Accidents India

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08-Dec-21 ZP5164 Mil Mi-17V5 Coonoor, India (14F)

India’s top military commander has been killed in a helicopter crash in the southern state of Tamil Nadu, the country’s Air Force says. Chief of Defence Staff Gen Bipin Rawat, his wife and 11 others died after the Mi-17V5 helicopter came down in hills near Coonoor city on Wednesday morning.  Images show that the helicopter... Read more

11-Apr-21 VT-YMA Leonardo AW109SP Madavana, India

Corporate helicopter owned by LuLu International who issued this statement (from Outlook India) regarding the incident, which involved their CEO “Yusuff Ali, currently in Kerala, was on a short trip from his home in Kochi to visit a relative at a nearby hospital. Due to the sudden deterioration of weather conditions and heavy rains, the... Read more

23-Sep-19 VT-UTC Airbus H125 Kedarnath, India

Tail damaged and starboard skid splayed out on landing at Kedarnath shrine, which is at an altitude of 11,500ft.  6 POB no serious injuries.  Wreckage airlifted out 26 October per this press report... Read more

05-Feb-19 IA-2147 HAL Dhruv Thattaguppe, India

Emergency landing in a potato fieldm  No injuries.  Minimal damage, from images... Read more

09-Jun-17 VT-NRK AgustaWestland AW119 Badrinath, India (1F)

Helicopter had difficulties on take-off and it appears that a crew member jumped from the aircraft prior to it impacting the ground, but was hit by the rotor blades and died – named as Vikram Lamba.  Helicopter had its skids ripped off and all four main blades ended up much shorter than they should have... Read more

31-May-17 Z402 Airbus SA316 Dayarampura, India

Precautionary landing due to change of weather – it was a very soggy field... Read more

27-May-17 VT-ENX Airbus AS365N Ahmedabad, India

Helicopter was flying from Manekpur in Valsad to Himmatnagar when the engine reportedly heated up.  Successful safe emergency landing made.  VVIP – the Chief Minister of Gujarat (Vijay Rupani) was on board.  The actual helicopter involved has not yet been identified and may have been a replacement in any case – after other issues with... Read more

25-May-17 VT-CMM Sikorsky S76C++ Nilanga, India

Helicopter came down less than 30 seconds after take-off.  Video shows a sudden spark 41 seconds after take-off on a very low climb-out (which could suggest it hit wires), and the helicopter descended quickly from there.  4 POB including the Chief Minister of the State of Maharashtra, but no significant injuries.  The helicopter did not... Read more

24-Nov-15 VT-ELJ Airbus AS365N2 Meluri, India

Aircraft was taken off from Dimapur with 4 passengers onboard and just after 35 minutes of flight the helicopter had made a crash landing. Helicopter rear portion caught fire after landing and destroyed.... Read more

23-Nov-15 VT-JKB Airbus AS350B3 Katra, India (7F)

A bird is reported to have hit the tail rotor shortly after take-off. While the pilot was trying to make an emergency landing, the helicopter hit power lines, crashed and caught fire.  The helicopter was  ferrying pilgrims to the Vaishno Devi temple.  The seven fatalities were named as  pilot Sumita Vijayn from Kerala, Arjun Singh,... Read more

04-Nov-15 VT-PWF Airbus AS365N3 off Mumbai, India (2F)

Crashed into sea on night training flight.  Helicopter was operating a training flight for night recency and took-off from rig “WIS”. While landing at “RONTAP MEYER” it met with an accident. After impact ELT was triggered. Cockpit door found at the last known position during SAR. Pilots named here as TK Guha and Eeso Samuel... Read more

21-Oct-15 Z-3349 Mil Mi-17V5 Mumbai, India

EMergency landing in Bandra-Kurla Complex, just two miles south of Mumbai International Airport.  [Must have been quite a serious emergency to not head for the airport?]... Read more

14-Jul-15 Mil MI-172 Gohpur, India

Pawan Hans helicopter with 19 passengers and three crew members on board made emergency landing after sudden change in weather... Read more

29-Jun-15 HAL Chetak Ramachandrapuram, India

Precautionary landing due to suspected engine problem.  Engineers checked it over and it returned to base at INS Dega the same evening... Read more

24-Jun-15 VT-ENY Airbus AS365N Haldia, India

Red carpet and various other items laid out for the greeting of a visiting VIP (senior Union Minister Nitin Gadkari) were blown up by rotor downdraft and reportedly struck fenestron... Read more

