Accidents: September 2014

01-Sep-14 Sikorsky CH-53E Gulf of Aden, Djibouti


CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter crashed at sea in the Gulf of Aden as it attempted to land aboard USS Mesa Verde.  All 25 persons aboard the helicopter; 17 Marines and eight Navy Sailors, were safely recovered... Read more

02-Sep-14 Sikorsky MH-60S Fallon, US-Nevada


Rolled on its side while landing during a routine training mission. All five crew members aboard — two pilots and three enlisted aircrew — are accounted for and safe with no significant injuries. All five crew members were transported to Naval Air Station Fallon medical facilities for evaluation.  Recovered by a Chinook 11-Sep-14... Read more

02-Sep-14 N516PJ MD Helicopters MD500D Willow, US-California


Pilot Ron Chaplin injured when helicopter came down during low level powerline work... Read more

03-Sep-14 XC-ALM AgustaWestland AW109S Lerma, Mexico (2F)


While en route from the Mexico City area to Toluca, helicopter went down just 5 miles from destination... Read more

04-Sep-14 N217HP Eurocopter AS350B3 Lincoln, US-California


Heavy autorotation landing, damaging helicopter... Read more

04-Sep-14 RA-24255 Mil Mi-8 Gelendzhik, Russia (2F)


Crashed near Gelendzhik airport and caught fire. Full video of accident here.  From a steady hover the helicopter lost height and hit the ground heavily and bounced.  The impact caused the tail boom to shear off and thus the helicopter became dynamically unstable, it immediately crashed onto its belly and caught fire.  It burned out... Read more

04-Sep-14 OB-1884-P Eurocopter SA315B Andamarca, Peru (3F)


Crashed and completely burnt out, killing pilot Walter Sulca Ramos and co-pilot Walter Quevedo Mestanza.  Weather of blizzards likely to be a factor... Read more

05-Sep-14 N60JD Robinson R44 Roeselare, Belgium (2F)


Crashed shortly after take-off into the car park of a football stadium.  Post crash fire.  The two deceased were named as Lieven Ghekiere and Johan Deceuninck Note – despite being registered in the US, this helicopter has been based in Belgium... Read more

05-Sep-14 OY-HRG Robinson R44 Samsoe Sea, Denmark (4F)


Helicopter ditched.  Three bodies recovered, fourth not found and presume drowned. Owner/pilot was billionaire Michael Henriksen of MH Gruppen, which specialises in container shipping.  Another name published was that of Morten Friis, an executive in Norrecco, also part of MH Gruppen.  Volvo Trucks Denmark named the other two as their CEO Søren Wettergreen and Sales... Read more

06-Sep-14 N699TQ Robinson R44 Macedonia, US-Iowa (1F)


Struck powerline while on low level agricultural work.  Pilot died in hospital on 11th September from his injuries – and was named here as Chris Moore... Read more

11-Sep-14 N142MA Bell 407 Moab, US-Utah


Sole occupant pilot injured in crash – helicopter was on survey work for Greenriver Energy... Read more

11-Sep-14 G-CDMG Robinson R22 France


The subject helicopter was noted at 5.15am local time on 12-Sep-14 on a trailer at Calais ferry port bound for the UK.  Given it is based UK, there must have been some reason that it was not flown back to the UK.  Incident date 11-Sep-14 thus approximate... Read more

11-Sep-14 Lalpur Chowkdi, India


Percautionary landing due to poor weather.  On the ground five hours before continuing journey from Vadodara to Udaipur.  No indication in the press report how much pre-flight planning the pilot had done with the weather forecast. Operator Trans Bharat Aviation has three Bell 407s and one 206... Read more

12-Sep-14 N64AW Bell 206L4 LongRanger Tombstone, US-Arizona


Operated by Airwest Helicopters for Cochise County Sheriff.  Main blades chopped tail boom and skids splayed out in heavy landing.  Two POB were listed as pilot Larry Pucci and the observer Officer Justin Dannels (the son of Cochise County Sheriff Mark Dannels)... Read more

13-Sep-14 Everglades City, US-Florida


Emergency landing – pilot requested a mechanic, and some water.  No details of any damage in teh press reports... Read more

13-Sep-14 C-FNRR Bell 206B Tumbler Ridge, Canada


Repositioning to another landing spot after dropping off 3 passengers when it suffered a tail rotor strike and hard landing. CADORS 2014P1608... Read more

13-Sep-14 EC-KSD AgustaWestland AW119 Alpera, Spain (1F)


Pilot killed in crash on firefighting ops – Type and operator confirmed by this report.  Registration confirmed from photo on this page – enlarged here.  Pilot named as Fernando Baraza on this tribute page... Read more

14-Sep-14 VH-FHX Bell 206B Jabiru, Australia


During the approach to a confined landing area, the pilot was alerted to an object to the left of the helicopter and while manoeuvring to avoid this object, the main rotor and tail rotor struck a tree. The pilot conducted a missed approach and after the subsequent landing, assessed the damage as minor and elected... Read more

15-Sep-14 N9844N Robinson R44 Beaumont, US-Texas


Crashed on approach after pilot lost control... Read more

16-Sep-14 G-SUEX Bell 206B Flamborough, UK (2F)


