Safety

New USHST Report Lays Down a Path for Automatic Flight Control Systems in Light Helicopters

New USHST Report Lays Down a Path for Automatic Flight Control Systems in Light Helicopters

3-Mar-2021Source: USHST

As a result of its comprehensive analysis of fatal helicopter accidents, the U.S. Helicopter Safety Team (www.USHST.org) determined that loss of control while inflight has been a leading factor in accident causes, especially involving light helicopters. Current light helicopters have flight characteristics that are challenging and demanding of pilot workload. In response, the USHST is... Read more

Le Havre marine pilots lose AS365N3 cruise altitude to just 60 feet

Le Havre marine pilots lose AS365N3 cruise altitude to just 60 feet

1-Mar-2021Source: HeliHub.com

French aircraft investigators BEA are looking into a serious incident which occurred on 11th February off the French port of Le Havre. An Airbus AS365N3 operated by the Le Havre port authority was on one of their regular marine pilot flights, outbound to a ship in the English Channel (“La Manche” to the French) when... Read more

Dropsafe launches Helideck Perimeter Safety Net

Dropsafe launches Helideck Perimeter Safety Net

1-Mar-2021Source: Dropsafe

Dropsafe has launched a new Perimeter Safety Net system to protect personnel and assets in offshore industries. The system attaches to the perimeter frames of helidecks to protect personnel from falling and prevent loose objects from becoming dynamic Drops hazards. As contractors and operators in the global offshore sector look to make their site safety... Read more

USHST Issues a Blueprint for Confronting IIMC and Pilot Spatial Disorientation

USHST Issues a Blueprint for Confronting IIMC and Pilot Spatial Disorientation

17-Feb-2021Source: USHST

Inadvertent Instrument Meteorological Conditions leading to pilot spatial disorientation continue to be a leading cause of fatal helicopter accidents. From 2000 to 2019 in the United States, there were 130 fatal accidents directly linked to the issue of spatial disorientation. These accidents occurred regardless of pilot experience and they cut across all industries, including Emergency... Read more

Helicopter Association International’s 360-Degree View on Helicopter Safety

Helicopter Association International’s 360-Degree View on Helicopter Safety

15-Feb-2021Source: HAI

Helicopter Association International (HAI) began over 70 years ago as a group to promote and advocate for the helicopter industry. While HAI maintains that role today, the association also makes significant and robust contributions to safety programs for the industry. HAI’s vision is an industry with zero accidents, and in pursuit of that goal, its... Read more

US Helicopter Safety Team video premier on spatial disorientation: “56 Seconds to Live”

US Helicopter Safety Team video premier on spatial disorientation: “56 Seconds to Live”

12-Feb-2021Source: USHST

Can you imagine yourself in a situation where you only had 56 seconds to live? If you are a helicopter pilot and you find yourself in Unintentional Instrument Meteorological Conditions (UIMC), those precious 56 seconds may be a reality. “U.S. accident statistics reveal that a helicopter pilot operating under Visual Flight Rules who unintentionally continues... Read more

UK AAIB Bulletin – February 2021

UK AAIB Bulletin – February 2021

11-Feb-2021Source: AAIB

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue does not refer to any helicopters in the main section, but under “AAIB Record-only investigations reviewed: November – December 2020” is this 11 Sep 2020 Robinson R44 G-CDUE Peterborough Business Airport, Cambridgeshire The helicopter was caught by a gust of wind as the... Read more

US politicians launch Kobe and Gianna Bryant Helicopter Safety Act

US politicians launch Kobe and Gianna Bryant Helicopter Safety Act

4-Feb-2021Source: Brad Sherman

Congressman Brad Sherman (D-Sherman Oaks) and California Senator Dianne Feinstein announced the reintroduction of the Kobe Bryant and Gianna Bryant Helicopter Safety Act, which will require the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to strengthen federal safety standards for equipping helicopters. Congressman Sherman moved to first introduce this legislation in the wake of the tragic helicopter crash... Read more

04-Feb-21 N820H Bell 206B Pahokee, US-Florida

04-Feb-21 N820H Bell 206B Pahokee, US-Florida

4-Feb-2021

While conducting low level nighttime frost control operations, the helicopter dropped to the ground, rolled over and caught fire.  No injury reported to the 2 POB... Read more

02-Feb-21 (tba) Sikorsky UH-60 Lucky Peak, US-Idaho (3F)