25-Apr-15 Mil Mi-35 Sriganganagar, India

on Army training exercise.  3 POB evacuated safely... Read more

11-Feb-15 HAL Dhruv Ganderbal, India (2F)

Instructor and student killed on night training flight.  Crashed in rocky mountainous area and burnt out... Read more

02-Feb-15 Z3155 HAL Chetak Rangapahar, India

Crashed from 10-12 ft shortly after take off, 4 POB.  Pilots Colonel B K Singh and Major Kshitij not injured... Read more

01-Oct-14 HAL Cheetah Bharthaul, India (3F)

Cheetah helicopter of the Indian Army taking part in the ongoing military exercise at the Jat Regimetanl Centre (JRC) at Bareilly crashed minutes after take-off killing all three on board.  It had gained only a few hundred metres in height when it caught fire mid-air.  Another report states it was a maintenance flight.  The three... Read more

18-Sep-14 HAL SA316B Alibaug, India

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

25-Jul-14 HAL Dhruv Ataria, India (7F)

Emergency declared shortly after take-off, then crashed killing all seven on board.  Copilot named here as Sqn. Ldr. R. Manu... Read more

13-Jun-14 Rishikesh, India

Uttarakhand chief minister Harish Rawa fractured a bone in his neck after the helicopter “suffered three consecutive jolts” within a couple of minutes after its take-off.  Emergency landing made shortly after.  The CM was only wearing a seatbelt loosely... Read more

27-Mar-14 Lucknow, India

Bird strike with large bird, possibly an eagle.  Uneventful emergency landing.  VVIP on board – Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and his MP wife Dimple escaped unhurt... Read more

08-Apr-14 VT-MAB Eurocopter AS350BA Chakvali, India

Experienced severe vibrations and made an emergency/forced landing at an agricultural field 12 NM short of the destination.... Read more

18-Jan-14 VT-ELD Eurocopter AS365N Birbhum, India

Helicopter wheels stuck in concrete – helipad had been hastily built for new Santiniketan-Calcutta service  and had not fully set!... Read more

19-Dec-13 J-4064 HAL Dhruv Yellendu, India

Emergency landing and required maintenance engineer before further flight... Read more

17-Dec-13 Eurocopter AS365N Guwahati, India

Port side landing gear failed on landing, helicopter fell onto its side.  Later photo shows propped up helicopter with tail sitting on the ground and port stabiliser end-plate bent from ground contact.  All six passengers and two crew safely evacuated.  It is believed that the helicopter was operating on the scheduled route between Guwahati and Shillong... Read more

20-Nov-13 VT-ELR Eurocopter AS365N Chowra Island, India

The LH sliding door flown off during flight causing damages to tail structure. The helicopter made an emergency landing on nearby helipad at Chowra island.... Read more

30-Sep-13 HAL SA316 Chetak Maktanpar, India

Indian Air Force helicopter made an emergency landing in Maktanpar town near Wankaner taluka of Morbi district today due to a technical snag, officials from the force said... Read more

29-Sep-13 VT-HGC Bell 212 Thane, India (5F)

Helicopter en route from Juhu aerodrome in Mumbai to Aurangabad descended due to bad weather, hit high tension cables and crashed killing all five on board – named here as pilot Capt. SS Bhaduria, co-pilot Captain Allen Martin, Capt. Anshu Matta, Engg Yatin Wakade and Technician Dean D’Souza.... Read more

25-Sep-13 Mil Mi-17 Chennai, India

Technical issue on Presidential helicopter prevented take-off... Read more

15-Aug-13 Mil Mi-17 Mehsana, India

Precautionary landing due to unforeseen weather... Read more

14-Aug-13 VT-HPC Robinson R44 Ahmedabad, India

Two injured in heavy landing in cemetary.  Tail boom sliced by main blades, two occupants injured and to hospital... Read more

24-Jul-13 VT-TBE Bell 407 Garud Chatti, India (2F)

Accident situation unknown.  Helicopter operating on Disaster Relief Operations with Uttarakhand Government.  Operator reported it was en route from Kedarnath to Guptkashi at about 1530 hrs.  Later update said it was weather related.  Fatalities named here as Pilot J. S. Dhaliwal and technician Abhay Ranjan... Read more

28-Jun-13 VT-PHZ Eurocopter AS365N3 Harsil, India

Pawan Hans helicopter, which was on a rescue mission in Uttarakhand, made a hard landing at Harsil.  Although the helicopter remained on its wheels, photos show the tail separated just ahead of the horizontal stabilizer.  The aircraft remained on site until the Indian AF airlifted it out on 4th September (see here and here)... Read more

