Accidents: February 2012

03-Feb-12 ZS-RUH Eurocopter SA330 Pristina, Serbia


Power loss during takeoff, ground impact... Read more

04-Feb-12 VH-COK Robinson R44 Jaspers Brush, Australia (2F)


Crashed during take off, subsequent fire destroyed the aircraft.  Passenger named as film maker Mike DeGruy and pilot was the aircraft owner, Andrew Wight, of Great Wight Productions P/L.... Read more

05-Feb-12 N807LE Robinson R44 Modesto, US-California


Emergency landing on school field shortly after refuelling at Modesto Airport.  No damage... Read more

06-Feb-12 Eastern Afghanistan


An International Security Assistance Force helicopter crew survived after their aircraft crashed in eastern Afghanistan.  The crew members have been safely recovered and moved to a nearby base, officials said. The site has been secured and initial reports indicate there was no enemy activity in the area.... Read more

06-Feb-12 Robinson R22 Megara, Greece


Emergency landing after suspected mechanical issues on night flight in gusty weather.... Read more

06-Feb-12 SE-JNE Guimbal Cabri G2 Hjallsta, Sweden


Precautionary landing due to engine vibration... Read more

06-Feb-12 RA-04054 Eurocopter AS350B3 Plekhanovo, Russia


Engine allowed to over-speed causing turbine blades to fail... Read more

07-Feb-12 Mil Mi-8 Kyzyl, Russia


Helicopter destroyed in hangar fire along with two An-2 fixed wing aircraft.  Preliminary cause given centred on welding work being done in the hangar at the time.  One possible candidate for this helicopter is  RA-24234 (98730691) but that is not confirmed... Read more

08-Feb-12 G-OJMF Enstrom 280FX Barton, UK


In a run-on landing , the helicopter veered after landing and the tail rotor struck the ground.... Read more

09-Feb-12 N809LF Eurocopter AS350B3 Oakesdale, US-Washington


20 minutes into flight, weather rapidly changed putting helicopter in Inadvertent IMC.  Location is estimated based on cruise speed of aircraft and stated routing from Spokane to Lewiston... Read more

10-Feb-12 A-2605 Mil Mi-8MTV-1 Bukvica, Bosnia


Crashed during humanitarian aid mission – main blades severed tail boom.  11POB all safe.  Weather reported as gusty.  Potential for white-out with ground snow.  Another potential contributor was the changing CofG due to the aid being moved some metres forward in the minutes prior to the accident – see YouTube video... Read more

11-Feb-12 G-SRPH Robinson R44 Crossmaglen, UK


Confined site with various small buildings in the immediate vicinity. As the helicopter lifted off, it yawed to the left but  the pilot over corrected. He then applied more collective in an attempt to escape from the situation but the helicopter yawed through about 180° and reached a height of about 25 to 30 ft,... Read more

11-Feb-12 N20536 Schweizer 300C Las Vegas, US-Nevada


Fell on side during landing... Read more

11-Feb-12 Bell 206L Kuching, Malaysia


Helicopter tasked to fly Natural Resources and Environment Minister suffered significant in-flight vibration and pilot elected to return to base.  Safe landing... Read more

11-Feb-12 EY-106 Mil Mi-8 Zabul Province, Afghanistan (4F)


Operated by Central Asian Aviation Services on behalf of logistics company Supreme Group.  4 fatalities were nationals of Tajikistan, including the son of the deputy defense minister, and helicopter was registered there.... Read more

20-Feb-12 G-SUEZ Agusta-Bell 206B Perth, UK


After suffering an engine failure at 600 ft agl the helicopter completed a successful autorotation into a field. The engine failure was a result of a fracture in fatigue of a stage-two compressor blade.... Read more

13-Feb-12 146453 Bell 412 Yellowknife, Canada


Wirestrike approaching Yellowknife airport at around 7:50 p.m. MT with 3 POB and the aircraft sustained significant damage.  It  was returning to the airport after conducting air operations in support of Exercise Arctic Ram. It is from 408 Tactical Helicopter Detachment and is normally stationed at CFB Edmonton.  The Bell 412 is known as the... Read more

14-Feb-12 Mil Mi-8 Sundo Island, North Korea (5F)


A North Korean helicopter crash has killed five of the Stalinist country`s Cabinet-level officials, including Commerce Minister Kim Bong Chol... Read more

15-Feb-12 N440AH Robinson R44 Austin, US-Texas


Unscheduled landing in a parking lot... Read more

15-Feb-12 N407HL Bell 407 Jackson, US-Wyoming (1F)


SAR mission, very heavy landing... Read more

16-Feb-12 Robinson R44 Cape Town, South Africa


Heavy landing close to airport due to mechanical issues on climb out... Read more

16-Feb-12 N63CF Eurocopter AS365N Dayton, US-Ohio


Rapid yaw to the left on take-off, which the pilot managed to control and bring the helicopter back to a safe landing.  Mechanic found tail/rotor servo cannon plug was coated with residual oil... Read more

17-Feb-12 N390AM Eurocopter EC130 Paris, US-Tennessee


Emergency landing after bird strike with mallard duck and cracked windshield.... Read more

17-Feb-12 H-501 Helibras-Eurocopter AS350B Solitario, Paraguay


crashed shortly after take-off.  5POB all safe.  Occupants included Lucio Benítez y and Walter Díaz... Read more

18-Feb-12 D-HEDV CHR Safari Lahr, Germany (1F)


