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CHC Safety & Quality Summit postponed

CHC Safety & Quality Summit postponed

20-Sep-2021Source: CHC

CHC circulated the following just before the weekend We hope this finds you and your team safe and well. We would like to share a short update on this year’s CHC Safety & Quality Summit. We are committed to holding an in-person Safety & Quality Summit in an environment that is safe and accessible for... Read more

18-Sep-21 N512MT Bell 407 Conroe, US-Texas

18-Sep-21 N512MT Bell 407 Conroe, US-Texas

18-Sep-2021

Bird strike damaged stabiliser shortly after take-off... Read more

17-Sep-21 N420AT Hughes 500C Ash, US-North Carolina

17-Sep-21 N420AT Hughes 500C Ash, US-North Carolina

17-Sep-2021

Field landing following engine issues... Read more

16-Sep-21 N888DV Robinson R66 Monticello, US-Georgia (3F)

16-Sep-21 N888DV Robinson R66 Monticello, US-Georgia (3F)

16-Sep-2021

Helicopter went down in forested area in poor weather.  All three on board received fatal injuries – they were named here as Alister Pereira, 42; Charles Ogilvie, 46; and Carson McElheney, 40.  Helicopter had taken off from Thomasville in south Georgia near the Florida border Photo: Jasper County Sheriff... Read more

15-Sep-21 N632SD Airbus AS350B2 Romeo, US-Michigan

15-Sep-21 N632SD Airbus AS350B2 Romeo, US-Michigan

15-Sep-2021

Hard landing during autorotation training (FAA). Level of damage unknown in FAA report... Read more

15-Sep-21 N166LW Robinson R66 Reynoldsville, US-Illinois

15-Sep-21 N166LW Robinson R66 Reynoldsville, US-Illinois

15-Sep-2021

Aircraft crashed into field after striking power lines (FAA)... Read more

13-Sep-21 EC-NBT Airbus AS332L2 Sierra Bermeja, Spain

13-Sep-21 EC-NBT Airbus AS332L2 Sierra Bermeja, Spain

13-Sep-2021

Main blades struck a tree.  All 19 on board safely left the aircraft.  Helicopter involved in firefighting operations and was taking a group of firefighters to the scene of the fire.  With the helicopter incapacitated, the fire then came through the same area and the helicopter was burned out the next day 🔥 Un helicóptero... Read more

13-Sep-21 PK-CAW Bell 429 Budiarto, Indonesia

13-Sep-21 PK-CAW Bell 429 Budiarto, Indonesia

13-Sep-2021

Training flight, heavy landing from 300ft and subsequent roll-over onto its port side. The helicopter belongs to the Ministry of Transportation’s Aviation Facility Calibration Center (BBKFP Kemenhub). Three on board exited OK #Foto Helikopter itu sempat naik 100 meter, tapi turun lagi, kemudian terguling. Begini potretnya: https://t.co/UcXd9uN9Ko — detikcom (@detikcom) September 13, 2021    ... Read more

12-Sep-21 F-ZBQG Airbus EC145 Villard-de-Lans, France (1F)

12-Sep-21 F-ZBQG Airbus EC145 Villard-de-Lans, France (1F)

12-Sep-2021

Helicopter was involved in the rescue of a mountain biker in the area of the Vercours ski resort near Villard-de-Lans.  Helicopter reportedly contacted cables and crashed, then consumed by fire.  One fatality, two serious (Pilot and SAMU Doctor) and two less serious injuries (two Gendarmes) – the latter four evacuated to hospital in Grenoble for... Read more

12-Sep-21 RA-06238 Robinson R44 Zheleznodorozhny, Russia

12-Sep-21 RA-06238 Robinson R44 Zheleznodorozhny, Russia

12-Sep-2021

Reportedly due to instrument issues, helicopter landed in shallow river in four feet of water 2 people on board exited without injury... Read more

