On January 17, 2019 at 15:59 minutes local time, Sky Service Chopper Eurocopter EC-130T2 crashed in Almaty, Kazakhstan on the grounds of a sanatorium. The pilot Valentin Shitov survived the impact but did not make it to the hospital. The ferry flight took off from Boralday but did not arrive at its destination Big Almaty Lake.
Medical Helicopter Makes Emergency Landing in New Mexico
A medical helicopter had to make an emergency landing at Kirtland Central High School, in Kirtland, New Mexico, on January 12th.
The chopper was transporting a patient from Kayenta Health Center in Kayenta, Arizona, when the pilot received a low fuel indication and decided to make an emergency landing.
The helicopter landed safely. The patient was taken to hospital in an ambulance.
National Guard Helicopter Makes Emergency Landing in Texas due to Mechanical Issue
A National Guard chopper had to make an emergency landing in a muddy field near Interstate 10, Baytown, Texas, on the evening of August 30th.
The pilot had encountered a mechanical issue mid-air, which prompted him to land.
The helicopter got stuck in the mud. No casualties were reported.
Pawan Hans Helicopter Makes Precautionary Landing in India due to Bad Weather
A Pawan Hans chopper had to divert and make a precautionary landing in Kelva, Palghar, Maharashtra, India, on August 27th.
The Bell 407 flying from Vedodara, Gujrat to Juhu, Mumbai, was diverted due to bad weather conditions.
The helicopter landed safely. All 6 people onboard remained unharmed.
Spanish Military Helicopter Crashes in Atlantic Ocean; 3 Crew Members Missing
A Spanish military helicopter crashed into the Atlantic Ocean, around 280 nautical miles from its destination on Gando air base, Gran Canaria Island, Spain, on October 22.
The Super Puma helicopter, carrying a captain, a lieutenant and sergeant, went down after taking off from Mauritania. Authorities said the chopper had been involved in military exercises in Dakar, Senegal and stopped at Mauritania for refueling.
All 3 crew members went missing after the crash. A search operation is underway.
The cause of crash is being investigated.
Indian Air Force Chopper Makes Precautionary Landing in Mumbai
An Indian Air Force (IAF) helicopter made an emergency landing at Bandra Kurla Complex, Mumbai, India, on the afternoon of October 21.
The MI-17 chopper was on a routine training sortie when it had to make a precautionary landing after developing a technical snag.
The aircraft landed uneventfully.
All 4 passengers aboard remained safe.
Miami-Dade Police Department Chopper Makes Emergency Landing
A Police helicopter made an emergency landing near Miami Seaquarium in Key Biscayne, Florida, on September 15.
According to Miami-Dade Police Department, the pilot requested an emergency landing after he noticed some mechanical issues in the aircraft.
The helicopter landed safely.
The pilot, who was the only one aboard, remained unhurt.
Helicopter Carrying Uttarakhand Minister Makes Emergency Landing
A helicopter carrying Uttarakhand Forest Minister Dinesh Agarwal had to make an emergency landing in Mirzapur, Uttar Pradesh, India, on September 13.
Authorities said the chopper was forced to land in the Glocal University campus due to bad weather. Mr. Agarwal was en-route to Dehradun at the time.
The aircraft landed uneventfully
Mr. Agarwal continued his journey in a car.
Fort Carson Black Hawk Crashes in Douglas County
A military chopper made a hard landing in U.S. Forest Service land, south of Rampart Range Road and Colorado 67, in Douglas County, Colorado, on September 2.
The 4th Combat Aviation Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter took off from Fort Carson and was on a routine training flight when it went down.
There were 4 soldiers on-board at the time; all of them were injured. They were taken to Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs.
The incident is being investigated.
2nd Combat Aviation Brigade’s Chopper Makes Emergency Landing in South Korea
A chopper, belonging to the 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade, made an emergency landing near Camp Humphreys, located close to South Korea’s Anjeong-ri and Pyeongtaek metropolitan areas, on August 24.
The OH –58 Kiowa Warrior helicopter was on a routine maintenance flight around the camp when it had to land in emergency.
Both pilots sustained minor injuries.
The cause of emergency landing is not clear at the moment.
7 Injured as U.S. Military Helicopter Crash-Lands in Japan
A U.S. military chopper crash-landed around 20 miles east of Okinawa Island in Japan at around 1:46 p.m. on August 12th.
The incident happened when the UH-60 Black Hawk, carrying 17 people, was on a training mission. According to the U.S. Pacific Command, it crash-landed on the USNS Red Cloud cargo vessel.
Seven people were injured and were taken to a U.S. naval hospital on the Island.
The cause of incident is being investigated.
Coast Guard Chopper Makes Emergency Landing in New York
A Coast Guard Helicopter made an emergency landing in golf course of Richmond County Country Club, Staten Island, New York, on August 2.
The chopper, heading from Atlantic City, New Jersey, to Bayonne, New Jersey, had to land in emergency due to fumes and smoke in cockpit.
The helicopter landed uneventfully and all 4 people aboard remained safe.
The cause of smoke is being investigated.
Seattle Chopper Crash Kills 2, Injures 3
A chopper crash near a tourist spot in downtown Seattle killed all two passengers while setting several cars on fire.
The chopper belonging to KOMO news channel was crashed in a busy street after it attempted to take off from the news station’s helipad located nearby.
Emergency responders found two dead bodies in the helicopter wreckage. Three other people were injured as the crash set their cars on fire. According to the spokesman of Seattle Fire Department, one of the injured was in serious condition.
Crash Magnet Park in Thailand: Kaeng Krachan National Park
What: Thai army helicopter
Where: Kaeng Krachan National Park, Phetchabhuri province, Thailand
Who: 2 pilots, 1 soldier
Why: Three choppers went down this month in Thailand:
A Bell 212 in Kaeng Krachan National Park, Phetchabhuri province with 2 pilots and one soldier killed, and one injured;
Black hawk helicopter killed 9, crashing in a rainstorm in Kaeng Krachan National Park while searching for the wreckage of the first incident;
Huey chopper in Kaeng Krachan National Park crashed while en route to pick up 5 officials who were investigating/arresting illegal loggers.
In George’s Point of View
We know it was most likely weather related, but one almost wonders if the loggers–or the trees–are anti-aircraft equipped.