Fatal Accidents

27-Jul-13 N25WH Robinson R44 Thompson Falls, US-Montana (1F)

Pilot Todd Hanawalt and two passengers were surveying power lines for a company on Saturday afternoon when the helicopter crashed. killing Hanawalt... Read more

24-Jul-13 VT-TBE Bell 407 Garud Chatti, India (2F)

Accident situation unknown.  Helicopter operating on Disaster Relief Operations with Uttarakhand Government.  Operator reported it was en route from Kedarnath to Guptkashi at about 1530 hrs.  Later update said it was weather related.  Fatalities named here as Pilot J. S. Dhaliwal and technician Abhay Ranjan... Read more

22-Jul-13 N233JP Bell UH-1H Mount Clarleston, US-Nevada (1F)

According to a LVMPD press release, David Vanbuskirk “somehow became detached from the hoist line, falling into the canyon below.” The distance that the man fell is under investigation, but Sheriff Doug Gillespie later stated in a press conference that “it is clear that this was a non-survivable fall and he died on impact.” The... Read more

21-Jul-13 RA-04049 Eurocopter EC120 Kola Peninsula, Russia (3F)

Shortly after dropping off two tourist anglers and their interpreter, the pilot took off but crashed into them, killing all three. The pilot survived.  The casualties were named here as retired lawyer Rupert Beaumont and fine-art dealer Mark Robertson, both 69, and their Russian guide and interpreter, Alexander Tushnikov, 53.... Read more

16-Jul-13 N775AR Bell UH-1H Dove Creek, US-Colorado (1F)

UH-1H crashed while performing seismographic operations at an oil drilling rig in the area.  News report here states AJ Blain, 27, died in the crash, said Joyce Barnett, Dolores County, Colo., coroner... Read more

09-Jul-13 HK-4866 Eurocopter BK117A4 Teorama, Colombia (5F)

Contacted high voltage powerlines and crashed with 5 fatalities.  Registration NOT yet verified... Read more

09-Jul-13 Bell UH-1H Tingo Maria, Peru (3F)

Crashed on night training flight.  Pilot named as Ronald Helbert Vargas Terán (34), and crew were Amadeo César Loayza Mercado (33) and Carlos Alberto Cercado Pinares (42).... Read more

04-Jul-13 Mil Mi-35 Benghazi, Libya (2F)

It is though the crash was caused by human error during a particularly daring manoeuvre.  2 killed, 1 seriously injured... Read more

02-Jul-13 RA-22657 Mil Mi-8 Deputatsky, Russia (23F)

Loss of control due to mountain winds (according to this report), killing 23 of 28 POB.  The five survivors were the three crew and two of the passengers, one a child.... Read more

01-Jul-13 HB-ZMO Eurocopter AS350B3e Erstfeld, Switzerland (4F)

Clear skies, pilot experienced in the area (visited 3-4 times a week) but AS350B3e went down with four fatalities.  Post crash fire.  Wide debris field with tailboom 20+m away not touched by the fire (see photo)... Read more

01-Jul-13 C-GQQT Bell 206B Gull Lake, Canada (1F)

Wreckage reported sighting on 2nd July, the day after a Bell 206 was reported overdue. “The aircraft is missing and debris has washed ashore in Gull Lake.” CADORS 2013C2819... Read more

29-Jun-13 HB-XSO Eurocopter AS350B2 Personico, Switzerland (4F)

Main blades clipped rock in low hover, and subsequent crash landing killed all four POB – part named here as  pilot Davide B. (62), its passengers Daniele C. (43), Lauro S. (56) and F. Severino (63)... Read more

25-Jun-13 Mil Mi-17V5 Gaurikund, India (20F)

Crashed in poor weather. Vice Chairman of National Disaster Management Authority said eight bodies have been recovered and chances of any survivor among the 19 onboard were remote... Read more

20-Jun-13 Mil Mi-17 Momotombo, Nicaragua (9F)

helicopter experienced “mechanical problems” at altitude before descending uncontrolled on the edge of Lake Managua.  Most of the wreckage entered the water where it subsequently submerged... Read more

19-Jun-13 N5024N Bell 47G Maplewood, US-Minnesota (1F)