09-Sep-21 N523EH Bell 212 Livingston, US-Montana

09-Sep-21 N523EH Bell 212 Livingston, US-Montana

9-Sep-2021

Significant vibration experienced, emergency landing.  Damage level not known... Read more

08-Sep-21 N51789 Enstrom 28C Toughkenamon, US-Pennsylvania

08-Sep-21 N51789 Enstrom 28C Toughkenamon, US-Pennsylvania

8-Sep-2021

Landed hard, skid broke, helicopter rolled over... Read more

08-Sep-21 N6516K Bell 206L3 Tillamook, US-Oregon

08-Sep-21 N6516K Bell 206L3 Tillamook, US-Oregon

8-Sep-2021

While conducting low level lifting work, helicopter contracted wires and crashed Helicopter crashes into power line in Tillamook County, sparking fire https://t.co/kkLj5KiTT9 — TRACY IZSAK (@CLOUDOFLARGE) September 11, 2021    ... Read more

07-Sep-21 N138HN Airbus EC135P2+ Martinsburg, US-Virginia

07-Sep-21 N138HN Airbus EC135P2+ Martinsburg, US-Virginia

7-Sep-2021

Background: On the morning of the incident the flight crew based at KMRB in Martinsburg, WV was preparing to transition from a spare aircraft back into their normal duty aircraft which had just recently come out of a 1000-hour maintenance interval. The pilot-in-command for the day shift elected to move the spare aircraft (N102HN) off... Read more

07-Sep-21 N102HN Airbus EC135P1 Martinsburg, US-Virginia

07-Sep-21 N102HN Airbus EC135P1 Martinsburg, US-Virginia

7-Sep-2021

Background: On the morning of the incident the flight crew based at KMRB in Martinsburg, WV was preparing to transition from a spare aircraft back into their normal duty aircraft which had just recently come out of a 1000-hour maintenance interval. The pilot-in-command for the day shift elected to move the spare aircraft (N102HN) off... Read more

06-Sep-21 N125KW MD Helicopters 500E Healy Lake, US-Alaska

06-Sep-21 N125KW MD Helicopters 500E Healy Lake, US-Alaska

6-Sep-2021

Crashed after skid caught on helipad during take-off... Read more

FAA Releases Data Showing Trends in Dangerous Laser Strikes

FAA Releases Data Showing Trends in Dangerous Laser Strikes

2-Sep-2021Source: FAA

Shining a laser at an aircraft poses a serious safety threat and can result in large fines and criminal penalties. Working to identify trends in laser strikes, the U.S. Transportation Department’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has developed a visualization tool that analyzes laser strike data from 2010 to 2020. Using the Tableau software platform, the tool... Read more

01-Sep-21 N407CR Bell 407 Greenville, US-South Carolina

01-Sep-21 N407CR Bell 407 Greenville, US-South Carolina

1-Sep-2021

Bird strike cracked windshield... Read more

30-Aug-21 N779DZ Robinson R44 Elfin Cove, US-Alaska

30-Aug-21 N779DZ Robinson R44 Elfin Cove, US-Alaska

30-Aug-2021

Rolled off the side of the landing pad... Read more

27-Aug-21 N544SH Robinson R44 Prescott, US-Arizona

27-Aug-21 N544SH Robinson R44 Prescott, US-Arizona

27-Aug-2021

FAA : Low Rotor RPM, Emergency landing.  Damage level not known... Read more

27-Aug-21 N303AE Bell 206L1 Glide, US-Oregon

27-Aug-21 N303AE Bell 206L1 Glide, US-Oregon

27-Aug-2021

Crashed after hitting a tree during logging operations... Read more

19-Aug-21 VH-NVH Airbus Bo105 Archerfield, Australia

19-Aug-21 VH-NVH Airbus Bo105 Archerfield, Australia

19-Aug-2021

After take-off, the crew detected abnormal airframe vibration and returned the aircraft to Archerfield. The post-flight inspection revealed a crack in one of the main rotor blades.... Read more

