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Five Killed in Sudan Military Plane Crash

A Sudanese military plane crashed in El Obied, North Kurdufan, Sudan, on April 30th.

The Soviet-era Antonov 26 plane went down when it was attempting to land at the El Obied airport.

There were five crew members aboard at the time; all of them were killed in the crash.

Army officials said the crash was caused by technical issues.

Indonesian Hercules Crash Due to power loss according to Air Marshall

Although the investigation into a plane crash takes at least a year, investigators believe they know the cause of the crash of the Indonesian Air Force’s 50 year old C-130 Hercules in Medan, in Sumatra, Indonesia. The plane initially lost altitude after it suffered power loss. One of the propellors wasn’t working. The plane was circling, and apparently impacted a hundred foot antenna before it fell on two buildings and a car.

According to an Air Marshall and chief of the Indonesian air force “The “initial finding” suggests the crash may have been caused by problems in the engine.” Before it went down, the pilot asked the control tower for permission to return to base.

There were no survivors. The number of dead fluctuates as the number of bodies recovered, because the plane was carrying an unknown number of passengers in addition to the crew of 12 and 110 official passengers. There also appear to be victims on the ground in the hotel and massage parlor that were struck.

Indonesia Hercules crash: Poor maintenance, age of plane possibly behind accident


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Birdstrike Cause of USAF Crash

A bird strike on the HH-60G Pave Hawk at 110ft at 126mph caused the crash of a helicopter on a moonlight training mission on the Norfolk Wildlife Trust reserve, killing staff Sgt Afton Ponce, Capt Christopher Stover, Technical Sgt Dale Matthews and Capt Sean Ruane.

The crew was confirmed dead at the scene. The investigation has begun, and there is a fund opened for them.

A number of twelve pound geese struck the helicopter after the flock flew up alarmed by the noise.

The USAF chopper was flying out of Lakenheath in Suffolk.

Crash Helicopter Crashes Killing 19 in Flames in Vietnam

A helicopter exercise in Vietnam killed 19 of 21 people aboard on July 7, 2014 at 7:50 a.m.

Vietnam People’s Army Air Force (VPAAF), Regiment 91 suffered a loss of 19 when the Mil Mi-171 helicopter engaged in a parachute training mission crashed near village 11 in Thach That district, Vietnam, managing to impact a field instead of the residences.

The helicopter was flying out of Hoa Lac military Airport with sixteen parachute recruits aboard.

Two people survived the crash, with injuries. Five people had survived the crash with burn injuries, but three of them lost their lives at the hospital.

Police Service Eurocopter Missing in Botswana

Botswana Police ServiceA Botswana Police Service Eurocopter AS350 was en route on a routine patrol between Gumare and Maun Botswana, and went missing in the Okavango. The flight left at 19:10 and was expected at 20:10.

The captain, copilot and an Airborne Law Enforcement Officer were aboard at the time it disappeared. A search is underway, but it has not yet been located. The families of those who are missing have been notified.

The police enlisted the public and local pilots in the search as well as the Botswana Defence Force, (BDF) and Directorate of Intelligence Services (DIS). Search and rescue teams have been deployed, and there is also a meeting at Maun Airport concerning the disappearance.

Illinois Honours the US Marine Died in Nevada Jet Crash

The residents of Hopedale, a Tazewell County town in Illinois, are preparing a farewell for the 32-year-old Marine, who died in Nevada when his training aircraft crashed on March 1 during a training exercise.

2,380 American flags were placed along 12 miles of highway for honouring Captain Reid Nannen, whose funeral is planned on Saturday, March 22 at Eastview Christian Church in Normal.

He left behind a wife and four children.  He was temporarily stationed at the U.S. Navy’s “Top Gun” school in Nevada, while his permanent posting was in Japan with the Marines.

Larry Eckhardt of Little York initiated this effort. The Hopedale residents also wanted to do something special for their native son, therefore, they warmly welcomed him.

Reid’s sister, Bethany Nannen, moved by this wonderful gesture of the townspeople said that her family feels humbled beyond belief.

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Military Air Ambulance Crashes

On Friday Feb 21, 2014, a Libyan military Antonov 26 transport #5A-DOW crashed in Tunisia killing 11 including two injured civilians, three escorts and five crew and one doctor.

A fire broke out on the helicopter. No report has been provided to indicate if the fire was before or after the air ambulance’s ground impact.