02-Feb-21 (tba) Sikorsky UH-60 Lucky Peak, US-Idaho (3F)

2-Feb-2021

Night training mission in a routinely used area.  In a press conference (video, 7m50s) Lt. Col. Nicole Washington noted that the weather was poor, with snow and a low ceiling of fog that affected both the subject flight and later search efforts for the victims.  The Guard named those on board as Chief Warrant Officer 4 Jesse Anderson,... Read more

30-Jan-21 N660TN Robinson R66 Arline, US-Tennessee

30-Jan-21 N660TN Robinson R66 Arline, US-Tennessee

31-Jan-2021

Crashed 5 minutes after taking off from McGhee Tyson Airport  ... Read more

30-Jan-21 ZS-RWZ Airbus AS350B3 Grand Central, South Africa

30-Jan-21 ZS-RWZ Airbus AS350B3 Grand Central, South Africa

30-Jan-2021

Hit the ground and rolled over during low level training flight Student pilot was named as professional boxer Kevin “Two Guns” Lerena   Facebook... Read more

29-Jan-21 CU-H1457 Mil Mi-8 Mesura, Cuba (5F)

29-Jan-21 CU-H1457 Mil Mi-8 Mesura, Cuba (5F)

29-Jan-2021

Helicopter was one of three making the same route within minutes of each other.  This helicopter impacted terrain and all 5POB received fatal injuries – named here as Pilot: Ernesto Ivan Verdecia Diaz Copilot: Luis Miguel González Santana Flight Engineer: Nivaldo García Herrera Bodyguard: Yoani Alarcón Ramirez Bodyguard: Osneiviz Pedro Martinez Reyes  ... Read more

27-Jan-21 CC-ATY Bell 212 Olivar, Chile

27-Jan-21 CC-ATY Bell 212 Olivar, Chile

27-Jan-2021

Remained upright in very heavy landing.  Engine fire.  Skids collapsed, boom detached.  Pilot (only person on board) airlifted to Rancagua hospital Chilean Army photo from Twitter... Read more

26-Jan-21 (reg/type tba) La Mosquitia, Honduras

26-Jan-21 (reg/type tba) La Mosquitia, Honduras

26-Jan-2021

Emergency landing after receiving gunshot fire during drug interception operation.  Helicopter landed safely but damaged... Read more

26-Jan-21 N474AT Robinson R22 West Palm Beach, US-Florida

26-Jan-21 N474AT Robinson R22 West Palm Beach, US-Florida

26-Jan-2021

Heavy autorotation landing.  FAA report damage as Substantial... Read more

Drone penetrates helicopter windshield, injuring crew

Drone penetrates helicopter windshield, injuring crew

25-Jan-2021Source: HeliHub.com

Many people across our industry have been calling for some years now for better regulation of hobby drones, along with more proactive policing and harder sentencing.  At present the first US court case is progressing where a drone owner has pleaded guilty in a situation where a drone struck a Los Angeles Police Department helicopter. But this... Read more

22-Jan-21 N60BK MD Helicopters MD600 Mankato, US-Minnesota

22-Jan-21 N60BK MD Helicopters MD600 Mankato, US-Minnesota

22-Jan-2021

FAA report substantially damaged after main rotors contacted strawline.  2 POB not injured... Read more

22-Jan-21 N90TG MD Helicopters MD500E Queen Creek, US-Arizona

22-Jan-21 N90TG MD Helicopters MD500E Queen Creek, US-Arizona

22-Jan-2021

FAA report helicopter was substantially damaged after loss of tail rotor effectiveness on approach to land... Read more

21-Jan-21 ZT-RRT Bell 430 Bergville, South Africa (5F)

21-Jan-21 ZT-RRT Bell 430 Bergville, South Africa (5F)

21-Jan-2021

Crashed and caught fire, killing all five POB. The deceased were named here as Dr Kgopotso Rudolph Mononyane, an anaesthetist, Dr Curnick Siyabonga (Sia) Mahlangu a cardiothoracic surgeon and Mpho Xaba, a specialist theatre nurse for cardiothoracic and transplant, all from Netcare Milpark Hospital; Sinjin Joshua Farrance, an advanced life support paramedic at Netcare 911,... Read more

