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Brake Failure Causes PA-31 Runway Excursion During Taxi

Posted by on 2:15 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Fixed Wing, Maintenance / Continuing Airworthiness / CAMOs, Safety Management

Brake Failure Causes PA-31 Runway Excursion During Taxi (PR-RCS) On 22 February 2019 privately owned Piper PA-31-325 Navajo PR-RCS suffered a runway excursion when taxiing to the end of the runway at Londrina-14 Bis Airport in Brazil for what was to be its first flight in 7 months.  The aircraft suffered substantial damage.  The pilot, the sole occupant, as unharmed. The Accident The Brazilian accident investigation agency CENIPA issued their safety investigation report in Portuguese (only) on 21 July 2021.  They explain that while some...

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A HEMS Helicopter Had a Lucky Escape During a NVIS Approach to its Home Base

Posted by on 1:53 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Helicopters, Human Factors / Performance, Safety Management, Special Mission Aircraft

A HEMS Helicopter Had a Lucky Escape During a NVIS Approach to its Home Base (Norsk Luftambulanse Airbus Helicopters EC135P3 LN-OOZ ) On 6 November 2020 a HEMS Airbus Helicopters EC135P3 (H145) LN-OOZ of Nordic Air Ambulance was damaged when it briefly contacted the ground after Inadvertent Entry into IMC (IIMC) while on approach to Ringsted, Denmark.  The helicopter initiated a successful go-around and diverted to Slagelse Hospital. The Serious Incident Flight The Danish Accident Investigation Board (DAIB or Havarikommissionen for Civil...

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Schweizer 269C Destroyed after Missed AD

Posted by on 9:11 am in Accidents & Incidents, Helicopters, Human Factors / Performance, Maintenance / Continuing Airworthiness / CAMOs, Safety Management

Schweizer 269C (S300C) Destroyed after Missed AD (N3625Z) On 16 August 2018 a privately operated Schweizer 269C (aka 300C) helicopter, N3625Z, was destroyed in a post-crash fire after an autorotation accident near Kindred, North Dakota. The pilot escaped uninjured. The Accident Flight The US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) explain in their safety investigation report, published on 24 August 2021, that the pilot (a 72-year-old doctor, with 4,089 of total flight time, 930 on type) had “purchased the helicopter in 2000, and...

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Dynamic Rollover During HESLO at Gusty Mountain Site

Posted by on 1:16 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Helicopters, Human Factors / Performance, Safety Management, Special Mission Aircraft, Survivability / Ditching, Unmanned (Drone / RPAS / UAS / UAV)

Dynamic Rollover During HESLO at Gusty Mountain Site (Helitrans Airbus AS350B3e / H125 LN-OFQ) The Norwegian Safety Investigation Authority (NSIA) has issued its safety investigation report on a helicopter accident that occurred near Skjelbreitjørna, Sandnes, Rogaland, Norway on 6 April 2020.  It involved Airbus Helicopters AS350B3e / H125 LN-OFQ of Helitrans, one of two Helitrans AS350s conducting Helicopter External Sling Load Operations (HESLO) to support construction of a 420 kV power transmission line for power utility Statnett. The...

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Ditching after Blade Strike During HESLO from a Ship

Posted by on 12:19 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Airfields / Heliports / Helidecks, Helicopters, Human Factors / Performance, Logistics, Offshore, Safety Management, Special Mission Aircraft, Survivability / Ditching

Ditching after Blade Strike During HESLO from a Ship (B206-L1 N1422D Alaska) On 16 July 2020 Bell 206L-1 N1432D (MSN 45741) of Egli Air Haul was damaged in a collision with the mast of the Research Vessel Steadfast and then ditched while conducting a Helicopter External Sling Load Operation (HESLO). The Circumstances of the Accident The accident occurred near Augustine Island, Cook Inlet, Alaska, according to the US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) safety investigation report published on 20 August 2021.  While the NTSB summary is...

