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Fatal MD600 Collision With Powerline During Construction

Posted by on 6:41 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Helicopters, Human Factors / Performance, Safety Culture, Safety Management

Fatal MD600 Collision With Powerline During Construction (High Line Helicopters N602BP) On 8 April 2018 MD Helicopters MD600N N602BP, operated by High Line Helicopters as a Part 133 external load flight, was destroyed when it collided with power line support structure in Smethport, Pennsylvania during a utility construction project. The pilot was seriously injured and two linesmen were fatally injured.  According to the US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigation report issued in December 2019: High Line Helicopters was hired...

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USAF T-6A Texan II Lost in Inverted Stall

Posted by on 6:45 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Fixed Wing, Human Factors / Performance, Military / Defence, Safety Management

USAF T-6A Texan II Lost in Inverted Stall On 1 May 2019 US Air Force (USAF) Beechcraft T-6A Texan II 07-3890, crashed 21 miles NE of Sheppard Air Force Base (AFB), Texas.  The crew safely ejected using Martin Baker Mk 16 ejection seats and suffered only minor injuries.  The aircraft, valued at approximately $5.7 million, was destroyed. The Accident Flight On board were an instructor from 97th Flying Training Squadron (FTS) and a ‘student’ from 89 FTS (both part of the 80th Flying Training Wing).  The instructor had 2,153.6...

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S-61N Damaged During Take Off When Swashplate Seized Due to Corrosion

Posted by on 9:59 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Helicopters, Human Factors / Performance, Maintenance / Continuing Airworthiness / CAMOs, Safety Management

S-61N Damaged During Take Off When Swashplate Seized Due to Corrosion (G-ATBJ) British International Sikorsky S-61N G-ATBJ was preparing to fly from Marchwood Military Port in Hampshire to a maintenance base on 1 February 2018 when a series of factors resulted in a dramatic dockside drama. The Accident Flight In their safety investigation report, published 3o January 2020, the UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) explain that: G-ATBJ had previously been operating in the Falkland Islands for four years until its last flight on 31...

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Emirates B777 Runway Impact During Attempted Go-Around, 3 August 2016, Dubai: Accident Report

Posted by on 8:28 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Airfields / Heliports / Helidecks, Crises / Emergency Response / SAR, Design & Certification, Fixed Wing, Human Factors / Performance, Safety Management

Emirates B777 A6-EMW: Runway Impact During Attempted Go-Around, 3 August 2016, Dubai: Accident Report On 6 February 2020, the Air Accident Investigation Sector (AAIS) of the UAE General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) released their safety investigation report into a 3 August 2016 accident.  Emirates Boeing 777-31H A6-EMW, had departed Trivandrum International Airport (VOTV), India for Dubai International Airport (OMDB), the United Arab Emirates, with 282 passengers, 2 flight and 16 cabin crew members aboard. The Commander’s total flying...

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Heli-Expo 2020 Photo Report

Posted by on 9:10 pm in Business Aviation, Design & Certification, Helicopters, Military / Defence, Mining / Resource Sector, News, Offshore, Oil & Gas / IOGP / Energy, Special Mission Aircraft

Heli-Expo 2020 Photo Report We bring news from the annual HAI Heli-Expo being held this year from Anaheim, California.  The show has been sadly overshadowed by an S-76B accident with 9 fatalities, (including basketball star Kobe Bryant) close by in California on 26 January 2020. All show photos © Aerossurance unless otherwise stated. See also our 2015,  2016, 2017 and 2018 reports.  In 2019 we were a bit slack and just tweeted! Next year Heli-Expo visits New Orleans. Aerossurance has extensive helicopter safety, design, acquisition,...

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EC135 Main Rotor Actuator Tie-Bar Failure

Posted by on 1:21 am in Accidents & Incidents, Design & Certification, Helicopters, Maintenance / Continuing Airworthiness / CAMOs, Safety Management, Special Mission Aircraft

Police Airbus EC135T1 Main Rotor Actuator Tie-Bar Failure (VP-CPS, Cayman Islands) On 26 February 2019 Airbus Helicopters EC135T1 VP-CPS of the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service (RCIPS) was damaged on take off at Owen Roberts International Airport, in the Caribbean Cayman Islands. The RCIPS Air Operations Unit (AOU) was formed in March 2010 with VP-CPS, a 1999 EC135 that had previously served with the East Midlands Air Support Unit as G-EMAS.  VP-CPS was withdrawn from service after the accident.  RCIPS now have two H145s. The Accident...

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Be Careful If You Step Outside!: Unoccupied Rotors Running AS350 Takes Off

Posted by on 7:47 am in Accidents & Incidents, Helicopters, Human Factors / Performance, Safety Management

Be Careful If You Step Outside!: Unoccupied Rotors Running AS350B3 YR-DEX Takes Off The Romanian Civil Aviation Safety Investigation and Analysis Authority (AIAS) has issued their safety investigation report into an accident involving Airbus Helicopters AS350B3 YR-DEX on 29 November 2017.  The aircraft, operated by Dunca Expeditii, had landed near an inoperative chairlift on a ski slope in the Mount Mic Tourist Complex, Caras-Severin County.   AIAS explain that: After the helicopter was landed and the engine was stopped, the pilot placed...

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B1900D Window Blowout

Posted by on 6:48 am in Accidents & Incidents, Fixed Wing, Safety Management

B1900D Window Blowout On 22 October 2018 Federal Airlines Beechcraft B1900D ZS-PHX was in cruise at 20000ft when it suffered an explosive decompression. The aircraft made a safe landing, without injury to the 13 occupants.  According to the South African CAA safety investigation report, the decompression was due to the failure of the third cabin window on the right-hand side of the fuselage. This window was installed in January 2007, approximately 6,000 flying hours earlier.  The first two cabin windows on each side of the B1900 are...

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AAR Bell 214ST Accident in Afghanistan in 2012: NTSB Report

Posted by on 7:44 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Helicopters, Military / Defence, Regulation, Safety Management

AAR Bell 214ST N5748M Accident in Afghanistan in 2012: NTSB Report On 16 January 2012, Bell 214ST N5748M, crashed 7 miles south of Camp Bastion in Helmand province, Afghanistan, killing the crew of three. The helicopter was operated as a Part 135 flight by AAR Airlift Group under contract to the Department of Defense (DOD) Air Mobility Command (AMC), the air component of the US Transportation Command). The Accident Flight The helicopter, call sign ‘Slingshot 72′, was transporting military personnel between coalition bases with...

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Norwegian HEMS Landing Wirestrike

Posted by on 8:38 am in Accidents & Incidents, Helicopters, Human Factors / Performance, Safety Management, Special Mission Aircraft, Survivability / Ditching

Norwegian HEMS Landing Wirestrike  (Norsk Luftambulanse EC135P2+ LN-OOI) On 14 January 2013, a HEMS / air ambulance Airbus Helicopters EC135P2+, LN-OOI of Norsk Luftambulanse, crashed near an entrance to Sønsterud tunnel in Hole municipality, Buskerud County, Norway.  The pilot and a doctor on board were killed.  The HEMS Crew Member (HCM) survived with serious injuries. History of the Accident Flight According to the Accident Investigation Board Norway (AIBN) investigation report (issued in June 2015), the helicopter and its crew were on...

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