Crashed into the back yard of a house while on mosquito control work.  Maplewood acting Police Chief Dave Kvam identified the pilot as Michael Kramer, 44... Read more

19-Jun-13 I-VIEW Eurocopter AS350B3+ Muchu, Nepal (1F)

Crashed when trying  to make an emergency landing on the bank of Karnali River, killing one of the 6 POB.  According to this report Police have identified the deceased as Tek Bahadur Tapali, station manager of Humla office of the Nepalese CAA.  The injured were named as pilot David Talu, an Italian national, flight manager Dilak... Read more

16-Jun-13 PZL SW-4 Yinan, China (1F)

SW-4 on crop spraying operation crashed, killing the pilot... Read more

14-Jun-13 PR-HRZ Bell 212 Teffe, Brazil (2F)

No details given in press statement on circumstances of this fatal accident... Read more

11-Jun-13 N935EM Eurocopter AS350B2 Talihina, US-Oklahoma (1F)

Crashed close to hospital helipad on take-off for transfer to Tulsa.  Patient on board, 1 fatal, 2 critical, 1 minor.  Post crash fire.  Fatality was the patient, Michael Wilson, 49, although unclear whether that was due to the accident or his previous medical condition (following a serious workplace injury)... Read more

07-Jun-13 N207JA Bell 206B San Luis Potosi, Mexico (4F)

Lost height on climb out from golf complex.  Fatalities named as Juan Ignacio Torres Landa, Elizárraga Alejandro Felix (pilot), Jaime Olescowski, Manuel Palacios Alcocer, while Joseph Olescowski Nutt was seriously injured.... Read more

06-Jun-13 N114AE Bell 206L Manchester, US-Kentucky (3F)

Late evening accident in the grounds of an elementary school on positioning flight back to base in Manchester after delivering patient to London.  Three fatalities named as  pilot Eddie Sizemore, flight paramedic Herman “Lee” Dobbs and flight nurse Jesse Jones.  Reports include mention of fog and that electricity lines have been cut and there are power... Read more

06-Jun-13 Schweizer S300C Guanghan, China (1F)

Training flight, one fatal, one injured.  Helicopter ended upside-down on the banks of a river... Read more

31-May-13 C-GIMY Sikorsky S76 Moosonee, Canada (4F)

Helicopter down at night (approx 00:11 hrs) with 4 fatalities – two crew, two paramedics.  No patient on board.  See Ornge Media statement  crew were named (here) as Captain Don Filliter, 54, of Skead, Ont. First Officer Jacques Dupuy, 43, of Otterburn-Park, Que. Paramedic Dustin Dagenais, 34, of Moose Factory, Ont. Paramedic Chris Snowball, 38,... Read more

29-May-13 C-FZWB Bell 206B Fort McMurray, Canada (2F)

Helicopter working for Alberta Sustainable Resource Development, coming down in a forested area.  Crash killed pilot Bryce Campbell and passenger biologist Kristina Norstrom.  The other passenger Simon Slater survived – names from this article... Read more

28-May-13 Mil Mi-8 Ivanovsky, Russia (2F)

Crashed on training flight, killing two of the four POB... Read more

24-May-13 N569BC Robinson R44 Cross Timbers, US-Missouri (2F)

Crashed in heavy wooded area.  Fatalities named as pilot William Higgenbotham, 32, and the passenger was Catalina Richard, 21.... Read more

23-May-13 PNB-8302 Eurocopter Bo105 Caracas, Venezuela (5F)

Crashed in low visibility while chasing a vehicle containing two hostages.  All five POB died.  Post crash fire... Read more

17-May-13 Virginia Beach, US-Virginia (2F)

Two members of the FBI’s ultra-elite Hostage Rescue Team (Special Agents Christopher Lorek and Stephen Shaw) were killed  during a training accident involving a helicopter off the coast of Virginia Beach.  The military statement said very little except that it encountered unspecified difficulties and the agents fell a “significant distance.”... Read more

06-May-13 RA-24410 Mil Mi-8 Preobrazhenka, Russia (9F)

Helicopter with 9 persons and 2 tons of explosive... Read more

27-Apr-13 N150SP Bell 206B Shepherd, US-Montana (1F)

