Read More: Recent Accidents & Incidents
November 15, 2020

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):
bit.ly/2P3ZF1S

Britain – Air Accident Investigation Branch (AAIB):
bit.ly/2sPEF0W

Canada – Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSBC):
bit.ly/3c6evf2

New Zealand – Transport Accident Investigation Commission of New Zealand (TAIC):
bit.ly/32DOod0

United States – National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB):
bit.ly/2IueqZa

Read More: Recent Accidents & Incidents
August 15, 2020

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

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

April 2020

Robinson R22
Seymour, TX, USA
Apr. 6, 2020 | NTSB CEN20CA144
0 injuries, 0 fatalities | Agricultural flight
Helicopter sustained substantial damage after tail rotor struck tree branch during agricultural operation.

Robinson R44
Hillsboro, OR, USA
Apr. 6, 2020 | NTSB WPR20LA119
0 injuries, 0 fatalities | Personal flight
Helicopter sustained substantial damage after loss of engine power and autorotation to paved taxiway.

Aérospatiale SA 341
Fort Myers, FL, USA
Apr. 9, 2020 | NTSB ERA20CA181
0 injuries, 0 fatalities | General aviation flight
Helicopter sustained substantial damage consistent with hard landing.

Garlick UH-1H
Curepto, Chile
Apr. 20, 2020 | NTSB ERA20WA154
0 injuries, 1 fatality | Flight type unknown
No description available.

Sikorsky S-61
Camp Dwyer, Afghanistan
Apr. 20, 2020 | NTSB DCA20LA100
3 injuries, 0 fatalities | Air taxi flight
Helicopter experienced loss of control in flight and rolled onto its side during emergency landing.

Bell 206L-1
Moa Island, Queensland, Australia
Apr. 22, 2020 | ATSB AO-2020-023
3 injuries, 0 fatalities | Commercial flight
Helicopter sustained substantial damage after impacting terrain for undetermined reasons.

Robinson R22
Caldwell, ID, USA
Apr. 22, 2020 | NTSB WPR20CA140
0 injuries, 0 fatalities | Instructional flight
Helicopter experienced hard landing during autorotation training.

Bell UH-1H
Mesa, AZ, USA
Apr. 24, 2020 | NTSB WPR20LA130
1 injuries, 1 fatality | General aviation flight
Helicopter impacted terrain after in-flight separation of tail rotor and loss of control.

Hughes 369
Pylesville, MD, USA
Apr. 25, 2020 | NTSB ERA20LA160
0 injuries, 0 fatalities | External load flight
Helicopter sustained substantial damage after loss of engine power and an autorotative landing and rollover.

May 2020

MD Helicopters MD 369E
Houston, TX, USA
May 2, 2020 | NTSB CEN20LA167
1 injury, 1 fatality | Search-and-rescue flight
Helicopter impacted building and terrain during evening search-and-rescue mission.

Bell UH-1N
Baghdad, Iraq
May 10, 2020 | NTSB ERA20CA191
Injuries unknown, fatalities unknown | Flight type unknown
No description available.

Bell OH-58C
Livingston, NY, USA
May 14, 2020 | NTSB ERA20CA184
0 injuries, 0 fatalities | Personal flight
Helicopter struck a tree and impacted terrain while performing nighttime low-altitude maneuvers.

RotorWay Exec
Rochester, IN, USA
May 16, 2020 | NTSB CEN20CA180
1 injury, 0 fatalities | Personal flight
Helicopter experienced loss of control in flight, resulting in dynamic rollover and main rotor damage.

Bell OH-58A
West Branch, MI, USA
May 20, 2020 | NTSB CEN20LA187
0 injuries, 0 fatalities | Personal flight
Helicopter sustained substantial damage during precautionary autorotative landing.

Bell 206
Elko, NV, USA
May 30, 2020 | NTSB WPR20CA162
0 injuries, 0 fatalities | General aviation flight
Helicopter struck a fence, impacted terrain, and rolled over following loss of control in flight.

Schweizer 269C-1
Ozark, AL, USA
May 30, 2020 | NTSB ERA20LA197
0 injuries, 1 fatality | Instructional flight
Helicopter lost power for undetermined reasons, impacted terrain, and was destroyed.

June 2020

Bell 206
Fairfield, CA, USA
Jun. 2, 2020 | NTSB WPR20LA163
0 injuries, 3 fatalities | External load flight
During human external cargo operation, helicopter struck a power line, impacted terrain, and rolled downhill.

Enstrom 480
Murphy, ID, USA
Jun. 4, 2020 | NTSB WPR20CA171
Injuries unknown, fatalities unknown | Agricultural flight
No description available.

Bell 47G
Atoka, TN, USA
Jun. 14, 2020 | NTSB ERA20LA216
0 injuries, 0 fatalities | Personal flight
Helicopter sustained substantial damage following total loss of engine power and autorotative landing.

Robinson R22
El Campo, TX, USA
Jun. 16, 2020 | NTSB CEN20CA230
0 injuries, 0 fatalities | Agricultural flight
Helicopter impacted terrain during low-altitude aerial application.

Bell 206
Gauteng, South Africa
Jun. 17, 2020 | NTSB WPR20WA186
0 injuries, 2 fatalities | General aviation flight
No description available.

Robinson R66
Pikeville, NC, USA
Jun. 18, 2020 | NTSB ERA20LA220
0 injuries, 1 fatality | Agricultural flight
Helicopter struck nonenergized wire and impacted terrain during low-altitude aerial application.

