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12-May-14 Mil Mi-24 Elwak, Kenya (1F)

1 fatality of 12 POB. Helicopter came down shortly after take off from Elwak in Mandera County, heading to Garissa County

12-May-14

12-May-14 VH-SWQ Cicare CH-7B Barcaldine, Australia (1F)

During cattle spotting operations, the helicopter impacted trees and collided with terrain, coming to rest inverted. The helicopter was substantially damaged and the pilot was fatally injured – named here as Michael Wills

12-May-14

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Yukon R44 crash survivors sue Horizon Helicopters

Yukon R44 crash survivors sue Horizon Helicopters

The two survivors of a helicopter crash near Carcross, Yukon, two years ago are suing operator Horizon Helicopters. see full story See also HeliHub.com page for this accident – 10-Jul-12 C-GHZN Robinson R44 Carcross, Canada (1F)

Source: CBC, 11-May-14

UK AAIB Bulletin – May 2014

UK AAIB Bulletin – May 2014

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accident(s) of:- Special Bulletin S3/2014: Agusta AW139 (G-LBAL), near Gillingham Hall, Norfolk, 13 March 2014

Source: AAIB, 11-May-14

HAI Expands Safety Outreach to Myanmar

HAI Expands Safety Outreach to Myanmar

The country of Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, recently began a rapid expansion of its economy and infrastructure, due to a relaxation of sanctions that have been in place for some time. As offshore oil exploration, tourism, and other traditional helicopter markets expand, the Myanmar Ministry of Transportation is faced with the task of developing… Read more »

11-May-14

Irish pilot fined €20,000 for low flying and other charges

Irish pilot fined €20,000 for low flying and other charges

A helicopter pilot has been fined €20,000 for flying dangerously low over thousands of people attending the busiest day of Ballinasloe Horse Fair three years ago.  See full story. The content of that story include reference to the same pilot crashing the helicopter later the same day, which pins it down to the following incident… Read more »

Source: Irish Times, 09-May-14

HAI promote Houston Helicopter Safety Conference

HAI promote Houston Helicopter Safety Conference

Multiple Safety Briefings for all helicopter pilots, and a free lunch! Attention all helicopter pilots! Don’t miss this event featuring the latest information on the safety issues facing the rotorcraft industry. Presented by top industry experts in their field, discussions inlcude accident trends, Next-Gen for helicopters, medical qualifications, and more! May 15, 9:00 am, 1940… Read more »

Source: HAI, 08-May-14

Australia proposes rules changes to winching and rapelling operations

Australia proposes rules changes to winching and rapelling operations

This NPRM is issued by CASA with a view to ensuring that Australian aviation safety requirements are current and appropriately address safety risks. CASA’s policies require that the aviation safety regulations must: be necessary to address known or likely safety risks provide for the most efficient allocation of Industry and CASA resources be clear and… Read more »

Source: CASA, 08-May-14

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Oil & Gas UK applauds CAA safety review announcement

Oil & Gas UK applauds CAA safety review announcement

In response to the annoucement from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) today, Oil & Gas UK chief executive, Malcolm Webb, said: “The CAA consultation with industry has been highly constructive, prompting and accelerating the introduction of breakthrough lifesaving equipment over a year ahead of CAA proposed action A10 (CAP1145) – a real milestone for safety… Read more »

Source: Oil & Gas UK, 08-May-14

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CAA changes timescales for offshore helicopter safety measures

CAA changes timescales for offshore helicopter safety measures

The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has announced changes to two of its requirements aimed at improving offshore helicopter safety. It follows discussions with the oil and gas industry, helicopter operators and representatives of the offshore workforce and pilots. In February the CAA announced a series of measures to improve the safety of offshore operations…. Read more »

Source: CAA, 08-May-14

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08-May-14 TU-HAA Eurocopter AS365N Takoradi, Ghana (4F)

Offshore rig support helicopter operated by Volta River Aviation, working for Lukoil.  8 POB.  Four deceased (one named as Samuel Sambo and another as Walter Agbetimevor), and four rescued.  Helicopter appears to have broken up, given image in this story.  Helicopter was en route from Takoradi to the Jack Ryan drillship.  Registration confirmed as TU-HAA in… Read more »

