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    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.