The vehicle was en route to Tunis-Carthage Airport and apparently crashed on approach.

Algerian Plane Crash Kills 77, One Survivor

Seventy-seven people were aboard a twenty-four year old missing C-130 Hercules (#7T-WHM) that was flying from Tamanrasset to Constantine when it crashed into Mount Fortas in Algeria. The wreckage was discovered on Feb 11, 2013. The Algerian TV and Radio initially reported 102 fatalities, but updates say there were 78 aboard.

The Military Lockheed C-130H-30 Hercules was flown by Al Quwwat al-Jawwiya al-Jaza’eriya.

There were four members of the crew and seventy-four passengers which included men, women and children. The assumption is that these were soldiers and military families.

One soldier aboard the military transport survived; he is hospitalized in a military hospital in Algiers.

The plane broke into three parts on impact. Fifty-five bodies were recovered on the rugged terrain in showy conditions.

Lockheed Martin who built the plane will be assisting the investigation. The plane may have been on approach to Constantine Airport.

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Three Soldiers and Two Civilians Die in Colombian Helicopter Accident

On JAN 9 2014, a Sociedad Aeronáutica de Santander (SASA) Bell 206L-3 LongRanger
# HK-4462 en route from Puerto Berrío to Anori was north of Anori, Colombia when it suffered controlled flight into terrain, striking a mountain. No one aboard survived the impact. Three soldiers and two civilians died on the 9th when the helicopter went missing.

The Seventh Division of the National Army had made a public statement that the aircraft, affiliated with the Aeronautical Society of Santander was “transporting a priest and military personnel assigned to the Fourteenth Brigade”.

The helicopter crew failed to check in on Thursday afternoon and was located on Friday in rural Anori. Fatalities were two soldiers, one police, one military priest and the pilot.

Director of the Department of Care andPrevention of Disasters César Hernández confirmed the fatalities.

Sikorsky Down off Norfolk, Va Beach

A US Navy Sikorsky MH-53E Sea Dragon crashed off a Norfolk Virginia beach, killing one of five aboard. The helicopter was assigned to Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron Fourteen.

Three were injured and hospitalized at at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. A rescue team is searching for one crewman who is still missing.

USAF Helicopter Crash in the UK

The USAF Pavehawk Sikorsky HH-60G that crashed on January 7 2013 at about 19:00 GMT on a training flight in Marshland near Cley-Next-The-Sea, Norfolk in the UK during training exercises transporting munitions, killed the crew of four aboard. The helicopter impacted in a nature reserve.

A second helicopter flew in as a rescue unit, but there were no survivors. Local witnesses heard and saw the helicopter flying low. It was initially believed the helicopter had ditched in the North Sea. No one on the ground was injured.

The names of the victims have been released: Capt Christopher S. Stover, Capt Sean M. Ruane, Technical Sergeant Dale E. Mathews and Staff Sergeant Afton M. Ponce. The commander of their unit said that Captains Stover and Ruane were pilots, while Tech. Sgt. Mathews and SSgt Ponce were acting as special mission aviators and “The Liberty Wing feels as though it has lost members of its family, and we stand by to support one another and these airmen’s families during this difficult time.”

An investigation is underway.

Russian Cargo Crash

Six crew and three passengers died in the crash of a fifty year old An-12 on the outskirts of Irkutsk Russia at the Irkutsk plant airfield. All nine aboard died on impact. A fuel fire ensued but was under control by emergency responders.

So far six remains have been recovered but not the black boxes. The military crew was flying plane parts from Novosibirsk (Novosibirsk Aircraft Production Association (NAPO)) to Irkutsk-2 airport, when it hit a warehouse. There were no injuries reported in the warehouse.

Officials said:

“The An-12 came in for landing at low altitude and grazed military depot buildings 10 kilometers away from the landing strip, after which it crashed.”

Military Jet Crashes, Pilot Ejects

An Indian Air Force MiG-29 was engaged in training maneuvers when the pilot ejected near Jamnagar in Gujarat, and the plane crashed. The wreckage is between Amran and Jivapar villages which are close to Jamangar airbase,

During the training flight, the plane developed a “technical snag.”

A court of inquiry is underway.

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Fuerza Aérea de Chile Landing Accident

A Fuerza Aérea de Chile General Dynamics F-16AM Fighting Falcon suffered an accident landing at Cerro Moreno airport in Antofagasta.

The plane suffered some damage but the pilot was unhurt.