NATA Supports New FAA Online Tool Easing Access to Aviation Safety Guidance

NATA Supports New FAA Online Tool Easing Access to Aviation Safety Guidance

20-Jan-2021Source: NATA

The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) applauds the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) introduction of the Dynamic Regulatory System (DRS). Developed at the recommendation of and in collaboration with NATA and other industry stakeholders, the online tool eases access to Office of Aviation Safety guidance materials through a new, centralized portal. “When it comes to safety, both speed... Read more

20-Jan-21 YV200T MD Helicopters MD500E Guanare, Venezuela (4F)

20-Jan-21 YV200T MD Helicopters MD500E Guanare, Venezuela (4F)

20-Jan-2021

Helicopter impacted lake.  All four POB died in the accident.  When the helicopter was recovered, one blade was missing and the tail boom had been sliced off.  Pilot named in this report as Elio Marcaccio while passengers Moisés Selvi and Euclides Quintero, and a unnamed 14 year-old were added from this report... Read more

19-Jan-21 ZS-HUC Bell 206B Ceres, South Africa

19-Jan-21 ZS-HUC Bell 206B Ceres, South Africa

19-Jan-2021

Helicopter involved in low level agricultural work.  Struck wires and crashed to the ground.  Pilot suffered fatal injuries... Read more

16-Jan-21 517 Bell UH-1H Busdi, Philippines (7F)

16-Jan-21 517 Bell UH-1H Busdi, Philippines (7F)

16-Jan-2021

Two UH-1s flying together and the pilot of the second aircraft remarked that he could see smoke from the engine of the first aircraft.   The pilot of the first aircraft advised that they were turning back, but as it maneuvered, it nosedived, according to reports.  The pilot reportedly made sure they would not crash land on a group... Read more

16-Jan-21 UR-ASD Robinson R44 Borispol, Ukraine

16-Jan-21 UR-ASD Robinson R44 Borispol, Ukraine

16-Jan-2021

Details unclear, apart from ending up on its port side as below Source... Read more

15-Jan-21 PH-TTR Airbus H135 Almere, Netherlands

15-Jan-21 PH-TTR Airbus H135 Almere, Netherlands

15-Jan-2021

Bird strike on night flight took out the port lower windshield.  Emergency landing made at Amsterdam Heliport.  Recording of ATC conversation in this YouTube video  ... Read more

UK AAIB Bulletin – January 2021

UK AAIB Bulletin – January 2021

14-Jan-2021Source: AAIB

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accident(s) of:- Agusta A109E (G-ETPJ), localised burning in equipment bay, Boscombe Down Airfield, Wiltshire, 2 July 2020 Westland Scout AH1 (G-CIBW), loss of door window in flight, West Dean, Salisbury, Wiltshire, 17 September 2020... Read more

NTSB announces public board meeting on Kobe Bryant S76 accident

NTSB announces public board meeting on Kobe Bryant S76 accident

14-Jan-2021Source: NTSB

The National Transportation Safety Board announced Wednesday its intent to hold a public board meeting Feb. 9, 2021, 9:30 a.m. (EST), to determine the probable cause of the fatal, Jan. 26, 2020, helicopter crash near Calabasas, California. The Sikorsky S-76B helicopter collided with hilly terrain and was destroyed by impact forces and fire. The pilot and eight... Read more

14-Jan-21 (reg tba) Leonardo AW??? Yashlyk, Turkmenistan (3F)

14-Jan-21 (reg tba) Leonardo AW??? Yashlyk, Turkmenistan (3F)

14-Jan-2021

Helicopter crashed with the loss of all 3 POB after contacting powerlines.  Weather conditions were reported as low visibility.  Some reports say “AgustaWestland helicopter” and this probably means an AW109, given the Turkmen Border Guard are known to operate them.  AW139 and AW101 helicopters are also operated by the local military. Date not certain.  This... Read more

13-Jan-21 (serial tba) Mil Mi-24 Wad Zayed, Sudan

13-Jan-21 (serial tba) Mil Mi-24 Wad Zayed, Sudan

13-Jan-2021

Crashed shortly after taking off from an airport.  All on board survived (Mi-24 is best guess at type.  3POB and an “attack helicopter” seem reasonably likely to be correct.  “Apache” clearly is not.  However, image issued by the Sudan News Agency shows the aft end of the tail boom and stinger of an AW109 –... Read more

13-Jan-21 N7480F Hughes 300C Spanish Fork, US-Utah

13-Jan-21 N7480F Hughes 300C Spanish Fork, US-Utah

13-Jan-2021

Field landing after reported engine failure on a training flight. No injuries reported to 2POB... Read more

