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Hanging on the Telephone… HEMS Wirestrike

Posted by on 10:18 am in Accidents & Incidents, Helicopters, Human Factors / Performance, Safety Management, Special Mission Aircraft

Hanging on the Telephone… HEMS Wirestrike (Rega Airbus H145 HB-ZQM) On 1 August 2019 Rega HEMS Airbus Helicopters H145 (BK117D2) HB-ZQM departed the Rega base in St. Gallen at 1830 for a tasking in Walzenhausen on the Austrian border.  On board were a pilot, a paramedic / Technical Crew Member (TCM) and doctor. History of the Flight The Swiss Safety Investigation Board (SUST) explain in their safety investigation report (issued 24 August 2020 in German) that: During the flight, the pilot and the TCM analysed the obstacle situation at...

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Gust Lock Gaff: King Air A90 Runway Excursion

Posted by on 9:50 am in Accidents & Incidents, Design & Certification, Fixed Wing, Human Factors / Performance, Maintenance / Continuing Airworthiness / CAMOs, Safety Management, Special Mission Aircraft

Gust Lock Gaff: King Air A90 Runway Excursion On 23 June 2016 a Beechcraft King Air A90 aerial survey aircraft suffered a runway excursion during a take off attempt at Hannover Airport. The German Federal Bureau of Aircraft Accident Investigation (BFU) explain in their safety investigation report (dated 10 March 2020, but issued August 2020) explain that the Belgian owned aircraft, whose registration is not recorded by the BFU, was chartered to a Danish aerial survey company.  Onboard that day were a pilot and a camera system operator. ...

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Hawaiian Air Tour EC130T2 Hard Landing after Power Loss (Part 1)

Posted by on 12:44 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Helicopters, Human Factors / Performance, Maintenance / Continuing Airworthiness / CAMOs, Safety Management

Hawaiian Air Tour EC130T2 Hard Landing after Power Loss – Part 1 (Blue Hawaiian N11VQ Kauai) On 17 January 2016 Airbus Helicopters EC130T2 N11VQ, operated by Blue Hawaiian Helicopters (an Air Methods subsidiary), crashed near Hanalei, Kauai, Hawaii during a Part 135 air tour flight. The pilot and six passengers were all seriously injured. In this, the first of two articles, we look on why the helicopter crashed. Part 2, to be published shortly, will look at the survivability issues.  It is estimated that the initial impact was 24g in...

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Air Ambulance Helicopter Downed by Fencing FOD

Posted by on 3:59 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Airfields / Heliports / Helidecks, Helicopters, Safety Management, Special Mission Aircraft

Air Ambulance Helicopter Downed by Fencing (Metro Aviation Airbus BK117C2 / H145 N263MH) On 4 July 2020 Metro Aviation air ambulance Airbus Helicopters BK117C2 / H145 N263MH was involved in an accident at Wayne County Airport (KBJJ), Wooster, Ohio.  The US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) explain in their preliminary report that: Surveillance video showed that after lifting off a portable dolly [at c 1357 Local Time], the helicopter…turned right and briefly hovered. As the helicopter began to take off following the hover, it...

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Shocking Accident: Two Workers Electrocuted During HESLO

Posted by on 9:12 am in Accidents & Incidents, Helicopters, Human Factors / Performance, Logistics, Safety Management, Special Mission Aircraft

Shocking Accident: Two Workers Electrocuted During HESLO (Helitrans Pyrinees Airbus AS350B2 EC-MVV) On 20 November 2018 Airbus Helicopters AS350B2 EC-MVV Helitrans Pyrinees was engaged in a Helicopter External Sling Load Operation (HESLO) connected with the construction of an electrical power line when the load contacted a live electrical cable, resulting in the electrocution and serious injury of two ground personnel. The Accident Flight The Spanish Comisión de Investigación de Accidentes e Incidentes de Aviación Civil (CIAIAC) explain in...