25-Jun-13 Mil Mi-17V5 Gaurikund, India (20F)

Crashed in poor weather. Vice Chairman of National Disaster Management Authority said eight bodies have been recovered and chances of any survivor among the 19 onboard were remote... Read more

21-Jun-13 VT-PED Eurocopter AS350B3 Rambara, India

While landing at make shift helipad, one main rotor blade hit the cliff. The helicopter turned 90° and tail also hit the cliff. Helicopter sustained substantial damage.... Read more

16-Jun-13 Eurocopter AS350B3 Gagariya,India

Helicopter washed away (along with helipad it was chained to!) sue to severe flooding of the Alaknanda River after monsoon rain. Recent press reports show 100s of lives lost in the region due to ths rain... Read more

13-May-13 HAL Dhruv Siachen, India

1 serious, 1 minor injury to the 2 POB.  Damage level to helicopter not known... Read more

05-Mar-13 IN445 Eurocopter SA316B Visakhapatanam, India (2F)

Crashed off the Vishakhapatnam harbour  Two crew members were immediately rescued while two others were missing and a search was underway for them.... Read more

18-Jan-13 Mil Mi-17 Timberwara, India

Force landing after being shot at by militants – photos here.  The hydraulic system and genrators were damaged.  1 of the 7 POB was injured... Read more

04-Jan-13 VT-EGK HAL SA316B Chetak Delhi, India

While carrying out taxi after the main rotor blade change, main rotor blades hit the tail boom damaging main and tail rotor blades including tail boom.... Read more

30-Dec-12 VT-PHH Bell 407 Vaishno Devi, India

Damaged in emergency landing near Vaishno Devi shrine – remaining mostly undamaged and relatively upright into the trees/shrubs into which it fell.  Minor injuries to 7 POB, named as pilot A S Parmar and passengers Anita Puri, Meenakshi, Arun Kumar, Arti Devi, Raj Rani and Chetan Kumar.  Sources vary, but most report a technical issue... 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

15-Oct-12 HAL Chetak Dabolim, India (3F)

Crashed on take off from INS Hansa (nr Dabolim) after refuelling en route Mumbai to Bangalore.  Post crash fire.  Another report says landing accident, not take-off... Read more

05-Oct-12 Bell 407 Rathora, India

Safe emergency landing in field due to technical issue.  No damage to helicopter or POB... Read more

30-Aug-12 Mil Mi-17 Sarmat, India (5F) – 2 of 2

Two Mi-17 helicopters hit each other on take off on a training mission from an air base near the village of Sarmat in Jamnagar district of Gujarat state.  9 killed, assumed currently as 4 in one helicopter and 5 in the other.  One helicopter caught fire and completely burned out, the other did not –... Read more

30-Aug-12 Mil Mi-17 Sarmat, India (4F) – 1 of 2

Two Mi-17 helicopters hit each other on take off on a training mission from an air base near the village of Sarmat in Jamnagar district of Gujarat state.  9 killed, assumed currently as 4 in one helicopter and 5 in the other.  One helicopter caught fire and completely burned out, the other did not –... Read more

29-Aug-12 VT-TBA Bell 206B Godrha, India

Helicopter landed with considerable forward speed and cartwheeled over its nose on landing – indicating skids possible dug into ground.  Helicopter destroyed but all 5 POB (including spiritual leader Asaram Bapu) safely exited with only minor injuries... Read more

04-Jun-12 Mil Mi-17 Chiyanki, India

Emergency landing after engine failure.  14 POB... Read more

23-May-12 HAL Chetak Siachen Glacier, India (1F)

Crashed, killing pilot Major Chandrashekhar Singh, shortly after dropping off supplies at a helipad in the Himalayas at an altitude of 19,685ft... Read more

09-May-12 VT-VKS Agusta A109C Ranchi, India

Crash landed at Ranchi Airport due to tail rotor problems.  Local reports suggest that pilot made a high speed landing on wheels and the helicopter then turned over up to six times as a result of this landing.  However, it meant that all survived and the 6 POB have already been declared “out of danger”... Read more

15-Apr-12 Sehore, India

Emergency landing after door (possibly of cargo compartment, reports differ) opened on take 0ff.   Passengers included Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and home minister Uma Shankar Gupta... Read more

12-Apr-12 VT-HAV Schweizer 300C Bangalore, India

Helicopter on training flight made emergency landing on roof of apartment block, ending up on its side. The two occupants of the helicopter were unhurt.  A HAL press release named them as  Air Commodore (Retd) Roj Assey alongwith trainee Capt Digvijay Singh... Read more

