Accidents: July 2020

11-Jul-20 N708AC Airbus AS355 Rifle, US-Colorado


According to the operator, their flight tracking program showed that the helicopter depart the Rifle Garfield County Airport (RIL), Rifle, Colorado, and was en route to perform a low altitude aerial observation flight of transmission/power lines. The flight track ended near the accident location after a 3 to 4 minute flight about one mile southwest... Read more

24-Jul-20 VH-TJO Leonardo AW139 Goulburn, Australia


The ATSB is investigating the near-collision with terrain involving Leonardo Helicopters AW139, VH-TJO, 25 km East of Goulburn, New South Wales, on 24 July 2020. While conducting a single-pilot NVG EMS flight, the aircraft entered an uncommanded descent and drift. The aircraft was recovered in close proximity to obstacles and during the recovery, the helicopter... Read more

26-Jul-20 F-GNLM Airbus AS350 Clermont-Ferrand, France


When hovering from the park point for take-off, the pilot loses control yawing to the left. The helicopter landed very hard. Investigators report aircraft destroyed... Read more

26-Jul-20 G-WTWT Robinson R44 II Herne Bay, UK


Helicopter landed on its side in an open field.  4 POB not seriously injured... Read more

30-Jul-20 N160LA Sikorsky S70A Santa Clarita, US-California


Blade strike while training in mountainous area. Helicopter continued take-off and departed location with rotor blade noise clearly “non-standard” Analysis of the helicopter’s tracks have suggested the date was 26-Jul-20 but this is not confirmed.  Having been very active daily for two straight weeks, it was then not flying for four days.  The video was... Read more

31-Jul-20 CC-DAM Airbus AS350B3 Santiago, Chile


The pilot took off from the Santiago Heliport to carry out an aerial work to control frost. Three minutes after takeoff, a light on the governor failure warning panel came on, stopping the engine in flight, for which the pilot performed an autorotation, forcibly landing in a private parking lot. The pilot, the sole occupant... Read more

31-Jul-20 VH-HNF Robinson R22 Steam Plains, Australia (1F)


During agricultural spraying operations, the helicopter struck powerlines and collided with terrain, resulting in substantial damage. The pilot sustained fatal injuries.... Read more

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