Recent Accidents & Incidents

ROTOR Staff 2020 Q4

The rotorcraft accidents and incidents listed below occurred from Jul. 1 to Sep. 30, 2020. The accident details shown are ­preliminary ­information, subject to change, and may contain ­errors. All ­information was obtained through the official websites included below, where you can learn more details about each event.

Australia – Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB):
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Britain – Air Accident Investigation Branch (AAIB):
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Canada – Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSBC):
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New Zealand – Transport Accident Investigation Commission of New Zealand (TAIC):
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United States – National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB):
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July 2020

Robinson R44
Welch, LA, USA
Jul. 2, 2020 | NTSB CEN20LA286
0 injuries, 0 fatalities | Personal flight
Helicopter sustained substantial damage impacting terrain after reported loss of engine power.

Enstrom 280
Des Moines, IA, USA
Jul. 3, 2020 | NTSB CEN20LA261
1 injury, 0 fatalities | Personal flight
During approach, pilot suspected loss of engine power and attempted autorotation, resulting in impact with terrain.

MBB BK 117
Wooster, OH, USA
Jul. 4, 2020 | NTSB CEN20LA264
0 injuries, 0 fatalities | Air ambulance flight
Helicopter sustained substantial damage after foreign object debris (FOD) blew into the rotor systems, resulting in forced landing.

Robinson R44
Broome Airport, Western Australia, Australia
Jul. 4, 2020 | ATSB AO-2020-033 / NTSB WPR20WA210
2 injuries, 2 fatalities | Private flight
Helicopter impacted terrain after in-flight separation of tail rotor and loss of control.

Robinson R22
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Jul. 6, 2020 | NTSB GAA20WA122
1 injury, 0 fatalities | Noncommercial flight
No description available.

Bell UH-1H
Payson, AZ, USA
Jul. 7, 2020 | NTSB WPR20LA211
0 injuries, 1 fatality | External-load flight
Helicopter impacted terrain while delivering supplies via longline for a firefighting crew.

Robinson R22
Venice, LA, USA
Jul. 8, 2020 | NTSB CEN20LA282
0 injuries, 0 fatalities | General aviation flight
Helicopter sustained substantial damage after loss of engine power and autorotation to swampy terrain.

Robinson R44
Ketchikan, AK, USA
Jul. 10, 2020 | NTSB ANC20CA068
0 injuries, 0 fatalities | Air taxi flight
No description available.

Aerospatiale AS355
Rifle, CO, USA
Jul. 11, 2020 | NTSB CEN20LA273
2 injuries, 0 fatalities | Aerial observation flight
Helicopter experienced loss of control in flight and impacted terrain.

Bell 206
Kenai, AK, USA
Jul. 16, 2020 | NTSB ANC20CA070
0 injuries, 0 fatalities | External-load flight
No description available.

Hiller UH-12D
Mehama, OR, USA
Jul. 17, 2020 | NTSB WPR20LA224
0 injuries, 1 fatality | Agricultural flight
Helicopter was destroyed after impacting terrain for undetermined reasons.

MD Helicopters MD 600
San Andreas, CA, USA
Jul. 20, 2020 | NTSB WPR20LA228
0 injuries, 0 fatalities | Aerial observation flight
Helicopter experienced low-altitude engine failure and a hard landing after smoke was reported in the cabin.

Robinson R44
Dickeyville, WI, USA
Jul. 20, 2020 | NTSB CEN20CA300
0 injuries, 0 fatalities | Agricultural flight
Helicopter sustained substantial damage to the main rotor blades after striking power lines.

Robinson R44
Thorburn Lake, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
Jul. 20, 2020 | TSBC A20A0027, NTSB GAA20WA118
2 injuries, 1 fatality | Private flight
Helicopter experienced loss of control in flight and collided with terrain.

MD Helicopters MD 600
Thompson Falls, MT, USA
Jul. 21, 2020 | NTSB WPR20LA235
0 injuries, 0 fatalities | Agricultural flight
Pilot experienced a loss of engine power during descent and continued landing.

Brantly B-2B
Monrovia, IN, USA
Jul. 24, 2020 | NTSB CEN20LA304
0 injuries, 1 fatality | Test flight
Helicopter impacted terrain during low-altitude flight for unknown reasons.

Leonardo AW139
Goulburn, New South Wales, Australia
Jul. 24, 2020 | ATSB AO-2020-038
0 injuries, 0 fatalities | Air ambulance flight
Helicopter experienced near collision with terrain during single-pilot night-vision goggles air ambulance flight.

Robinson R44
Whitehall, MD, USA
Jul. 24, 2020 | NTSB ERA20CA260
Injuries unknown, fatalities unknown | Positioning flight
No description available.