The incident caused delays at Cerro Moreno airport.

Two Survive Crash in Colombia

On October 5th 2013, a de Havilland Dash Candada DHC-8 with six aboard left the city of Balboa, Panama, at 10:45 pm; it was over Acandi, Choco Province Colombia when it crashed on a drug interdiction mission.

Five Americans and one Panamanian were aboard. The crash occurred in an area where the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia guerrillas and drug-trafficking gangs are in conflict, in a sector of Acandi Township, on the border between Colombia and Panama in a remote, jungle region of northern Colombia. Three American contractors and a Panamanian National Guardsman, Lt. Lloyd Nunez, were killed. Two surviving Americans were severely injured. The surveillance is part of the Salas Becker agreement between Panama and the US, which shares Panamanian drug patrol surveillance.

Reports say that the vehicle lost radio contact with the U.S.-sponsored multinational task force in Key West that runs the operation. The plane was equipped with surveillance instrumentation.

Witnesses heard a loud explosion. Two Americans survived the crash with injuries including multiple bone fractures and burns.

The two wounded were transferred to Carepa in Antioquia and will be moved to the Military Hospital of Bogota at St Vincent hospital de Paul or the Hospital of Pablo Tobon Uribe.

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Navy Helicopter Crashes in Red Sea

A United States Navy Sikorsky MH-60S Sea Hawk assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 6 crashed in the Red Sea on Sunday. Three of the five aboard are recuperating. Two are missing and presumed dead. The crew is from Naval Air Station North Island. (San Diego)

The USS Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is supporting the rescue efforts. The crash is reported as an attempted landing on the deck.

The names of the two lost at sea have not been released. All of the crew wore floatation devices and safety gear-

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Russian Helicopter Crash Kills 3

On Sept 9, a DOSAAF-operated Mil Mi-2 helicopter en route from Starorusskoye to Poronaysk Russia crashed with three aboard on Sakhalin Island. There were no survivors. The helicopter, registration HS-TEF, is a total loss.

The crew was monitoring rivers when it crashed about 30 kilometers from Dolinsk.

Emergency services responded, including the Dolinskogo fire squad, the Russian Emergency Management Services group and an Antonov An-2 aircraft out of Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk airport. THe fire was extinguished at 1:45 pm.

The cause of the accident is under investigation and no conclusions have been drawn. Visibility and weather conditions at the time were good according to the Center for Crisis Management of the Main Directorate of the Russian Emergencies Ministry.

DOSAAF is an acronym for the Russian Volunteer Society for Cooperation with the Army, Aviation, and Fleet.

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Pirassununga Training Crash, Crew Lost

On August 12, 2013, a Smoke Squadron A-29 Super Tucano crashed at around 9:10 a.m. near the Air Force Academy runway in Pirassununga, São Paulo.

The pilot and co-pilot did not survive.

The pilots, aviator Captain John and Captain Igor Silva Pivovar, were on a training mission. The Brazilian Air Force is investigating.

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Kazakhstan Training Crash

A Kazakhstan Air Force Aero L-39C Albatros was on a training mission when it crashed in Akhtobe Kazakhstan.

A teacher and a student pilot were aboard. “Methodologist of the-inspector of the security service of flights of the Military Institute lieutenant colonel aviation Colonel Vissarionov Evgeny Nikolaevich and Military Institute Cadet Massalimov Arman Evgeniyuly died on impact.”

The crash was witnessed by passengers who had just arrived from Almaty.

The plane crashed into the hanger.

A criminal investigation has been opened under Article 392 of the Criminal Code of the Republic of Kazakhstan “Violation of the rules of safety and training.”

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MIG 21 plane crash in Rajasthan

On July 15, 2013, at about 0930 hours, a vintage MiG-21 Bison fighter aircraft of IAF crashed on Monday while landing at Uttarlai Airbase in western Rajasthan. The pilot who was flying the plane died in the crash.

The Indian Air Force fighter crashed while landing at Uttarlai Air Base, Rajasthan. The pilot had been on a routine training flight. The pilot failed to eject from the plane.

A Court of Inquiry will be investigating.

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Peru training crash

A Peruvian National Police Bell UH-1H with three aboard was en route from Tangier Island airport 8:05 p.m. when it crashed over an area of coca cultivation during night training.

The wreckage was located near Tingo Maria Peru on La Moyuna Mountain.

Base control indicated that before communication broke off at 8:00 pm, the helicopter was in distress.

