Accidents: December 2014

02-Dec-14 MD Helicopters MD500D Zuoying, Taiwan


Pilot received serious head injuries from the tail rotor after receiving a warning signal, leaving the cockpit and going to the rear of the helicopter to assist the technical staff – but apparently got too close... Read more

02-Dec-14 N3234U Robinson R44 Bountiful, US-Utah (2F)


Main rotor and mast separated shortly after take-off from Sky Park Airport on post-maintenance test flight to track and balance the blades.  Two fatalities named later as Claus Hauer and Bruce Orr... Read more

04-Dec-14 CS-HFD Schweizer 300CBi Ponte de Sor, Portugal (2F)


Crashed on training flight, killing Portuguese instructor and Angolan student... Read more

07-Dec-14 PT-YHP Robinson R44 Terra Boa, Brazil


Helicopter was not authorized scenic flights in the state of Parana, crashed shortly after takeoff, injuring the four occupants of the aircraft. The airworthiness certificate had expired over two years earlier... Read more

07-Dec-14 RA-06138 Mil Mi-8T Varandy, Russia (2F)


Heavy landing after reported engine failure.  Impact killed two of the six on board, named here as Vladimir Novikov and Flarit Galyavutdinov... Read more

08-Dec-14 N509LH Enstrom 280FX Fort Lupton, US-Colorado


Lost power in cruise at 600ft and force landed in field just NE of Platte Valley Airpark,  causing minor injuries to 25-year old female pilot, who was not named in press reports.  Photo... Read more

12-Dec-14 Eurocopter EC635T2+ Samarra, Iraq (2F)


Reported shot down by Islamic State group militants... Read more

13-Dec-14 PT-YPW Robinson R44 Buritama, Brazil


Crashed shortly after take-off.  Local press reports indicate that either the pilot was not licenced, or the aircraft did not have a current airworthiness certificate, or both.  2 POB – unnamed pilot and his passenger, named as Giorgio da Silva Souza... Read more

15-Dec-14 348 Eurocopter EC135 Lacul Siutghiol, Romania (4F)


Crashed into a lake around sunset, killing all 4 POB... Read more

16-Dec-14 N352SL Airbus AS350B2 Bicknell, US-Utah


Loss of power at 20ft agl, heavy landing... Read more

17-Dec-14 PR-BGR Eurocopter EC225 Macae, Brazil


While the helicopter was hovering prior to departure from an oil platform, the crew heard a strong noise followed by vibration and instability of the helicopter. The pilot commanded an immediate landing on the deck, with the helicopter touching the floor in an abrupt manner.  17 POB.  Substantially damaged... Read more

18-Dec-14 B-31019 Bell 206B Changhua City, Taiwan


Loss off power during low level powerline insulator washing ops.  Both of the 2 POB suffered minor injuries.  Boom and skids damaged... Read more

21-Dec-14 Sikorsky MH-60S Camp Buehring, Kuwait


Crashed on night training flight.  Ended up on its starboard side.  All six personnel aboard the helicopter survived the crash and were transported to nearby medical facilities for evaluation... Read more

21-Dec-14 Bell 206B Kampung Poyak, Thailand


Crashed in bad weather in a rubber plantation, during flood relief operations.  Four POB named as pilots Capt Seksan Puraphol and Lt Apisit Prahacha, plus aircraft mechanics Pol Sgt Major Sa-ngun Muengkamrueng, and Pol Sgt Major Kittipong Saeng-Thit... Read more

22-Dec-14 HB-ZMQ Robinson R44 Zurich, Switzerland


Shortly after take-off, the helicopter contacted the ground again and fell onto its starboard side.  Private pilot had rented helicopter from Heli-Zuri for a flight to Ticino.  Final confirmation required on reg... Read more

22-Dec-14 ZS-RMH Robinson R44 Benoni, South Africa


Crashed onto highway after reported power failure, extensively damaged.  Minor injuries to pilot R44 identification from comparison between this photo of ZS-RMH flying and the large titles on the side on this photo – it is feasible, although unlikely, that there is another R44 in the same colour scheme... Read more

22-Dec-14 N64HF Robinson R66 Henniker, US-New Hampshire


Struck tail on landing and slid into a snow bank... Read more

24-Dec-14 VH-FTY Schweizer 300CBi Parafield, Australia


During circuit training operations, the helicopter collided with terrain and rolled onto its left side. The helicopter was substantially damaged, however both pilots were uninjured.... Read more

26-Dec-14 RA-15643 Mil Mi-2 Lower Maktama, Russia


Emergency landing, breaking the tail boom.  No injuries to three on board.... Read more

27-Dec-14 G-REDV Eurocopter EC225 North Sea, UK


Suspected lightning strike, returned to base.  Reg to be confirmed... Read more

27-Dec-14 C-20 Eurocopter BK117B2 Tirúa, Chile


Passenger injured from gunshot fired from the ground while helicopter was overflying.  damage to plexiglass window... Read more

27-Dec-14 PT-HNC Helibras HB350B Bertioga, Brazil (5F)


Crashed into Mangrove swamp not long after take-off from Condo Iporanga in Guaruja when en route to Sao Paulo, killing all five on board.  This included Marcelo Muller, grandson of the founder of the Muller beverage company, his wife Lumara Rocha Müller, their 2 year old daughter Georgia and her nanny Raquel dos Santos Vilas... Read more

29-Dec-14 N7041X Robinson R22 Phoenix, US-Arizona


Minor damage after force landing by taxiway... Read more

29-Dec-14 N6522 Robinson R22 Huntingdon Beach, US-California


Unknown damage in force landing... Read more

29-Dec-14 N174CD Robinson R44 Horseshoe Bay, US-Texas


Substantially damaged in heavy landing – photo.  Sole occupant pilot Charles Deyhle Jr was reportedly uninjured.  Reportedly due to gusty conditions when trying to land on a ground handling trolley... Read more

29-Dec-14 C-FITZ Robinson R44 Grande Prairie, Canada


On take off, main rotor blade(s) contacted the wind sock mast. A vibration was felt and the pilot landed immediately at the same site. An inspection of the main rotor revealed damage to one of the blades. CADORS 2014C5006... Read more

29-Dec-14 N771MM Robinson R22 Lantana, US-Florida (1F)


Crashed in unknown circumstances just outside boundary fence of Lantana Airport – killing instructor Luis Aviles, and seriously injuring student pilot Johnathan Desouza... Read more

31-Dec-14 N530KK MD Helicopters MD530F Las Vegas, US-Nevada


Very heavy landing in residential area, minor injuries to 2 POB later named as David Callen and Paul Lourenco.... Read more

31-Dec-14 9M-PHD Eurocopter AS355F2 Tanah Merah, Malaysia


Crashed into trees during flood relief operations, injuring both pilots and two aid workers on board.  Pilot Asst Superintendent Amirul Adli Ahmad suffered a fractured spine.  Co-pilot Asst Superintendent Hasli Hassan had minor injuries to his knees.  The other two – both with minor injuries – were named as Sergeant Major Mohd Hood Abd Majid and... Read more

31-Dec-14 N57AW Bell 206L4 Benson, US-Arizona (2F)


Helicopter crashed on post-maintenance ferry flight from Phoenix to Sierra Vista, killing pilot Jeff Steele and mechanic Marc Hansen, who were both employed by Airwest Helicopters LLC. The helicopter was operated for Cochise County Sheriff’s Department... Read more

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