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NTSB Identification: *WPR14GA281*
Date: July 03, 2014
Location: Fallon, NV
Aircraft: AMERICAN EUROCOPTER CORP AS350B3
Injuries: 1 Minor.
On July 3, 2014, at 1721 Pacific daylight time, an American
Eurocopter AS350B3 landed hard and rolled over 54 miles
east of Fallon, Nevada. The pilot received minor injuries,
and the helicopter was substantially damaged. Visual
meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the
accident, and a local flight plan had been filed.
The operator reported that the pilot was positioning the
helicopter with an external load into a mountain supply
drop zone located at an elevation of approximately 8,600
feet mean sea level (msl). As the helicopter approached the
drop zone, and the load was about 10 feet above the ground,
the helicopter’s nose yawed left and descended. The pilot
set the load down, but the helicopter continued to rotate to
the left. While rotating to the left, the helicopter descended,
landed hard, and rolled over.
NTSB Identification: *CEN14WA394*
Date: July 14, 2014
Location: Kungsangen, Sweden
Aircraft: MD HELICOPTER 600N
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.
On July 14, 2014, at 1333 coordinated universal time, an MD
Helicopters MD600N was substantially damaged following
an autorotation near Kungsängen, Stockholm, Sweden.
The pilot was not injured. Visual meteorological conditions
prevailed for the flight.
According to initial information collected by the investigators,
the helicopter experienced an unknown engine issue and
the pilot performed an autorotation. The helicopter was
retained for further examination.
The investigation is under the jurisdiction of the Government
of Sweden. This report is for information purposes only and
contains only information released by the Government of
Sweden. Further information pertaining to this accident
may be obtained from:
Swedish Accident Investigation Authority (SHK)
NTSB Identification: CEN14FA369
Date: July 17, 2014
Location: Newkirk, NM
Aircraft: AGUSTA SPA A109E
Injuries: 3 Fatal.
On July 17, 2014, at 0142 mountain daylight time, an Agusta
A109E helicopter collided with a mesa near Newkirk, New
Mexico. The commercial pilot and 2 crew members were all
fatally injured. A postimpact fire ensued and the helicopter
was destroyed. Visual meteorological conditions existed for
the helicopter’s departure and a company visual flight rules
flight plan was filed.The flight originated from the Santa Fe
Municipal Airport, Santa Fe, New Mexico, at 0051 and was
en route to a hospital in Tucumcari, New Mexico.
The helicopter was the subject of an alert notice and was
found by a local resident. The helicopter wreckage came to
rest on the north side of a mesa about 150 feet above the
surrounding terrain. A postimpact fire consumed a majority
of the fuselage. All main airframe and engine components
were accounted for at the accident site. The helicopter was
retained for further examination.
At the time of the helicopter’s departure from KSAF, an
automated weather reported a calm wind, 10 miles visibility,
a clear sky, temperature 59 degrees Fahrenheit (F), dew point
52 F, and a barometric pressure of 30.13 inches of mercury.
NTSB Identification: *ERA14WA356*
Date: July 23, 2014
Location: Ivashka Township, Russia
Aircraft: ROBINSON R44
Injuries: 2 Fatal.
On July 23, 2014, at 0809 Coordinated Universal Time (UTC),
a Robinson R44 impacted the waters of the Ivashka River,
under unknown circumstances, near Ivashka Township,
Russia. The pilot and one passenger were fatally injured.
The investigation is under the jurisdiction of the Russian
Federation Interstate Aviation Committee.
Further information can be obtained from:
Interstate Aviation Committee
This report is for informational purposes and contains only
information released by the Russian Federation
NTSB Identification: *WPR14FA310*
Date: July 23, 2014
Location: Wenatchee, WA
Aircraft: BELL 206A
Injuries: 1 Fatal.
On July 23, 2014, about 1215 Pacific daylight time, a
Bell 206A landed hard and rolled onto its right side near
Wenatchee, Washington. The commercial pilot sustained
No witnesses visually observed the accident. An ear witness
heard the helicopter, and then a thud followed by silence.
This witness and her spouse responded to the site, and
observed the helicopter on its side and smoking. Other
personnel arrived; they applied several fire extinguishers
to the smoking area at the back of the engine, and the
The helicopter was on its right side. The back section of the
skids was more damaged than the front. The back right cross
member separated at the connection of the skid; the back
left cross member partially separated at the connection with
the skid. There was a ground scar several feet long that was
parallel to the right skid.
The left horizontal stabilizer was touching the ground,
exhibited crush damage, and was bent down; there was
a ground scar about 15 inches long leading to it. The right
horizontal stabilizer was pointing up, and was not damaged.
The vertical stabilizers were in a horizontal position. The
bottom of the vertical stabilizer and stinger were not
damaged.The top of the vertical stabilizer was damaged, and
bent about 50 degrees to the left. All servos were damaged
with multiple jagged and angular separations. Recovery
personnel obtained about 25 gallons of clean clear fluid
from the fuel tank that smelled like jet fuel.
NTSB Identification: *WPR14LA313A*
Date: July 25, 2014
Location: Boulder City, NV
Aircraft: EUROCOPTER EC 130 B4
Injuries: 9 Uninjured.
On July 25, 2014, about 1643 Pacific daylight time, a landing
Eurocopter/Airbus EC-130 and a taxiing DeHavilland DHC-6
collided at Boulder City airport (BVU) Boulder City, Nevada.
Neither the two pilots on board the airplane, nor the pilot
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