Leonardo AW139
Dayboro, Queensland, Australia
Jun. 20, 2020 | ATSB AO-2020-031
0 injuries, 0 fatalities | Air medical flight
Helicopter sustained substantial damage when its main rotor blades struck a tree during winching operations.

Schweizer 269C
Sheffield, TX, USA
Jun. 21, 2020 | NTSB CEN20CA240
0 injuries, 0 fatalities | Aerial observation flight
Helicopter sustained substantial damage after striking a fence and impacting terrain during low-altitude inspection flight.

Bell 407
Long Marston, England
Jun. 24, 2020 | NTSB CEN20WA246
0 injuries, 0 fatalities | Commercial flight
No description available.

Read More: Recent Accidents & Incidents
June 07, 2020

The rotorcraft accidents and incidents listed below occurred between Jan. 1 and Mar. 31, 2020. The accident details shown below are preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. All information was obtained through the official websites listed below, where you can learn more details about each event.

Australia – Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB):
bit.ly/ATSBpub

Britain – Air Accident Investigation Branch (AAIB):
bit.ly/AAIBUK

Canada – Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSBC):
bit.ly/TSBofCanada

New Zealand – Transport Accident Investigation Commission of New Zealand (TAIC):
bit.ly/NewZealandTAIC

United States – National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB):
bit.ly/NTSBrep

January 2020

Sud Aviation SE 3130 Alouette II
Mokelumne Hill, CA, USA
Jan. 4, 2020 | NTSB WPR20CA059
Injuries unknown | Flight type unknown
No description available.

Hughes OH-6A
Preston, GA, USA
Jan. 8, 2020 | NTSB ERA20LA071
1 injury, 0 fatalities | Aerial observation flight
Helicopter impacted terrain after loss of power.

Garlick UH-1H
Boydtown, NSW, Australia
Jan. 9, 2020 | ATSB AO-2020-003
1 injury, 0 fatalities | Firefighting flight
Helicopter lost power for undetermined reasons and impacted water.

Robinson R66
Mechanicsburg, PA, USA
Jan. 9, 2020 | NTSB ERA20FA074
0 injuries, 2 fatalities | Personal flight
Helicopter impacted terrain during night flight for undetermined reasons.

Bell 407
Lautaro, Chile
Jan. 13, 2020 | NTSB ENG20WA014
0 injuries, 0 fatalities | Commercial flight
No description available.

Bell 206L-4
Lac Saint-Jean, QC, Canada
Jan. 22, 2020 | TSBC A20Q0015
1 injury, 0 fatalities | Search-and-rescue flight
Helicopter impacted frozen lake during search-and-rescue mission.

Bell 407
Minot, ND, USA
Jan. 22, 2020 | NTSB CEN20LA068
0 injuries, 0 fatalities | Air medical flight
Helicopter impacted helipad perimeter fence while landing.

Robinson R22
Charlotte, TX, USA
Jan. 24, 2020 | NTSB CEN20LA066
1 injury, 0 fatalities | Aerial mustering / personal flight
Helicopter hit power line during aerial mustering operation.

Sikorsky S-76
Calabasas, CA, USA
Jan. 26, 2020 | NTSB DCA20MA059
0 injuries, 9 fatalities | Air taxi flight
Helicopter impacted hilly terrain.

February 2020

Airbus AS350 B3
Bulga, NSW, Australia
Feb. 5, 2020 | ATSB AO-2020-013
0 injuries, 0 fatalities | Aerial work flight
Rescue hoist failed for undetermined reasons.

Bell 407
Laishevo, TA, Russia
Feb. 7, 2020 | NTSB ANC20WA019
2 injuries, 1 fatality | Flight type unknown
No description available.

Robinson R44
Marfa, TX, USA
Feb. 14, 2020 | NTSB CEN20CA085
0 injuries, 0 fatalities | Aerial mustering flight
Helicopter impacted ground after striking wire fence.

Schweizer 269C
Ormond Beach, FL, USA
Feb. 17, 2020 | NTSB ERA20CA104
0 injuries, 0 fatalities | General aviation flight
Helicopter’s right skid impacted ground, and the aircraft rolled onto its right side.

Aérospatiale AS350
Tampa, FL, USA
Feb. 18, 2020 | NTSB ERA20CA106
0 injuries, 0 fatalities | General aviation flight
Helicopter departed taxiway after landing and came to rest in drainage ditch.

Bell OH-58A
Calexico, CA, USA
Feb. 18, 2020 | NTSB WPR20CA092
0 injuries, 0 fatalities | Agricultural flight
Helicopter lost lift for undetermined reasons.

Robinson R44
Talkeetna, AK, USA
Feb. 20, 2020 | NTSB ANC20CA023
Injuries unknown | Air taxi flight
No description available.

Innovator Mosquito Air
North Manchester, IN, USA
Feb. 23, 2020 | NTSB CEN20FA098
0 injuries, 1 fatality | Personal flight
Helicopter impacted terrain for unknown reasons.

Robinson R44
Astrakhan, Russia
Feb. 28, 2020 | NTSB ANC20WA031
0 injuries, 1 fatality | Flight type unknown
No description available.

March 2020

Bell 206
Clark, MO, USA
Mar. 4, 2020 | NTSB CEN20LA113
0 injuries, 0 fatalities | Air ambulance flight
Helicopter impacted terrain during forced landing after in-flight loss of engine power.

Eurocopter EC130
Kalapana, HI, USA
Mar. 5, 2020 | NTSB ANC20LA028
2 injuries, 0 fatalities | Sightseeing flight
Helicopter lost control, impacted terrain, and rolled over during precautionary landing.