Crashed and caught fire.  Sole occupant (Gustl Schrempp – the owner) killed.... Read more

19-Feb-12 JA710H Eurocopter EC120 Minamifurano, Japan


“Damaged the aircraft during takeoff after the transport skiers to the summit Karifuridake, the aircraft is rolling to the right”... Read more

19-Feb-12 N7508Y Robinson R22 Rio Vista, US-California


Crashed into field after mid-air collision with fixed-wing Beech Bonanza.  Minor injuries.  R22 pilot was experienced fixed wing pilot logging night hours as a student.... Read more

20-Feb-12 G-NWAA Eurocopter EC135 Lancaster, UK


Window smashed by vandals after helicopter went AOG and had to be parked up overnight.  North West Air Ambulance have confirmed helicopter registration and date – note that the BBC are reporting the wrong date in their story... Read more

20-Feb-12 N82MD Eurocopter AS365N2 Harford County, US-Maryland


Engine vibrations in flight, made emergency landing and there was a fire in the engine too... Read more

20-Feb-12 N51727 Enstrom F28C Kalispell, US-Montana


Engine failure, autorotation... Read more

21-Feb-12 VH-HRY Robnison R22 Beauchamp Station, Australia


During mustering operations, the helicopter collided with terrain. The pilot was not injured, however the helicopter was substantially damaged.... Read more

21-Feb-12 ZJ202 Boeing AH-64D Tattingstone, UK


Emergency landing after hitting overhead power lines on night flight... Read more

21-Feb-12 XA-JMB Bell 407 Loma Bonita, Mexico


On February 21, 2012, about 1400 central standard time, a Bell 407 helicopter, XA-JMB, had a loss of engine power and impacted terrain near Loma Bonita, Veracruz, Mexico. The commercial pilot, who was the sole occupant, was seriously injured. The helicopter was substantially damaged and was operated by Heliservicio Campeche S.A. de C.V. Visual meteorological... Read more

22-Feb-12 PT-YAK Helibras AS350BA Benevides, Brazil


Helicopter landed due to excessive vibration, which continued as ground resonance which shook the aircraft to bits (see YouTube video)  4POB all got out safely – the commander, the second pilot, a doctor and a nurse... Read more

22-Feb-12 N43921 Bell 47 (M74 Wasp) Farmington, US-California


Crashed in open, flat field during agricultural ops... Read more

22-Feb-12 160107 Bell AH-1W Yuma, US-California (2F)


Mid air accident between AH-1W and UH-1Y of the US Marine Corps during a night-time exercise  Total of 7 fatalities, 2 in the AH-1W, five in the UH-1Y.  The two in the AH-1W were named later as Maj. Thomas A. Budrejko, 37, of Montville, CT and Capt. Benjamin N. Cerniglia, 31, of Montgomery, AL See... Read more

22-Feb-12 168039 Bell UH-1Y Yuma, US-California (5F)


Mid air accident between AH-1W and UH-1Y of the US Marine Corps during a night-time exercise  Total of 7 fatalities, 2 in the AH-1W, five in the UH-1Y. The five in the UH-1Y were named later as Capt. Michael M. Quin, 28, of Purcellville, VA, Sgt. Justin A. Everett, 33, of Clovis, CA, Lance Cpl.... Read more

25-Feb-12 N118MD Eurocopter AS350B2 El Cajon, US-California


Damaged in heavy landing.  Registration per FAA prelim report, but is not a valid registration(!)... Read more

25-Feb-12 Scripps Ranch, US-California


Crash occurred during windy flight conditions, the FAA said. The hard landing bent the tail boom of the aircraft and damaged the skids, among other things. No one was hurt.... Read more

27-Feb-12 N177FS Robinson R44 Glendale, US-California


During post-maintenance run-up, helicopter fell on its side, caught fire and was destroyed... Read more

27-Feb-12 ST-GFB Mil Mi-17 Al-Qadarif, Sudan (3F)


Sudanese minister of agriculture, Abdel Halim al-Mutafi, has escaped death in a crash which killed three people. He  emerged almost unscathed from the mishap which took place in Sudan’s eastern state of Al-Qadarif, where an Mi-17 helicopter carrying him along with six of his aides and two Iranian investors caught fire during take-off.... Read more

28-Feb-12 TG-SAN Bell 206 Livingston, Guatemala


Crrashed in bad weather, injuring the three occupants – Carlos Larios Aguilar, 48 years, the pilot Juan Pablo Moran, 52, and mechanic Jose Gomez, 28..  A military helicopter sent to help rescue this helicopter had a fatal crash itself (see here)... Read more

28-Feb-12 6535 Eurocopter MH-65C Point Clear, US-Alabama (4F)


US Coast Guard MH-65C missing.  1 crew member rescue swimmer CPO Fernando Jorge was found unresponsive and later pronounced dead.  Search for the other thre on board has so far found the bodies of Lt. j.g. Thomas Cameron, and Lt. Cmdr. Dale Taylor.  The body of Petty Officer 3rd Class Andrew Knight has still not... Read more

28-Feb-12 HL-190 Bell UH-1H San Luis Peten, Guatemala (10F)


Military helicopter which went to rescue civil helicopter which had crashed (see here) – crashed itself in a mountainous area killing all 10 aboard,... Read more

29-Feb-12 N341HP Eurocopter AS350B3 Napa, US-California


Tailboom damaged during autorotation landing... Read more

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