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New Middle East helicopter safety event

New Middle East helicopter safety event

The Offshore / Onshore Aviation (OOA) Conference and Exhibition has been organised on behalf of the MENA HST – MENA Helicopter Safety Team, aimed at meeting the challenges for safer offshore and onshore aviation operations in the Middle East & North Africa When it comes to aviation operations, the very best in safety and expertise are… Read more »

Source: Tangent Link, 02-Apr-14

IHST – Step-by-Step Solutions Are Available to Improve Helicopter Safety Attitudes

IHST – Step-by-Step Solutions Are Available to Improve Helicopter Safety Attitudes

Helicopter industry and government leaders knew something had to be done to reduce the alarming number of helicopter accidents worldwide. So, those leading the charge to reduce accident rates called for a “culture of safety” that encouraged training, outreach, research, analysis, and an environment where people could report safety violations without fear of repercussions.  There… Read more »

Source: IHST, 01-Apr-14

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Workers endangered by media helicopter

Workers endangered by media helicopter

Press report suggests the helicopter was flying so low that the workers on the ground were affected by the rotor wash which dislodged loose rocks from the cliff face.  See full story

Source: Scoop, 31-Mar-14

31-Mar-14 Eurocopter EC130 Chillicothe, US-Ohio

31-Mar-14 Eurocopter EC130 Chillicothe, US-Ohio

EMS helicopter AOG on scene at night, blocking highway

31-Mar-14

11 Seattle helipads scrutinized in wake of news helicopter crash

11 Seattle helipads scrutinized in wake of news helicopter crash

After the accident, which killed two, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray said the city should review its permits and procedures to make sure the helicopters are operating safely.  See full story

30-Mar-14

30-Mar-14 N147WT Bell 47G3B1 Oglesby, US-Texas

Engine malfunction at low level while hog hunting.  Substantially damaged in field landing

30-Mar-14

29-Mar-14 G-BYCF Robinson R22 Elstree, UK

The student pilot was attempting a solo lift from a grass surface. Whilst applying left cyclic input to correct a right side low condition, the helicopter rolled rapidly to the left in what was reported as a dynamic rollover incident.

29-Mar-14

29-Mar-14 Boeing CH-47D Akamas, Cyprus

Emergency field landing

29-Mar-14

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27-Mar-14 VH-HRX Robinson R22 Borroloola, Australia

During aerial mustering operations, the helicopter collided with terrain resulting in substantial damage. The pilot sustained serious injuries.

27-Mar-14

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27-Mar-14 N497E Bell OH-58A Tehachapi, US-California

Helicopter was damaged in hard landing around 1.48am, but the pilot was able to regain control and fly it back to the Tehachapi Airport.

27-Mar-14

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26-Mar-14 G-ODAZ Robinson R44 Wittering, UK

While flying at 1,000 ft in VMC conditions, the helicopter struck a bird which the pilot identified as a buzzard. The pilot carried out a precautionary landing to inspect the helicopter, which suffered a broken windscreen transparency. After the inspection, the pilot continued the flight to his destination at White Waltham. He reported that he… Read more »

26-Mar-14

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IHST – Star Wars, Yoda, and Helicopter Safety

IHST – Star Wars, Yoda, and Helicopter Safety

In the epic movie, The Empire Strikes Back, Luke Skywalker is standing motionless on the edge of a swamp as his X-wing fighter sinks even deeper into the muck.  Yoda, the Jedi Grand Master, encourages Luke to use “the force” to lift the aircraft out of the swamp, but Luke remains non-responsive.  To his mentor,… Read more »

Source: IHST, 25-Mar-14

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25-Mar-14 Sikorsky UH-60 Hebron, Israel

Force landing due to technical difficulties

25-Mar-14

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23-Mar-14 PP-SSP Robinson R22B Ribeirão Preto, Brazil (2F)

Crashed in corn field with two fatalities

23-Mar-14

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22-Mar-14 VH-WSR Bell 412EP Newcastle, Australia

During the cruise, the crew observed an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) at about 1,000 ft above ground level. The UAV turned and tracked towards the helicopter and the helicopter crew took evasive action to avoid a collision.

