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Recent Accidents and Incidents

By July 1, 2019March 26th, 2021No Comments

The rotorcraft accidents and incidents listed below occurred between April 1 and June 30, 2019. Accident details shown on this page are preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. All information was obtained through the official websites listed below, where you can learn more details about each event.

April 2019

Robinson R44
Taunton, MA, USA
April 2, 2019 | NTSB GAA19CA195
0 injuries | General aviation flight
No description available.

Robinson R44 II
Tampa, FL, USA
April 4, 2019 | NTSB ERA19FA142
1 injury, 1 fatality | Private flight
Engine failure resulted in helicopter impacting telephone pole and fracturing the main rotor blade, fatally wounding a bystander.

Robinson R22 Beta
Clover, VA, USA
April 6, 2019 | NTSB ERA19LA144
1 injury | Private flight
During a departure climb, helicopter impacted terrain and was destroyed in a postcrash fire. The pilot sustained severe injuries.

Amateur-Built Aircraft
Gallatin, TN, USA
April 10, 2019 | NTSB ERA19CA147
0 injuries | General aviation flight
No description available.

Bell 206
Key West, FL, USA
April 12, 2019 | NTSB GAA19CA209
0 injuries | Agricultural flight
No description available.

Robinson R22
Bradenton Beach, FL, USA
April 13, 2019 | NTSB ERA19TA153
0 injuries | Instructional flight
While performing low-altitude training maneuvers, helicopter entered an uncommanded descent and impacted the water.

Bell 206-L1+
Dublin, GA, USA
April 15, 2019 | NTSB ERA19LA152
0 injuries | Air medical flight
Helicopter sustained damage following a hard landing after loss of engine power during takeoff.

Bell 206B
Fort McDowell, AZ, USA
April 16, 2019 | NTSB WPR19FA109
2 fatalities | Flight test
During an evaluation flight, an experimental helicopter was destroyed after impact with terrain and postcrash fire.

Bell OH-58A
Omaha, NE, USA
April 16, 2019 | NTSB CEN19LA121
0 injuries | Law enforcement flight
Aircrew performed an autorotative landing on soft terrain after partial loss of engine power. After touchdown, main rotor blades impacted the tail boom, causing substantial damage.

MD 369E
Hauula, HI, USA
April 16, 2019 | NTSB WPR19LA111
0 injuries | Air taxi flight
Helicopter was substantially damaged after aircrew performed an autorotation to tree-covered terrain after loss of engine power.

Bell 47G
Donna, TX, USA
April 17, 2019 | NTSB GAA19CA216
0 injuries | Agricultural flight
While performing low-altitude aerial application maneuvers, helicopter impacted terrain and sustained substantial damage.

Robinson R66
St Jacob, IL, USA
April 20, 2019 | NTSB CEN19LA123
1 injury | Agricultural flight
While performing aerial application, helicopter impacted an unmarked powerline and terrain, and sustained substantial damage.

MBB/Kawasaki BK 117
Auckland Island, AUK, New Zealand
April 22, 2019 | TAIC AO-2019-005
0 injuries | Air ambulance flight
Helicopter impacted water while conducting a helicopter air ambulance mission.

Bell 206B
Oakridge, OR, USA
April 26, 2019 | NTSB WPR19LA122
0 injuries | Agricultural flight
Helicopter was substantially damaged after pilot performed an autorotation to sloping tree-covered terrain following observations of indications of engine oscillations and partial loss of power.

Bell 222UT
Addis Ababa, AA, Ethiopia
April 26, 2019 | NTSB ENG19WA022
0 injuries | Commercial flight
Helicopter crashed after reporting a dual engine failure. Severity of damage was not reported.

Guimbal Cabri
McMinnville, OR, USA
April 26, 2019 | NTSB GAA19CA226
0 injuries | General aviation flight
No description available.

Aerospatiale AS350
Juneau, AK, USA
April 27, 2019 | NTSB GAA19CA233
0 injuries | Heli-skiing flight
Helicopter sustained substantial damage after tail rotor impacted elevated terrain during landing.

