Accidents: August 2014

01-Aug-14 G-OAJC Robinson R44 Kinnitty, Eire


Hit wires on final approach to field landing.  Ended up on its starboard side, badly damaged.  Pilot named here as John Butler, and he had been due to take newly-weds Damien and Wendy Hussey a short distance from the church in Kinnitty to their reception at Racket Hall Country House in Roscrea, Co Tipperary... Read more

01-Aug-14 N3597T Eurocopter AS350 Tahoma, US-Washington


Collision with terrain during take-off.  4 POB, 2 airlifted, one with leg and one with head injuries.... Read more

01-Aug-14 N110JC Robinson R44 Honolulu, US-Hawaii


Fell onto its starboard side close to fuel tanks during landing accident.  Pilot John Corboy and his two teenage passengers Dominic Mills-Patrick  and Nic Politsch got out OK  [note FAA data uses UTC date/time of 2nd August.  Accident occurred 1st August local date]... Read more

02-Aug-14 HB-YJS Revolution Mini 500 Yverdon, Switzerland


Damanged in uncontrolled landing – registration cancelled the following month suggests that the helicopter will not be rebuilt.... Read more

03-Aug-14 N553CP MD Helicopters 500E Columbus, US-Ohio


Emergency field landing at night.  Press suggestion it may have run out of fuel... Read more

03-Aug-14 SX-HVJ Eurocopter EC130 Paros, Greece


During landing and after the helicopter was in contact with the ground, a strong fabric cover that was stored in a table about 20 meters away, lifted in air and hit the main rotor blades first and then passed through the tail rotor blades, starflex and tail rotor system.... Read more

06-Aug-14 Hamakua, US-Hawaii


Hawaii County Fire Department helicopter made an emergency landing after an engine failure during a hurricane evacuation mission along the Hamakua coastline.  No damage, no injuries.  The only helicopter registered to Hawaii County Fire Dept is MD500E N911HY (0602E)... Read more

06-Aug-14 C-FXAH Eurocopter AS350 Fairview, Canada


Shortly after liftoff, in the climb through 3000 feet ASL (800 feet above ground), the pilot experienced an uncommanded yaw and complete loss of engine power. The pilot performed an autorotation into a wheat field. The helicopter sustained substantial damage to tail boom and tail rotor driveshaft from main rotor blade contact. There were no... Read more

07-Aug-14 310921 PZL W-3 Sokol Marawi City, Philippines


Appeared to lose power in hover taxi for take-off  en route to Cagayan de Oro City and lost height, crashing to the ground – see full video... Read more

07-Aug-14 N213BL Enstrom F28F Tunnel City, US-Wisconsin


Crashed into cornfield while spraying.... Read more

08-Aug-14 I-PAAD Eurocopter SA318C Gaby, Italy (2F)


Crashed into mountain during a thunderstorm killing pilot Domenico Praiale (55) and passenger Sara Piredda Piras (29).  Local reports suggest ​​poor visibility due to fog and clouds.  Helicopter was original an SA318 Alouette but had been extensively modified and was classed as a homebuild... Read more

09-Aug-14 OE-XRL Schweizer 300C Stockerau, Austria


Helicopter fell over onto port side on landing.  Male pilot uninjured, female passenger slight injuries.... Read more

10-Aug-14 N4690 Bell 47G-2 Jeanerette, US-Louisiana (1F)


Crashed on the edge of a sugar cane field killing pilot Kenneth E. Squires, age 60.  Five years ago age 55 the pilot was quoting himself as having flown 19,000 hours... Read more

11-Aug-14 N18GH MD Helicopters MD520N Idaho Falls, US-Idaho


Helicopter crashed in pilot’s garden, ending up on its starboard side with significant damage.  Pilot quoted by press as Dave Hansen, passengers as his wife and daughter.  No injuries.... Read more

11-Aug-14 N7432F Hughes 300C Darrington, US-Washington


Force landed, pilot had minor injuries... Read more

12-Aug-14 C-FANC Bell 206B Whitecourt, Canada


Crashed west of Whitecourt, AB after experiencing tail rotor problems. Four occupants suffered minor injuries, two were taken to hospital. The aircraft had significant damage.  Helicopter was contracted to Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development and carrying out a pine beetle survey CADORS 2014C3111... Read more