The helicopter worked the area of ??Leoncio Prado and Alto Huallaga (Tingo María) under drug control in cooperation with the United States.

The three crew, two officers and a sergeant of the Peruvian police members were retrieved and taken to the air base in Tingo Maria. Search teams located the helicopter five minutes from a local police base.

Indian Rescue Chopper Crashes During Flood Evacuation

On Jun 25, 2013, an Indian Air Force Mil Mi-17 V5 newly acquired helicopter was on a rescue/medical mission assisting victims of floods in Northern India when it crashed in bad weather (rain and fog). An Indian newspaper says there were 19 aboard, including NDRF, ITBP and IAF personnel.

The helicopter was from Barrackpore Air Force Station in West Bengal under the Eastern Air Command.

The helicopter crashed near the pilgrimage site of Gaurikund. Flash floods in the area are having dire consequences.

According to one report, eight bodies were recovered, five of whom were crew. There appear to be no survivors of the crash.

At the time of the crash, the helicopter was on it’s third run. more than 7,500 people are reported as being still stranded by the flooding in the hills of Uttarakhand. Buildings are being washed away, and roads flooded.

A court of Inquiry has been convened to investigate the cause of the helicopter crash. The flight recorder has been recovered.

A later report amends 19 to 20 aboard. Twenty bodies have been recovered. The air chief marshal offered condolences on the death of 5 IAF, 6 Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) 9 National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) personnel who died.

Air Force officials said their personnel on the chopper that crashed were: Wg Cdr Darryl Castelino, Flt Lt. K Praveen, Flt Lt Tapan Kapoor, JWO A.K. Singh and Sgt Sudhakar Yadav.

The NDRF personnel were: Commandant Nitya Nand Gupta, 48, resident of Kanpur; Inspector Bhim Singh, 49, resident of Kathua in Jammu and Kashmir; Sub Inspector Satish Kumar, 44, resident of Bhiwani in Haryana; Constable K. Vinaygan, 28, resident of Chitoor in Andhra Pradesh; Constable Bassavaraj Yaragatti, 31, resident of Gadag in Karnataka; Constable Santosh Kumar Paswan, 24, resident of Koderma in Jharkhand; Constable Sanjiva Kumar, 27, resident of Balia in Uttar Pradesh; Constable Shashi Kant Ramesh Pawar, 31, resident of Dhulia in Maharashtra; and Constable Ahir Rao Ganesh, 32, resident of Jalgaon in Maharashtra.

The six ITBP personnel were: Commandant Nand Ram, 27, Sub Inspector Jayender Prasad, 55, Constable Jomon P.G., 26, Constable Bibhuti Roy, 26, Constable Sarvesh Kumar, 31, and Constable Ajay Lal, 23.

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Mauritanian Embraer Training Flight Crashes

A Mauritanian Embraer EMB 312 Tucano with two aboard crashed in Maurotania in a deserted area while on a training mission flight.

The pilot, Captain Ahmed Ould, was hospitalized at Nouakchott. The pilot survived because after the crash, he was able to exit the plane, according to: http://www.aqlame.com/article12526.html

The mechanic, Ambodj Amado, died at the scene.

Pilatus Crash in Mexico

On Feb 21, 2013, a Fuerza Aérea Mexicana Pilatus PC-6/B2-H4 Turbo Porter with two aboard en route from San­ta Lu­cía AFB was over San­ta Lu­cía AFB, Es­ta­do de Mé­xi­co on a training exercise when it crashed.

Two people were reported injured, who were taken to nearby hospitals.

The two aboard were later reported as fatalities.

Military Training Crash in Yemen, 18 injured, 12 fatalities

During a training exercise, a Yemeni military fighter jet crashed in Sana’a, Yemen, killing the pilot—although one report says the pilot ejected. Witnesses hearing a loud explosion on impact, and report black smoke. The pilot was named as Mohamed Shaker. In addition to the pilot, there were 12 fatalities and 18 injuries.

The pilot was returning to base after a training mission and requested authorization to land when the aircraft lost altitude and crashed.

The plane was a Russian SU-22 that struck three buildings in al-Qadissiya near Change Square. It struck a building on Rabat Avenue, then hit another and ended up on a third building. Several cars were on fire. Five bodies that were recovered were burned beyond recognition.

All of the victims were civilians and included three women and two children. Several ambulances responded. Some reports said they took a long time to arrive.

An investigation is underway.

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