12-Jan-21 N552DR Hiller UH-12C Lafayette, US-Indiana

12-Jan-21 N552DR Hiller UH-12C Lafayette, US-Indiana

12-Jan-2021

Port side skid got caught on take-off, causing helicopter to fall onto its side. FAA report Substantially damaged, no injuries to 2 POB... Read more

12-Jan-21 F-HAGO Schweizer 300CBi Eze, France

12-Jan-21 F-HAGO Schweizer 300CBi Eze, France

12-Jan-2021

Helicopter made an emergency landing on a mountain top and ended up nose down in the snow with its sliced tail boom pointing skywards and part of the tail rotor on the ground beside it  ... Read more

10-Jan-21 ZU-RAJ Aerospatiale SE313 Brits, South Africa (1F)

10-Jan-21 ZU-RAJ Aerospatiale SE313 Brits, South Africa (1F)

10-Jan-2021

Helicopter ended up submerged in a river, reasons currently unclear Pilot freed himself, swam to river bank and called for help.  Male passenger freed, but female passenger trapped and declared dead at scene... Read more

10-Jan-21 SSAF-104 Mil Mi-17 Cueibet, South Sudan

10-Jan-21 SSAF-104 Mil Mi-17 Cueibet, South Sudan

10-Jan-2021

Landing accident, likely caused by brown-out. Tail boom sliced by main rotor disc. Helicopter was arriving from Juba, and was carrying the body of the late hon. Gabriel Matur Malek.  Entourage included General Garang Mabil, General Majak Arol and Brigadier Mamer Ayom.  The latter is quoted saying “When it reached Cueibet town, there is a football field and... Read more

09-Jan-21 N8612F Hughes 500D Winthrop, US-Washington

09-Jan-21 N8612F Hughes 500D Winthrop, US-Washington

9-Jan-2021

Landed heavily on snow, skids broken, tail boom sliced by main blades... Read more

09-Jan-21 N4035S Sikorsky S-64F Oakland, US-California

09-Jan-21 N4035S Sikorsky S-64F Oakland, US-California

9-Jan-2021

Helicopter was lifting an air conditioning units from street level to the roof of the Elihu Harris State Building (1515 Clay Street) when the load dropped. No injuries were reported.... Read more

09-Jan-21 N322SH Robinson R44 Albany, US-Texas

09-Jan-21 N322SH Robinson R44 Albany, US-Texas

9-Jan-2021

Loss of power on take off, autorotation into field.  FAA report substantially damaged.  No injuries to 3POB... Read more

Malaysian CAA suspends ATO approval of MY Heli Club

Malaysian CAA suspends ATO approval of MY Heli Club

7-Jan-2021Source: CAAM

The Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia (CAAM) has temporarily suspended the Certificate of Approval for Approved Training Organisation under Regulation 67 of Civil Aviation Regulations 2016 issued to MY Heli Club for a period of six months, effective 5th January 2021. This temporary suspension comes after two accidents involving three helicopters operated by MY Heli... Read more

06-Jan-21 PR-WVW Robinson R44 Vila Velha, Brazil (2F)

06-Jan-21 PR-WVW Robinson R44 Vila Velha, Brazil (2F)

6-Jan-2021

Helicopter was on final approach to land at its base airport Vila Velha en route from Guarapari and suddenly lost height from 200ft to the ground.  Both occupants in the helicopter received fatal injuries.  They were named in this report as pilot Octavio Schneider Guieroz (68) and his girlfriend Lucimara Poleto (52). Video of accident... Read more

05-Jan-21 ZA679 Boeing CH-47F Wantage, UK

05-Jan-21 ZA679 Boeing CH-47F Wantage, UK

5-Jan-2021

Helicopter made a precautionary landing, but the field was very soft and it sank into the soil, which initiated an exercise to extract it using cranes etc over two or three days. RAF Benson photo... Read more

02-Jan-21 ZS-OXK Airbus AS350B3 Cape Town, South Africa

02-Jan-21 ZS-OXK Airbus AS350B3 Cape Town, South Africa

2-Jan-2021

Damaged after losing control during take off from Cape Town International Airport.  Helicopter ended up on its starboard side on the apron outside a hangar.  The pilot was flying alone and only suffered minor injuries and received medical attention.... Read more