The EASA Annual Safety Review 2021 is now available

The EASA Annual Safety Review 2021 is now available

9-Aug-2021Source: EASA

Despite the extraordinary challenges created by the pandemic, the EASA Annual Safety Review 2021 shows that the aviation safety system remains resilient but under pressure. The overall safety picture for EASA Member States is relatively stable. As activity ramps up with the loosening of COVID-related restrictions, the situation must be closely monitored. This edition of... Read more

01-Aug-21 N7000J Robinson R66 Colusa, US-California (4F)

01-Aug-21 N7000J Robinson R66 Colusa, US-California (4F)

1-Aug-2021

The Colusa County Sheriff’s Office named the four individuals as William Bernard Vann, 67, Suzanne Marie Vann, 60, and Bobbie Lee Keaton, 62, all of Williams, and Charles Thomas Wilson, 71, of Rocklin.... Read more

UK AAIB Bulletin – July 2021

UK AAIB Bulletin – July 2021

23-Jul-2021Source: AAIB

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accident(s) of:- Robinson R44 (G-CLIO), hard landing in field, private landing site, Holmfirth, North Yorkshire, 17 December 2020  ... Read more

20-Jul-21 PK-TVY Sikorsky S76C++ Soehanah platform, Indonesia

20-Jul-21 PK-TVY Sikorsky S76C++ Soehanah platform, Indonesia

20-Jul-2021

When about to land, a loud noise was heard and the aircraft rolled to the right. The aircraft stopped at the edge of the helipad. All main rotor blades detached.... Read more

US Navy MH-60 crew rescued after California crash

US Navy MH-60 crew rescued after California crash

19-Jul-2021Source: US Navy

A Navy MH-60 Knighthawk helicopter crashed near Mt. Hogue, California at approximately 5 p.m. on July 16, while conducting search and rescue (SAR) operations. All four crewmembers survived the crash without injury and have been safely recovered. The aircraft, call sign Longhorn 02, was supporting Mono County search and rescue efforts to locate a lost... Read more

16-Jul-21 G-WHGA Robinson R44 Halfpenny Green, UK

16-Jul-21 G-WHGA Robinson R44 Halfpenny Green, UK

16-Jul-2021

Student solo flight.  Helicopter ended up on its port side in a wide open flat grass area... Read more

15-Jul-21 G-HBEK Agusta 109C Holton Heath, UK

15-Jul-21 G-HBEK Agusta 109C Holton Heath, UK

15-Jul-2021

Helicopter ended up on its side on a flat grass area.  Local press report that the pilot was not injured.... Read more

Metro Aviation continues investment in safety

Metro Aviation continues investment in safety

14-Jul-2021Source: Metro Aviation

Metro Aviation is constantly looking for new opportunities to maximize safety efforts, and recently added an extra layer of safety for pilots flying under Instrument Flight Rules (IFR). Single-Pilot IFR in a helicopter requires high levels of skill, training, and professional aptitude. Metro worked with Foreflight to increase each pilot’s situational awareness by providing a... Read more

Air Methods’ Safety Management System Recognised by FAA

Air Methods’ Safety Management System Recognised by FAA

13-Jul-2021Source: Air Methods

On Tuesday, July 6th, Air Methods (AMC), the leading air medical service in the country, received its letter of acknowledgement from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) accepting AMC’s Safety Management System (SMS). In the United States there are 1,977 Part 135 operators, and Air Methods is one of 21 to receive this recognition. “At Air... Read more

Two Spanish helicopters end up in the water on the same day

Two Spanish helicopters end up in the water on the same day

12-Jul-2021Source: HeliHub.com

Yesterday saw two twin-turbine helicopters have accidents in Spain. In the early hours of the morning, a Customs AS365N3 Dauphin operated by Eliance was chasing a boat crossing the Strait of Gibraltar, suspected of drug running.  No details have yet been released as to the circumstances of how the helicopter ended up in the water. ... Read more

11-Jul-21 EC-JDQ Airbus AS365N3 Strait of Gibraltar, Spain (1F)

