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Loss of Bell 412 off Brazil Remains Unexplained

Posted by on 9:43 am in Accidents & Incidents, Offshore, Oil & Gas / IOGP / Energy, Safety Management, Survivability / Ditching

Loss of Bell 412 off Brazil Remains Unexplained (Lider B412 PT-HUW near Petrobras P-07, Campos Basin) On 27 March 2013, Bell 412SP PT-HUW of Líder Táxi Aéreo suffered an accident on approach to the Petrobras P-07 semi-submersible production installation in the Bicudo field in the Campos Basin off Macaé. The Accident Flight The Brazilian accident investigation agency CENIPA issued their safety investigation report on 29 March 2021, an unimpressive 8 years and 2 days after the accident.  They explain that the helicopter had departed on a c20...

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Sécurité Civile EC145 Mountain Rescue Main Rotor Blade Strike Leads to Tail Strike

Posted by on 1:01 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Helicopters, Human Factors / Performance, Safety Management, Special Mission Aircraft

Sécurité Civile EC145 F-ZBQF / Dragon 64 Mountain Rescue Main Rotor Blade Strike Leads to Tail Strike near Pau On 6 June 2020, Airbus Helicopters EC145 (BK117C2) F-ZBQF, callsign Dragon 64 of the Sécurité Civile based at Pau, was damaged after a rotor strike during a mountain rescue near Laruns, Pyrénées-Atlantiques. History of the Flight Investigators of the BEA-Etat (BEA-E) explain in their safety investigation report, issued in French on 17 July 2021, that the helicopter had been tasked to provide assistance to an injured hiker in the area...

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GOM Helicopter Ops 2000-2019: Single Engine Usage Plummets But Fatal Accident Rate Resistant

Posted by on 9:55 am in Accidents & Incidents, Helicopters, Offshore, Oil & Gas / IOGP / Energy, Safety Management

GOM Helicopter Ops 2000-2019: Single Engine Usage Plummets But Fatal Accident Rate Resistant The Helicopter Safety Advisory Conference (HSAC) has been publishing data on the Gulf of Mexico (‘GOM’) offshore helicopter fleet and its safety since 1995.  We have previously looked at their 2019 data, dated 28 May 2020 and released in mid-December 2020. What is noticeable over the 20 years from 2000 to 2019 is the 63% decline in all GOM helicopter usage.  But in particular there has been a big fall in single engine helicopter usage...

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Forced Landing after CAMO Underestimated Operation in Dusty Environments

Posted by on 11:57 am in Accidents & Incidents, Helicopters, Maintenance / Continuing Airworthiness / CAMOs, Safety Management

Forced Landing after CAMO Underestimated Operation in Dusty Environments (Arriel 1 Engine Failure, Monaco Heli-Loc Airbus AS350B2 3A-MLC) On 26 September 2019 Airbus Helicopters AS350B2 3A-MLC, owned by Monaco Heli-Loc, suffered an engine failure and was damaged during an emergency landing in the French Alps. History of the Accident Flight The French Bureau d’Enquêtes et d’Analyses pour la Sécurité de l’Aviation Civile (the BEA) explain in their safety investigation report (issued in French on 24 June 2021) that the...

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Firefighting CH-54 Flying Control FOD Find

Posted by on 1:50 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Helicopters, Human Factors / Performance, Maintenance / Continuing Airworthiness / CAMOs, Safety Management, Special Mission Aircraft

Firefighting CH-54 Flying Control FOD Find It has been reported that on 17 June 2021 a firefighting Sikorsky CH-54B, operated by an unspecified civil contractor, had just been started up to depart for a second water-drop flight of the day in Montana for the US Forest Service (USFS). Upon performing system checks the PIC noticed resistance in the flight controls when pushing the cyclic forward. When standard checks were made and the issue wasn’t resolved, the aircraft shut down for further inspection. Upon examination by maintenance...

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EC130 Door Loss Damaged Main Rotor Blades

Posted by on 1:03 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Design & Certification, Helicopters, Maintenance / Continuing Airworthiness / CAMOs, Safety Management

EC130 Door Loss Damaged Main Rotor Blades (Blue Hawaiian N11QP) On 19 August 2018, Airbus Helicopters EC130B4 N11QP, operated by Blue Hawaiian Helicopters (an Air Methods subsidiary), was damaged when a cabin sliding door fell from the aircraft during a rotor track and balance (RTB) flight.  There were two occupants aboard the helicopter.  The passenger received minor injuries. The Accident Flight The US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) explain in their safety investigation report (published 24 June 2021) that this was the second...

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RCAF Chinook LOC Under Investigation

Posted by on 1:26 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Helicopters, Military / Defence, Safety Management

RCAF Chinook LOC Under Investigation The Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) is investigating a Loss of Control (LOC) incident that occurred to Boeing CH147F Chinook 306 at Wainwright, Alberta on 11 May 2021.  At the time the helicopter was conducting “a series of familiarization flights with various Military personnel onboard” at the close of the annual Exercise Maple Resolve. The investigators explain that: Each sortie involved landing sequences to unprepared surfaces out in the assigned training area. On the third sortie of the...

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Pilatus PC-12 Collided with Pick-Up Truck During Dusk Take Off

Posted by on 12:09 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Airfields / Heliports / Helidecks, Business Aviation, Fixed Wing, Human Factors / Performance, Safety Management

Pilatus PC-12 Collided with Pick-Up Truck During Dusk Take Off (N1220A) On 14 September 2020 privately owned Pilatus PC-12/47E N1220A struck the aircraft owner’s own pick-up truck vehicle during a duck take off from a private airstrip at River’s End Ranch. Lake Abert near Lake View, Oregon.   The three occupants of the aircraft were unharmed.  The pick-up truck was unoccupied. The US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) report that the incident occurred at 1930 Local Time (sunset was at 1910) during take off from the 3000 x 100...

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Engine Life Limit Exceedance Caused Logging Helicopter Fatal Accident

Posted by on 11:12 am in Accidents & Incidents, Helicopters, Human Factors / Performance, Maintenance / Continuing Airworthiness / CAMOs, Safety Management

Engine Life Limit Exceedance Caused Logging Helicopter Fatal Accident (UH-1B N64RA) On 8 March 2019 the pilot of restricted category Richards Heavylift Helo Inc (Bell) UH-1B N64RA, registered to Iron Eagle Helicopters, died while conducting Part 133 Helicopter External Sling Load Operations (HESLO) at a logging site near Forks, Washington.  After responding to a mayday call of “I’m going down, I’m going down I’m going d…” fellow workers found the helicopter inverted amongst trees 1/4 mile way. The Safety Investigation The US National...

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Air Tour Helicopter Force Landing After Improper Installation of Tail Rotor Bearings

Posted by on 12:14 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Helicopters, Human Factors / Performance, Maintenance / Continuing Airworthiness / CAMOs, Safety Management

Air Tour Helicopter Force Landing After Improper Installation of Tail Rotor Bearings (Magnum helicopters H369D N369MH) On 8 August 2018 Magnum Helicopters Hughes (later MD) 369D N369MH, was damaged in an accident near Honolulu, Hawaii during an air tour flight with four persons on board. The US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) explain in their safety investigation report (published 27 May 2021) that: The pilot [who had 7300 hours of flying experience, 2400 on type]…stated that the helicopter was in cruise flight at...

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