12-Aug-14 Mil Mi-17 Sinjar, Iraq (1F)


Helicopter was involved in evacuating people in a humanitarian emergency situation in northern Iraq.  Crashed – killing the pilot (reported as “Majed”) – possibly due to overloading. Those on board included Yazidi member of parliament, Vian Dakheel New York Times reporter Alissa Rubin – see story Australian photographer Adam Ferguson, freelancing for the New York... Read more

12-Aug-14 N7089J Bell 47G-5 Mansfield, US-Illinois (1F)


Helicopter clipped powerlines and crashed killing pilot Paul Reynolds during a low level transit between fields he was working on.... Read more

13-Aug-14 RA-04368 Robinson R44 Pioner, Russia


Crashed into a lake/swamp with 4 POB, all out OK. Helicopter on its starboard side in water less than 2m deep with port skid above the water level. Pipeline survey flight, low level.  One report suggests all occupants had recently been drinking alcohol... Read more

13-Aug-14 N8343P Robinson R44 Lancaster, US-Wisconsin


Dale Elio, 54, was crop-spraying herbicide on a bean field when main blades contacted power lines.  Helicopter hit ground nose-first, then fell on its starboard side.  Minor injuries.  Brief power outage from broken power lines.... Read more

13-Aug-14 6-2414 Agusta-Bell 212 Dayer, Iran


Helicopter came down with significant vertical force, causing the skids to splay out, the cabin to touch the ground and the boom to detach at the root.  That said, the main and tail rotor blades were not damaged.  4 of 6 POB injured... Read more

13-Aug-14 Mil Mi-2 Tomtor, Russia


crashed due to wiring problem and burnt out completely. 2 crew members and 7 passengers managed to escape.... Read more

16-Aug-14 ZK-HYO Eurocopter AS350B2 Mount Alta, New Zealand (1F)


Heliski helicopter crashed on mountain.  Boom detatched from cabin, which rolled further down the slope.  1 fatal (named as Jerome Box) of 7 on board – five skiers, their guide and the pilot. The other six all to hospital, none with life-threatening injuries... Read more

18-Aug-14 62 Yellow Mil Mi-8MT Donetsk, Ukraine


Mil Mi-8MT helicopter of 16 Army Aviation Brigade was shot down by Donetsh People Republic fighters. Helicopter crashed but crew managed to leave the downed machine and return to air base. The next day the same crew flying on another helicopter would be shot down again. (see page for that accident).... Read more

18-Aug-14 C-GSSS Airbus AS350B2 Matagami, Canada


On a local flight 32 NM northwest of Matagami, QC, when the engine (Honeywell LTS-101-700-D2) failed on final for the helipad. The aircraft was not damaged and the pilot, alone on board, was not injured. The TSB will implement a plan to examine some of the components CADORS 2014Q1697... Read more

18-Aug-14 I-AICO Airbus BK117C1 Val Badia, Italy


Main rotor blade strike in mountainous region during rescue. Helicopter landed safely with main blade tips suffering the most damage... Read more

18-Aug-14 N720HT Sikorsky S64E Lindsay Lake, Canada


The helicopter was slinging a hydro tower into position. After positioning the tower, the ground crew secured two of the support cables to their foundations. The pole was then shifted to accommodate securing of the remaining two support cables. As the two secured cables became taut, the pilot felt a bump and the helicopter became... Read more

19-Aug-14 Mil Mi-8 Donetsk, Ukraine


Mil Mi-8 helicopter was shot down by Donetsh People Republic fighters. Helicopter crashed and crew member were severely injured. Later they were evacuated to hospital. The very same pilots flew on Mil Mi-8MT, 62 YELLOW which was shot down the day before (see page for that accident). That time they were into luck to... Read more

19-Aug-14 N444RS MD Helicopters MD500E Tuscaloosa, US-Alabama (2F)


Crashed on powerline patrol, killing both on board – 51-year-old pilot Matthew Wallace of Hiram, Georgia and 63-year-old David Carson of Tuscaloosa, Alabama who was employed by Alabama Power.... Read more

