter exploded after striking fuel bay canopy.  Sole occupant pilot was killed.  Occurred at 11.08pm local time.  The casualty was later named as owner James Belcher

25-Nov-12

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22-Nov-12 C6-APV Eurocopter AS355F1 Great Guana Cay, Bahamas (1F)

1 killed (named here as Lance Valdez) and 4 injured including billionaire Jeffery Soffer, Dan and Paula Riordan and an unnamed pilot

22-Nov-12

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21-Nov-12 PR-UTJ Robinson R22 Serra da Grota Funda, Brazil (2F)

Crashed in a wooded area on training flight.  Instructor Silvestre Travassos Neto, 34, and student Felipe Barreto, 18, died at the scene

21-Nov-12

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20-Nov-12 I-MIAE Eurocopter AS350BA Trichiana, Italy (2F)

Helicopter was involved in low-level aerial work to drop rabies vaccines for foxes as part of a Health Authority program.  AS350BA crashed into field close to houses after hitting high voltage cables, killing both occupants – pilot Silvio Botto Steglia, 37, and Felice Faivano, 35.  Two houses damaged (see photo essay).  Some local reports cite… Read more »

20-Nov-12

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17-Nov-12 Mil Mi-2 Ivanovo, Russia (2F)

2 killed when helicopter crashed into forest

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16-Nov-12 Mil Mi-17 Al-Ghota Al-Sharqeya, Syria (5F)

Syrian rebels claim to have shot down a Mi-17 helicopter

16-Nov-12

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15-Nov-12 N369AW Hughes 500D Corning, US-New York (2F)

Helicopter on low level patrol, hit wires and crashed.  Fatalities were pilot Mackenzie Bleth from Haverfield Aviation and Dale Crout – an employee of New York State Electric and Gas.  Post crash fire, and we note from this story that the tail was some distance from the helicopter and not affected by the fire.

15-Nov-12

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14-Nov-12 Bell 214B Khorassan Razavi, Iran (10F)

Struck wires in poor visibility and crashed after rescuing five from a minibus road crash.  A further five crew on board were killed.  Extensive photo cover in news agency photo albums here , here and here

14-Nov-12

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14-Nov-12 Guelmim, Morocco (9F)

Nine people were killed and two seriously injured in a military helicopter crash in the Guelmim area of southwest Morocco late on Wednesday.  Eight of the passengers were pronounced dead on the spot and another succumbed to injuries in hospital.  One source names operator as Moroccan Royal Gendarmerie

14-Nov-12

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10-Nov-12 Sikorsky S70 Bilgili, Turkey (17F)

Controlled flight into terrain in poor visibility.  All 17 aboard killed

10-Nov-12

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08-Nov-12 Robinson R22 Central Otago, New Zealand (1F)

Experienced pilot killed in “perfect weather conditions” after reportedly “falling out of the sky”.  Police stated that the pilot was Julian Dean Kramer (52), also known as Julianne Kramer – chief flying instructor at Wakatipu Aero Club.  Helicopter may be ZK-HCG (1499)

08-Nov-12

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03-Nov-12 N368PD Hughes OH-6A Altlanta, US-Georgia (2F)

Police helicopter crashed on night search operation, killing both officers on board – later named as Richard J. Halford and Shawn A. Smiley.  Later report stated it hit a powerline pole and part of the cable was wrapped around the skids. Post crash fire.

03-Nov-12

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21-Oct-12 Derby, Australia (1F)

On a sightseeing tour flight, male passenger suddenly unfastened his seatbelt, opened the door and jumped from the aircraft – falling 500 feet to his death

21-Oct-12

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17-Oct-12 RA-24267 Mil Mi-8 Evenk, Russia (1F)

Fell onto its side while landing, killing one of the eight on board.  Fatality named as Svetalana Kulishova

17-Oct-12

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17-Oct-12 C-FXGM Eurocopter AS355F2 Tinicum Township, US-Pennsylvania (1F)

Crashed 500m from an early morning take off, killing the sole occupant pilot – named as Doug Brigham

17-Oct-12

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16-Oct-12 RA-04206 Robinson R44 Muravlyanka, Russia (1F)

Crashed and burned on field. Pilot fatally injured

16-Oct-12

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15-Oct-12 HAL Chetak Dabolim, India (3F)

Crashed on take off from INS Hansa (nr Dabolim) after refuelling en route Mumbai to Bangalore.  Post crash fire.  Another report says landing accident, not take-off

15-Oct-12

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15-Oct-12 Anad, Yemen (1F)