01-Jan-21 C-FBGT Robinson R44 Eaglesham, Canada (4F)

01-Jan-21 C-FBGT Robinson R44 Eaglesham, Canada (4F)

1-Jan-2021

Helicopter collided with terrain, killing all four on board – the owner, his wife and two of their five children – named in this report as Wade Balisky, 45, and Aubrey Balisky, 37, and two of their children, Jewel, 8, and Fleur, 2.  They were survived by their oldest three children. Location was a wide open... Read more

01-Jan-21 N74823 Bell 47D1 Marana, US-Arizona

01-Jan-21 N74823 Bell 47D1 Marana, US-Arizona

1-Jan-2021

Low level manouevre to avoid another aircraft caused helicopter to crash... Read more

01-Jan-21 9M-SAW Robinson R66 Port Klang, Malaysia

01-Jan-21 9M-SAW Robinson R66 Port Klang, Malaysia

1-Jan-2021

Badly damaged in dynamic rollover on a training flight.  Pilot named here as Kharudin Dahlan, 72, and his co-pilot was, Moithu Kutti Mohamad, 52... Read more

31-Dec-20 J-1902 Sikorsky UH-60M Istanbul, Turkey

31-Dec-20 J-1902 Sikorsky UH-60M Istanbul, Turkey

31-Dec-2020

After landing, and while taxying to be refuelled, a manoeuvre resulted in the tail hitting a lighting tower.  This caused the helicopter to spin on the ground, during which the main blades then hit the tower too.  Video of incident here.... Read more

30-Dec-20 JA77AR Robinson R66 Ojiro, Japan (1F)

30-Dec-20 JA77AR Robinson R66 Ojiro, Japan (1F)

30-Dec-2020

Helicopter had taken off from the Isewan Helipad in Tsu City.  Circumstances of accident unclear but it is noted that high winds were recorded around that time and a local weather observatory had issued a gale advisory.  Pilot named here as Kotaro Demura, 46, was taken to a hospital but died later the same day Accident... Read more

30-Dec-20 I-LGLG Airbus H125 San Martino, Italy

30-Dec-20 I-LGLG Airbus H125 San Martino, Italy

30-Dec-2020

Crashed in white-out conditions during landing, during which the main rotor disc hit the ground.  20 minutes after the accident the helicopter caught fire and completely burned out.  It is evident from images that the helicopter was written off in the accident (boom in multiple pieces) prior to the conflagration.  Pilot named in this report... Read more

29-Dec-20 N103SU MD Helicopters MD500D Glade, US-Mississippi (1F)

29-Dec-20 N103SU MD Helicopters MD500D Glade, US-Mississippi (1F)

29-Dec-2020

Crashed and completely burned out.  Helicopter was involved in low-level work – trimming trees off power lines – when it crashed Pilot named here as Jason Krakowiak... Read more

27-Dec-20 G-MCSK Sikorsky S92 Aberdeen, UK

27-Dec-20 G-MCSK Sikorsky S92 Aberdeen, UK

27-Dec-2020

Operator quoted as saying “An S-92 helicopter which was flying without any passengers returned to Aberdeen airport this morning (27.12.2020) after crew reported a cockpit warning light illumination. The crew followed standard precautionary procedures by requesting priority to land. “... Read more

26-Dec-20 (tba) Airbus H125 Minimarg, Pakistan (4F)

26-Dec-20 (tba) Airbus H125 Minimarg, Pakistan (4F)

26-Dec-2020

Helicopter was involved in an operation to evacuate the body of a shaheed soldier, Abdul Qadeer The four on board were named here as Pilot Major M. Hussain, Co Pilot Maj Ayaz Hussain, Naik Inzimam Alam and Sepoy Muhammad Farooq. No details on cause of accident... Read more

Christmas 2020 message from the HeliHub.com team

Christmas 2020 message from the HeliHub.com team

24-Dec-2020Source: HeliHub.com

The team at HeliHub.com would like to wish all our readers a very Happy Christmas and we pray that 2021 sees us all with a more positive view ahead, and with the expectation of getting a COVID-19 vaccine very soon.  Since HeliHub.com founder Jeremy Parkin launched the world’s first helicopter news website back in 1999, this... Read more

