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09-Nov-17 N500DC MD Helicopters 500D York, US-Pennsylvania

Precautionary field landing, per FAA report


08-Nov-17 N138WH Hughes 500D Sulphur, US-Louisiana (2F)

Two men working on power lines from the helicopter,  and  heir safety harness failed because it had been rubbing against the power lines causing it to “snap” the release from Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office reportedly said.  Both men fell about 100 feet to their deaths from the helicopter – they were later named as Nicholas Gamalski,… Read more »


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HeliAir Sweden Replaces MD500s with EC120B

HeliAir Sweden Replaces MD500s with EC120B

HeliAir Sweden has recently procured a second EC120B helicopter. The EC120B will be used to help with power line inspections, fire-fighting and collapsing trees. As reported by Eban Magazine. HeliAir Sweden are also going to sell their three MD500s, and demonstration flights were made last week to initial interested parties. Their fleet currently holds three… Read more »

Source:, 26-Sep-16

22-Oct-15 C-FOHE MD Helicopters MD500D Paynton, Canada (2F)

A 55-year-old male pilot from Campbell River, B.C., and a 35-year-old male passenger from Prince Albert, Sask., were the only 2 POB when it crashed. They were pronounced dead at the scene.  Helicopter was contracted by electric utility SaskPower to access and repair power poles and struck a powerline causing the aircraft to crash.  Post crash… Read more »


07-Jul-15 MD Helicopters MD500D Bargoni, Kenya (2F)

Technical issues on approach led to emergency landing in an unsuitable location, leading to severe injuries to the 2 POB.  Both died in the hospital later the same day


18-May-15 OH-HNR MD Helicopters MD500D Bocognano, Corsica

During a low level flight prior to attending to vegetation near powerlines, pilot noticed a decrease in engine power.  The subsequent autorotation avoiding powerlines and buildings led to a hard landing and completely burnt out in post crash fire in the garden of a house.  2 POB seriously injured


06-Apr-15 N555JC MD500D Cherokee, US-Alabama (1F)

Crashed into Tennessee River and sank without trace. Pilot was only one on board and is missing presumed drowned. Haverfield Aviation confirmed it to be one of their helicopters and some debris from it found further downstream was labelled with the company name. Nearby angler witnessed the helicopter crashing into the water around 1pm. The… Read more »


06-Apr-15 31249 Hughes OH-6D Okada, Japan

Substantially damaged in force landing in an open field


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Phoenix Heliparts Earns New STC to Install Aspen Avionics Glass Cockpits in MD Helicopters

Phoenix Heliparts Earns New STC to Install Aspen Avionics Glass Cockpits in MD Helicopters

Phoenix Heliparts today announced the approval of a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) that allows installation of the Aspen Avionics Evolution Flight Display System in a range of MD Helicopters. The STC authorizes Phoenix Heliparts to install Aspen’s single- or dual-display Pilot, Pro 1000, Pro 1500 and Pro 2000 systems in MD 369, MD 530F, MD… Read more »

Source: Phoenix Heliparts, 01-Mar-15

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05-Feb-15 ZK-IQQ MD Helicopters MD500D Marlborough, New Zealand

Firefighting helicopter crashed while filling bucket in very shallow river. pilot Neal Andrews walked away unscathed


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02-Dec-14 MD Helicopters MD500D Zuoying, Taiwan

Pilot received serious head injuries from the tail rotor after receiving a warning signal, leaving the cockpit and going to the rear of the helicopter to assist the technical staff – but apparently got too close


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02-Sep-14 N516PJ MD Helicopters MD500D Willow, US-California

Pilot Ron Chaplin injured when helicopter came down during low level powerline work


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29-Jul-14 N89ZC Hughes 500D Bellefontaine, US-Ohio

Helicopter involved in underslung chainsaw operations, cutting back trees for a new bike track.  Helicopter crashed into the trees.  No immediate indication of cause.  Pilot Leo Boucher seriously injured


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22-Jul-14 N5225C Hughes 500D Oso, US-Washington

Crashed during logging operations after tail hit a logging cable.


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03-Feb-14 N8618F MD Helicopters MD500D Naples, US-Florida

Tail struck ground during autorotation training


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27-Jan-14 G-CCUO Hughes 500D Droitwich, UK

Shortly after takeoff the pilot experienced yaw control difficulties, resulting in the loss of control of the helicopter and a subsequent crash landing. The pilot escaped with minor injuries. In the absence of any mechanical abnormalities, the most likely cause of the accident is a loss of tail rotor effectiveness.


