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21-Sep-15 HB-ZGP Airbus SA315B Wolfenschiessen, Switzerland

During an aerial transport, the crew wanted to land near the station of the Bannalp cableway to pick up a container deposited there. During the approach, the helicopter’s tail rotor came in contact with a cable of a small transport cableway. The pilot was able to land the helicopter.


12-Mar-15 CC-CLD Eurocopter SA315B Rancagua, Chile (1F)

External load operations (carrying food and supplies to a mining camp in Colchagua) at 12,700ft amsl but only 50m above the ground when an engine problem caused pilot to jettison the load and take evasive action, descending to the right intending flying down a gorge. Sadly the pilot, named as Francisco Bismara from Argentina, died… Read more »


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21-Sep-14 I-PITO Eurocopter SA315B Rocca Pietra, Italy

Fell onto port side during landing


04-Sep-14 OB-1884-P Eurocopter SA315B Andamarca, Peru (3F)

Crashed and completely burnt out, killing pilot Walter Sulca Ramos and co-pilot Walter Quevedo Mestanza.  Weather of blizzards likely to be a factor


16-Feb-14 T7-ZST Eurocopter SA315B Masera, Italy

At touch down the pilot experienced strong vibrations with damages to the helicopter


24-Jan-14 HB-ZHZ Eurocopter SA315B Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland

Crew injured alighting from helicopter in snowy conditions


19-Oct-12 N57948 Eurocopter SA315B Helena, US-Oklahoma

Blades struck striker plate on landing


15-Jun-12 I-PATI Eurocopter SA315B Illorai, Italy

Crashed on firefighting ops while filling up the water bucket


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15-Jun-12 I-PATI Eurocopter SA315B Illorai, Italy

Overturned while loading water from a stream during firefighting operations. Aircraft destroyed    


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30-Mar-12 N929JV Eurocopter SA315B Alva, US-Oklahoma

Autorotated into field during external load operations


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24-May-11 LN-ODD Eurocopter SA315B Haustreisdalen, Norway

Helicopter had been chartered by Statnett for work on high voltage power lines.  Rotor blade struck pylon and became unstable, crashing to the ground.  Passenger worked for Infratek, subcontractor to Statnett.  Pilot was named as Karl Gustav Backlund.


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

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


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03-Jan-11 B-HJV Eurocopter SA315B Fanling, Hong Kong

Two contractor workers were injured – one critically – when a helicopter winching cable struck an overhead powerline, sparking a fireball which engulfed the men.


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30-Nov-10 B-HJO Eurocopter SA315 Lamma Island, Hong Kong

Bird strike.  Returned to base


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07-Sep-10 N17285 Eurocopter SA315B Winters, US-California


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05-Jun-10 HB-XND Eurocopter SA315B Monte Rosa Hut, Switzerland


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21-Feb-10 PK-… Eurocopter SA315B Weda Bay area, Indonesia


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FAA AD 2010-02-07 Eurocopter SA315, SA316, SA319

Source: FAA, 28-Jan-10

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11-Nov-09 EE-315 Eurocopter SA315B Morona Santago Province, Ecuador


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03-Oct-09 FAB-730 Eurocopter SA315B Lama nr San Cristobal, Bolivia (2F)


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DART announces EASA approval of Round-I-BeamTM Skidtubes for the SA 315

Source: Dart, 16-Apr-09

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