Sole occupant pilot killed after striking wires... Read more

24-Apr-13 XC-AAF MD Helicopters MD600N Oaxaca, Mexico (4F)

Helicopter on an EMS flight crashed killing a newborn baby less than 24 hours old, his father Pedro Martinez, pilot  Guillermo Chávez Medina and paramedic Pablo Héctor Vicente.  Helicopter destroyed... Read more

23-Apr-13 ZS-HLS Robinson R44 Schoemanskloof, South Africa (4F)

Helicopter departed Nelspruit, picked up passengers at Casterbridge and was en route to Grand Central, but crashed in an open field.  Visibility is quoted in press reports as a possible factor.  The victims were named as Nicholas More, Pierre de Villiers, Lance Cooper and Elmarie Martens.... Read more

21-Apr-13 OM-M959 Dynali H2S Trnava, Slovakia (1F)

Crashed into ploughed field with no obstructions near, killing one.  Both occupants were pilots.... Read more

13-Apr-13 C-FCTD Bell 206L1 Cambell River, Canada (1F)

1 fatality of 6 on board after helicopter crashed into the Homathco River on a fly-fishing charter.   The fatality was named in this report as Michael Monson.  CADAORS 2013P0449... Read more

12-Apr-13 Ouro-Modi, Mali (5F)

Details not clear apart from casualty numbers... Read more

09-Apr-12 Boeing AH-64 Pechigram district, Afghanistan (2F)

Two US soldiers killed in helicopter crash.  A press release from the Pennsylvania National Guard named the pair as Chief Warrant Officer 3 Matthew Ruffner, 34, and Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jarett Yoder, 27.... Read more

07-Apr-13 OB-1916P Mil-8 Loreto, Peru (13F)

Incident summary – Oil exploration support helicopter went down, killing all on board.  Initial reports vary between 13 and 14 fatalities after initial reports of 9.  Some local news sources are saying it exploded in the air, 10 minutes from its destination.  The helicopter was supporting work by Perenco Peru, who issued a statement saying that apart from... Read more

03-Apr-13 N3101H Robinson R44 Tamiami, US-Florida (2F)

Crashed into a parking lot two miles after take-off, killing both occupants.  Non-aviation witnesses report an explosion before the helicopter reached the ground. Post crash fire.  The deceased were later named by Miami Dade Police as pilot Mark Palmieri and passenger Ross Allen.  One report states it was a post-maintenance test flight... Read more

03-Apr-13 Robinson R44 Nylstroom, South Africa (1F)

Unknown circumstances.  Wreck found next morning after failing to arrive at intended destination... Read more

30-Mar-13 N911AA Eurocopter AS350B3 Talkeetna, US-Alaska

Impacted terrain while maneuvering during an SAR flight near Talkeetna, Alaska. The airline transport pilot, an Alaska state trooper serving as a flight observer for the pilot, and a stranded snowmobiler who had requested rescue were killed, and the helicopter was destroyed by impact and postcrash fire.... Read more

30-Mar-13 N911AA Eurocopter AS350B3 Talkeetna, US-Alaska (3F)

Two Alaska State Troopers and a rescued snowmobiler died in the crash.  A press release later named them as Alaska State Trooper pilot Mel Nading, Trooper Tage Toll of Talkeetna, and Carl Ober, the 56-year-old injured snowmachiner from Talkeetna... Read more

29-Mar-13 AgustaWestland A109LUH Kruger, South Africa (5F)

Helicopter crashed during rhino poaching patrols.  Al five POB killed – later named as  Captain Jacobus Andries van Rensburg; Captain MP Chabalala; Sergeant Paulus Shongela Ndishishi; Sergeant GP Ruiters and Lance Corporal Bheki Petros Cele... Read more

26-Mar-13 N910WC Hughes OH-6A Caddo, US-Texas (1F)

Landed in pond instead of the nearby field as intended after gusty wind conditions experienced.  Pilot escaped, but passenger killed, both aged 75 according to press reports... Read more

21-Mar-13 VH-HWQ Robinson R44 Bulli Tops, Australia (4F)

Clipped tree(s) during landing phase and crashed killing all four on board.  Helicopter operator Bankstown Helicopters confirmed that the aircraft had been hired by a private pilot... Read more