Crashed on take off from Anad air base.  Pilot died from his injuries a short time after

15-Oct-12

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11-Oct-12 N474FA Robinson R44 Luckenbach, US-Texas (3F)

Circumstances not known.  3 fatalities – pilot Chester Monroe (35) and passengers Rusty Aaron (26) and Kaci Fairchild (29)

11-Oct-12

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11-Oct-12 Sikorsky S70 Diyarbakir, Turkey (1F)

Hit wires on take-off.  1 killed, 8 injured

11-Oct-12

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10-Oct-12 N333DR Bell 206B Lyons Point, US-Louisiana (1F)

Helicopter crashed after hitting guy wire of radio tower.  Sole occupant pilot (named as Hugh Clifton Kelley) killed

10-Oct-12

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09-Oct-12 N108MF Bell 407 Coolbaugh Township, US-Pennsylvania (2F)

Available photos give no clues as the trees are likely to have had a significant effect on the level of damage. Weather reports include both rain and fog with visibility of less than a quarter of a mile. Pilot William Ellsworth and passenger Tighe Sulllivan were killed.  The other passenger Stephen Barral survived but is… Read more »

09-Oct-12

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05-Oct-12 Mil Mi-8 East Ghouta, Syria (4F)

Helicopter shot down by rebel forces, and burned out on the ground

05-Oct-12

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05-Oct-12 N406AL Bell 407 Intracoastal City, US-Louisiana (1F)

From a Bristow press release:-  A Bristow Bell 407  operating near Intracoastal City, Louisiana was involved in a fatal accident at approximately 8:00 a.m. CDT . Local press reported poor visibility.  The pilot was the only person onboard – later named as Carl Amos, from Corpus Christi, Texas

05-Oct-12

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03-Oct-12 VH-LLF Robinson R22 Halls Creek, Australia (1F)

Crashed on a cattle station half way between Halls Creek and Fitzroy Crossing, and two days later the press reported that the pilot’s body remains trapped in the wreckage underwater in a remote gorge.

03-Oct-12

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28-Sep-12 TG-FHD Eurocopter AS350B3 Vista Hermosa, Guatemala (1F)

Pilot reported tail rotor problems before crashing – the tail rotor was found on the roof of a house “a few hundred metres” from the crash site.  While the pilot and one passenger survived, the accident killed textile magnate Joe Habie, one of the richest men in Guatemala

28-Sep-12

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23-Sep-12 Vertol BV107 Bella Coola, Canada (1F)

Unstable load on climbout led to pilot releasing two logs, killing a logging worker on the ground – CADAORS ref 2012P1637

23-Sep-12

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20-Sep-12 PR-DKK Eurocopter EC130 Itamaraju, Brazil (1F)

Crashed on night flight.  Helicopter was 30 days old with 50 hours on the airframe.

20-Sep-12

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18-Sep-12 XC-ZIT Bell 407 Lake Zirahuen, Mexico (1F)

Crashed into lake after contacting zip wire which spans the lake.  One drowned (named as Daniel Segundo Martinez), four survived.  Helicopter was being used to capture video footage of the lake for use on a television program

18-Sep-12

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18-Sep-12 HB-ZJO Eurocopter AS350B3 Vallemaggia, Switzerland (1F)

Helicopter crashed in mountainous region, killing the sole occupant pilot.  There was a post-crash fire.

18-Sep-12

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15-Sep-12 N58020 Eurocopter AS355F1 West Windsor, US-New Jersey (1F)

Crashed into cornfield, burning out and killing sole occupant pilot named as Michael Scarfia.

15-Sep-12

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10-Sep-12 N281RG Robinson R22 Crosby, US-Texas (2F)

Helicopter crashed and burnt out.  Both occupants killed – later named here as Christopher John Yeager, 40, the pilot of Houston and Joyce Ann Ates, 60, a photographer from Midwest City, Oklahoma.

10-Sep-12

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09-Sep-12 D-HALX Eurocopter EC120 Metzingen, Germany (1F)

Skid snagged ground taking off from sloping ground, causing helicopter to turn onto its side.  Debris from helicopter killed

09-Sep-12

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08-Sep-12 Mil Mi-24 Dagestan, Russia (4F)

Mountainous region, poor weather, 4 killed

08-Sep-12

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05-Sep-12 Bell OH-58D Puli Alam, Afghanistan (2F)

“An ISAF helicopter has crashed in eastern Afghanistan, resulting in two ISAF fatalities. We are investigating,” a spokesman for NATO’s U.S.-led International Security Assistance Force said.  The two casualties were later named as Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jose L. Montenegro Jr., 31, of Houston, Texas, and Chief Warrant Officer 2 Thalia S. Ramirez, 28, of… Read more »