11-Jul-21 EC-JDQ Airbus AS365N3 Strait of Gibraltar, Spain (1F)

11-Jul-2021

Customs helicopter was involved in attempting to apprehend a boat being driven at high speed in the early hours of the morning, suspected of transporting drugs across the Strait of Gibraltar.  Helicopter crashed into the sea, and the observer died in the accident – named here as José Luis Domínguez Iborra.  Pilot and Copilot were... Read more

11-Jul-21 EC-MTS Bell 412 Ejea, Spain

11-Jul-21 EC-MTS Bell 412 Ejea, Spain

11-Jul-2021

Firefighting helicopter had just completed water pickup when it lost power and descended into a lake – see video of incident.  2 POB out OK and rescued.  Helicopter was involved in fighting a fire at Cinco Villas... Read more

07-Jul-21 N911KW Bell 212 Weed, US-California

07-Jul-21 N911KW Bell 212 Weed, US-California

7-Jul-2021

Firefighting helicopter ditched into Lake Shastina, from where it was picking up water.  US Forest Service reported that the pilot was able to swim/walk away... Read more

06-Jul-21 SP-CCC Robinson R44 Mikołajki, Poland

06-Jul-21 SP-CCC Robinson R44 Mikołajki, Poland

6-Jul-2021

3 POB escaped from this helicopter after it crashed heavily into the water of Lake Tałty – CCTV footage in this video from YouTube... Read more

05-Jul-21 N4945F Robinson R44 Portland, US-Oregon

05-Jul-21 N4945F Robinson R44 Portland, US-Oregon

5-Jul-2021

FAA report “struck a large bird on take off, damaging the door frame”.  Helicopter had not long taken off from Portland-Troutdale Airport... Read more

30-Jun-21 N1225D Enstrom 280FX Sherman, US-Texas

30-Jun-21 N1225D Enstrom 280FX Sherman, US-Texas

30-Jun-2021

FAA report “forced landing in a field”... Read more

28-Jun-21 PT-SUS Airbus H125 Jequitai, Brazil

28-Jun-21 PT-SUS Airbus H125 Jequitai, Brazil

28-Jun-2021

The aircraft took off for a medical flight at around 12:35 UTC from Mario Ribeiro (SBMK) aerodrome, Montes Claros – MG, in order to land outside a helipad, in the municipality of Jequitaí – MG. A pilot, a technical crew member, a doctor and a nurse are on board. During the final approach, an obscuring dust cloud... Read more

28-Jun-21 N147AH Bell 47G.2A.1 Brasstown, US-North Carolina

28-Jun-21 N147AH Bell 47G.2A.1 Brasstown, US-North Carolina

28-Jun-2021

FAA report that helicopter crashed at a private airstrip and that the helicopter was destroyed... Read more

28-Jun-21 M502-3 Airbus AS555SN Lumut, Malaysia

28-Jun-21 M502-3 Airbus AS555SN Lumut, Malaysia

28-Jun-2021

Heavy vertical landing, with skids splayed out, base of fuselage touching the ground and tail boom twisted.  Main blades untouched, pictures suggest.  4 POB to the medical unit on the naval base where the accident occurred.... Read more

Settlement reached over Kobe Bryant S76 accident

Settlement reached over Kobe Bryant S76 accident

23-Jun-2021Source: NECN

Vanessa Bryant has reached a settlement in her lawsuit against the company that owned and operated the helicopter that crashed in Calabasas last year, killing her husband — Laker legend Kobe Bryant — and their 13-year-old daughter, according to court papers filed Tuesday. Full story here... Read more

FAA Launches Voluntary Reporting Program for Safety Office

FAA Launches Voluntary Reporting Program for Safety Office

22-Jun-2021Source: FAA

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has launched an additional way for its engineers, safety inspectors, systems safety specialists and other aviation safety employees to report safety-related issues and concerns. Information shared and submitted via this new system will be used to validate or verify an aviation safety concern, identify the root... Read more