Bell 206
Konstantinovsky Cape, Russia
Mar. 23, 2020 | NTSB ANC20WA035
1 injury, 1 fatality | Flight type unknown
No description available.

Bell 206
Chicureo, Chile
Mar. 24, 2020 | NTSB ERA20WA137
0 injuries, 1 fatality | Flight type unknown
No description available.

Read More: Recent Accidents & Incidents
January 17, 2020

The rotorcraft accidents and incidents listed below occurred between Oct. 1 and Dec. 31, 2019. The accident details shown below are preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. All information was obtained through the official websites listed below, where you can learn more details about each event.

October 2019

Robinson R44
Carlsbad, CA, USA
Oct. 2, 2019 | NTSB GAA20CA002
Injuries unknown, fatalities unknown | Flight type unknown
No description available.

Bell OH-58A
Fort Meade, FL, USA
Oct. 3, 2019 | NTSB ERA20LA004
0 injuries, 0 fatalities | Airborne law enforcement flight
Helicopter impacted gypsum pond following abrupt shift of weight during rescue attempt.

Bell 206
Ivanhoe, NSW, Australia
Oct. 9, 2019 | ATSB 201907387 (No direct link available)
0 injuries, 0 fatalities | Private flight
Helicopter sustained damage after wire strike on a power line.

Bell 412
Port Said City, PTS, Egypt
Oct. 11, 2019 | NTSB WPR20WA010
0 injuries, 0 fatalities | Flight type unknown
Helicopter impacted water after loss of control for unknown reasons.

Hiller UH-12E
Susanville, CA, USA
Oct. 13, 2019 | NTSB WPR20LA007
1 injury, 0 fatalities | Agricultural flight
Helicopter impacted tree and then terrain after loss of engine power.

Sikorsky S-92A
Gloucestershire, GLS, United Kingdom
Oct. 14, 2019 | NTSB GAA20WA093
0 injuries, 0 fatalities | Noncommercial flight
No description available.

Bell 206B
New Salem, NC, USA
Oct. 17, 2019 | NTSB ERA20FA012
1 injury, 0 fatalities | Agricultural flight
Helicopter was substantially damaged and impacted terrain following wire strike.

Robinson R22
Overton, NV, USA
Oct. 17, 2019 | NTSB GAA20CA035
Injuries unknown | General aviation flight
No description available.

Bell 47G
King City, CA, USA
Oct. 18, 2019 | NTSB GAA20CA034
Injuries unknown | Agricultural flight
No description available.

Robinson R44
Tarasenkove, Poltava, Ukraine
Oct. 21, 2019 | NTSB GAA20WA047
0 injuries, 1 fatality | Noncommercial flight
No description available.

Robinson R44
Las Vegas, NV, USA
Oct. 23, 2019 | NTSB WPR20FA013
0 injuries, 2 fatalities | Personal flight
Helicopter sustained substantial damage after impacting terrain for undetermined reasons.

Robinson R22
Hebbronville, TX, USA
Oct. 23, 2019 | NTSB CEN20FA012A
0 injuries, 2 fatalities | Aerial mustering flight
Two Robinson R22 helicopters collided mid-air during an aerial mustering operation.
Note: This aircraft and the next were involved in the same accident. For each aircraft involved in an accident, the NTSB creates separate accident reports that address the different perspectives involved and lessons learned.

Robinson R22
Hebbronville, TX, USA
Oct. 23, 2019 | NTSB CEN20FA012B
1 injury, 0 fatalities | Aerial mustering flight
Two Robinson R22 helicopters collided mid-air during an aerial mustering operation.

Enstrom 280F
Jordan Valley, OR, USA
Oct. 25, 2019 | NTSB WPR20FA016
1 fatality, 1 injury | Personal flight
Helicopter impacted terrain for undetermined reasons.

Sikorsky S-92
Port Harcourt, Nigeria
Oct. 25, 2019 | NTSB WPR20WA023
0 injuries, 0 fatalities | Flight type unknown
Helicopter experienced loss of engine power for unknown reasons.

Robinson R66
Alexandria, LA, USA
Oct. 28, 2019 | NTSB GAA20CA052
Injuries unknown | General aviation flight
No description available.

November 2019

Mosquito Aviation XE
Seffner, FL, USA
Nov. 2, 2019 | NTSB ERA20LA037
1 injury, 0 fatalities | Personal flight
Helicopter impacted terrain after a main rotor blade struck the tail during landing.

Robinson R22
Smoketown, PA, USA
Nov. 4, 2019 | NTSB GAA20CA060
Injuries unknown | General aviation flight
No description available.

Bell 47G
Groveland, FL, USA
Nov. 7, 2019 | NTSB GAA20CA062
Injuries unknown | General aviation flight
No description available.

Sikorsky S-58JT
Lebanon, IN, USA
Nov. 10, 2019 | NTSB GAA20CA063
Injuries unknown | General aviation flight
No description available.

Robinson R44
Tunis, Tunisia
Nov. 11, 2019 | NTSB WPR20WA021
0 injuries, 1 fatality | Commercial flight
No description available.

Agusta A109
Salt Lake City, UT, USA
Nov. 12, 2019 | NTSB WPR20LA029
0 injuries, 0 fatalities | Air medical flight
Helicopter completed successful emergency landing after loss of control midflight.

Bell 214B
Pechey, QLD, Australia
Nov. 13, 2019 | ATSB AB-2019-046
1 injury, 0 fatalities | Firefighting flight
Helicopter impacted terrain after loss of rotor RPM during a water drop.

Agusta A109
Penobscot, ME, USA
Nov. 16, 2019 | NTSB ENG20IA005
0 injuries, 0 fatalities | Air medical flight
Helicopter completed successful emergency landing after experiencing severe vibrations.