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15-Dec-13 Hughes 500D Glade Burn, New Zealand (1F)

A Hughes 500 helicopter flying between the Greenstone Valley and Dumpling Hut crashed at Glade Burn in steep and rugged terrain in poor weather.   Police confirmed that sole occupant pilot Bruce Andrews died in the accident


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19-Oct-13 N53846 Hughes 500D Suffolk, US-Virginia

Contacted trees while trimming them.  Landed without incident


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12-Sep-13 N519PA MD Helicopters MD500DE Kauai, US-Hawaii

Operator told the press “debris flew into the main rotor blades causing some damage to the aircraft”.  FAA report says “tail rotor separated from aircrxaft”


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06-Aug-13 N134SH MD Helicopters MD500D Delta Junction, US-Alaska

NTSB investigator Clint Johnson says the helicopter had an engine failure, landed in trees and rolled over.  Sling load operations.  Pilot not injured


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29-Jul-13 N31HM MD Helicopters MD500D Smithfield, US-West Virginia

Force landing – serious damage after it fell onto its side in wooded area, tail separate from boom


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05-Jul-13 C-FYAP Hughes 500D Fort Saskatchewan, Canada

Helicopter was involved in installing powerlines – contacted tower, crashed, seriously injuring both occupants


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Donaldson congratulates PJ Helicopters on 40+ years

Donaldson congratulates PJ Helicopters on 40+ years

Donaldson Aerospace & Defense, a division of Donaldson Company, Inc. (NYSE: DCI), congratulates long-time customer PJ Helicopters for developing world-class precision-lift services over its more than 40 years of operations. The success of Red Bluff, Calif.-based PJ Helicopters is supported by Donaldson’s Inlet Barrier Filter (IBF) systems. The IBFs protect the safety, performance and reliability of seven turbine helicopter… Read more »

Source: Donaldson, 24-Jun-13

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12-Apr-13 N911FT Hughes 500D Phoenix, US-Arizona

Tail boom separation


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05-Apr-13 N520PA Hughes 500D Lihue, US-Hawaii

Found damage to trailing edge of rotor blade(s) on post-flight inspection


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New Zealand – Heli Tours adds second aircraft

New Zealand – Heli Tours adds second aircraft

Heli Tours new 2nd Helicopter has arrived! ZK-HOI is a H369D modern turbine Helicopter from USA, it is a very fast, very agile type of Helicopter and can fit up to 4 passengers. It also has a large, long cargo pod that fits neatly underneath the Helicopter too. It is polished and ready for work…. Read more »

Source: Heli Tours, 23-Jan-13

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10-Jan-13 OH-HNP Hughes 500D Paavolantie, Finland

Engine failure during low level powerline operation.  Extensively damaged.  Pilot walked away


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07-Dec-12 N818CE Hughes 500D Valencia, US-California

Substantial damage after unsecured item from cabin struck aircraft


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06-Sep-12 C-GVHG Hughes 500D Alice Arm, Canada

Main blades severed tail boom during landing.  CADAORS ref 2012P1524


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29-Jun-12 D-HLUX Hughes 500D Bernkastel, Germany (1F)

Hughes 500D spraying a vineyard hit powerline and crashed into field, killing the 26-year old pilot.


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21-May-12 ZK-HXZ Hughes 500D North Canterbury, New Zealand

It is believed the helicopter had been contracted by the Department of Conservation (DOC) to spray for gorse when it went down at the northern end of Lake Sumner.  Helicopter and pilot missing – pilot named as  35-year-old Mike Mehrtens – company website here quotes him as a 3,500 hour pilot


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12-Mar-12 C-GVEB Hughes 500D Trading Bay, US-Alaska

“flipped over”


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NTSB Preliminary Report – 27-Oct-11 N61PJ MD500D

NTSB Preliminary Report – 27-Oct-11 N61PJ MD500D

This is the text from the Preliminary Report.  By its very nature, the details are subject to change and should not be relied upon. The Final Report for this incident will be issued in due course:- On October 27, 2011, about 1440 Pacific daylight time, a McDonnell Douglas MD-500D helicopter, N61PJ, was substantially damaged during… Read more »

Source: NTSB, 07-Nov-11

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Vanuatu asks Australia to investigate fatal H500D accident

Vanuatu asks Australia to investigate fatal H500D accident

Incident referred to is in accident data at 28-Aug-11 YJ-HEL Hughes 369D South Malakula, Vanuatu (1F) On 29 August 2011, the ATSB was notified by the Vanuatu Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) of an accident that occurred on the island of Maleluka, Vanuatu on 26 August 2011 and involved Hughes 369D helicopter, registered YJ-HEL. It… Read more »

Source: ATSB, 01-Sep-11

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Phoenix Heliparts customizes 1981 MD500D with less than 700 hour TTAF

Phoenix Heliparts customizes 1981 MD500D with less than 700 hour TTAF

Mesa, Arizona – March 5, 2011. After being fully restored by Phoenix Heliparts, of Mesa, AZ, a 1981 MD500D model has been customized with an ‘E’ nose, air conditioning and a complete Aerodynamix NVG package. This 30-year-old aircraft is now truly state of the art. Official handover to Team C&H, of Jacksonville, Florida, will take… Read more »

Source: Phoenix Heliparts, 05-Mar-11

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South African Police in crash want to get back flying

South African Police in crash want to get back flying

Lt.Col Shabir Khan was discharged on Thursday but de Lt.Col Kosie de Villiers’s recovery is expected to take a little longer, though the enthusiastic pilot was in good spirits in the Unitas Hospital on Thursday.  See accident page at 21-Jan-11 ZS-HWX MD Helicopters 369D Wonderboompoort, South Africa

Source: IOL, 29-Jan-11

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