22-Mar-14

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22-Mar-14 N44MD Robinson R44 Menard, US-Texas

Tail strike on landing at 20.05 local

22-Mar-14

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22-Mar-14 SE-JRB Eurocopter AS365N3 Gallivare, Sweden

Tail boom stabiliser fin lost inflight.  Minor damage to belly of aircraft

22-Mar-14

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22-Mar-14 N44MD Robinson R44 Menard, US-Texas

Tail strike on landing

22-Mar-14

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22-Mar-14 VH-YPS Robinson R22 Fitzroy Crossing, Australia

During the cruise, an object which had been secured with a seat belt, became loose and jammed the cyclic control, resulting in the helicopter nose pitching down. The helicopter collided with terrain resulting in substantial damage.

22-Mar-14

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EASA to enforce R44 bladder tanks with AD now issued

EASA to enforce R44 bladder tanks with AD now issued

The United States National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigated a number of R44 helicopter accidents in which the fuel tanks were breached, resulting in leaking fuel and a post-crash fire. While analysis showed that these events should all have been survivable with minor or no injuries to the occupants, they resulted in fatalities and serious… Read more »

Source: EASA, 21-Mar-14

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2014 is Pivotal Year for Helicopter Safety, says IHST

2014 is Pivotal Year for Helicopter Safety, says IHST

Fourteen years of accident data reveal that total U.S. civil helicopter accidents have decreased about 25 percent since the International Helicopter Safety Team (www.IHST,org) was established in 2006.  From 2000 to 2005, an average of 186 to 190 helicopter accidents occurred each year in the United States.  That annual average decreased to 170 during 2006-2007,… Read more »

Source: IHST, 21-Mar-14

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21-Mar-14 G-OLCP Airbus AS355N Peterborough, UK

The helicopter was hover taxiing from its parking position towards the runway. As it did so, the tail of a Cessna 152 parked at a nearby refuelling point lifted and, under the influence of the rotor wash and a relatively strong surface wind, the aircraft came to rest inverted.

21-Mar-14

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20-Mar-14 Wharerata, New Zealand (1F)

Passenger killed in accident at forestry site with helicopter being used for delivering supplies and equipment from one site to another.  Pilot has minor injuries.  Fatality named as Donald Carlton Kain, 53, a forestry supervisor

20-Mar-14

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20-Mar-14 Sikorsky S92 Aberdeen, UK

Engine warning – All 16 passengers and two crew landed in safely at Aberdeen Airport and the helicopter is being inspected by engineers.

20-Mar-14

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20-Mar-14 5N-BGP Eurocopter AS332L1 Port Hardcourt, Nigeria

Heavily damaged in hangar fire.  A second Super Puma was also damaged in the same fire

20-Mar-14

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20-Mar-14 5N-BNC Eurocopter AS332L2 Port Hardcourt, Nigeria

Substantially damaged in hangar fire.  A second Super Puma was destroyed in the same fire

20-Mar-14

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City of Seattle outlines their rules for helipads

City of Seattle outlines their rules for helipads

At 7:51 a.m. this morning, Seattle Firefighters responded to a helicopter crash near the Space Needle. When firefighters arrived at Broad Street and 4th Avenue they found a helicopter that had crashed into the ground causing three car fires. Medics transported a male driver to Harborview Medical Center with severe burns and discovered two deceased patients inside the helicopter… Read more »

Source: City of Seattle, 19-Mar-14

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Sinclair, KOMO express deepest sympathies to Seattle helicopter crash victims

Sinclair, KOMO express deepest sympathies to Seattle helicopter crash victims

Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: SBGI) and its Seattle television station, KOMO (ABC), expressed its deepest condolences for the victims and family members of the news helicopter that crashed inSeattle, WA this morning.  The helicopter, owned by Helicopter, Inc., is leased jointly by Sinclair’s television station, KOMO, and Gannett’s television station, KING. “We are deeply saddened by this tragedy,”… Read more »