Robinson R66
Abrau-Dyurso, KDA, Russia
Nov. 30, 2019 | NTSB ANC20WA008
0 injuries, 1 fatality | Flight type unknown
No description available.

December 2019

Bell UH-1H
Williamtown, NSW, Australia
Dec. 7, 2019 | ATSB AO-2019-070
1 injury, 0 fatalities | Firefighting flight
Helicopter landed hard during precautionary landing.

Robinson R44
Warren, NSW, Australia
Dec. 7, 2019 | ATSB 201908683
Injuries unknown, fatalities unknown | Private flight
Helicopter impacted terrain while landing after gradual loss of power.

Robinson R22
Beeville, TX, USA
Dec. 19, 2019 | NTSB CEN20LA037
Injuries unknown, fatalities unknown | General aviation flight
No description available.

Airbus AS350B2
Lihue, HI, USA
Dec. 26, 2019 | NTSB ANC20MA010
0 injuries, 7 fatalities | Air tour flight
Helicopter was destroyed by impact forces and a postcrash fire when it collided with terrain. 

Read More: Recent Accidents & Incidents
December 10, 2019

The rotorcraft accidents and incidents listed here occurred between Jul. 1 and Sep. 30, 2019. The accident details shown are preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. All ­information was obtained through the official websites listed below, where you can learn more details about each event.

Read More: Recent Accidents and Incidents
May 20, 2019

The rotorcraft accidents and incidents listed below occurred between January 1 and March 31, 2019. All details were obtained through the official websites listed below, where you can learn more details about each event.

January 2019

Robinson R22
Waterloo Station, NT, Australia
01-01-2019 | ATSB 201900001
No injuries | Personal flight
The aircraft collided with terrain shortly after liftoff.

Robinson R44 II
Ubatuba, SP, Brazil
01-01-2019 | NTSB ERA19WA088
3 injuries, 1 fatality | Noncommercial flight
No description available.

Bell 429
Melksham, WIL, United Kingdom
01-02-2019 | AAIB G-WLTS
No injuries | Type of flight unknown
Uncommanded yaw input and rotation on the ground.

Robinson R44
Santa Maria Island, FL, USA
01-02-2019 | NTSB GAA19CA124
No injuries | Commercial flight
No description available.

Robinson R44
Grace, ID, USA
01-03-2019 | NTSB GAA19CA110
No injuries| Personal flight
Main rotor blades struck power lines while maneuvering at low altitude.

Robinson R44
Barwon Heads, VC, Australia
01-06-2019 | ATSB 201900026
No injuries | Charter flight
Helicopter missed landing site and impacted water after misinterpretation of the wind direction.

Robinson R44
Carinda, NSW, Australia
01-07-2019 | ATSB 201900014
No injuries | Aerial work
Helicopter conducted forced landing and collided with terrain after pilot detected vibrations throughout helicopter followed by low RPM alarm.

Bell 206
Tindal Aerodrome, NT, Australia
01-08-2019 | ATSB 201900028
No injuries | Agricultural flight
Pilot conducted forced landing after engine failure, resulting in substantial damage.

Robinson R44
Uvalde, TX, USA
01-08-2019 | NTSB CEN19LA065
1 injury | Training flight
Shortly after takeoff for an autorotation, helicopter experienced a hard landing.

Bell 205A-1
Talbingo, NSW, Australia
01-10-2019 | ATSB AO-2019-003
1 injury | Aerial work
During sling load operations, the load released and struck the loadmaster.

Robinson R22
Jandakot Aerodrome, WA, Australia
01-10-2019 | ATSB 201900043
No injuries| Training flight
Loss of control during hover training because of unexpected wind resulted in helicopter colliding with terrain.

Aerospatiale AS350
Ponca City, OK, USA
01-11-2019 | NTSB CEN19LA068
No injuries | Positioning flight
Helicopter experienced dynamic rollover during landing and sustained substantial damage.

Bell 206
Yuma, AZ, USA
01-11-2019 | NTSB WPR19TA061
1 injury | Agricultural flight
The helicopter struck a transmission wire during an agricultural flight.

Bell 47G
Belen, NM, USA
01-11-2019 | NTSB CEN19LA067
No injuries | Personal flight
Helicopter collided with terrain during an emergency landing after experiencing unsafe main rotor speed. Main rotor blades subsequently impacted tail boom and tail rotor.

Bell 212
Slim Creek, BC, Canada
01-19-2019 | TCSB A19P0012
No injuries | Heli-skiing flight
No description available.

Eurocopter EC130
Mansfield, VC, Australia
01-19-2019 | ATSB AO-2019-005
No injuries | Personal flight
Helicopter began to yaw and roll to the left at an increasing rate during initial climb. The pilot initiated an emergency landing. Upon hitting the ground, the helicopter rolled over.

Aerospatiale AS350 B3
Lac Manouane, QC, Canada
01-23-2019 | TCSB A19Q0011
No injuries |Aerial observation flight
No description available.

Bell 206
Ashland, OR, USA
01-23-2019 | NTSB WPR19LA071
1 fatality| Aerial work
Helicopter collided with trees while maneuvering.

Sikorsky S-64E Skycrane
Jericho, VC, Australia
01-28-2019 | ATSB AO-2019-008
3 injuries | Firefighting flight
Helicopter impacted water during aerial fire-control operations.

Bell 407
Zaleski, OH, USA
01-29-2019 | NTSB CEN19FA072
3 fatalities | Air medical flight
Helicopter collided with forested, rising terrain during air medical operations.