05-Apr-12 HAL Dhruv Ranchi, India

Maoist rebels shot at helicopter (which was on an EMS flight evacuating two injuried people).  Bullet holes confirmed on landing... Read more

15-Jan-12 VT-BSN HAL Dhruv Maha Airport, India

Heavily damaged after crashing from 100ft altitude on take off on a test flight.  Pilot P D Tiwari, Co-pilot also named as P D Tiwari, and technicians Anand Bharti, Pankaj Pal and Subroto Chandra... Read more

12-Dec-11 IN556 Westland Sea King Mk.42C Mangalore, India

Helicopter caught fire shortly after landing.  13 POB all safe... Read more

20-Nov-11 VT-RAJ AgustaWestland AW109E Chandkoti, India

Emergency landing after unexpected vibration levels.   Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on board... Read more

19-Oct-11 VT-BSH HAL Dhruv Ranchi, India (3F)

A BSF (Border Security Force) helicopter on anti-Naxal duty crashed on the outskirts of Ranchi today, killing two pilots and a technician on board. The Dhruv was going to Chaibasa from Ranchi when its engine caught fire and it crashed in Khunti jungle, a senior BSF official said.  Aircraft completely burnt out.  Pilot named as... Read more

11-Oct-11 Fursatganj, India

Reported that solo student pilot probably lost control and grazed a high-tension wire, hurling the helicopter off balance and it came crashing down in the fields seriously injuring pilot Sudeep Vashist... Read more

08-Oct-11 VT-AZX Eurocopter AS350B3 Ratnagiri Beach, India

Precautionary landing due to weather en route Belgaum to Juhu on a ferry flight with 4POB after completing a filming job... Read more

07-Sep-11 Z-2364 Mil Mi-8 Tumkur, India

Mil8 with 9 POB made emergency landing due to technical issue.  After being checked over helicopter departed later with no further issue.... Read more

01-Sep-11 Mil Mi-8 Muthukulangara, India

Precautionary landing due weather... Read more

22-Aug-11 Bommarasipet, India

Solo student pilot, seriously injured.  Helicopter type TBA – although one report is now saying it was a fixed wing.  We will monitor wires to decide and delete this record if appropriate... Read more

11-Aug-11 Pratapnagari, India

Emergency landing in a paddy field during a post-maintenance ferry flight... Read more

19-Jun-11 VT-SWA Bell 407 Raipur, India

Helicopter ended up on its side in a jungle area.  No initial indication as to cause... Read more

13-May-11 Mil Mi-8 Bahadurpura, India (4F)

A Border Security Force helicopter crashed in Sirohi district of Rajasthan killing the pilot and three others. The helicopter crashed at 3 pm near Bahadurpura village. A team of officials from Mount Abu reached the crash site and all the bodies, which are badly burnt, have been recovered.  The killed are identifed as pilot Colonel... Read more

30-Apr-11 VT-PHT Eurocopter AS350B3 Kyela, India (5F)

Crashed in mountainous region.  One passenger was Arunachal Pradesh’s Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu... Read more

28-Apr-11 Bell 412 East Midnapore, India

Helicopter was being used by political figure and a flag being waved (or thrown?) by an enthusiastic supporter got caught up in the rotor blades.  Helicopter grounded for engineers, Politician continued by road... Read more

21-Apr-11 HAL Dhruv Lachung, India (4F)

“Though it seems that the helicopter had crashed owing to the inclement weather, a court of inquiry has been ordered,” quoting the Indian Army.  Deceased quoted at pilots – Lt. Jepa and Lt. Col Bhatia of the Indian Air Force and soldiers Naib Subedar Rana and Naik Panth of 8 Gorkha Rifles... Read more

19-Apr-11 VT-PHF Mil Mi-17 Tawang, India (18F)

Mi-17 hit a wall and burst into flames as it was trying to land in India’s remote northeast, killing 17 people [later revised to 18 after another passenger died].  It was on a regular passenger service from Guwahati.  See also story on appointment of a committee of inquiry... Read more

18-Mar-11 HAL Chetak Allahabad, India

The Chetak helicopter was on a routine sortie from the Bamrauli base, but had to make the emergency landing as a precaution due to a technical defect... Read more

02-Feb-11 HAL Cheetah Nashik, India (2F)

Helicopter crashed into unoccupied building close to an air base used for training by the Indian Army.  Two killed were Major Atul Garje and Captain Bhanu Pratap Gupta... Read more

22-Dec-10 HAL Dhruv Leh, India

Crashed shortly after take-off... Read more

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