AW139 Accidents

06-Jun-21 VH-HMQ Leonardo AW139 Mangalore, Australia

The AW139 was flying southbound toward Mangalore at 3,100 feet above mean sea level. At the same time, the PA-44 was conducting a practice instrument approach to Mangalore. The PA-44 commenced a missed approach from below 3,000 feet in a northerly direction toward Mangalore and the pilot broadcast that the aircraft would climb to 3,900... Read more

02-Jun-21 PR-OTF Leonardo AW139 Ocean Courage rig, Brazil

Helicopter ended on its side after a landing on an offshore rig during a night training flight.  The crew suffered light injuries and evacuated the aircraft.   The offshore deck fire crew were on hand and extinguished a small fire which was causing smoke, but no flames. Helios photo... Read more

30-May-21 VH-TJK Leonardo AW139 Shelly Beach, Australia

While conducting a single-pilot EMS flight, the aircraft was flown into a confined area and unimproved landing site with the aid of night vision goggles. During the later stages of the approach, the aircraft drifted towards terrain. The crew aborted the approach and elected to conduct a precautionary out-landing about 1 km away. Inspection of... Read more

26-Mar-21 VH-TJH Leonardo AW139 Katoomba, Australia

While conducting a single-pilot EMS flight, the aircraft was flown to the hover and an NVG winch commenced. During the winch, the aircraft drifted and descended towards terrain. The aircraft was recovered in close proximity to obstacles and during the recovery, the helicopter sustained an over torque.... Read more

04-Mar-21 VH-PVO Leonardo AW139 LaTrobe Valley, Australia

During cruise, the aircraft encountered instrument meteorological conditions while below the lowest safe altitude and the crew received a ground proximity warning system alert. The crew immediately conducted a climbing turn to avoid the terrain.... 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

20-Jun-20 VH-EGK Leonardo AW139 Caboolture, Australia

During winching operations, the helicopter’s main rotor blades struck a tree. The crew returned to Archerfield, after which inspection revealed substantial damage to all main rotor blades, which were replaced by engineers.... Read more

02-Feb-19 5N-CML Leonardo AW139 Kabba, Nigeria

Helicopter was carrying Nigerian Vice President Yemi Osibanjo and his aides, none of whom were seriously injured.  There was a total of 12 POB including crew.  Brown out on approach was contributory to the end result – helicopter on its starboard side.  ... Read more

29-Dec-18 Leonardo AW139 Jebel Jais, UAE (4F)

SAR helicopter hit zipwire, causing loss of control and immediate fall to the ground.  Post crash fire.  All four on board suffered fatal injuries. This report names the deceased as Pilots Saqr Saeed Mohamed Abdullah Al Yamahi and Hameed Mohamed Obaid Al Zaabi, Navigator Jasim Abdullah Ali Tunaiji Paramedic Mark Roxburgh... Read more

26-Aug-15 I-COLK AgustaWestland AW139 Sassofortino, Italy

Winch cable broke after hitting a powerline during a HEMS winching operation; doctor Riccardo Bolognini and paramedic Roberto Marconiwere dropped from about 5 meters, and were taken to a hospital with multiple injuries. There was no damage to the helicopter itself... Read more

20-Jul-15 VH-YHF AgustaWestland AW139 Litchfield National Park, Australia

EMS Aircraft went AOG on scene and could not take off.... Read more

13-Mar-15 4K-AZ117 AgustaWestland AW139 Yavlakh, Azerbaijan

AW139 noted with emergency squawk 7700 flying Baku to Ganja.  Very odd routing from radar plot just prior to Flightrader24 screen grab.  No further details available... Read more

31-May-14 AgustaWestland AW139 Balsam Lake, Canada

Door came open in flight. en route to Haliburton from Toronto... Read more

13-Mar-14 G-LBAL AgustaWestland AW139 Beccles, UK (4F)

4 fatalities reported in a helicopter crash at Gillingham near Beccles, Suffolk UK around 7.30pm.  Low visibility due to fog reported.  Helicopter had just taken off from Gillingham Hall bound for Northern Ireland.  Press report indicates that the fatalities included owner Edward Haughey... Read more

03-Jan-14 AgustaWestland AW139 Haliburton, Canada

Lost window in flight, diverted to Muskoka airport... Read more

15-Oct-13 AgustaWestland AW139 Dubai, UAE (1F)

Military aircraft down, US embassy in UAE confirms US passport holder (but UAE resident) pilot died.  Pilot was reportedly the only person on board.... Read more

12-Sep-13 AgustaWestland AW139 Baltimore, US-Maryland

Helicopter grounded after pilot found hole (possibly from a bullet) in a rotor blade on pre-flight inspection... Read more