08-May-14

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Accident Free in 2013? Apply for HAI’s Operator Safety Award

Accident Free in 2013? Apply for HAI’s Operator Safety Award

To recognize helicopter operators who go the distance for safety — day in and day out — HAI presents the HAI Operator Safety Award to its member-operators who were accident free* throughout the previous calendar year. HAI presents one engraved commemorative plaque and year-date medallion at no cost to first-time recipients who qualify. Previous recipients… Read more »

Source: HAI, 06-May-14

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Center for Patient Safety Inks First Nationwide Contract with Air Evac Lifeteam

Center for Patient Safety Inks First Nationwide Contract with Air Evac Lifeteam

The Center for Patient Safety (CPS) has landed its first national contract from Air Evac Lifeteam, a subsidiary of Air Medical Group Holdings, announced Becky Miller, executive director, CPS. Air Evac Lifeteam, an air ambulance company, currently has 115 bases in 15 states. The three-year participation agreement was executed on April 1, 2014. “By participating… Read more »

Source: CPS, 06-May-14

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05-May-14 ZK-HJC Kawasaki BK117B1 Springston, New Zealand

Emergency field landing when transferring a patient from Ashburton Hospital to Christchurch Hospital when an indication warning light turned on.  Representative from operator referred to it as a “heavy landing”. No injuries to 5 POB

05-May-14

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04-May-14 MD Helicopters MD500 West Nicholson, Zimbabwe

Helicopter crashed and owner Frikkie Lutzkie arranged for wreckage to be buried.  Certain aspects of press reports (including date) do not tie up – but read reports of this accident in conjunction with another incident from May 2012 relating to another helicopter and the same owner

04-May-14

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03-May-14 5Y-EVU Eurocopter AS350 Tipilikwani, Kenya

Helicopter damaged by passenger who “ran amok” with blade tie-down bar.  Damage included windscreen, fuselage and doors

03-May-14

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03-May-14 N407MH Bell 407 Telluride, US-Colorado

Emergency landing onto snow at 10,000 ft altitude, damaging blades, after reported engine problem.

03-May-14

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03-May-14 PT-HTQ Bell 206L3 LongRanger Aquiraz, Brazil

Reports of a “bang” and loss of control and pilot Arcelino Matos Brito put the helicopter down into the water close to the short.  6 POB including the deputy mayor of Aquiraz Callou Marcos Barros, and two aged 11 and 14, all got out safely, helped to the shore by beachgoers.  Video of recovery of… Read more »

03-May-14

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03-May-14 N7895B Bell 47G Whittier, US-California

Partial engine failure and hard landing and roll-over onto port side.  Minor injuries to 2 POB.  100 gallons of fuel spilt, but no fire.

03-May-14

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FAA and GA Community to Launch Weather Safety Campaign

FAA and GA Community to Launch Weather Safety Campaign

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and general aviation groups will launch an eight-month national safety campaign titled, “Got Weather? #GotWx,” to help general aviation (GA) pilots prepare for potential weather challenges they may encounter during the 2014 flying season.  FAA Administrator Michael Huerta and GA leaders will kick-off the Got Weather?… Read more »

Source: FAA, 02-May-14

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02-May-14 PR-FPL Eurocopter EC120 Luiziania, Brazil

During the approach for landing as part of a hydraulic failure training, with the aircraft already sustaining “ground effect”, a high level of vibration occurred . In the sequence, the aircraft skidded to the left and rolled, colliding with the ground. The aircraft sustained breakage of the main rotor blades and tail boom. It also sustained substantial… Read more »

02-May-14

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UK CAA launches new industry safety tools

UK CAA launches new industry safety tools

The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has launched a series of template risk models, highlighting a number of specific safety scenarios, which airline and airport operators, air navigation service providers, maintenance organisations, ground service providers and regulators can use as part of their own safety management systems (SMS). The models will allow organisations to assess… Read more »

Source: CAA, 01-May-14

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01-May-14 OK-SPW Robinson R44 Solice, Czech Republic

Impacted terrain from a low altitude near Sollice, Prague-East District in Central Bohemia. The helicopter came to rest inverted, sustaining apparent substantial damage and the four occupants onboard (2 adults, 2 small children) were not injured.