Eurocopter AS350
Tampa, FL, USA
01-29-2019 | NTSB GAA19CA121
No injuries | Commercial flight
No description available.

Sikorsky S-92A
St. John’s, NL, Canada
01-31-2019 | TSBC A19A0007
No injuries | Training flight
Sling load released during operations.

February 2019

Bell 206
Barueri County, SP, Brazil
02-11-2019 | NTSB ERA19WA099
3 fatalities | Type of flight unknown
No description available.

Eurocopter AS350
Pigeon Valley, NSN, New Zealand
02-17-2019 | TAIC AO-2019-001
1 injury | Firefighting flight
Helicopter impacted terrain during emergency landing.

Robinson R44
Røldal, HVL, Norway
02-17-2019 | NTSB CEN19WA083
2 fatalities | Type of flight unknown
No description available.

Airbus AS350
Glennallen, AK, USA
02-18-2019 | NTSB GAA19CA139
No injuries | Charter flight
No description available.

Robinson R22
Clearwater, FL, USA
02-19-2019 | NTSB GAA19CA141
No injuries| Training flight
Helicopter skids caught on ground during hover training; helicopter subsequently rolled over.

MD 369
Kukuihaele, HI, USA
02-21-2019 | NTSB WPR19LA087
1 injury | Positioning flight
Pilot initiated forced landing after engine-out light illumination and alarm. During autorotational touchdown, the tail rotor assembly and left skid broke away, and the helicopter rolled to the left.

Sikorsky HH-60L
Tullahoma, TN, USA
02-28-2019 | NTSB ERA19TA110
2 injuries | Charter flight
Helicopter struck trees and terrain while flying during instrument meteorological conditions.

March 2019

Bell 407
Union Center, SD, USA
03-03-2019 | NTSB CEN19LA092
1 injury | Air medical flight
Ambulance drove toward helicopter during routine engine cooldown postlanding and impacted main rotor blades, resulting in substantial damage.

Hughes 369D
Talking Rock, GA, USA
03-05-2019 | NTSB ERA19FA118
1 fatality | External load flight
Wind conditions caused helicopter to impact trees and terrain during an aerial tree-trimming flight.

Bell UH-1B
Forks, WA, USA
03-08-2019 | NTSB WPR19FA091
1 fatality | External load flight
Helicopter collided with mountainous terrain during logging operation.

Bell 407
Galliano, LA, USA
03-10-2019 | NTSB CEN19FA095
2 fatalities | Charter flight
Helicopter impacted marsh after descending from cruise flight.

Bell OH-58A
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, USA
03-13-2019 | NTSB unallocated
No injuries | Law enforcement flight
Description not available.

Robinson R44
Bool Lagoon, SA, Australia
03-13-2019 | ATSB AO-2019-011
1 injury | Agricultural flight
Helicopter struck power line and then collided with terrain during aerial application work.

Schweizer TH-55
Keene, NH, USA
03-13-2019 | NTSB GAA19CA168
No injuries | Personal flight
Description not available.

MD 369HS
Newberg, OR, USA
03-17-2019 | NTSB unallocated
No injuries | Unknown flight type
Description not available.

Eurocopter AS350
Woomera, SA, Australia
03-20-2019 | ATSB AO-2019-015
1 fatality | Utility flight
During power line stringing operations, helicopter came into contact with a tower and subsequently collided with terrain.

Robinson R22
Madill, OK, USA
03-20-2019 | NTSB CEN19LA106
No injuries | Personal flight
Pilot initiated emergency landing after clutch warning light illumination and helicopter shuddering. The helicopter landed roughly during autorotation and rolled onto its side.

Airbus AS350 B3
Montgomery, TX, USA
03-27-2019 | NTSB CEN19FA109
0 injuries, 1 fatality | Firefighting flight
Description not available.

Bell 206B
Valley Center, CA, USA
03-29-2019 | NTSB GAA19CA186
No injuries | Agricultural flight
Description not available.

Bell 222
Montgomery, NY, USA
03-30-2019 | NTSB unallocated
No injuries | Unknown flight type
Description not available.

Read More: Recent Accidents & Incidents
February 26, 2019

The rotorcraft accidents and incidents listed below occurred between October 1, 2018, and December 31, 2018. All details were obtained through the official websites listed below, where you can learn more information about each mishap.

October 2018

Robinson R44
Bodaybo, IRK, Russia
10-01-2018 | NTSB ANC19WA001
2 fatalities | Type of flight unknown
Helicopter collided with power transmission line and subsequently impacted water and sank.

AugustaWestland AW139
Brisbane, QLD, Australia
10-03-2018 | ATSB 201806754
No fatalities | Air medical flight
Helicopter struck bird while in cruise flight.

Robinson R22
RAAF Base Tindal, NT, Australia
10-04-2018 | ATSB 201807276
No fatalities | Aerial work
Crew detected rough-running engine during flight. Resulting inspection revealed that the #3 cylinder intake valve was burnt.

Robinson R44
Cairns, QLD, Australia
10-04-2018 | ATSB 201806954
No fatalities | Charter flight
Crew detected technical issue during flight and returned aircraft to originating airport.

Robinson R44
Salinas, CA, USA
10-06-2018 | NTSB WPR19LA002
No injuries | Personal flight
Forced landing into field after loss of engine power post-takeoff.

Enstrom F-28
Bridgeville, DE, USA
10-07-2018 | NTSB ERA19LA005
No injuries | Sightseeing flight
Helicopter impacted terrain after loss of control because of decaying rotor rpm.

