The rotorcraft accidents and incidents listed below occurred from Jan. 1 to Mar. 31, 2021.

The accident details shown are preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. All information was obtained through the official websites included below, where you can learn more details about each event.

Australia – Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB)

Canada – Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSBC): bit.ly/3c6evf2

United StatesNational Transportation Safety Board (NTSB)

January 2021

Bell 47D

Marana, AZ, USA
Jan. 1, 2021 | NTSB WPR21LA077
1 injury, 0 fatalities | Instructional flight
No description available.

Robinson R44 II

Near Eaglesham, Alberta, Canada
Jan. 1, 2021 | TSB A21W0001
0 injuries, 4 fatalities | N/A
Helicopter impacted terrain and was destroyed for undetermined reasons.

Hughes 369D

Winthrop, WA, USA
Jan. 9, 2021 | NTSB WPR21LA084
0 injuries, 0 fatalities | Positioning flight
No description available.

Robinson R44

Albany, TX, USA
Jan. 9, 2021 | NTSB CEN21LA109
0 injuries, 0 fatalities | Hog hunting flight
Helicopter substantially damaged during autorotative landing following loss of engine power.

Hiller UH-12C

Lafayette, IN, USA
Jan. 12, 2021 | NTSB CEN21LA124
0 injuries, 0 fatalities | Personal flight
No description available.

Hughes 269C

Spanish Fork, UT, USA
Jan. 13, 2021 | NTSB WPR21LA086
0 injuries, 0 fatalities | Instructional flight
During autorotation training and attempted power recovery, aircraft impacted terrain and was substantially damaged.

McDonnell Douglas 369E

Queen Creek, AZ, USA
Jan. 22, 2021 | NTSB WPR21LA093
0 injuries, 0 fatalities | Personal flight
No description available.

McDonnell Douglas 600N

Mankato, MN, USA
Jan. 22, 2021 | NTSB CEN21LA116
0 injuries, 0 fatalities | External-load flight
No description available.

Robinson R22

West Palm Beach, FL, USA
Jan. 26, 2021 | NTSB ERA21LA117
0 injuries, 0 fatalities | Instructional flight
No description available.

Robinson R66

Knoxville, TN, USA
Jan. 30, 2021 | NTSB ERA21LA121
0 injuries, 0 fatalities | Personal flight
No description available.

February 2021

Bell 206B

Pahokee, FL, USA
Feb. 4, 2021 | NTSB ERA21LA126
0 injuries, 0 fatalities | Agricultural flight
During hover over a sugarcane field, pilot responded to rotor rpm decay and attempted an autorotation. The helicopter was destroyed after ground impact and rollover.

Hughes OH-6A

Horseshoe Bend, ID, USA
Feb. 5, 2021 | NTSB WPR21LA107
2 injuries, 0 fatalities | Wildlife damage-management flight
Helicopter substantially damaged after reported power loss and impact with terrain.

MD Helicopters 369E

Mesa, AZ, USA
Feb. 8, 2021 | NTSB WPR21LA109
0 injuries, 0 fatalities | Instructional flight
No description available.

Robinson R22

Far North Queensland, Australia
Feb. 11, 2021 | ATSB AO-2021-006
0 injuries, 1 fatality | Positioning flight
Helicopter impacted terrain for unknown reasons.

Leonardo AW119 MkII

Alexandria, MN, USA
Feb. 13, 2021 | NTSB CEN21LA128
0 injuries, 0 fatalities | Air medical flight
No description available.

Bell 206

Saint Thomas, US Virgin Islands
Feb. 15, 2021 | NTSB ERA21FA130
0 injuries, 4 fatalities | Aerial observation flight
Helicopter impacted steep terrain and was destroyed in postcrash fire. Video showed smoke from engine area before descent and impact.

Bell OH-58

Greensburg, LA, USA
Feb. 22, 2021 | NTSB CEN21LA135
3 injuries, 0 fatalities | Public aircraft
No description available.

Eurocopter EC130 B4

Tulsa, OK, USA
Feb. 24, 2021 | NTSB CEN21LA153
0 injuries, 0 fatalities | Air medical flight
No description available.

Hughes 369

Kaufman, TX, USA
Feb. 26, 2021 | NTSB CEN21LA139
0 injuries, 0 fatalities | Aerial observation flight
No description available.

March 2021

Airbus AS355

Buckingham, England
Mar. 2, 2021 | NTSB G-BOSN
0 injuries, 0 fatalities | N/A
No description available.

Robinson R22

Kodiak, AK, USA
Mar. 2, 2021 | NTSB ANC21LA020
0 injuries, 1 fatality | Personal flight
Helicopter was lost at sea and presumed destroyed after water impact 70 mi. north of Kodiak, Alaska. The pilot and sole occupant is missing and presumed fatally injured.

Leonardo AW139

Victoria, Australia
Mar. 4, 2021 | ATSB AO-2021-010
0 injuries, 0 fatalities | Aerial work
The flight crew climbed and safely recovered the helicopter after encountering IMC at low altitude and responding to a ground-proximity warning system.