01-May-14

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01-May-14 Eurocopter EC225 Aberdeen, UK

Bristow EC225 en route to Talisman’s Clyde platform returned to base after a warning light came on

01-May-14

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01-May-14 TF-HDW Eurocopter AS350B2 Eyjafjallajökull, Iceland

Flew  into the side of the Eyjafjallajökull Glacier in low visibility, 4 POB not seriously injured.

01-May-14

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01-May-14 N802CP Robinson R22 Frederick, US-Maryland

During low level hover while training, helicopter fell to the ground and onto its starboard side

01-May-14

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01-May-14 SP-SFC Mil Mi-2 Czesty, Poland

Privately owned Mi-2 fell onto its side in accident in open field.  Main blades contacted tail boom.  7 POB, of which five to hospital.  Registration confirmed by this tweet

Source: SP-SFC, 01-May-14

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01-May-14 N119HF AgustaWestland AW119 Lumberton, US-New Jersey

Emergency services responding.  Crash timed at 11.07am Eastern.  Helicopter ended upright with tail boom chopped off by one of the main blades and the rest of the tail – including the tail rotor gear box and blades – lying nearby

01-May-14

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01-May-14 F-GVFE Eurocopter AS365N Maripasoula, French Guiana

Starboard gear damaged in heavy landing at night

01-May-14

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Inadvertent-IMC: Being Somewhere Other Than on Cloud 9

Inadvertent-IMC: Being Somewhere Other Than on Cloud 9

The helicopter pilot was on his final instrument approach for completing the requirements in the Instrument Rating Practical Test Standards and weather conditions were perfect.  At Decision Height, the examiner called out “runway in sight.”  The aircraft was slightly right of course and less than a dot above glideslope.  Not perfect, but well within the… Read more »

Source: IHST, 30-Apr-14

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30-Apr-14 RA-06217 Robinson R44 Inta, Russia (1F)

Sole occupant pilot killed in accident – later named as Дмитрий Комиссаров (Dmitry Komissarov), 49-year old general director of  Завод железобетонных изделий (Concrete Products Plant).  Completely destroyed – See photo

30-Apr-14

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30-Apr-14 Bell 206B Gold River, Canada

Problem on take off from logging site, emergency landing during which main blades chopped tail boom.  Operator has two Bell 206s – C-GSEE (451) and C-GLOG (3186).  Minor injuries to 4 POB

30-Apr-14

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29-Apr-14 Eurocopter EC225 Shetland, UK

Offshore helicopter diverted to Sumburgh Airport due to warning light.  Airport was on full emergency alert.  Safe landing.  18 pax and 2 crew

29-Apr-14

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29-Apr-14 N37929 Hughes OH-6 Boulder, US-Utah

FAA: “Went into an embankment and rolled onto its side”. One TV station reported it as a hard landing during a mission aimed at livestock predator control.

29-Apr-14

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29-Apr-14 C-GREU Bell 205A.1 Vernon, Canada

Tail rotor clipped windsock on take-off for training flight.  Minor damage, landed safety. CADORS 2014P0551

29-Apr-14

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UNM Hospital releases video of PHI Air Medical AS350 accident

UNM Hospital releases video of PHI Air Medical AS350 accident

The University of New Mexico Hospital Board of Trustees on Friday recognized staffers and emergency response personnel, including two UNMH security officers who rushed to the aid of a medical crew shortly after their helicopter crashed on the hospital’s roof earlier this month.  [See HeliHub.com page for this accident] Surveillance video released by UNMH shows the… Read more »

Source: UNM Hospital, 27-Apr-14

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NBAA’s Free Webinar Will Help Operators Manage Weather Risk

NBAA’s Free Webinar Will Help Operators Manage Weather Risk

New weather forecasting technologies and probabilistic weather information, which can help operators determine the risk of flying into thousands of airports worldwide, will be the topic of an upcoming free NBAA webinar. “Managing Weather Risk” takes place at 1 p.m. (EDT), on April 29, and NBAA Members can register for the session right up until… Read more »