23-Dec-20 RA-07328 Airbus H125 Novopodkletnoe, Russia

23-Dec-20 RA-07328 Airbus H125 Novopodkletnoe, Russia

23-Dec-2020

Accident on training flight.  Two POB both injured and airlifted out.  Helicopter ended up on its port side EMERCOM photo... Read more

20-Dec-20 N3264U Robinson R44 Morris, US-Illinois

20-Dec-20 N3264U Robinson R44 Morris, US-Illinois

20-Dec-2020

Substantially damaged – during a touch-and-go, helicopter touched down and fell onto its side 1 minor injury... Read more

19-Dec-20 N574AM Airbus AS350B3 Driggs, US-Idaho

19-Dec-20 N574AM Airbus AS350B3 Driggs, US-Idaho

19-Dec-2020

Starboard transmission cowling flipped up into the main rotor shortly after departure... Read more

16-Dec-20 MS-25 Leonardo AW101 Bouharoun, Algeria (3F)

16-Dec-20 MS-25 Leonardo AW101 Bouharoun, Algeria (3F)

16-Dec-2020

Helicopter descended in an uncontrolled spiral into the sea in clear calm weather – see video.  The three on board did not survive. The Algerian military is quoted here as stating that the three onboard were Lt Col Kharousa Noureddine, Lt Col Al Wafi Muhammad Al Amin, and Lt Bouzaida Noureddine  ... Read more

16-Dec-20 ZK-IAY Robinson R44 Mahia Peninsula, New Zealand

16-Dec-20 ZK-IAY Robinson R44 Mahia Peninsula, New Zealand

16-Dec-2020

43 year old pilot injured in accident while involved in ag spraying work, after hitting wires and crashing on a steep hillside.  Helicopter came to a halt further down the slope, but apparently still on its skids.  Airlifted to Gisborne Hospital Registration has been assumed on the basis of this being the only R44 on the... Read more

EU remain unimpressed by Nepal aviation safety standards

EU remain unimpressed by Nepal aviation safety standards

15-Dec-2020Source: The Kathmandu Post

While the European Union applauded the Nepal government’s firm commitment to improving its air safety mechanism, the lawmaking body—the European Commission—has questioned the issuance of air operator certificates to new Nepali carriers without sufficient compliance with international safety standards. See Full Story.... Read more

15-Dec-20 ZK-HEK Airbus H120 Kekerengu, New Zealand (2F)

15-Dec-20 ZK-HEK Airbus H120 Kekerengu, New Zealand (2F)

15-Dec-2020

Helicopter crashed on rocky beach.  Eyewitness reported seeing the helicopter spiralling out of control and plummeting to the ground Two fatalities named as owner/pilot Andrew Hamish Davidson, 60, and wife Lin Chen, 39.  Three injured passengers including their two children and another child.  The children – two boys and a girl – were all aged under 14 TAIC photo... Read more

15-Dec-20 ZK-??? Robinson R44 Te Anga, New Zealand

15-Dec-20 ZK-??? Robinson R44 Te Anga, New Zealand

15-Dec-2020

The helicopter’s main rotor blade struck electricity supply wires and then landed in a clearing. The pilot was uninjured. Power was disrupted to around 18 homes.  Low level agricultural spray operations.... Read more

11-Dec-20 PP-MSA Bell 206B Angra dos Reis, Brazil (1F)

11-Dec-20 PP-MSA Bell 206B Angra dos Reis, Brazil (1F)

11-Dec-2020

Helicopter crashed after striking a wire.  Pilot died in the accident – and was named here as Eurico Azevedo... Read more

UK AAIB Bulletin – December 2020

UK AAIB Bulletin – December 2020

10-Dec-2020Source: 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

10-Dec-20 N7085Z Robinson R44 Colorado City, US-Texas (2F)

10-Dec-20 N7085Z Robinson R44 Colorado City, US-Texas (2F)

10-Dec-2020

Sketchy details but both occupants received fatal injuries, named here as pilot Zane Whitesides, 31, and passenger Zack Pfeuffer, 32... Read more

08-Dec-20 F-HJAF Airbus EC135T1 Bonvillard, France (5F)

08-Dec-20 F-HJAF Airbus EC135T1 Bonvillard, France (5F)

8-Dec-2020

Helicopter was carrying an air rescue crew on a training mission when it fell from an altitude of (5,900ft). The surviving pilot raised the alarm at around 19:10 local time (18:10 GMT) after managing to escape from the helicopter. The crew onboard consisted of two pilots – one in training – along with two winch operators and... Read more