EASA published the summary of SAFE360

EASA published the summary of SAFE360

22-Jun-2021Source: EASA

On June 8-10, 2021 EASA hosted the virtual SAFE360° conference that brought together over 2,000 industry experts to identify practical solutions to the most important safety issues faced by the industry today. The conference consisted of high-level and 360° panels as well as number of safety workshops and specialist break-out sessions. You can download the... Read more

EASA publishes Decision to improve rotorcraft safety

EASA publishes Decision to improve rotorcraft safety

21-Jun-2021Source: EASA

In a further step to improve rotorcraft safety by mitigating the risk of human error at the design stage and to better support the investigation of rotorcraft accidents and incidents, EASA published ED Decision 2021/010/R. The introduction of systematic considerations related to Human Factors during the rotorcraft design process is expected to reduce the risk of... Read more

Airbus launches Australian rotary-wing safety award

Airbus launches Australian rotary-wing safety award

15-Jun-2021Source: Airbus

The “Civil Helicopter – Innovation in Rotary-wing Safety Award” was launched today at Rotortech, to encourage, recognise and celebrate Australian based rotary wing organisations, groups, and agencies who have made a significant contribution to improve safety performance. To be eligible, nominees must be an Australia Pacific based rotary wing organisation, group, company or agency, and... Read more

15-Jun-21 N398M Bell UH-1 Townsend, US-Montana

15-Jun-21 N398M Bell UH-1 Townsend, US-Montana

15-Jun-2021

Firefighting helicopter made heavy landing under adverse wind conditions.  The aircraft spun right about 120 degrees on landing, and rolled to the left, caught fire and burned out.  Before catching fire, all 5 POB were safety evacuated from the aircraft. Helicopter was working the Deep Creek fire.... Read more

14-Jun-21 N443SH Robinson R44 Sylva, US-North Carolina

14-Jun-21 N443SH Robinson R44 Sylva, US-North Carolina

14-Jun-2021

FAA report “Aircraft nose and rotor struck the ground” and no reported injuries to 3 POB  ... Read more

UK AAIB Bulletin – June 2021

UK AAIB Bulletin – June 2021

10-Jun-2021Source: AAIB

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accident(s) of:- Rotorway Executive 90 (G-BVTV), dynamic rollover during landing, Landmead Farm Airfield, Oxfordshire, 4 November 2020 EC175B (G-EMEB), alternator pinion bearing failure within the left accessory gearbox, Aberdeen Airport, 23 September 2020... Read more

10-Jun-21 N857TL Robinson R66 Destin, US-Florida

10-Jun-21 N857TL Robinson R66 Destin, US-Florida

10-Jun-2021

FAA report “hard landing”... Read more

New AW139 lasts just two weeks with Omni in Brazil

New AW139 lasts just two weeks with Omni in Brazil

7-Jun-2021Source: HeliHub.com

A newly delivered AW139 had an accident during a night training flight last week which will likely lead to the aircraft being declared a write-off. Delivered new from the US production line in Philadelphia, PR-OTF was ferried between 10 and 17 April through to the Omni base at Macapa in north-east Brazil. A week later,... Read more

07-Jun-21 N4162M Robinson R44 Boise, US-Idaho

07-Jun-21 N4162M Robinson R44 Boise, US-Idaho

7-Jun-2021

FAA “Aircraft landed in a field”... Read more

06-Jun-21 VH-HMQ Leonardo AW139 Mangalore, Australia

06-Jun-21 VH-HMQ Leonardo AW139 Mangalore, Australia

6-Jun-2021

The AW139 was flying southbound toward Mangalore at 3,100 feet above mean sea level. At the same time, the PA-44 was conducting a practice instrument approach to Mangalore. The PA-44 commenced a missed approach from below 3,000 feet in a northerly direction toward Mangalore and the pilot broadcast that the aircraft would climb to 3,900... Read more