Robinson R44
Dakota, IL, USA
Jul. 27, 2020 | NTSB CEN20CA313
0 injuries, 0 fatalities | Agricultural flight
Helicopter sustained substantial damage to main and tail rotors after main rotor blade struck an obstacle.

Robinson R44
Hebron, NE, USA
Jul. 27, 2020 | NTSB CEN20CA316
1 injury, 0 fatalities | Agricultural flight
Helicopter sustained substantial damage after loss of power and subsequent autorotation due to fuel contamination.

Bell OH-58A
Holtville, CA, USA
Jul. 30, 2020 | NTSB WPR20LA247
1 injury, 0 fatalities | Agricultural flight
Helicopter collided into haystacks after experiencing loss of engine power.

Robinson R44
Steam Plains, New South Wales, Australia
Jul. 31, 2020 | ATSB AO-2020-040
0 injuries, 1 fatality | Agricultural flight
Helicopter sustained substantial damage after striking power lines and colliding with terrain.

August 2020

Eurocopter EC130
Knoxville, TN, USA
Aug. 3, 2020 | NTSB ERA20LA273
0 injuries, 1 fatality | Personal flight
Helicopter settled into river during approach to hover near riverside landing area.

Hughes 369
Delia, KS, USA
Aug. 5, 2020 | NTSB CEN20CA334
Injuries unknown, fatalities unknown | General aviation flight
No description available.

Hughes 369A
St. Louis, MO, USA
Aug. 6, 2020 | NTSB CEN20CA326
0 injuries, 0 fatalities | Flight type unknown
Helicopter landed hard during practice autorotation.

Bell 206
Marathon, TX, USA
Aug. 8, 2020 | NTSB CEN20LA328
1 injury, 3 fatalities | Aerial observation flight
Helicopter impacted terrain during attempted emergency landing due to pilot-reported airframe vibrations.

Robinson R44
Logan, IA, USA
Aug. 8, 2020 | NTSB CEN20LA330
1 injury, 0 fatalities | Agricultural flight
Helicopter experienced loss of engine control in flight, impacted terrain, and rolled onto its right side during attempted emergency landing.

Robinson R22 Beta
McArthur River Mine Aerodrome, Northern Territory, Australia
Aug. 16, 2020 | ATSB AO-2020-043, NTSB WPR20WA281
1 injury, 0 fatalities | Aerial mustering flight
Helicopter sustained substantial damage after rear drive belt broke and aircraft collided with terrain.

Aérospatiale AStar AS350 B2
Stewart, British Columbia, Canada
Aug. 17, 2020 | TSBC A20P0080
0 injuries, 1 fatality | External-load flight
Helicopter was destroyed after impacting terrain.

Arrow-Falcon Exporters UH-1H
Coalinga, CA, USA
Aug. 19, 2020 | NTSB WPR20LA280
0 injuries, 1 fatality | Aerial firefighting flight
Helicopter impacted terrain after loss of control in flight.

Bell 205
LaVerne, CA, USA
Aug. 23, 2020 | NTSB WPR20CA284
1 injury, 0 fatalities | External-load flight
No description available.

Robinson R44
Pine Grove, OR, USA
Aug. 24, 2020 | NTSB WPR20LA283
0 injuries, 1 fatality | External-load flight
Helicopter impacted terrain for undetermined reasons.

Eurocopter AS350
Ninilchik, AK, USA
Aug. 25, 2020 | NTSB ANC20LA083
1 injury, 0 fatalities | Air taxi flight
Helicopter sustained substantial damage after loss of engine power, autorotative landing, and rollover on mountainous terrain.

Bell 206
Lagos, Nigeria
Aug. 28, 2020 | NTSB WPR20WA294
Injuries unknown, fatalities unknown | Noncommercial flight
No description available.

September 2020

Eurocopter AS350
Fort Greely, AK, USA
Sep. 6, 2020 | NTSB ANC20LA089
0 injuries, 0 fatalities | General aviation flight
Helicopter sustained substantial damage after passenger door departed aircraft and impacted main rotor blade.

Robinson R22
Fort Myers, FL, USA
Sep. 6, 2020 | NTSB ERA20LA310
0 injuries, 0 fatalities | Instructional flight
Helicopter experienced ground damage to tail section for undetermined reason during run-up and engine acceleration.

RotorWay Exec 162F
Kenansville, FL, USA
Sep. 10, 2020 | NTSB ERA20CA319
0 injuries, 0 fatalities | Personal flight
No description available.

Robinson R44
Willow, AK, USA
Sep. 14, 2020 | NTSB ANC20CA095
0 injuries, 0 fatalities | General aviation flight
No description available.

Eurocopter AS365
Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Sep. 29, 2020 | ATSB AO-2020-053
0 injuries, 0 fatalities | Training flight
No description available.

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