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Air Methods AS350B3 Night CFIT in Snow

Posted by on 5:28 pm in Accidents & Incidents, FDM / Data Recorders, Helicopters, Human Factors / Performance, Safety Management, Special Mission Aircraft

Air Methods AS350B3 Night CFIT in Snow (N530H) On 26 October 2020 Air Methods Corp (AMC) helicopter air ambulance Airbus Helicopters AS350B3 N530H was destroyed when it suffered a Controlled Flight into Terrain (CFIT) 200 m from Whiskey Creek Airport, near Silver City, New Mexico.  The aircraft came to rest just 8 m from a house.  The pilot, the sole occupant, miraculously suffered only minor injuries.  The US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued their safety investigation report, issued 20 August 2021. The Accident Flight A...

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Training Weaknesses Feature in Fatal MD600N Accident

Posted by on 11:46 am in Accidents & Incidents, Helicopters, Human Factors / Performance, Safety Management, Survivability / Ditching

Training Weaknesses Feature in Fatal MD600N Accident (ZK-ILD) On 14 June 2018 MD Helicopters MD600N ZK-ILD of Helicopters Hawkes Bay made a forced landing while conducting an aerial visual survey of farmland at Ngamatea Station, near Taihape, with 5 persons onboard. The helicopter was destroyed and one occupant died. The Accident Flight The New Zealand Transport Accident Investigation Commission (TAIC) say in their safety investigation report, issued on 20 June 2021 that: The pilot was type rated for the MD600N, with 45 hours on type and...

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Alpine MAC ANSV Report: Ascending AS350B3 and Descending Jodel D.140E Collided Over Glacier

Posted by on 11:06 am in Accidents & Incidents, Fixed Wing, Human Factors / Performance, Safety Management

Alpine MAC ANSV Report: Ascending AS350B3 I-EDIC and Descending Jodel D.140E F-PMGV Collided Over Rutor Glacier On 25 January 2019 Airbus Helicopters AS350B3 I-EDIC, operated by GM Helicopters, and Jodel D.140E F-PMGV of the Megève Aeroclub, collided in mid-air over the Rutor glacier, La Thuile, Italy.  The mid-air collision (MAC), caught dramatically on video, occurred in Class G  (i.e. uncontrolled) airspace while both aircraft operated under Visual Flight Rules (VFR).  Five of the six occupants of the helicopter and two of the three...

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NTSB Report on Miami Air International Jacksonville B737-800 Runway Excursion

Posted by on 2:28 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Airfields / Heliports / Helidecks, Fixed Wing, Human Factors / Performance, Maintenance / Continuing Airworthiness / CAMOs, Safety Management, Survivability / Ditching

NTSB Report on Miami Air International Jacksonville Boeing 737-800 N732MA Runway Excursion On 3 May 2019 Boeing 737-81Q (WL) N732MA of Miami Air International suffered a nighttime runway excursion on landing in a thunderstorm at Jacksonville Naval Air Station, Florida. The aircraft, which was conducting a charter flight for the US DoD, came to rest in the St. Johns River.  Only 1 minor injury occurred to the 143 occupants. The Accident Flight The US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) explain in their safety investigation report,...

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Prompt Emergency Landing Saves Powerline Survey Crew After MGB Pinion Failure

Posted by on 10:35 am in Accidents & Incidents, Helicopters, Maintenance / Continuing Airworthiness / CAMOs, Safety Management, Special Mission Aircraft

Prompt Emergency Landing Saves Powerline Survey Crew After MGB Pinion Failure (First European Aviation Hughes 369D SE-JVJ) On 1 August 2019 Swedish registered Hughes (now MD Helicopters) 369D, SE-JVJ, operated by Polish company First European Aviation, was mapping Norwegian electricity distribution lines for Eidsiva Nett using both laser scanning and aerial photography when it was involved in an accident.  The helicopter was substantially damaged, but the crew of two escaped unharmed. The Accident Flight The Norwegian Safety Investigation...

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