20-Aug-14 Mil Mi-24VP Luhansk region, Ukraine


Separatists downed one Mil Mi-24 helicopter from the Ukrainian Air Force with a portable air defence system – this second helicopter was also hit, but further details not known... Read more

20-Aug-14 VH-JRX Robinson R66 Giru, Australia


While conducting aerial agricultural operations, the helicopter struck a wire and subsequently collided with terrain. The helicopter was substantially damaged and the pilot received minor injuries.... Read more

20-Aug-14 09 Yellow Mil Mi-24VP Heorhiyivka, Ukraine (2F)


Separatists downed one Mil Mi-24 helicopter from the Ukrainian Air Force with a portable air defence system... Read more

20-Aug-14 FAG-132 Bell 206L1 LongRanger El Aguacate, Guatemala (5F)


Bad weather had prevented the helicopter from from touching down at the base where they had planned to land. The accident happened during the diversion. One of the occupants was Major General Israel Rudy Ruiz Ortiz, Chief of Staff of National Defense of Guatemala... Read more

23-Aug-14 PR-NEO Airbus EC130B4 Goianira, Brazil


Intended landing point was on a football pitch as part of an election campaign by Alexandre Baldy. When it was about to land, the main rotor blades collided with the cross-bar of the goal and the wire fence surrounding the football pitch. Fragments of the cross-bar were cast at a distance of 41 meters, perforating... Read more

24-Aug-14 N4246Z Robinson R44 Pahrump, US-Nevada


Rolled onto its side on landing... Read more

24-Aug-14 HU.15-90 Airbus Bo105CBS-4 Marana, Spain (3F)


Blades struck mountain side during rescue operation of a climber, causing helicopter to crash.  All three on board killed, named as Captain Emilio Pérez Peláez Lieutenient Marcos Antonio Benito Rodríguez José Martínez Conejo (Mountain specialist) The helicopter is officially serialled HU.15-90.  It also carried the Guardia Civil code 09-118 See also Guardia Civil tribute video... Read more

25-Aug-14 N4035A Hiller UH-12E Cape May, US-New Jersey


Rolled over during force landing into open field... Read more

25-Aug-14 RA-04286 Robinson R44 Alekseevka, Russia

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25-Aug-14 VH-YPC Robinson R22 Halls Creek, Australia (1F)


During the ferry flight, the helicopter collided with terrain. The helicopter was destroyed by fire and the pilot died in the accident.... Read more

26-Aug-14 RA-22430 Mil Mi-8AMT Bentiu, South Sudan (3F)


During operations for the UN, the helicopter was shot down over the area of Bentiu in Southern Sudan. Three crew members died, a fourth was seriously injured.... Read more

27-Aug-14 Mil Mi-8 Tikrit, Iraq


A helicopter from the Iraqi Air Force was allegedly shot down north of Tikrit by ISIS insurgents... Read more

27-Aug-14 N4187W Robinson R22 Gardnerville, US-Nevada


Substantially damaged after striking wires 10 ft above ground on take-off.  Boom broken and tail separated. Heavy impact starboard side.  Pilot named in press as Doyle Holden and passenger as Karen Cole.... Read more

28-Aug-14 N991SD Airbus AS350B3 Hemet, US-California


The Riverside County Sheriff press release says “On 08/28/2014 at approximately 11:00 AM the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Aviation Unit was conducting training exercises with a department helicopter. While low-flying over the Hemet / Ryan Airport runway the helicopter crashed. Sheriff’s personnel operating the helicopter were transported to a local area hospital for treatment of... Read more

28-Aug-14 HK-4287G Robinson R22 Amaga, Colombia

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30-Aug-14 Z-SCA Bell 206L3 LongRanger Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe


Damaged in heavy landing only 30m from take-off point on sightseeing flight.  Passengers named as Janice Mitchel, Elizabeth Hamilton, William Leur, Elizabeth Benevides, Debbie Lonechamps and Stephanie Black all walked from the crash site unaided... Read more

31-Aug-14 PT-YFD Robinson R44 Candoi, Brazil


Failed to gain height on climb out and struck powerlines causing helicopter to come down – see amateur footage of take-off  A total of six were on board – four adults and two children under 10 – and the helicopter was operating short joyride flights from the Festa do Charque event... Read more

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