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New Mexico Helicopter Crash

A Robinson R44 II with three aboard crashed near Truth or Consequences, New Mexico just before noon in Sierra County near State Road 187 between Las Palomas and Caballo.

There was no fire, but the three people aboard died in the crash. The victims were 78-year-old Duane Zietlow, of Elephant Butte; 61-year-old William Brownfield, of Caballo; and 34-year-old pilot Ebenezer Priebe, of Tucson, Arizona.

The helicopter may have struck a power line.

Helicopter Crashes in Slovakia’s Vah River

On March 3, 2013, at 17:13 Eurocopter EC-120 Colibri crashed in Horný ?epe?, Sere? district in Slovakia after hitting a cable that was stretched between trees.

The helicopter landed in the Váh river.

Three wounded individuals were transported to University Hospital in Trnava where they were treated for hypothermia, head injuries, lacerations and abrasions.

The thirteen year old son of the pilot was trapped in the helicopter and died at the scene.

The injured parties include a twenty-one year old woman and a 42 year old man. They are in stable condition. The pilot is 40 years old. He is being investigated. Alcohol may have been a factor.

Part of the helicopter was retrieved by firemen initially, and the rest recovered later and loaded on to an armed forces flatbed, with the assistance of divers and military technology.

All of those aboard were Slovakian.

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Helicopter Crashes in Victoria

In Trida, Victoria near Leongatha, on Feb 17, 2013, a helicopter went down, and caused a blackout.

The pilot managed to land and survive the landing, in spite of the contact with power lines. There were no passengers aboard.

Residents reported a loud bang to the police, who responded and found a crop dusting helicopter had clipped power lines and crashed around 5 pm Sunday between Allmans and Mottons roads.

The pilot was uninjured although an air ambulance did respond to the scene of the crash.

Chopper Crashes in Trichiana Field

What: Smart Elicotteri Srl Aérospatiale AS 350 BA Ecureuil
Where: Trichiana Italy
When: Nov 20, 2012
Who: 2 aboard, 2 fatalities
Why: A helicopter distributing anti rabies bait for wild animal vaccination took off and struck an electrical line before it fell into a field.

The victims worked for Smart Helicopters Srl of Italy.

A dog aboard the chopper was also killed.

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French Pilot Crashes in Vienne

What: Skyranger
Where: Vienne France
When: Oct 23, 2012 3:00 pm
Who: 1 fatality
Why: The pilot of a SkyRanger failed to return from a 2 hour flight, triggering a Sater Bravo land-air rescue.

A search went on till 2:00 a.m. The next day his remains were discovered near an electrical cable in a wooded area, ten miles east of the airport. The plane was severely damaged.

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Pintail Lodge Helicopter Crashes in Louisiana

What: Pintail Lodge Inc.Bell 206B JetRanger
Where: Lyons Point, Crowly, LA
When: Oct 10, 2102
Who: 1 fatality
Why: A helicopter out of Texas was flying low over a Crowly Louisiana field when it made contact with a KSIG radio guidewire.

The helicopter subsequently crashed in the field. Local residents who heard the impact described a thud.

The pilot was identified as Hugh Clifton Kelley, 66, of Beaumont.

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Nepal Takeoff Emergency, No Injuries

What: Tara Air de Havilland Dash DHC-6-300 Twin Otter en route from Dolpa to Nepalgunj
Where: Dolpa
When: Sept 21, 2012 9:28 a.m.
Who: 6 aboard, no injuries
Why: Take off from the airport at Dolpa failed when the planes left wing encountered obstruction.

According to Vinaya Shakya, none of the two crew or four passengers were injured, although the plane sustained damage.

French Alps Chopper Crash Kills 6

What: Eurocopter group Eurocopter AS 532AL Super Puma
Where: La Palud-sur-Verdon, Alpes-de-Haute-Provence
When: July 25, 2012, 13 h 40
Who: 6 aboard, 6 fatalities
Why: In the village of La Palud-sur-Verdon, a Eurocopter group helicopter crashed, killing the six men aboard, including employees of Eurocopter. The newly assembled chipper was en route to the Albanian army when it apparently “caught a EDF power cable.”