17-Dec-12 VT-APC AgustaWestland AW139 Hyderabad, India

Destroyed in hangar fire – which also affected five trainer aircraft operated by Andhra Pradesh Aviation Academy.  The helicopter had a total of 970 hours on the airframe according to this report.... Read more

10-Dec-12 G-PERA AgustaWestland AW139 Southern North Sea, UK

12 December: Bond Offshore Helicopters can confirm that one of its aircraft developed a technical problem whilst on an offshore platform. Engineers were dispatched and examined the aircraft. Once the relevant part has been delivered and fitted, the aircraft will be returned to normal service.  update 14th December – G-PERA returned to Norwich Airport yesterday... Read more

22-Oct-12 N385RH AgustaWestland AW139 Houma, US-Louisiana

Substantially damaged in landing accident, reports FAA.  Other reports suggest it was taking off, started spinning left and was put down hurriedly, wheels collapsed and it ended up on its belly between parking spot rows A and B... Read more

29-May-12 AgustaWestland AW139 Cooroy, Australia

Rescue helicopter made emergency landing at night using NVG after indications of a major hydraulic failure during an EMS flight, with patient on board.  Patient moved to second helicopter (BK117 VH-EHQ) to reach hospital.  See also press release... Read more

18-Apr-12 AgustaWestland AW139 Doha, Qatar

Emergency return to airfield after loss of right pedal control.  Reported as a tail rotor pitch change link bearing failure... Read more

23-Mar-12 C-GYNN AgustaWestland AW139 Toronto, Canada

Window blew out in flight, apparently causing door to open.  Safe precautionary landing made in local park, not long after take off from Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport on EMS flight... Read more

24-Dec-11 VH-SYZ AgustaWestland AW139 Carrington Falls, Australia (1F)

During winch operations, something occurred at the bottom of the line which has necessitated the cutting of the winch line and releasing it from the helicopter.  As a result, paramedic Michael Wilson on the end of the line received injuries from which he died.  No implication on the helicopter itself, more about the environment.... Read more

01-Sep-11 AgustaWestland AW139 Southern North Sea

Emergency floats deployed without being commanded to while en route North Denes to Leman rig.  Aircraft turned back.... Read more

19-Aug-11 PR-SEK AgustaWestland AW139 Macae, Brazil (4F)

Helicopter had taken off from offshore installation P-65 (operated by Petrobras) and ditched in the Atlantic en route to its base at Macae.  Casualties named as – pilot Rommel Garcia Oliveira, co-pilot Haytzann Lauro Pinto and passengers Ricardo Leal de Oliveira and João Carlos Pereira da Silva... Read more

17-Aug-11 G-110011 AgustaWestland AW139 Beijing, China (4F)

Four people were killed when the police helicopter crashed into the Miyun reservoir in a northern suburb of Beijing. Five crew members were aboard the helicopter that was returning from a rescue drill above the mountainous region of Miyun County with two other helicopters. One crew member has been saved.... Read more

30-Jun-11 9M-WAJ AgustaWestland AW139 Subang, Malaysia

Pilot and two trainees on board, first flight of day.  Aborted take-off and tail section separated from helicopter in subsequent very heavy landing... Read more

02-May-11 A7-GHA AgustaWestland AW139 Doha, Qatar

The aircraft, which was located in the parking area and was preparing to carry out the operation of a flight taxiing to take off-shore, with two crew and nine passengers, suffered the separation along the entire tail rotor.The initial findings have identified a tail rotor blade at approximately 75 m from the aircraft.... Read more

23-Feb-11 AgustaWestland AW139 Jeju, South Korea (5F)

Only delivered within the last week, crew lost control with command centre.  Some wreckage and one body found to date.... Read more

03-Jul-10 B-MHJ AgustaWestland AW139 Victoria Harbour, Hong Kong

Crashed into harbour, all passengers got out OK.  Final report from investigation... Read more

25-Aug-09 A7-GHC AgustaWestland AW139 Doha, Qatar

25-Aug-09 A7-GHC AgustaWestland AW139 Doha, Qatar... Read more

15-May-09 N813DG AgustaWestland AW139 Deadhorse, US-Alaska

15-May-09 N813DG AgustaWestland AW139 Deadhorse, US-Alaska... Read more

14-Mar-09 VH- AgustaWestland AW139 Children's Hospital, Westmead, Australia

14-Mar-09 VH- AgustaWestland AW139 Children's Hospital, Westmead, Australia... Read more

2-Mar-09 AgustaWestland AW139 Killarney, Ireland

2-Mar-09 AgustaWestland AW139 Killarney, Ireland... Read more

2-Feb-09 VH-ESH AgustaWestland AW139 Townsville 123 deg M 74 Km, Australia

2-Feb-09 VH-ESH AgustaWestland AW139 Townsville 123 deg M 74 Km, Australia... Read more

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