International Rotorcraft Community Launches Collaborative Safety Program

International Rotorcraft Community Launches Collaborative Safety Program

3-Jun-2021Source: HAI

International rotorcraft safety organizations, regional safety teams, and other global safety stakeholders are pleased to announce the establishment of the Vertical Aviation Safety Team (VAST). In cooperation and collaboration with the worldwide vertical flight community, VAST aims to achieve a vision of zero fatal accidents, providing “Safety Above All.” In pursuit of that vision, VAST... Read more

03-Jun-21 N41G Hughes TH-55A Monroe, US-Louisiana

03-Jun-21 N41G Hughes TH-55A Monroe, US-Louisiana

3-Jun-2021

FAA “Helicopter went into a tail spin on landing and hit hard on the grass”... Read more

02-Jun-21 PR-OTF Leonardo AW139 Ocean Courage rig, Brazil

02-Jun-21 PR-OTF Leonardo AW139 Ocean Courage rig, Brazil

2-Jun-2021

Helicopter ended on its side after a landing on an offshore rig during a night training flight.  The crew suffered light injuries and evacuated the aircraft.   The offshore deck fire crew were on hand and extinguished a small fire which was causing smoke, but no flames. Helios photo... Read more

30-May-21 VH-TJK Leonardo AW139 Shelly Beach, Australia

30-May-21 VH-TJK Leonardo AW139 Shelly Beach, Australia

30-May-2021

While conducting a single-pilot EMS flight, the aircraft was flown into a confined area and unimproved landing site with the aid of night vision goggles. During the later stages of the approach, the aircraft drifted towards terrain. The crew aborted the approach and elected to conduct a precautionary out-landing about 1 km away. Inspection of... Read more

26-May-21 VH-KLY Robinson R22 Hay, Australia (1F)

26-May-21 VH-KLY Robinson R22 Hay, Australia (1F)

26-May-2021

The pilot, the sole occupant on board, was mustering cattle along a fence line on a property 75 km west of Hay, NSW, and had landed to open a gate at the entrance to a yard. Shortly after, a witness heard the helicopter take-off and, very soon after, a loud bang. Suspecting an accident, the... Read more

“56 Seconds” UIMC Training Course From USHST Now Live

“56 Seconds” UIMC Training Course From USHST Now Live

18-May-2021Source: USHST

The U.S. Helicopter Safety Team (www.USHST.org) and Helicopter Association International (HAI) are pleased to announce that the final phase of the USHST’s “56 Seconds to Live” Unintended Flight into Instrument Meteorological Conditions (UIMC) Awareness and Prevention Course is now live and available for use by pilots. This one-hour course provides pilots with scenario-based training designed... Read more

17-May-21 RA-????? Robinson R44 Mudyug Island, Russia (1F)

17-May-21 RA-????? Robinson R44 Mudyug Island, Russia (1F)

17-May-2021

Russian Investigative Committee statement “According to preliminary data, the crash of a Robinson helicopter near the island of Mudyug in the Arkhanglesk region was reported at 21:25 Moscow time on May 17, 2021. The helicopter set off from the Vaskovo airport in the Arkhangelsk region. As a result of the crash, one person died, two were... Read more

UK AAIB Bulletin – May 2021

UK AAIB Bulletin – May 2021

13-May-2021Source: AAIB

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue does not refer to any helicopters and this update is included in HeliHub.com for completeness.... Read more

13-May-21 N432PH Bell 407 Midlothian, US-Texas

13-May-21 N432PH Bell 407 Midlothian, US-Texas

13-May-2021

Main blades struck port horizontal stabiliser during run-on landing on grass. No injuries to pilot or 2 passengers... Read more

09-May-21 N40YB Bell 206B Chino, US-California

09-May-21 N40YB Bell 206B Chino, US-California

9-May-2021

FAA : Aircraft made an off airfield landing for unknown reasons. Pilot and 3 passengers not injured... Read more