21-Mar-13 D-HLTM Eurocopter EC155 Berlin, Germany (1F)

Two helicopters collided in white-out conditions during a police exercise.  An AS332L2 and a EC155 had landed and kicked up a lot of snow.  The pilot of a second AS332 landing soon after then suffered white-out and landed too close to the EC155, killing the pilot.  Three other injuries reported.... Read more

16-Mar-13 Mil Mi-8 Khankala, Russia (3F)

Three killed out of four on board a Russian Border Guard Mi-8 which crashed in poor visibility.  A criminal investigation has been opened.... Read more

16-Mar-13 Bell OH-58D Daman district, Afghanistan (1F)

Officials from the International Security Assistance Force said they have no indication that the helicopter was brought down by enemy activity in the area.... Read more

15-Mar-13 N574EH Sikorsky S76A++ Lake Charles, US-Louisiana (3F)

Post maintenance test flight.  Cameron County Sheriff identified the deceased as pilot, William R. Croucher, 69, and two mechanics: Michael Lee Tyree, 55, and Timothy Lloyd Goehring, 41.  Operator Era Helicopters made a brief statement confirming the accident... Read more

12-Mar-13 Bell AH-1 Shfela, Israel (2F)

Accident around 1am local on night training mission.  Both reservists killed, named by IDF as Lt.-Col. (res.) Noam Ron, 49, and Maj. (res.) Erez Flekser, 31. The pilots had radioed the Palmahim air base before the crash, saying they would land there in six minutes. There was no distress call prior to the accident.... Read more

12-Mar-13 AVIC Z-9 Lusaka City Airport, Zambia (1F)

Major Misapa Mukupa was killed in an accident at Lusaka City Airport, while co-pilot Captain Kenneth Chilala sustained minor injuries... Read more

11-Mar-13 Sikorsky UH-60 Daman district, Afghanistan (5F)

Helicopter went down during rain storm... Read more

09-Mar-13 RA-22472 Mil Mi-8AMT Bukavu, Congo (4F)

Crashed in mountainous area in poor weather, flying for United Nations.  Photo suggests controlled flight into terrain.... Read more

09-Mar-13 ZK-IHU Robinson R66 Oamaru Valley, New Zealand (1F)

Crashed on a ridge above the Oamaru Valley, east of Turangi, after dropping off a hunting party.  The body of pilot Mark Didsbury was found 50m away from the helicopter... Read more

07-Mar-13 Eurocopter/IAR SA330L Bacau, Romania (2F)

Two killed and three injured when helicopter crashed on training flight.  The two fatalities were named by the Romanian military as Petty Officer Lawrence Chiru and Sergeant Basil Manolache... Read more

05-Mar-13 IN445 Eurocopter SA316B Visakhapatanam, India (2F)

Crashed off the Vishakhapatnam harbour  Two crew members were immediately rescued while two others were missing and a search was underway for them.... Read more

03-Mar-13 OM-ECI Eurocopter EC120 Horný Čepeň, Slovakia (1F)

Helicopter struck wire and fell into river, killing teenage passenger and injuring the other three on board.  On report stated there were traces of alcohol on the 40 year old pilot... Read more

03-Mar-13 MOI-12 Sikorsky S92 Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (1F)

Crew Member (named as First Class Pvt Abdul Aziz Bin Abdullah Al Qah’tani ) fell from the helicopter and died during the celebration of the World Civil Defence Day... Read more

02-Mar-13 N471M Hughes 500C Majuro, Marshall Islands (1F)

The helicopter from one fishing boat crashed into another boat while they were fishing near the Marshall Islands, seriously injuring a Chinese fisherman, 48-year old Shuiyao Wang, who died at sea two days later.    Filipino pilot Thomas Bustos, 51,  is being treated for injuries... Read more

01-Mar-13 F-GPGM Eurocopter SA316B Chattonay, France (1F)

Collided with trees and crashed into a lake killing the pilot... Read more

24-Feb-13 EJC-2154 Sikorsky UH-60L Vistahermosa, Colombia (4F)

Crashed and exploded (possibly due to a mine) while engaged with  FARC guerrillas... Read more

22-Feb-13 N917EM Eurocopter AS350B2 Oklahoma City, US-Oklahoma (2F)