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SAR AS365N3 Flying Control Disconnect: BFU Investigation

Posted by on 10:25 am in Accidents & Incidents, Helicopters, Human Factors / Performance, Maintenance / Continuing Airworthiness / CAMOs, Offshore, Oil & Gas / IOGP / Energy, Safety Management, Special Mission Aircraft

Search and Rescue (SAR)  AS365N3 Flying Control Disconnect (BFU Investigation: Northern HeliCopter D-HNHA) On 1 June 2020 Northern HeliCopter Search and Rescue (SAR) Airbus Helicopters AS365N3 D-HNHA was involved in a serious incident at St. Peter-Ording Airfield in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany after a disconnect in the flight control system occurred. The Serious Incident During take-off the helicopter entered a nose-up attitude, the tail contacted the ground and the helicopter touched-down hard according to the German Federal Bureau...

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Air Ambulance Helicopter Fell From Kathmandu Hospital Helipad (Video)

Posted by on 12:01 am in Accidents & Incidents, Airfields / Heliports / Helidecks, Helicopters, Safety Management, Special Mission Aircraft

Air Ambulance Helicopter Fell From Kathmandu Hospital Helipad (Simirik Air Airbus AS350B2 9N-ALR, 30 June 2018) On 30 June 2018 Airbus AS350B2 9N-ALR of Simrik Air, fell from the helipad on top of the 12-storey Grande International Hospital, Kathmandu, Nepal, ending on the hospital roof c3 m below. The helicopter had arrived to collect a patient and medical personnel for a patient transfer flight.  The aircraft appears to have lost yaw control while rotors running after landing.  The pilot, the sole occupant, received minor injuries. We will...

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Too Extreme: Fatal Sky Combat Ace EA300 Aerobatic Accident

Posted by on 12:35 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Fixed Wing, Human Factors / Performance, Regulation, Safety Management

Too Extreme: Fatal Sky Combat Ace EA300 Aerobatic Accident (N414MT) On 21 October 2017 Extra EA 300/L N414MT of California Extreme Adventures, doing business as Sky Combat Ace (SCA), impacted the ground near El Capitan Reservoir, near Four Corners, California. The pilot and passenger were fatal injured, the aircraft destroyed and a brush fire triggered. The aircraft had departed Gillespie Field (SEE), El Cajon, San Diego, California in visual meteorological conditions 15 minutes earlier. Sky Combat Ace The US National Transportation Safety...

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NTSB Investigation into AW139 Bahamas Night Take Off Accident

Posted by on 2:11 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Business Aviation, Helicopters, Human Factors / Performance, Safety Management

NTSB Investigation into AW139 Bahamas Night Take Off Accident (Chris Cline’s Challenger Management AW139 N32CC near Big Grand Cay) On 4 July 2019 at about 0153 Local Time, Leonardo Helicopters AW139 N32CC of Challenger Management LLC, was destroyed when it impacted the Atlantic Ocean, shortly after take off on a Part 91 ‘personal flight’, near Big Grand Cay, Abaco, Bahamas. The 7 persons on board, including US coal billionaire Chris Cline, were killed.  Cline took coal mining firm Foresight Energy public in 2014, and sold a...

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Fatal Mi-8 Loss of Control – Inflight and Water Impact off Svalbard

Posted by on 2:54 pm in Accidents & Incidents, FDM / Data Recorders, Helicopters, Human Factors / Performance, Offshore, Regulation, Safety Management, Survivability / Ditching

Fatal Mi-8AMT Loss of Control – Inflight and Water Impact off Svalbard (RA-22312 of Convers Avia) On 26 October 2017 Mil Mi-8AMT RA-22312 operated by Convers Avia JSC for the Trust Arktikugol coal mining company, impacted the water of Isfjorden, Svalbard.  All 8 persons onboard died in the 2°C Arctic waters in an accident that highlights why survivability measures are crucial. From 1961 more than 17000 Mi-8s have been produced making the 13 t helicopter the world’s most produced helicopter type. According to the Svalbard Treaty of 1920,...

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