Robinson R44
Kailua, HI, USA
April 29, 2019 | NTSB WPR19FA123
3 fatalities | Sightseeing flight
Helicopter impacted terrain for unknown reasons and was destroyed in a postcrash fire. The pilot and two passengers were fatally injured.

Aerospatiale AS350
Sula, MT, USA
April 30, 2019 | NTSB GAA19CA238
0 injuries | Agricultural flight
Helicopter tail rotor struck ground equipment during hover, causing substantial damage.

Bell 206
Sabanalarg, ATL, Colombia
April 30, 2019 | NTSB ERA19WA167
0 injuries | Noncommercial flight
No description available.

May 2019

Robinson R22 Beta
Pegognaga, MN, Italy
May 3, 2019 | NTSB ERA19WA165
1 fatality | Noncommercial flight
No description available.

Bell 206B
Oxnard, CA, USA
May 4, 2019 | NTSB WPR19LA135
1 injury | Aerial application flight
Helicopter impacted terrain after loss of control and was destroyed in a postimpact fire. The pilot sustained serious injuries.

Guimbal Cabri
Kent Island, MD, USA
May 4, 2019 | NTSB ERA19FA163
2 fatalities | Private flight
Helicopter impacted water for unknown reasons.

Robinson R44
Guatape-Antioquia, ANT, Colombia
May 4, 2019 | NTSB GAA19WA254
0 injuries | Noncommercial flight
No description available.

Bell 47G
Denton, TX, USA
May 6, 2019 | NTSB GAA19CA250
0 injuries | General aviation flight
No description available.

Bell 206L-4
New York, NY, USA
May 15, 2019 | NTSB ERA19LA171
0 injuries | Positioning flight
During attempted reposition to a helipad, helicopter entered uncontrolled right yaw. Pilot performed emergency landing to the water, resulting in substantial damage to the helicopter.

Robinson R44 II
Alpine, UT, USA
May 17, 2019 | NTSB WPR19FA148
2 fatalities | Private flight
Helicopter impacted terrain for unknown reasons.

Robinson R44 II
Tai Po, HK, China
May 19, 2019 | NTSB WPR19WA151
1 fatality | Private flight
Helicopter impacted terrain for unknown reasons.

Bell 206B
Jabiru, NT, Australia
May 21, 2019 | ATSB AO-2019-025
3 injuries | Aerial work
Helicopter impacted terrain while conducting an emergency landing.

Schweizer 269C
Riverside, CA, USA
May 24, 2019 | NTSB GAA19CA284
0 injuries | General aviation flight
No description available.

Sikorsky UH-19
Brewster, WA, USA
May 28, 2019 | NTSB WPR19LA168
0 injuries | General aviation flight
Helicopter was substantially damaged after an emergency autorotation and hard landing.

June 2019

Aurora PAV (eVTOL)
Manassas, VA, USA
June 4, 2019 | NTSB DCA19CA154
0 injuries | Test flight
No description available.

Bell UH-1H
Bethel, AK, USA
June 4, 2019 | NTSB GAA19CA344
0 injuries | External load flight
No description available.

Robinson R44
Deer Trail, CO, USA
June 9, 2019 | NTSB CEN19TA162
1 injury | Agricultural flight
After reported loss of rotor performance, helicopter impacted terrain and sustained substantial damage.

AgustaWestland A109
New York, NY, USA
June 10, 2019 | NTSB ERA19FA191
1 fatality | Executive/corporate flight
Helicopter was destroyed when it impacted the roof of a building. The pilot was fatally injured.

S M & T Aircraft UH-1B
Northway, AK, USA
June 10, 2019 | NTSB GAA19CA345
0 injuries | General aviation flight
No description available.

Robinson R22
San Antonio, TX, USA
June 15, 2019 | NTSB GAA19CA347
0 injuries | General aviation flight
No description available.

Robinson R44
La Ward, TX, USA
June 21, 2019 | NTSB CEN19LA178
0 injuries | Agricultural flight
Helicopter crashed and sustained substantial damage after departing from controlled flight for unknown reasons.

AgustaWestland A109
Brainard, MN, USA
June 28, 2019 | NTSB CEN19FA185
2 fatalities | Helicopter air ambulance flight
Helicopter impacted terrain and sustained substantial damage. The pilot and flight nurse were fatally injured.