Source: NBAA, 27-Apr-14

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27-Apr-14 N606BP MD Helicopters MD600N Adelanto, US-California

Crashed on take-off, hit ground hard and rolled over.  THe helicopter appears to have lost its anti-torque system, causing it to start to spin as it lifted off.  Significantly damaged.  One of three POB airflifted to hospital

27-Apr-14

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27-Mar-14 Lucknow, India

Bird strike with large bird, possibly an eagle.  Uneventful emergency landing.  VVIP on board – Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and his MP wife Dimple escaped unhurt

27-Apr-14

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26-Apr-14 ZF540 Westland Lynx Mk.9A Kandahar, Afghanistan (5F)

Lynx was one of two taking part in air-to-ground gunnery training when it was lost with all on board – named (eg. here) as Capt Thomas Clarke, WO2 Spencer Faulkner and Cpl James Walters of the Army Air Corps died alongside Flt Lt Rakesh Chauhan of the Royal Air Force and L/Cpl Oliver Thomas of… Read more »

26-Apr-14

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26-Apr-14 PR-HFC Eurocopter AS355 Oroco, Brazil

The helicopter yawed to the left moments before landing, and the tail rotor ended up hitting some bushes. There was substantial damage to the tail rotor blades

26-Apr-14

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HAI to help host Myanmar Helicopter Safety Seminar

HAI Director of Safety Outreach Stan Rose and an international cast of rotor-wing professionals will host the first-ever helicopter safety seminar in Yangon, Myanmar, April 28. The seminar will bring together helicopter professionals, customers, executives, and key stakeholders from across Myanmar and Southeast Asia to discuss safety standards and best practices. Read more about the… Read more »

25-Apr-14

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25-Apr-14 808 Boeing AH-64E Taoyuan County, Taiwan

Crashed into residential area on a training flight.  Very heavily damaged – images

25-Apr-14

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25-Apr-14 N32VB Robinson R44 Liberty, US-Missouri

Crashed from the hover, fell onto its side

25-Apr-14

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25-Apr-14 N90636 Hughes 269A Cleburne, US-Texas

Both occupants injured – the owner’s son on a training flight with an instructor.  Heavily damaged

25-Apr-14

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Vector Aerospace UK strengthens its approach to safety management

Vector Aerospace UK strengthens its approach to safety management

Vector Aerospace UK (Vector – www.vectoraerospace.com/), a leading provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services has selected Atkins Global as a collaborative partner in producing a Safety Management System (SMS) which will enhance the support of its operating processes. “We are looking to optimise and widen our current practices to ensure that we have… Read more »

Source: Vector, 24-Apr-14

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24-Apr-14 N43691 Rotorway Exec 162F Magnetic Springs, US-Ohio

Emergency landing in cornfield, which got set alight and several acres were burned.  Both occupants airlifted to hospital – owner 81-year-old Henry Brecher of Columbus and 50-year-old Todd Cramer of Dublin.

24-Apr-14

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EASA certifies EC225 gear shaft redesign

EASA certifies EC225 gear shaft redesign

The redesigned vertical bevel gear shaft for Airbus Helicopters’ EC225 has been certified, enabling its production and installation on all rotorcraft of this type in operation globally, as well as those being produced. Certification was granted by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and is to be followed by validation from other international airworthiness authorities…. Read more »

Source: Airbus, 23-Apr-14

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USHST Calls for More Helicopter Safety Vigilance

USHST Calls for More Helicopter Safety Vigilance

The United States Helicopter Safety Team (www.USHST.org), has gathered U.S. civil helicopter accident data for the 10-year period of 2004 to 2013 in order to determine year-to-year and month-to-month trends. As expected, when warmer weather arrives during the spring and summer months, helicopter operations and missions increase and the number of accidents rise.  For the… Read more »

Source: USHST, 23-Apr-14

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23-Apr-14 OK-VAC Robinson R44 Mlada Boleslav, Czech Republic

Blade hit tail cone during training autorotation.