08-Dec-20 G-CLHW Sikorsky S92 Sumburgh, UK

08-Dec-20 G-CLHW Sikorsky S92 Sumburgh, UK

8-Dec-2020

Safe emergency landing after diversion due to unspecified technical issue – instead of returning to Aberdeen.  A one-off flight by sister ship G-IACF was flown Aberdeen to Sumburgh to Aberdeen a few hours later, presumably to bring back the passengers temporarily stranded.... Read more

08-Dec-20 D-HTAT Guimbal G2 Speyer, Germany

08-Dec-20 D-HTAT Guimbal G2 Speyer, Germany

8-Dec-2020

Student solo (aged 63) – at a height of 50-100 meters, there was a loss of engine power. The helicopter touched down hard and rolled onto its side around 15-20m from the runway in the grass.... Read more

05-Dec-20 N371MP Robinson R44 II Marietta, US-Texas

05-Dec-20 N371MP Robinson R44 II Marietta, US-Texas

5-Dec-2020

Helicopter clipped powerlines during the take-off phase and made a heavy emergency landing on highway 77.  Nearby neighbours moved the helicopter off the road onto the grass verge.  Skids splayed out, but rotor blades seemingly untouched and helicopter remained upright.  3 POB not injured... Read more

05-Dec-20 N625CF Airbus AS365N3 Dayton, US-Ohio

05-Dec-20 N625CF Airbus AS365N3 Dayton, US-Ohio

5-Dec-2020

At approximately 140 KIAS, the right rear passenger door came open. The PIC had also heard and felt a change in the aircraft. PIC immediately slowed down the aircraft and the flight nurse in the back of the aircraft while still seat-belted was able to close the door. Upon safe landing and exiting of the... Read more

04-Dec-20 JA504D Airbus AS350 Higashi Matsuyama, Japan

04-Dec-20 JA504D Airbus AS350 Higashi Matsuyama, Japan

4-Dec-2020

Take off from a temporary helipad in Higashi Matsuyama, Miyagi Prefecture at 10:50 (JST). The flight was for carrying trees with a sling (total weight of about 380 kg), and at an altitude of about 90 m near Miyato Kokegaura in Higashi Matsuyama, one of the trees (about 30 kg) fall in a paddy field.  No... Read more

NZ helicopter operator charged over volcano tourist health and safety

NZ helicopter operator charged over volcano tourist health and safety

2-Dec-2020Source: WorkSafe

New Zealand helicopter operator Volcanic Air has confirmed that they are one of the 13 parties that has been charged by WorkSafe – the country’s Health & Safety watchdog – but at the stage that article was written, they had not been advised of the details.  [Ed] Worksafe’s press release:- WorkSafe New Zealand today filed charges... Read more

Transport Canada strengthens ELT requirements

Transport Canada strengthens ELT requirements

2-Dec-2020Source: Transport Canada

The Government of Canada has reached another milestone in its commitment to improving the safety of Canada’s air transportation sector by modernizing and strengthening regulations. Today, the Minister of Transport, the Honourable Marc Garneau, announced changes to the Canadian Aviation Regulations to mandate the use of digital emergency locator transmitters (ELTs) onboard aircraft flying in Canada. The... Read more

02-Dec-20 VH-HGU Robinson R44 Marulan South, Australia (2F)

02-Dec-20 VH-HGU Robinson R44 Marulan South, Australia (2F)

2-Dec-2020

Helicopter collided with terrain during a training flight.  The pilot and instructor on board were fatally injured and the helicopter was destroyed by fire.  The student pilot was named as Andrew Goldman... Read more

02-Dec-20 OF-??? Airbus AS350 Mombo, Botswana

02-Dec-20 OF-??? Airbus AS350 Mombo, Botswana

2-Dec-2020

Crashed on take-off during an anti-poaching operation.  Army spokesperson advised that all five Botswana Defence Force members aboard the helicopter survived the accident and are currently receiving medical attention... Read more

30-Nov-20 PR-HEB Bell 206L4 Porto Jofre, Brazil (1F)

30-Nov-20 PR-HEB Bell 206L4 Porto Jofre, Brazil (1F)

30-Nov-2020

Firefighting operation – single occupant pilot died when helicopter went down in a water course, while taking on water for the firefighting process.  Pilot named in government press release as Mauro Tadeu da Silva Oliveira... Read more

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