Tour Helicopter Crashes in California; 3 Injured

Sunday, May 7, 2017
By George Hatcher

A tour helicopter made a crash landing, hit 2 vans, and caught fire in the parking area of Santa Barbara Municipal Golf Club in California, in the afternoon of May 5th. The four-seater Robinson R-44 was returning to the Santa Barbara Municipal Airport after a tour, when it developed a mechanical problem. All three... »

Helicopter Crash-Lands on Long Island; No Injuries Reported

Friday, January 29, 2016
By George Hatcher

A 2006 Robinson R22 Beta helicopter made a crash-landing near West Riviera Drive and West Alhambra Avenue in Lindenhurst, Long Island, New York, on January 27. The incident happened after the helicopter, carrying two people, lost power while returning to the Republic Airport. According to Frank Delia, of the Academy of Aviation, “It was... »

Pilot Walks Away after Helicopter Crashes near Ketchum, OK.

Friday, August 28, 2015
By George Hatcher
Pilot Walks Away after Helicopter Crashes near Ketchum, OK.

A Robinson R-44 helicopter crashed in a hayfield around 2 miles north of Ketchum, Oklahoma, on August 25th. FAA authorities said the helicopter, flying from Ketchum airport, went down after it lost its tail rotor. The pilot, who was the only one aboard, remained uninjured. The accident is being investigated. Download article as PDF »

Private Helicopter Crashed into Sea in Denmark; 3 Dead 1 Missing

Sunday, September 7, 2014
By George Hatcher
Private Helicopter Crashed into Sea in Denmark; 3 Dead 1 Missing

A U.S. built Robinson 44 helicopter crashed into waters in central Denmark, near the eastern coast of Samsoe Island, on September 5. The authorities believe that the private helicopter was en-route to Samsoe with 4 people aboard when it crashed. Three dead bodies have so far been recovered from the sea, while the search... »

Guatemala: Chopper Crash

Tuesday, March 4, 2014
By George Hatcher
Guatemala: Chopper Crash

Ex army officer Ramón Rodríguez Toledo, and his passengers Luis Paiz and Andrés Berger were aboard a Robinson R44 Raven II helicopter that crashed in a coffee plantation in Guatemala between Villa Canales and Fraijanes. Andrés Berger was the copilot. The flight took off at 17:48 on Monday but lost communication with ATC shortly... »

Robinson Retrofit

Sunday, February 9, 2014
By George Hatcher

Owners of Robinson R44 choppers are recommended to replace their fuel tanks after crash investigations realized fatal accidents could have been avoided. Survivable accidents were made unsurvivable after a post-crash fires resulted from “an impact-related breach in the fuel tanks.” Robinson issued a service bulletin in December 2010 calling for the retrofit of the... »

Unidentified Body Discovered

Monday, January 13, 2014
By George Hatcher
Unidentified Body Discovered

Remains of some poor soul were discovered on the banks of the Dordogne River ten kilometers from where the helicopter crash killed Hong Kong tycoon Kok Lam. The body has not been identified yet. Due to its condition after being in the water, the id will have to be found through DNA testing. The... »

Another Robinson Crash

Sunday, January 12, 2014
By George Hatcher

On January 12, 2013, a Sky Clear Aviação Robinson R22 Beta II was in Santa Maria Madalena, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on a training flight when it crashed into a forested area. Because he helicopter crashed on top of trees, some of the crash force was dispersed. Both the pilot and student sustain injury.... »

Billionaire Lost in French Helicopter Crash

Saturday, December 21, 2013
By George Hatcher
Billionaire Lost in French Helicopter Crash

Chinese billionaire Lam Kok purchased a French vineyard, and boarded a helicopter with three others, including his son, the former owner who was flying the helicopter, and a translator, to take an aerial tour of the 65-hectare (160-acre) vineyards and surrounding grounds. Lam Kok’s and James Gregoire’s wives had declined to fly. Twenty minutes... »

Robinson Emergency Landing in Russia

Friday, November 22, 2013
By George Hatcher
Robinson Emergency Landing in Russia

A UTair Aviation Robinson R44 had two people aboard on November 22nd 2013 when it made a hard landing in Tyumen, Russia. This information comes even before a preliminary investigation, but reports are that there was an engine malfunction. Task Force Firehouse number 146 responded to the scene where it land at Tarakanova Yarkovsky... »

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