Two of those aboard may have been Albanian. Climbers were dispatched to assist with the recovery.

First Report of Dana Air Crash in Lagos

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What: Dana Air McDonnell Douglas MD-83 en route from Abuja to Lagos, Nigeria
Where: Iju neighborhood, Lagos
When: June 3, 2012
Who: 153 passengers
Why: Weather was clear. The Dana Air flight experienced engine trouble first in one engine, then the other and was nearing to the airport when it apparently struck a cable and crashed into a residential area less than four miles from the airport. There are no survivors.

Pilots already flying on one engine had slowed, then the second engine failed.

The number of people aboard is not definite as it is not reflected in the flight manifest. Apparently some paper-ticketed passengers are not recorded on computer records, and the passenger manifest is in the process of being double-checked.

The plane had refueled which contributed to a massive fire. The number of casualties in the furniture store/workshop and apartment building that were struck is unknown.

The Nigerian Red Cross, Nigeria’s air crash safety investigators,2 firetrucks and 50 rescue personnel arrived on the scene. A number of charred remains have been recovered.

Local residents report hearing a loud explosion that sounded like a bomb.

Photos of the disaster site show people wandering around the wreckage, with the site not secured.

Bell Crash in Switzerland

What: HeliSwiss Bell Jet Ranger training flight
Where: Tschäggeten-Alp, Kandertal, Berner Oberland Switzerland
When: May 24, 2012
Who: 3 aboard, 3 fatalities
Why: Three Swiss pilots, one of them a flight instructor leading the training flight crashed after hitting a wire.

The flight went missing at 5:45, after which a search continued until darkness in the rugged terrain was too dangerous.

The Heliswiss helicopter crashed into a tributary of the Kander Valley. The site of the impact is a steep, wooded, rocky slope in Tschaggenten-Alp, an area with poor reception, which is hindering recovery services.

After a fire was spotted, rescue teams were flown in, halted overnight (with only security guards on hand) and recovery begun again May 25th.

A team has been assembled to care for the family members.

The Bell Jet Ranger is an American helicopter.

Mid-Air Collision Downs Two Colorado Planes

What: Cessna 180 Skywagon
Where: intersection of County Line Road and Great Western Drive,Longmont, CO
When: Mar 23 2012, 11:43 a.m
Who: 2 fatalities

What: Cessna 172 Skyhawk
Where: near the main entrance, north of Vance Brand Airport, Longmont, CO
When: Mar 23 2012, 11:48 a.m
Who: 1 injury

Why: Witnesses say that two planes collided then crashed miles apart, a few minutes later. They were both banking when they struck, and in each other’s blind spots.

Witnesses who saw the Skyhawk crash and helped the pilot out of the wreckage commend pilot Bev Cameron for avoiding hitting anyone. She was hospitalized at Longmont United Hospital with multiple trauma injuries after the crash.

The Skywagon struck wires and crashed in a parking lot. The two people aboard did not survive the impact. Their names have not been released.

Widow Awarded $10 Million for Wrongful Death in Chopper Crash

The widow of John Goble was awarded $10 Million for wrongful death after the chopper he was in was flown between two electrical towers, striking the power lines. The vintage 1951 military helicopter was en route to an aircraft and classic car show in Riverside, CA. The crash occurred on Nov 7, 2009, over two years ago.

Goble co-founded Sectra North America, the North American unit of Linköping, Sweden-based PACS firm Sectra, in 1997, and had served as its president ever since. Prior to that, Goble was medical marketing manager for Hewlett-Packard’s workstation division.

Two million was awarded in compensation for lost wages; the remainder was for loss of companionship. The pilot owned Classic Rotors, a vintage aircraft museum.

A case against Goble and the utility company involving the surviving family of another deceased passenger, James Jantz, is still pending.

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