Amateur-Built Aircraft
Hidden Valley, NT, Australia
10-13-18 | ATSB 201807272
1 injury | Aerial mustering flight
Tail rotor made contact with tree, resulting in forced landing that substantially damaged the helicopter.

Robinson R44
Derrinallum, VIC, Australia
10-13-18 | ATSB 201807259
1 injury | Agricultural flight
Helicopter struck power lines, and the pilot conducted a forced landing.

Robinson R22
Fulton, MO, USA
10-17-2018 | NTSB CEN19FA009
1 fatality | Training flight
Helicopter was destroyed when it impacted terrain during solo training flight.

Hughes 369D
Wanaka, OTA, New Zealand
10-18-2018 | TAIC AO-2018-009
3 fatalities | Commercial flight
Helicopter doors accidentally opened midflight, and a loose article of clothing was drawn out and became entangled in the tail rotor blades. The helicopter subsequently impacted terrain.

Eurocopter EC120B
Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts, QC, Canada
10-19-2018 | TSBC A18Q0186
1 fatality | Personal flight
Helicopter crashed in forest during last quarter of VFR flight.

Robinson R44
Kaneohe, HI, USA
10-22-2018 | NTSB WPR19LA013
3 injuries | Sightseeing flight
Helicopter substantially damaged during hard landing after pilot lost control.

Bell UH-1H
Vermaaklikheid, ZA-WC, South Africa
10-23-2018 | NTSB WPR19WA015
1 fatality | Firefighting flight
Helicopter impacted terrain during firefighting mission.

AugustaWestland AW169
Leicester, LCE, United Kingdom
10-27-2018 | AAIB Special Bulletin S1/2018 on Agusta AW169, G-VSKP
5 fatalities | Air taxi flight
Loss of yaw control on rearward flight path after tail rotor control-system malfunction. Helicopter impacted ground and was engulfed in postimpact fire.

Bell OH-58A
Carson City, NV, USA
10-27-2018 | NTSB GAA19CA039
No fatalities | Type of flight unknown
No summary provided.

Rotorway Exec 162F
Passaic, MO, USA
10-27-2018 | NTSB CEN19LA016
No injuries | Personal flight
Helicopter bounced and turned sideways during emergency landing.

Aerospatiale AS350
Odanah, WI, USA
10-29-2018 | NTSB CEN19FA018
1 fatality | Aerial observation flight
Helicopter impacted trees and terrain before being consumed in postcrash fire.

Aerospatiale AS355 F2
Beekmantown, NY, USA
10-30-2018 | NTSB ERA19FA035
2 injuries, 2 fatalities | External load flight
Helicopter impacted utility pole multiple times in strong wind conditions before rolling upside down into adjacent power lines and catching fire.

November 2018

Bell 47G
Wichita Falls, TX, USA
11-02-2018 | NTSB WPR19LA019
2 injuries | Training flight
After five autorotations in traffic pattern, the helicopter experienced loss of engine power during hydraulics-off autorotation. During attempted emergency landing, the aircraft impacted nearby power lines before colliding with terrain.

Hughes 369
McDougal, AR, USA
11-02-2018 | NTSB CEN19FA020
2 injuries, 1 fatality | External load flight
Helicopter impacted utility pole and collided with terrain during utility line operation.

Robinson R44 Raven II
Buckinghamshire, BKM, United Kingdom
11-02-2018 | AAIB investigation to Robinson R44 Raven II, G-FLYX
2 injuries | Training flight
Helicopter tilted to the right and rolled over during training flight.

Bell 206
Uvalde, TX, USA
11-04-2018 | NTSB CEN19FA024
3 fatalities | Personal flight
The helicopter collided with the side of a 1,450-ft hill during a late-night flight, 5 miles east of departure point.

Bell 412
West Rockhampton, QLD, Australia
11-05-2018 | ATSB 201808484
No injuries | Air medical flight
Helicopter drifting resulted in equipment on the strop colliding with fence.

Eurocopter EC130
Batman Park Heliport, VIC, Australia
11-10-2018 | ATSB 201808058
No injuries | Air charter flight
The helicopter struck a pigeon while landing.

Robinson R44
Lihue, HI, USA
11-10-2018 | NTSB GAA19CA066
Injuries unknown, fatalities unknown | Type of flight unknown
No summary provided.

Guimbal Cabri
Newberg, OR, USA
11-13-18 | NTSB GAA19CA056
No fatalities | Type of flight unknown
No summary provided.

Bell OH-58C
Clanton, AL, USA
11-16-18 | NTSB ERA19FA047
2 fatalities | Positioning flight
Helicopter flying low over a river struck power lines and subsequently collided with water.

Robinson R44
Knox City, TX, USA
11-18-2018 | NTSB GAA19CA063
No fatalities | Type of flight unknown
No summary provided.

No helicopter model provided
Townsville, QLD, Australia
11-20-2018 | ATSB 201808304
No injuries | Military flight
The helicopter struck a flying fox during hover.

No helicopter model provided
Townsville, QLD, Australia
11-20-2018 | ATSB 201808476
No injuries | Military flight
The helicopter struck a bat during hover.

Eurocopter EC120
La Romana, DO-12, Dominican Republic
11-22-2018 | NTSB ERA19WA054
5 fatalities | Commercial flight
No summary provided.

Robinson R22 Beta
North of Ruby Gap Nature Park, NT, Australia
11-24-2018 | ATSB AO-2018-077
1 injury, 1 fatality | Aerial work flight
Helicopter collided with terrain 130 km ENE of Alice Springs Airport. The pilot was fatally injured, the passenger seriously injured, and the helicopter was destroyed.