Crashed close to buildings.  Pilot Mark Montgomery and crew member Chris Denning killed, third crew member Billy Wynn is critical. (names were released here) Two explosions after the helicopter crash landed in upright position.  Completely burnt out in post-crash fire.... Read more

18-Feb-13 N20620 Bell 206 Ely, US-Nevada (1F)

Ted McBride, 74, died after contact with a power line during agricultural operations... Read more

11-Feb-13 Mil Mi-171 Caspian Sea, Azerbaijan (3F)

Crashed into the sea on an EMS mission, killing all three on board – named as Captain Yashar Ahmadov, Senior Lieutenant Rustam Rustamov and Lieutenant Bahruz Zeynalov... Read more

10-Feb-13 N59518 Bell 206B Acton, US-California (3F)

Three killed when a JetRanger went down at 3.42am on a reality TV shoot on a remote ranch.  Helicopter had been supplied via Crossbow Helicopters, who act as brokers between film companies and helicopter operators.  Photos posted of this 206 on Orbic Air’s website (example) in the last few weeks indicate that it carried their... Read more

02-Feb-13 ZP-HAH Robinson R44 Puerto Antequera, Paraguay (3F)

Presidential candidate Lino Oviedo died in the accident along with his bodyguard Derlis Galeano, and the pilot, Ramón Aurelio Picco.  The flight was scheduled for 7.15pm but did not take off until 9.00pm, despite objections from the pilot that the helicopter was not suitably equipped for night flight and that there was an approaching storm... Read more

28-Jan-13 C-GOCM Robinson R44 Grand Cache, Canada (1F)

Survey helicopter overdue.  Weather may have been an issue as a Canadian military Bell 412 involved in the search had to return to base due to weather.  CADAORS 2013C0386... Read more

21-Jan-13 PR-JBN Bell 206B Jaragua, Brazil (1F)

Crashed and hit house killing one of four on board... Read more

16-Jan-13 G-CRST AgustaWestland AW109E Vauxhall, UK (2F)

AW109 Helicopterhit crane and crashed to ground, killing the pilot Pete Barnes and one person on the ground, Matt Wood. Top of the crane may have been in the cloud – check photos on the second link below.  The crane is marginally south of the H4 heliroute, which has a 1500ft restriction at this point. ... Read more

11-Jan-13 Mil MI-35 Myitkyina, Myanmar (3F)

Shot down by rebels in border region.  Army itself says “emergency landing due to engine failure”... Read more

10-Jan-13 D-HIZZ Robinson R44 Schwäbisch Hall, Germany (1F)

Helicopter crashed on to highway, killing pilot. Post crash fire. Truck driver injured in the ensuing chaos.  No other injuries, despite heavy traffic at the time.  Weather reported as wet.  Helicopter _may_ have hit wires, causing crash.  Pilot reported as ” 42 year old small business owner from Hohenlohe”... Read more

07-Jan-13 N241CH Boeing 234LR Pucallpa, Peru (7K)

Minutes after take-off from Pucallpa, the helicopter appeared to have a problem en route and smoke was coming from the aircraft.  Shortly after it crashed into a jungle area killing all 7 on board – 2 Peruvians – Joel Castillo and Luis Ramos, and 5 Americans – Dan Immel , Ed Córdova, Jaime Pickett, Lee... Read more

05-Jan-13 Bell 412 Tumaco, Colombia (1F)

Colombian Navy 412 crashed on an EMS mission, killing Ocoró John Jairo Torres, who had over 15 years military experience.  Four others to hospital – Pilot Miguel Córdoba, Copilot Juan Pablo Zuloaga; and rescuers Luis Miguel Ibáñez and Ronal Jiménez.... Read more

03-Jan-13 PR-DUB Robinson R66 Caraguatatuba, Brazil (2F)

Details unknown.  Helicopter “missing from radar screens” and not found until 15 days after the accident... Read more

02-Jan-13 N445MT Bell 407 Ventura, US-Iowa (3F)

Three killed in night time accident north of Ventura – pilot Gene Grell, nurse Shelly Lair-Langenbau and paramedic Russell Piehl.   Reports state it was the helicopter based at Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa.  Post impact fire.  Was en route from Mason City to Emmetsburg.... Read more

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... Read more

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