Initial reports coming in. Witnesses say they heard a “loud crack” shortly be fire the helicopter started descending rapidly. The helicopter took off from Dechmont, near Livingston in West Lothian and was due to land at Humberside Airport for refuelling before flying on to Gamston, presumably en route it’s home base at Manston. It had... Read more

18-Sep-14 HAL SA316B Alibaug, India


Extensively damaged in “heavy landing”.  4 POB injured, but not life threatening... Read more

19-Sep-14 RA-1233G Eurocopter SA341G Vasilievsky Island, Russia (1F)


Helicopter overflew a boat before flying at low level and high speed, getting lower very gradually until hitting the water. The water surface was glassy smooth, perhaps contributory.  After crashing, the helicopter is said to have sunk almost immediately.  The pilot/owner who died has been identified as 41 year old Alexei Afonchenkovu.  Passenger survived... Read more

20-Sep-14 Rotorway Exec 162F Pitt Meadows, Canada


Helicopter experienced a power loss and landed hard in a field adjacent to the airport CADORS 2014P1639... Read more

20-Sep-14 PR-CIG Robinson R44 Fama, Brazil (2F)


Helicopter crashed into lake during a scenic flight, although Military Police reported that this type of operation was not permitted for this helicopter and/or pilot.  Pilot Abitbol Bruno Nogueira de Andrade got out (and reportedly fled the scene) while the two passengers were trapped inside and drowned.  Press report stated “According to police, the driver... Read more

21-Sep-14 G-OKEY Robinson R22 Elstree, UK


Crashed from a low hover on a training flight.   Male pilot and female student uninjured.... Read more

21-Sep-14 I-PITO Eurocopter SA315B Rocca Pietra, Italy


Fell onto port side during landing... Read more

21-Sep-14 N8375E Robinson R44 Honolulu, US-Hawaii


Hard landing and tail strike... Read more

21-Sep-14 Fayoum, Egypt (6F)


Unknown helicopter type of Egyptian miitary crashed “due to technical issues” killing 6... Read more

22-Sep-14 N1675U Schweizer 300C Grand Forks, US-North Dakota


Touched down hard, striking the tail rotor... Read more

23-Sep-14 VH-HLB Robinson R44 Tindal, Australia


While hovering to assess a potential landing site, the pilot received a LOW ROTOR RPM warning. The pilot then lowered the collective but the helicopter struck a tree and landed hard. Both occupants received minor injuries and the helicopter was substantially damaged.... Read more

23-Sep-14 YV-2537 Bell 206B Tumeremo, Venezuela (3F)


Crashed into heavy wooded area and wreckage not found until 05-Oct-14.  Pilot David Guerra had reported loss of power and autorotated into the jungle... Read more

25-Sep-14 N152CA Bell 206B Pushmataha County, US-Oklahoma


Crashed in unknown circumstances... Read more

25-Sep-14 ZS-OFJ Robinson R44 Rand Airport, South Africa (2F)


Crashed in open field not far short of landing at Rand Airport. Both people on board killed – pilot named here as Blake Simpson.   The helicopter caught fire after impact and was completely destroyed.... Read more

26-Sep-14 G-CIGZ Sikorsky S92 Aberdeen, UK


Emergency landing with 3 POB.  Declared emergency at 2.20pm and landed at airport safely 2.39pm... Read more

26-Sep-14 N7026J Robinson R22 Albuquerque, US-New Mexico


Force landing after power loss... Read more

27-Sep-14 AgustaWestland Lynx Fryton, UK


Precautionary field landing after malfunction on night flight... Read more

27-Sep-14 HS-CCN Eurocopter EC130 Naung Mon, Myanmar (1F)


Crashed in jungle on flight searching for two missing mountaineers.  Wreckage found three days later.  Two occupants (pilot  Capt Chatchawal Thanthong and experienced mountain trekker U Shwe Yin Taw Gyi) hiked for some time and were located further days after that according to this report.  The third (Myanmar co-pilot Aung Myat Toe who navigated) was... Read more

28-Sep-14 Warmun, Australia


“It appears the pilot had attempted a take-off, however clipped a tree on the way up which caused the helicopter to roll and crash,” police spokesman said.  Pilot and his passenger/grandson not seriously injured... Read more

29-Sep-14 N557CP MD Helicopters MD500E Columbus, US-Ohio


Precautionary night landing in Hamilton Road near Groves Road.  It was determined that the helicopter had a faulty gauge.... Read more

29-Sep-14 Bell 412CF Shaw Island, Canada


Precautionary landing after rotor blades struck a wire on the Canadian Coast Guard vessel Sir William Alexander... Read more

29-Sep-14 074 Sikorsky S61 Meloy, Norway


Hoist cable snapped and flicked up into main rotor disc. No damage in subsequent emergency landing... Read more

28-Sep-14 N7062U Helicycle Gallatin, US-Tennessee (1F)


Crashed on take off from private property near the intersection of Old Douglas Lane and Old Flynn Road.  Owner/pilot James Lee died in the accident... Read more

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