05-Sep-12

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03-Sep-12 EC-IVT Robinson R44 Valouse, France (2F)

R44 routing from Switzerland through France to Spain.  Had taken off from Clermont-Ferrand, destination Le Luc in the Var region.  Father and son killed in the accident. Controlled flight into terrain. Aircraft destroyed

03-Sep-12

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01-Sep-12 Eurocopter AS350B3 Dundo, Angola (4F)

Accident caused the deaths of the captain of the aircraft, chief-inspector Tiago Casimiro, his assistant, João Adelino João Brandão, as well as the workers of the Provincial Electoral Commission, Lourenço Mussenoho and Maria Augusta João.

01-Sep-12

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01-Sep-12 N70415 CHR Safari McVeytown, US-Pennsylvania (1F)

Unknown helicopter type crashed into a farm field killing the only occupant, named in the press as Kenneth M. Smith, 61.

01-Sep-12

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30-Aug-12 Mil Mi-17 Sarmat, India (5F) – 2 of 2

Two Mi-17 helicopters hit each other on take off on a training mission from an air base near the village of Sarmat in Jamnagar district of Gujarat state.  9 killed, assumed currently as 4 in one helicopter and 5 in the other.  One helicopter caught fire and completely burned out, the other did not –… Read more »

30-Aug-12

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30-Aug-12 Mil Mi-17 Sarmat, India (4F) – 1 of 2

Two Mi-17 helicopters hit each other on take off on a training mission from an air base near the village of Sarmat in Jamnagar district of Gujarat state.  9 killed, assumed currently as 4 in one helicopter and 5 in the other.  One helicopter caught fire and completely burned out, the other did not –… Read more »

30-Aug-12

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30-Aug-12 Helmand province, Afghanistan (2F)

Two Australian special forces officers were killed when their helicopter crashed in Helmand Province. The pair were named in Australian press as Private Nathanael Galagher and Lance Corporal Mervyn McDonald.   Initial reporting indicates there was no insurgent action in the area at the time of the incident which could be related to the crash.

30-Aug-12

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27-Aug-12 Mil Mi-17 Damascus, Syria (1F)

Shot down by rebels

27-Aug-12

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25-Aug-12 Bell 214 Sardasht, Iran (4F)

Helicopter crashed about 6 miles from the Iraqi border in northwestern Iran.  Four killed – one Revolutionary Guard member and three crew members.  Bell 214 as a type is not fully confirmed

25-Aug-12

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24-Aug-12 N407N Bell 407 Abingdon, US-Virginia (1F)

Crashed into lake shortly after take-off around 10.20pm – after dropping off six passengers at helicopter owner’s home.  Sole occupant pilot was named in local press as Bill R. Starnes, 64 (see obituary)

24-Aug-12

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22-Aug-12 Mil Mi-17 Astana, Kazakhstan (4F)

Crashed during a training exercise at an airfield near the capital Astana and caught fire.

22-Aug-12

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16-Aug-12 Sikorsky UH-60 Shah Wali Kot, Afghanistan (11F)

Helicopter crashed during a firefight with insurgents in a remote area of southern Afghanistan on Thursday, killing seven Americans and four Afghans

16-Aug-12

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12-Aug-12 AF-808 Mil Mi-24 (1 of 3) Mount Kenya, Kenya (7F)

Three Mi-24 helicopters of a group of four ferrying from Uganda to Somalia impacted Mount Kenya in poor weather and in close formation – all three wrecks within 1km of each other approx 11,000ft above sea level.  This helicopter completely burnt out (photo), except the last part of the tail which revealed its serial AF-808. … Read more »

12-Aug-12

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10-Aug-12 RA-3054K Mil Mi-2 Proletarsky, Russia (1F)

Helicopter crashed while carrying out agricultural work.  No further details at this time.  Pilot fatally injured

10-Aug-12

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09-Aug-12 RA-31596 Kamov Ka32 Koycegiz, Turkey (5F)

Firefighting helicopter impacted terrain, killing 5 including three Russian citizens named as Alexander Gavrilov, Nikolai Atepalikhin and Sergey Khorokhorin

09-Aug-12

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08-Aug-12 N737TV MD Helicopters MD600N Delta Junction, US-Alaska (1F)

En route to pick up miners at the remote site when the helicopter crashed into the side of a hill and rolled a considerable distance, killing the pilot -  later named as James Hopper, 63