Source: Sinclair Broadcast, 19-Mar-14

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Gannett, KING express deepest sympathies to Seattle helicopter crash victims

Gannett, KING express deepest sympathies to Seattle helicopter crash victims

Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE: GCI) and its Seattle station, KING, are deeply saddened by today’s helicopter accident in Seattle, WA. “Words cannot express the sympathy and sadness we feel for the victims who lost their lives in today’s tragedy and for their families,” said Ray Heacox, president and general manager, KING. “We grieve this afternoon with the entire Seattle community… Read more »

Source: Gannett Co, 19-Mar-14

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News helicopter crashes into Seattle street

News helicopter crashes into Seattle street

This news item is part of the accident data provided by HeliHub.com on this site.  Information provided in this update may potentially be incomplete or inaccurate as we frequently post these stories only a very short time after the accident has occurred.  Users of HeliHub.com are advised to carry out their own checks and searches,… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 19-Mar-14

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It’s been a great ride – blog from Debbie Hersman

It’s been a great ride – blog from Debbie Hersman

I arrived in the nation’s capital over two decades ago as a college intern believing that government can do important work on behalf of the citizens of this great country.  After nearly 10 years at the National Transportation Safety Board, I will depart Washington with the knowledge that the traveling public is the beneficiary of… Read more »

Source: NTSB, 19-Mar-14

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HAI Congratulates NTSB Chairman Hersman on New Job

HAI Congratulates NTSB Chairman Hersman on New Job

National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Deborah A.P. Hersman announced recently that she will leave the board at the end of April to become the next president and CEO of the National Safety Council. HAI President Matt Zuccaro noted: “Deborah Hersman has been a dedicated and effective leader for the improvement of safety in all modes… Read more »

Source: HAI, 19-Mar-14

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Statement Regarding Chairman Hersman’s Departure from NTSB

Statement Regarding Chairman Hersman’s Departure from NTSB

“On behalf of my fellow Board members and the men and women of the NTSB, I want to offer my congratulations to Chairman Hersman on her new position as President and CEO at the National Safety Council. I have had the privilege of working with Debbie at the NTSB for nearly five years and know… Read more »

Source: NTSB, 19-Mar-14

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19-Mar-14 HD.21-10 Eurocopter AS332B Morro Jable, Spain (4F)

Military SAR helicopter crashed into the water off the Canary Islands at 2155 CET on night training flight.  One rescued, four later confirmed dead when the helicopter was located under water.

19-Mar-14

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18-Mar-14 N250FB Eurocopter AS350B2 Seattle, US-Washington (2F)

KOMO News helicopter down in Broad Street in Seattle, more updates shortly.  Seattle Police confirm at least two fatalities – named in this article as  pilot Gary Pfitzner and KOMO photographer Bill Strothman.  The helicopter was being used in a joint partnership between KOMO and KING 5 according to this KING 5 report

18-Mar-14

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17-Mar-14 N229LA Eurocopter AS350B2 Los Angeles, US-California

Emergency night landing around 1.30am in stadium parking lot.  Engineer called

17-Mar-14

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Oil & Gas UK’s response to FAI conclusion

Oil & Gas UK’s response to FAI conclusion

Robert Paterson, Oil & Gas UK health, safety and employment issues director, said: “Today’s Fatal Accident Inquiry (FAI) conclusion into the 2009 helicopter crash provides us with a powerful reminder of the paramount importance of following procedures, and the need for effective communication. Since the publication of the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) report in… Read more »

Source: Oil & Gas UK, 13-Mar-14

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Bond Offshore Helicopters’ Response to AS332L2 Determination

Bond Offshore Helicopters’ Response to AS332L2 Determination

Bond Offshore hopes that Sheriff Principal Derek Pyle’s determination today (March 13th) brings a degree of closure to the families, friends and dependents of those who died in the tragedy of 2009. We at Bond also lost friends and colleagues that day. Although Sheriff Principal Pyle has indicated that spalling was, on balance, the most… Read more »