09-May-21 N8627J Enstrom F28F Palmer, US-Alaska

09-May-21 N8627J Enstrom F28F Palmer, US-Alaska

9-May-2021

Autorotation landing.  Skid stuck in ground during run-on landing, causing helicopter nose to hit ground and main blades to slice tail boom... Read more

06-May-21 N972BW MD Helicopters MD530F Palm Gardens, US-Nevada

06-May-21 N972BW MD Helicopters MD530F Palm Gardens, US-Nevada

6-May-2021

FAA : Substantially damaged during long-line work.  2 POB not injured... Read more

15-May-21 N134AM Airbus EC135 Jacksonville, US-Florida

15-May-21 N134AM Airbus EC135 Jacksonville, US-Florida

5-May-2021

Emergency field landing after bird strike... Read more

05-May-21 N6068S MD Helicopters MD530F Mesa, US-Arizona

05-May-21 N6068S MD Helicopters MD530F Mesa, US-Arizona

5-May-2021

Post-flight inspection found damage to the tail rotor... Read more

03-May-21 G-WNSG Sikorsky S92 North Sea, UK

03-May-21 G-WNSG Sikorsky S92 North Sea, UK

3-May-2021

Aircraft went AOG on North Sea Platform Valaris 122.  Aircraft still present on rig 05-May-21 (image – Facebook)... Read more

02-May-21 N4528T Robinson R44 Monroe, US-North Carolina (1F)

02-May-21 N4528T Robinson R44 Monroe, US-North Carolina (1F)

2-May-2021

Wire strike during low level agricultural work.  Pilot died in the accident... Read more

02-May-21 HB-ZQQ Leonardo AW109S Padua, Italy

02-May-21 HB-ZQQ Leonardo AW109S Padua, Italy

2-May-2021

Main blades struck canopy over fuel area at airport.  Rotor disc imbalance was serious enough for the main blades to slice the tail boom off The pilot had reportedly planned on refuelling at Ozzano but was unable to do so on arrival and flew on to Padua.... Read more

28-Apr-21 N53DE Bell 429 Eden, US-North Carolina (1F)

28-Apr-21 N53DE Bell 429 Eden, US-North Carolina (1F)

28-Apr-2021

Helicopter was involved in a routine powerline inspection when it went down on the edge of a wood close to the lines, then burning out.  Two passengers were seriously injured, and the pilot was fatally injured... Read more

23-Apr-21 N119AA Leonardo AW119 Apodaca, Mexico (1F)

23-Apr-21 N119AA Leonardo AW119 Apodaca, Mexico (1F)

23-Apr-2021

Helicopter came to rest nose down, tangled in overhead lines over a road.  Shortly after, it caught fire and was consumed. Reports say 3 POB with at least 1 fatality.  Image from Protección Civil Protection department of the state of Nuevo Leon, who also posted these images of the aftermath once the fire was extinguished.... Read more

22-Apr-21 N4055N Robinson R44 Wilkes-Barre, US-Pennsylvania (1F)

22-Apr-21 N4055N Robinson R44 Wilkes-Barre, US-Pennsylvania (1F)

22-Apr-2021

Helicopter crashed in woodland under unknown circumstances at approx 9pm in evening.  The sole occupant pilot was named as the FAA-registered owner Sanjay Kansara, a doctor... Read more

22-Apr-21 G-TAAS Leonardo AW109SP Carsington, UK

22-Apr-21 G-TAAS Leonardo AW109SP Carsington, UK

22-Apr-2021

Bird strike took out port windscreen.  Safe field landing.  EMS helicopter was on a positioning flight back to base and there was no patient on board... Read more

21-Apr-21 HL9285 Sikorsky S76C+ Munmun-myeon, Korea (1F)

21-Apr-21 HL9285 Sikorsky S76C+ Munmun-myeon, Korea (1F)

21-Apr-2021

Firefighting helicopter ditched in a lake.  Copilot was found unconscious in 10m of water, transferred to hospital in Cheongju, but died.  Pilot survived Pictured here two days later during the recovery task.  [segye image]... Read more

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