23-Apr-14

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23-Apr-14 N547AM Eurocopter AS350B2 Panama City, US-Florida

Tail rotor struck fence

23-Apr-14

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23-Apr-14 C-FHSJ Robinson R44 Holland Marsh, Canada

Departed from a private residence in Queensville, Ontario for a local flight with the pilot and two passengers on board. During a landing in a marshy area of the Holland Marsh near Cooks Bay, a skid cut in the soft earth and the helicopter dynamically rolled over. There were no injuries and the helicopter was… Read more »

23-Apr-14

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23-Apr-14 C-FHSJ Robinson R44 Cooks Bay, Canada

departed from a private residence in Queensville, Ontario for a local flight with the pilot and two passengers on board. During a landing in a marshy area of the Holland Marsh near Cooks Bay, a skid cut in the soft earth and the helicopter dynamically rolled over. There were no injuries and the helicopter was… Read more »

23-Apr-14

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FAA Extends Deadline for Final Helicopter Safety Rule

FAA Extends Deadline for Final Helicopter Safety Rule

In response to industry feedback and so that the FAA can develop detailed guidance materials, the FAA is extending the compliance deadline for the helicopter safety rule by one year to April 22, 2015. This will provide the industry with necessary FAA materials and adequate time to adapt their manuals and provide training to pilots…. Read more »

Source: FAA, 22-Apr-14

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FAA cancels 2014 SMS focus group safety meeting

FAA cancels 2014 SMS focus group safety meeting

As many of you are aware, the 2014 Safety Management System Focus Group meeting planned for Dallas/Fort Worth, TX April 29, 30 and May 1, 2014 has been canceled. We want to thank all the industry and FAA personnel who demonstrated interest and volunteered to participate in the event. We are planning a 2015 SMS… Read more »

Source: FAA, 21-Apr-14

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Cobham to unveil Innovative New Safety System at OTC 2014

Cobham to unveil Innovative New Safety System at OTC 2014

Cobham Life Support will be introducing its new maritime safety system, Survivor+ at OTC 2014, May 5-8 in Houston, Texas. The Survivor+ Personal Overboard Survival System, a new class of ‘wearable’ PFD (Personal Flotation Device), uniquely incorporates both a SOLAS approved inflatable life jacket and a personal life raft into a single system worn as… Read more »

Source: Cobham, 21-Apr-14

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20-Apr-14 BPS-02 Eurocopter AS350B3 Xaraga, Botswana (3F)

Crashed on route from Gumare to Maun, killing all 3 POB.  Named by the Botswana Government here as Superintendent Keokeditswe Sobatha of Molepolole, Assistant Superintendent Shepherd Ntobedzi of Kalakamati and Inspector Ricardo Mabotho of Lekgolobotlo

20-Apr-14

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19-Apr-14 ZK-HZL Eurocopter AS350BA Taupo, New Zealand

Heavy landing, 2 POB, one with slight injuries.  Reported that it clipped a tree on final approach

19-Apr-14

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Flight Safety Foundation announces new President/CEO

Flight Safety Foundation announces new President/CEO

The Flight Safety Foundation announced today that Jon Beatty, former President and CEO of International Aero Engines, has been named as its new President and CEO. Mr. Beatty comes to the Foundation after a distinguished career as an aviation executive. Along with his recent experience with International Aero Engines, he spent time in several executive… Read more »

Source: FSF, 15-Apr-14

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13-Apr-14 N78CS Helicycle Reno, US-Nevada (1F)

Single-seat recently-completed amateur-build helicopter crashed fatally shortly after take-off from Reno Stead Airport.  See also NTSB report

13-Apr-14

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13-Apr-14 JW-9505 Agusta-Bell 412 Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Crashed on take-off, ending up on its side with rotorhead against the hangar wall, injuring Tanzania’s vice president Dr. Mohamed Gharib Bilal and some of the others on board – total 11 POB

13-Apr-14

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Los Angeles judge denies motion for R66 trial to be held in Colombia