Source: Bond Offshore Helicopters, 13-Mar-14

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Fatal Accident Inquiry determination published on Bond AS332L2 fatal accident

Fatal Accident Inquiry determination published on Bond AS332L2 fatal accident

Summary of FAI Determination into the deaths of 16 people following the helicopter crash on 1 April 2009. On Wednesday 1 April 2009, a Super Puma helicopter, owned by Bond Offshore Helicopters Limited, was flying over the North Sea, en route from the Miller Oil Platform to Aberdeen, when it plunged into the sea killing… Read more »

Source: Judiciary of Scotland, 13-Mar-14

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UK AAIB Bulletin – March 2014

UK AAIB Bulletin – March 2014

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accident(s) of:- Special Bulletin S1/2014 – AS332 L2 Super Puma (G-WNSB), approximately 1.5 nm west of Sumburgh Airport, Shetland Islands, 23 August 2013 – investigation update Eurocopter AS350B3e Squirrel (G-ECUK), loss of control following hydraulic failure, Private helicopter… Read more »

Source: AAIB, 13-Mar-14

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13-Mar-14 G-LBAL AgustaWestland AW139 Beccles, UK (4F)

4 fatalities reported in a helicopter crash at Gillingham near Beccles, Suffolk UK around 7.30pm.  Low visibility due to fog reported.  Helicopter had just taken off from Gillingham Hall bound for Northern Ireland.  Press report indicates that the fatalities included owner Edward Haughey

13-Mar-14

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13-Mar-14 Robinson R44 San Marcos, El Salvador (1F)

Came down into trees shortly after take off, remaining impaled ten feet up a mango treee and killing radio announcer David Diaz.  The other three occupants were all injured –  pilot Raúl Arévalo Contreras, Swiss journalist Dominic Niels and cameraman from Channel 12, Jonathan Perdomo.  The four were involved in filming and following a cycle race.  See… Read more »

13-Mar-14

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13-Mar-14 Sikorsky S92 Aberdeen, UK

Helicopter turned round on flight to ENSCO 100 offshore rig following a technical warning and made a successful precautionary landing back at Aberdeen

13-Mar-14

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13-Mar-14 PH-OKE Hughes 300C Hilversum, Netherlands

Three injured (one seriously) in low level accident at base airfield

13-Mar-14

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13-Mar-14 Robinson R22B Salina, US-Kansas

Emergency landing in field after mechanical issue.  Operating for K-State Salinas

13-Mar-14

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12-Mar-14 C-GALR Bell 206B Mount Chapman, Canada

The helicopter set down right side low on the chosen sloping landing site and remained partially supported by the rotor. The pilot attempted to move to a different site nearby, but a skid dug into the snow and the helicopter entered a dynamic rollover condition and fell to the ground on its right-hand side. There… Read more »

12-Mar-14

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Embry-RIddle opens registration for online Human Factors course

Embry-RIddle opens registration for online Human Factors course

The mental and physical factors that contribute to aviation accidents will be examined during a free, massive open online course (MOOC) offered by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Worldwide. Registration for The Human Factor in Aviation is open to the public. The class, which runs from April 7 to May 11, is limited to 2,000 students. “We… Read more »

Source: Embry-RIddle, 11-Mar-14

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California man gets 14 years for pointing laser at police helicopter

California man gets 14 years for pointing laser at police helicopter

Sergio Patrick Rodriguez, 26, of Clovis, was accused of pointing a green laser 13 times more powerful than common pointers at a Fresno Police Department helicopter in 2012  See full story

Source: The Republic, 11-Mar-14

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Compensation unresolved over S76C+ crash into Korean apartment block

Compensation unresolved over S76C+ crash into Korean apartment block

Residents of a Hyundai I-Park apartment complex in southern Seoul which a helicopter owned by LG Electronics crashed into last year have still not received financial compensation from the company, according to a tenants’ group  See full story

Source: Korean Times, 10-Mar-14

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10-Mar-14 CC-PXE Robinson R44 OHiggins Region, Chile