08-Aug-12

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28-Jul-12 XA-UQH AgustaWestland AW109SP Cerro Alpino, Mexico (3F)

Two crew and one passenger killed – mountainous location.  The passenger is named in local press as Juan Armando Hinojosa Cantú, owner of Grupo Higa, parent company of helicopter operator Eolo who have up to four AW119s and three AW109SPs according to this press release

28-Jul-12

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27-Jul-12 Bell UH-1 Catha Village, South Africa (1F)

Weather conditions were described as adverse with winds up to 80km/h. The helicopter was dousing veld fires in the mountains on behalf of the Department of Water Affairs

27-Jul-12

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25-Jul-12 Eurocopter AS532AL Verdon Gorge, France (6F)

AS532AL on a pre-delivery test flight out of Marignane crashed killing all six occupants.  Some reports are suggesting it struck wires but that is not confirmed

25-Jul-12

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22-Jul-12 Sikorsky UH-60 Daglica, Turkey (4F)

UH=-60 of Turkey’s paramilitary police crashed in Kurdish border region killing 4.  A further 8 survived (other reports differ on number of survivors).  One reported said it lost power while landing

22-Jul-12

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21-Jul-12 HL9196 Eurocopter AS350B2 Daegu, Korea (1F)

Struck wires at low level while spraying and ended up upside-down on roof of building.

21-Jul-12

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21-Jul-12 Bell 206L4 Chuxiong, China (1F)

One killed and two injured when helicopter crashed into reservoir.  Operator flies at least two LongRanger IVs – B-7712 (52305) and B-7715 (52357)

21-Jul-12

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20-Jul-12 Bell 212 Ulu Belait, Brunei (12F)

2 survived, 12 killed in crash.  Helicopter was en route home with three members of the crew and 2 trainers, 1 staff and 8 Officer Cadets, Officer Cadet School after a jungle training camp.  The Defence Ministry later stated “The main cause of the aircraft crash was due to human error. The aircraft was involved… Read more »

20-Jul-12

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20-Jul-12 N8899 Eurocopter EC120 Sri Aman, Malaysia (3F)

Crashed into river, killing 3 – named as Siti Khuzaimah Anuar, Pepter Ato Mayau and Henry Lau Tee Yong.  German pilot Rico Steger, 35, was the only survivor.  Weather was reported as a factor (also cited in later report)

20-Jul-12

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19-Jul-12 Sikorsky MH-53E Muscat, Oman (2F)

Helicopter crashed killing 2 of the 5 POB – later named as Senior Chief Aviation Warfare Systems Operator Sean P. Sullivan, 40, of St. Louis, MO, and Naval Aircrewman (Helicopter) 2nd Class Joseph P. Fitzmorris, 31, of West Monroe, LA.  The helicopter was assigned to Helicopter Mine Countermeasure Squadron 15, based in Norfolk, Va and… Read more »

19-Jul-12

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16-Jul-12 Mil MI-8 El Fasher, Sudan (7F)

Military spokesman Col. Sawarmy Khalid Saad said that a technical failure caused the crash. Seven officers were killed and two others were injured. [Helicopter type assumed, not confirmed]

16-Jul-12

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16-Jul-12 Mil Mi-2 Mbouambe, Congo Brazzaville (2F)

Mi-2 owned by Congo Interior Ministry (referred to in one report as a “police helicopter”) crashed killing Russian citizen, SP Korostel, and Belarusian citizen, MF Cherenkov.  Earlier reports of 2 Ukrainians being killed were later dismissed

16-Jul-12

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11-Jul-12 Mil Mi-17 Skardu, Pakistan (6F)

Reported as a test flight, but with 8 POB?  Fatalities named as Major Amir Azam, Havildar Abdual Waheed, Havildar Zeeshan Haider, Naik Muhammad Imran, Sepoy Kaleem Ullah and Sepoy Noor Mustafa

11-Jul-12

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11-Jul-12 PT-HOL Robinson R22 Campo de Marte, Brazil (2F)

Crashed to the ground into a building, killing both occupants – instructor Mailson Rocha Lopes (age 23) and student Denis Frank Thomazi (32)

11-Jul-12

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10-Jul-12 C-GHZN Robinson R44 Carcross, Canada (1F)

Helicopter was involved in a low level bear survey and crashed.  Pilot killed, one passenger seriously injured, the other minor injuries.  Pilot was later  identified as 56-year-old Paul Rosset, from Yellowknife. Both passengers were employees of Environment Yukon – named here as Jonathan Postma and Raphael Roy-Jauvin. CADORS 2012C2841

10-Jul-12

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