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 »
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 »
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.
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 »
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 »
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.
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.
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 »
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 »
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.
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
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 »
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 »
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 »
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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 »
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 »
“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 »
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
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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
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 »
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 »
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 »
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
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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
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 »
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 »
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.
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 »
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 »
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 »