All four POB injured, and rescued by Chilean Air Force UH-1

10-Mar-14

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FAA announces Azerbaijan Aviation Safety Rating

FAA announces Azerbaijan Aviation Safety Rating

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today announced that the Republic of Azerbaijan complies with international safety standards set by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and has been granted a Category 1 rating. The Category 1 rating is based on an October 2013 FAA review of State Civil Aviation Authority of… Read more »

Source: FAA, 09-Mar-14

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09-Mar-14 Mil Mi-24 Zarzaitine, Algeria

In flight problem, emergency landing onto tarmac and heavily damaged.  Crew unhurt

09-Mar-14

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07-Mar-14 N761P Sikorsky S76C+ Bucyrus, US-Ohio

Engine fire forced Cleveland Clinic helicopter to make emergency landing.

07-Mar-14

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Bird Strikes Problematic for Military Helicopters, Study Finds

Bird Strikes Problematic for Military Helicopters, Study Finds

Birds posing the biggest threat to helicopters operated by the U.S. Army, Navy and Air Force, a new study finds.  See full story

Source: Live Science, 06-Mar-14

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06-Mar-14 N330RE Robinson R44 Dupage, US-Illinois

Field landing, no other details supplied in FAA preliminary

06-Mar-14

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ARGUS Releases 2013 SMS Audit Results Report

ARGUS Releases 2013 SMS Audit Results Report

ARGUS International, Inc. (ARGUS) is pleased to announce the release of the 2013 SMS Audit Results report. The objective of the report is to highlight those recurring deficiencies found in SMS implementation and execution. A view into the industry wide aperture helps aviation operators focus their efforts on common deficiency areas cited by auditors, and… Read more »

Source: Argus, 05-Mar-14

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Maersk Training announces two new offshore helideck emergency courses

Maersk Training announces two new offshore helideck emergency courses

Maersk Training announced today the launch of two new offshore emergency courses, the OPITO Helideck Emergency Response Team Member Training and the OPITO 6 Day Combined Helideck and Team Member Training. These two OPITO Accredited courses will kick start this month at the company’s training centre in the North-east of Scotland and be delivered using… Read more »

Source: Maersk Training, 05-Mar-14

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Metro Aviation dedicated to safety through helicopter simulators

Metro Aviation dedicated to safety through helicopter simulators

For Metro Aviation, it came as no surprise when the National Transportation Safety Board released its latest safety alert, Safety through Helicopter Simulators.  Since 2008, Metro Aviation has used helicopter simulators to ensure their pilots are trained and ready for a variety of in-flight situations.  Metro President Mike Stanberry confirmed his commitment to safety when he opened the… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 05-Mar-14

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HAI Works to Prevent Unnecessary Sleep Apnea Regulations

HAI Works to Prevent Unnecessary Sleep Apnea Regulations

HAI continues to work with the greater aviation community to prevent FAA implementation of onerous and unnecessary sleep apnea regulations for pilots without a proper rulemaking process. The associations have jointly sent a letter to all 100 members of the U.S. Senate urging support for timely passage of Senate Bill 1941 (S.1941), advocating that stakeholders to the… Read more »

Source: HAI, 05-Mar-14

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04-Mar-14 F-OPCD Eurocopter AS350B3 St Elie, French Guyana

Tail rotor strike on landing

04-Mar-14

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04-Mar-14 AVIC WZ-10 Weinan, China

Attack helicopter crashed into farm field.  Debris field very confined, suggesting lack of forward speed at time of accident and close proximity of pylon (photo) suggests wire strike

04-Mar-14

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03-Mar-14 TG-AAA Robinson R44 El Pajal, Guatemala (3F)

Impact with terrain.  Accident killed pilot Ramón Rodríguez Toledo, copilot Andrés Berger, and Luis Paiz.

03-Mar-14

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02-Mar-14 Eurocopter MH-65C Washington Island, US-Wisconsin

Emergency landing made after crew experienced “flight control malfunctions”

02-Mar-14

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02-Mar-14 VH-YYS Robinson R44 Mareeba, Australia

During take-off on translation from hover to forward flight, the rotor blades started slapping and flapping, resulting in a loss of control. The helicopter was substantially damaged.