Bell 407GX
West Bangkala, SN, Indonesia
11-28-2018 | NTSB WPR19WA038
2 injuries | Noncommercial flight
Helicopter sustained substantial damage while executing a precautionary landing.

December 2018

Unknown Sikorsky Model
Broome, WA, Australia
12-06-2018 | ATSB 201808786
No injuries | Charter flight
Evidence of bird-strike detected during post-flight inspection.

Robinson R44
Wollongong, NSW, Australia
12-15-2018 | ATSB 201808974
No injuries | Aerial work flight
Engine lost partial power during initial climb. The helicopter steadily descended and landed at a helipad. Engineering inspection revealed #4 cylinder exhaust push rod was bent, and #1 and #4 exhaust valves were tight. 

Robinson R44
Millaroo, QLD, Australia
12-19-2018 | ATSB 201809026
Unknown injuries | Agricultural flight
During aerial agricultural operations, the helicopter collided with terrain, resulting in substantial damage.

Robinson R22
Delamere Air Range, NT, Australia
12-31-2018 | ATSB 201809132
Unknown injuries | Private flight
Helicopter encountered strong gust of wind and collided with terrain.

Read More: Recent Accidents & Incidents
November 13, 2018

The rotorcraft accidents and incidents listed below occurred between July 1, 2018, and September 30, 2018. All details were obtained through the official websites listed below, where you can learn more details about each event.

July 2018

Robinson R22
Georgetown, TX, USA
07-02-2018 | NTSB CEN18LA251
2 injuries | Training flight
While in the traffic pattern, pilots heard the low Nr horn activate. The CFI assumed the controls, assessed the situation, and entered an autorotation.

Hughes 369
Pacific Ocean (Majuro, Marshall Islands)
07-04-2018 | NTSB WPR18LA188
2 fatalities | Aerial observation flight
Aircraft impacted water after takeoff from a fishing boat. The helicopter was destroyed by the impact and salt-water immersion.

Bell 47G
Arlington, IN, USA
07-06-2018 | NTSB CEN18FA258
1 fatality | Aerial application flight
While conducting an aerial application flight, aircraft was substantially damaged when it impacted a corn field and experienced a postimpact fire.

Bell 206
Bentley, IL, USA
07-06-2018 | NTSB CEN18LA260
1 injury | Aerial application flight
During flight, pilot noticed a low fuel-pressure indication and entered an autorotation. During touchdown, the helicopter pitched over, damaging main and tail rotors.

MD 369
Hot Springs, SD
07-06-2018 | NTSB GAA18CA399
Nonfatal | External load flight
No summary provided.

GMBH EC135P1
Chicago, IL, USA
07-07-2018 | NTSB CEN18FA259
3 injuries | Air medical flight
During a night VMC flight, helicopter impacted terrain during an autorotation following a dual engine failure. The helicopter sustained substantial damage to the fuselage and main and tail rotor blades.

Robinson R44 Raven I
Kanaš, Slovakia
07-07-2018 | NTSB CEN18WA261
1 fatality | Unknown flight type
Aircraft impacted powerlines during takeoff and was destroyed.

Robinson R44
Williamsburg, VA, USA
07-08-2018 | NTSB ERA18FA187
2 fatalities | Unknown flight type
During a day VMC flight, aircraft impacted a building and was destroyed. Pilot and one building occupant were fatally injured.

Robinson R-44
Okawville, IL, USA
07-08-2018 | NTSB GAA18CA430
Nonfatal | Agricultural flight
No summary provided.

Robinson R44
Rulo, NE, USA
07-09-2018 | NTSB GAA18CA408
Nonfatal | Agricultural flight
No summary provided.

Robinson R-44
Domecko, Poland
07-11-2018 | NTSB CEN18WA268
2 fatalities, 1 injury | Personal flight
Aircraft impacted terrain during flight.

Schweizer 269D
Stewartstown, PA, USA
07-14-2018 | NTSB ERA18LA192
2 injuries | Personal flight
At bottom of approach to landing, aircraft began turning clockwise beyond control of available anti-torque pedal input. Helicopter impacted the ground.

Bell 47J
Franklin, IN, USA
07-15-2018 | NTSB CEN18LA269
1 injury | Personal flight
Aircraft destroyed as a result of an in-flight collision with terrain and post-accident fire.

Bell 206
New Castle, IN, USA
07-16-2018 | NTSB GAA18CA424
Nonfatal | Agricultural flight
No summary provided.

Bell 206
Todd Mission, TX, USA
07-20-2018 | NTSB CEN18LA290
2 injuries | Personal flight
Shortly after takeoff, aircraft began turning to the right, beyond control of available anti-torque pedal input, and impacted terrain. The helicopter sustained substantial damage.

Bell UH 1H
Oakdale, CA, USA
07-24-2018 | NTSB WPR18LA206
1 injury | Firefighting flight
In flight, pilot reported an unusual noise. Aircraft was substantially damaged during a precautionary landing.

Eurocopter AS350 B3
Kobuk, AK, USA
07-25-2018 | NTSB ANC18CA056
Nonfatal | Air taxi flight
No summary provided.

Continental Copters, Inc Tomcat MK5A
Le Sueur, MN, USA
07-26-2018 | NTSB CEN18LA300
1 injury | Agricultural flight
Aircraft experienced loss of engine power during cruise flight. The pilot performed an autorotation to a field. The helicopter was substantially damaged.

