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South Korean Fire-Fighting Helicopter Tail Rotor Strike on Fuel Bowser

Posted by on 11:30 am in Accidents & Incidents, Airfields / Heliports / Helidecks, Helicopters, Human Factors / Performance, Safety Management, Special Mission Aircraft

South Korean Fire-Fighting Helicopter Tail Rotor Strike on Fuel Bowser  (Heli Korea Sikorsky S-76C+ HL9661) On 25 April 2020, fire-fighting Sikorsky S-76C+ HL9661 of Heli Korea suffered a tail rotor strike on a fuel bowser landed at a forward operating base at the edge of the Yeongsan River, South Korea.  There were no casualties of loss of containment of fuel but the helicopter received substantial damage.  The Korean Aviation and Railway Accident Investigation Board (ARAIB) safety investigation report was published on 29 June 2021 (in...

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Emergency S-76D Landing Due to Fumes

Posted by on 8:23 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Helicopters, Human Factors / Performance, Maintenance / Continuing Airworthiness / CAMOs, Safety Management, Special Mission Aircraft

Emergency Sikorsky S-76D Landing Due to Fumes (Air Ambulance N761AF of Arkansas Children’s Hospital) The US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has recently (5 Oct 2021) opened the public docket on an accident that occurred to Sikorsky S-76D air ambulance N761AF of Arkansas Children’s Hospital on 15 May 2019.  The helicopter received substantial damage after an event that occurred in the cruise flight near Morrilton, Arkansas.  None of the 6 occupants were injured. The Accident Flight The NTSB preliminary report explains...

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Gazelle Caught Out Jumping a Fence

Posted by on 1:54 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Airfields / Heliports / Helidecks, Helicopters, Human Factors / Performance, Safety Management

Gazelle Caught Out Jumping a Fence (N505HA) On 5 September 2018, a privately owned Airbus Helicopters (formerly Aérospatiale) SA341G Gazelle N505HA crashed while hovering at Kortrijk-Wevelgem International Airport (KJK/EBKT) near Wevelgem, Belgium. The Accident The Belgian Air Accident Investigation Unit (AAIU) explain in their safety investigation report, issued on 22 June 2021, that: On the day of the accident, the pilot wanted to bring 3 friends for a lunch in Valenciennes (France). The helicopter was parked between two hangars located...

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French Cougar Crashed After Entering VRS When Coming into Hover

Posted by on 11:52 am in Accidents & Incidents, Helicopters, Human Factors / Performance, Military / Defence, Safety Management, Special Mission Aircraft

French ALAT Cougar Crashed After Entering VRS When Coming into Hover On 15 April 2020, a French Army ALAT (Army Light Aviation) Airbus Cougar NG AS332M1e 2336 of the 5th Combat Helicopter Regiment (5e RHC), based in Pau, was destroyed during a hoist training flight northeast of Tarbes.  Two occupants died, two were seriously injured and three suffered minor injuries. History of the Flight Investigators of the BEA-Etat (BEA-E) explain in their safety investigation report, issued in French only on 20 September 2021, that the student pilot has...

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Fuel Starvation During Powerline HESLO

Posted by on 11:39 am in Accidents & Incidents, Helicopters, Human Factors / Performance, Oil & Gas / IOGP / Energy, Safety Management, Special Mission Aircraft

Fuel Starvation During Powerline HESLO (Haverfield Aviation Hughes 369D/500D N9159F) On 25 April 2020 Hughes 369D (aka 500D) N9159F of Haverfield Aviation, was substantially damaged in an accident near Pylesville, Maryland.  This occurred while conducting a Part 133 helicopter external sling load operation (HESLO) at a power line work site. The pilot was uninjured. The Accident Flight The US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) safety investigation report, published on 15 July 202,1 explains that the 34-year-old pilot had 12549 hours...

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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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