02-Mar-14

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28-Feb-14 D-HDRJ Eurocopter BK117C1 Darßer Ort, Germany (3F)

Crashed into the Baltic Sea on a training exercise – The helicopter was on approach to a sea rescue cruiser at about 18:40 local time for a winch operation when suddenly loosing height and crashing into the sea, killing 3 of the 4 POB

28-Feb-14

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27-Feb-14 N357FB Eurocopter AS350B3 Phoenix, US-Arizona

Emergency landing in parking lot on night patrol

27-Feb-14

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AgustaWestland Introduces Its Obstacle Proximity LiDAR System for Enhanced Safety

AgustaWestland Introduces Its Obstacle Proximity LiDAR System for Enhanced Safety

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce the certification of its Obstacle Proximity LiDAR System (OPLSTM) which will help enhance safety during hovering flight whilst conducting SAR and emergency medical service (EMS) missions. Hovering flight during these type of  missions has been identified as one of the most dangerous flight conditions as a result… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 26-Feb-14

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HAI Launches Major Safety Initiative: Land & LIVE

HAI Launches Major Safety Initiative: Land & LIVE

On Monday, February 24, 2014, the Helicopter Association International (HAI), the world’s leading advocate for the rotorcraft industry, launched an ambitious long-term campaign to improve the industry’s safety record by simply reminding pilots to take advantage of their aircraft’s unique capabilities, which allow them to land almost anywhere as part of their normal daily activities:… Read more »

Source: HAI, 25-Feb-14

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24-Feb-14 EC-FTX Eurocopter AS355N Casarrubios del Monte, Spain

Helicopter landed heavily and fell onto port side during training operation.  Extensively damaged (see photo) including tail boom sliced and frontal impact damage.  Two minor injuries

24-Feb-14

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23-Feb-14 EJC-2160 Sikorsky UH-60L Hondas, Colombia (4F)

Accident killed Major Luis Fabián Carrero Llanos, Captain Jhonny Patiño Ballesteros, Sargeant Leonardo Polo Monje and Cadet Mauricio Gómez Vélez.

23-Feb-14

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23-Feb-14 VH-HAK Hughes 300C Legerwood, Australia

The helicopter took off to reposition for refuelling and after about 1 minute, at about 30 ft above ground level, the engine stopped. The helicopter landed heavily, collided with an embankment and was substantially damaged.

Source: Legerwood, Tasmania, 23-Feb-14

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Metro Aviation Takes Safety to the Next Level

Metro Aviation Takes Safety to the Next Level

Metro Aviation recently achieved Level IV of the FAA’s Safety Management System (SMS) Pilot Project.   Level IV is the highest level of the program, and Metro Aviation is one of only three organizations in the United States operating under 14 CFR 135 rules to achieve this milestone.  The Program provides a four level system to… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 22-Feb-14

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Step Change in Safety’s response to UK CAA’s Safety Review

Step Change in Safety’s response to UK CAA’s Safety Review

tep Change in Safety broadly welcomes today’s publication of the Civil Aviation Authority’s (CAA) safety review and recognises that the report highlights a number of important actions and recommendations for the industry. Our focus has been and always will be making the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS) the safest place to work in the worldwide oil… Read more »

Source: Step Change in Safety, 22-Feb-14

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NTSB to Highlight Lessons Learned from Helicopter Accident Investigations at Heli-Expo

NTSB to Highlight Lessons Learned from Helicopter Accident Investigations at Heli-Expo

Senior investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board will hold a training session about the lessons that have been learned from several recent helicopter accident investigations at the 2014 Helicopter Association International’s Heli-Expo in Anaheim, Calif., next week. Investigators will present case studies that emphasize NTSB safety recommendations related to helicopter maintenance, flight simulators, and… Read more »

Source: NTSB, 22-Feb-14

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22-Feb-14 Karma, Iraq (4F)

Shot down by militants while on reconnaissance flight

22-Feb-14

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