Los Angeles judge denies motion for R66 trial to be held in Colombia

A Los Angeles Superior Court judge has denied a forum non conveniens motion filed by Robinson Helicopter Company, Rolls-Royce and Honeywell to have a fatal helicopter crash case (the very first R66 crash) removed from her courtroom in Los Angeles to be litigated in Colombia, where the crash occurred. In her March 28 ruling, the Honorable Michelle R…. Read more »

Source: Baum Hedlund, 11-Apr-14

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11-Apr-14 Harbin H425 Grootfontein, Namibia (5F)

Failed to gain height on flight to Windhoek.  Four killed in accident of 10 POB, fifth died shortly after in hospital according to Facebook page of local press Informanté

11-Apr-14

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11-Apr-14 ZK-ING Hughes 269B Haast, New Zealand (2F)

Darryl Condon, 51, and Neale Gray, 54 killed on flight returning back to base at Bruce Bay after maintenance at Wanaka

11-Apr-14

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11-Apr-14 Sydney, Australia

EMS helicopter went AOG on scene on M7 motorway

11-Apr-14

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Oil & Gas UK concerned by CAA offshore safety review

Oil & Gas UK concerned by CAA offshore safety review

Commenting, Oil & Gas UK’s health and safety director Robert Paterson said: “Oil & Gas UK is working with our members to assess the impact on safety of the CAA (Civil Aviation Authority) Review. “Like the CAA, our primary focus is to create and maintain a safe environment for our industry to operate in.  If… Read more »

Source: Oil & Gas UK, 10-Apr-14

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FAA gives top rating to aviation safety standards in Philippines

FAA gives top rating to aviation safety standards in Philippines

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today announced that the Republic of the Philippines complies with international safety standards set by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and has been granted a Category 1 rating. The country previously held a Category 1 rating until January 2008, when it was downgraded to a… Read more »

Source: FAA, 10-Apr-14

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10-Apr-14 Bell 407 Mujiayu, China (1F)

Training accident, one pilot with very minor injuries but the other with head injuries which proved fatal

10-Apr-14

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10-Apr-14 Sikorsky S92 North Sea, UK

S92 helicopter returned to North Sea rig Brent Delta on flight to Scatsa after experiencing significant airframe vibration

10-Apr-14

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UK AAIB Bulletin – April 2014

UK AAIB Bulletin – April 2014

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accident(s) of:- Eurocopter EC135 T2+, G-SPAO, Glasgow City Centre, 29 November 2013 – investigation update Agusta A109S (G-IOOZ), tail rotor strike on landing, at a private site near Withypool, Somerset, 8 December 2013

Source: AAIB, 09-Apr-14

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North Carolina Helicopter Safety Summit – This Thursday

North Carolina Helicopter Safety Summit – This Thursday

The goal of any safety program is to identify the hazards and manage the risks. Accidents are caused by normal people performing normal tasks that usually deviate from a normal system’s environment. At the FREE, North Carolina Helicopter Safety Summit on Thurs., April 10, identify the hazards of inadequate helicopter maintenance, human factors related to… Read more »

Source: HAI, 09-Apr-14

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09-Apr-14 Sikorsky UH-60 Wisemans Ferry, Australia

Immediate landing after unspecified cockpit warning light.  No reported damage

09-Apr-14

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09-Apr-14 C-FCSV Eurocopter AS350B2 Fermont, Canada

AS350-B2 with a pilot and three passengers on board, took off while it was near a communication tower. During takeoff, the pilot wanted to bypass the tower and conduct a takeoff facing the wind away from the guy wires. Nevertheless, the main rotor came into contact with a guy wire and the aircraft crashed into… Read more »

09-Apr-14

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09-Apr-14 N395P Eurocopter AS350B3 Albuquerque, US-New Mexico

Crashed on hospital roof just off the helipad.  3 POB with pilot reported injured by local press.  No patient on board.  UNM later issued this video of the accident from CCTV cameras

09-Apr-14

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08-Apr-14 VT-MAB Eurocopter AS350BA Chakvali, India

Experienced severe vibrations and made an emergency/forced landing at an agricultural field 12 NM short of the destination.

08-Apr-14

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