August 2018

Bell 47G 3B
Custer, SD, USA
8/2-2018 | NTSB CEN18LA306
1 injury | Training flight
Aircraft experienced an engine power anomaly during attempted landing. Attempts to regain power failed, and aircraft landed in a grassy roadside area. The helicopter rolled to the right after landing and sustained substantial damage to the main rotor.

Brantly B-2
Midland, MI, USA
08-03-2018 | NTSB CEN18LA313
2 injuries | Personal flight
Aircraft sustained an in-flight tail rotor blade separation and impacted terrain during an emergency landing. The helicopter was substantially damaged.

Airbus EC 130 T2
Mullen, NE, USA
08-03-2018 | NTSB CEN18TA314
1 injury | Personal flight
Pilot lost control while maneuvering and impacted terrain. The helicopter sustained substantial damage.

Bell 206
Basin City, WA, USA
08-07-2018 | NTSB WPR18LA214
1 injury | Agricultural flight
Aircraft impacted the ground during spray operations. The helicopter was destroyed by a post-crash fire.

Hughes 369
Honolulu, HI, USA
08-08-2018 | NTSB WPR18LA221
4 injuries | Sight-seeing flight
Aircraft experienced significant inflight vibrations. Pilot executed a power-on autorotation to an emergency landing at a field. The helicopter was substantially damaged.

Bell 412EP
Nakanojo, Japan
08-10-2018 | NTSB ANC18WA065
9 fatalities | Type of flight unknown
No summary provided.

Robinson R22
Ocean City, MD, USA
08-10-2018 | NTSB GAA18CA483
Nonfatal | Type of flight unknown
No summary provided.

Robinson R22
Queenstown, South Africa
08-15-2018 | NTSB WPR18WA225
1 fatality | Game-capturing flight
Aircraft impacted powerlines while in flight. Helicopter was substantially damaged.

Schweizer 300
Kindred, ND, USA
08-16-2018 | NTSB CEN18LA334
1 injury | Personal flight
Aircraft was substantially damaged during a forced landing. During cruise flight, pilot reported hearing a loud “snap,” followed by an uncommanded yaw of the helicopter. Pilot entered an autorotation that terminated with aircraft rolling over onto its side. A post-impact fire ensued and much of the helicopter was destroyed by the fire.

Hughes 369
Riverside, CA, USA
08-17-2018 | NTSB WPR18LA226
2 injuries |Training flight
Aircraft was substantially damaged following a hard landing during a practice autorotation. During the hard landing, the tail boom separated and the main rotor blades contacted the ground. The helicopter spun around, ejecting the student pilot.

BK117
Ulladulla, NSW, Australia
08-17-2018 | ATSB AO-2018-057
1 fatality | Firefighting flight
Aircraft impacted terrain and was destroyed.

Bell 206
Battle Mountain, NV, USA
08-18-2018 | NTSB GAA18CA512
3 injuries | Type of flight unknown
No summary provided.

Eurocopter EC130
Hilo, HI, USA
08-19-2018 | NTSB WPR18TA239
1 injury | Maintenance flight
Aircraft experienced an in-flight separation of its left rear sliding door during a maintenance track and balance flight, damaging the main rotor blades. The pilot performed a precautionary landing to a grass field.

Hughes 369
Granger, TX, USA
08-21-2018 | NTSB WPR18FA232
2 fatalities | Training flight
During planned orientation/recurrency training flight, aircraft struck overhead power lines, impacted the ground and was subsequently destroyed by post-impact fire.

Hughes 369
Ridgway, PA, USA
08-22-2018 | NTSB GAA18CA506
Non-fatal | Type of flight unknown
No summary provided.

Robinson R22
Corvallis, OR, USA
08-24-2018 | NTSB GAA18CA508
Non-fatal | Type of flight unknown
No summary provided.

Bell 212
Dardanelle, CA, USA
08-25-2018 | NTSB WPR18LA242
1 injury | External load flight
During public aircraft operations, pilot encountered unspecified problem and subsequently descended into terrain. The aircraft sustained substantial damage.

September 2018

MD Helicopter 369
Orchard Lake, MI, USA
09-03-2018 | NTSB CEN18LA365
1 injury | Personal flight
Aircraft impacted terrain during takeoff, sustaining substantial damage.

Guimbal Cabri G2
Santa Ana, CA, USA
09-03-2018 | NTSB WPR18LA252
No injuries | Training flight
Aircraft was damaged during unsuccessful practice power-recovery autorotation, rolling onto its left side.

Robinson R44
Domazlicka, Plzen, Skvnany, Czech Republic
09-05-2018 | NTSB CEN18WA376
4 fatalities | Type of flight unknown
Aircraft impacted terrain while maneuvering at low altitude.

Bell 206
Bartica, Guyana
09-10-2018 | NTSB ERA18WA248
Non-fatal | Type of flight unknown
No summary provided.

Robert L. Cooons RW1 (Exp)
Billings, MT, USA
09-12-2018 | NTSB WPR18FA260
1 fatality | Personal flight
Experimental amateur-built helicopter collided with hangar while maneuvering, fatally injuring the sole occupant.

Robinson R44
Honolulu, HI, USA
09-18-2018 | NTSB WPR18LA269
Nonfatal | Air Tour Flight
Following engine malfunction, pilot performed descent as part of precautionary landing and impacted terrain with forward speed, causing substantial damage to aircraft.

Robinson R44
Buttonville, ON, Canada
09-25-2018 | NTSB CEN18WA390
1 fatality | Type of flight unknown
Aircraft impacted terrain while diverting due to deteriorating weather conditions.

Eurocopter AS350
Ruidoso, NM, USA
09-29-2018 | NTSB GAA18CA571
Nonfatal | Type of flight unknown
No summary provided.