Bell 212

Bowen Island, British Columbia, Canada
Mar. 5, 2021 | TSB A21P0018
2 injuries, 0 fatalities | Hydrological support flight
After indications of system failure, flight crew attempted emergency landing and lost control of helicopter, resulting in terrain impact.

Robinson R66

Duson, LA, USA
Mar. 9, 2021 | NTSB CEN21LA154
0 injuries, 0 fatalities | Personal flight
No description available.

Bell 206B

Laton, CA, USA
Mar. 13, 2021 | NTSB WPR21LA130
1 injury, 0 fatalities | Agricultural flight
No description available.

Robinson R44

Rosh Pinna, Israel
Mar. 13, 2021 | NTSB N97KC
Minor injuries reported | Flight type unknown
No description available.

Robinson R44

Pretoria, South Africa
Mar. 15, 2021 | NTSB ZS-OVV
0 injuries, 0 fatalities | Flight type unknown
No description available.

Bell 206L-3

Lucerne Valley, CA, USA
Mar. 16, 2021 | NTSB WPR21LA133
2 injuries, 0 fatalities | Personal flight
No description available.

Robinson R44

Leksand, Sweden
Mar. 17, 2021 | NTSB SE-JVF
Fatality reported | Flight type unknown
No description available.

Bell 206

Xiamen, China
Mar. 19, 2021 | NTSB B-7720
Fatality reported | Flight type unknown
No description available.

Hughes 369D

Lake City, KS, USA
Mar. 25, 2021 | NTSB CEN21LA165
0 injuries, 0 fatalities | External-load flight
No description available.

Leonardo AW139

Katoomba, New South Wales, Australia
Mar. 26, 2021 | ATSB AO-2021-018
0 injuries, 0 fatalities | Air medical flight
Helicopter sustained overtorque during night-vision goggles (NVG) winch operations after near impact with terrain.

Robinson R44

Dustin, OK, USA
Mar. 26, 2021 | NTSB CEN21LA173
4 injuries, 0 fatalities | Aerial observation flight
Helicopter substantially damaged following a loss of power and forced landing.

Airbus AS350 B3

Palmer, AK, USA
Mar. 27, 2021 | NTSB WPR21FA143
1 injury, 5 fatalities | Air taxi and commuter flight
During heli-ski flight, helicopter impacted mountainous terrain and was destroyed.

Bell OH-58

Pottsboro, TX, USA
Mar. 27, 2021 | NTSB CEN21LA169
1 injury, 0 fatalities | Personal flight
No description available.

 

 

Enstrom 480

Woodstock, CT, USA
Oct. 10, 2020 | NTSB ERA21LA016
1 injury, 0 fatalities | Personal flight
No description available.

Bell 206

Zephyrhills, FL, USA
Oct. 16, 2020 | NTSB ERA21LA023
0 injuries, 0 fatalities | Personal flight
Helicopter sustained substantial damage during attempted autorotative landing following pilot-reported low-rotor RPM aural alarm.

Robinson R44

Pahrump, NV, USA
Oct. 16, 2020 | NTSB WPR21LA021
2 injuries, 0 fatalities | Business flight
No description available.

Robinson R22

Winder, GA, USA
Oct. 18, 2020 | NTSB ERA21LA024
1 injury, 0 fatalities | Personal flight
Helicopter impacted terrain, sustaining substantial damage, after pilot suspected a loss of power.

Robinson R44 II

Washington, WI, USA
Oct. 18, 2020 | NTSB CEN21LA021
0 injuries, 0 fatalities | Personal flight
No description available.

Bell 206

Point Lookout, NY, USA
Oct. 21, 2020 | NTSB ERA21LA028
1 injury, 0 fatalities | Personal flight
Helicopter settled into shallow water, sustaining substantial damage, after pilot reported entering IMC and a loss of yaw control.

Eurocopter AS350 B3

Silver City, NM, USA
Oct. 26, 2020 | NTSB WPR21LA027
1 injury, 0 fatalities | Positioning flight
No description available.

Hughes 369

Honolulu, HI, USA
Oct. 27, 2020 | NTSB ANC21LA003
0 injuries, 0 fatalities | External-load flight
During external-load operations, pilot reported helicopter lost power made impact with trees during attempted emergency landing.

November 2020

Agusta A109

Los Angeles, CA, USA
Nov. 6, 2020 | NTSB WPR21LA039
1 injury, 0 fatalities | Organ transport flight
During a steep approach to an elevated helipad, helicopter entered an uncontrollable right yaw, made impact with helipad, and rolled onto its left side.

Schweizer 269C

Rhame, ND, USA
Nov. 7, 2020 | NTSB CEN21LA081
0 injuries, 0 fatalities | General aviation flight
No description available.

Bell 206

Raleigh, NC, USA
Nov. 8, 2020 | NTSB ERA21LA040
0 injuries, 0 fatalities | General aviation flight
No description available.

Aérospatiale AS355

Hammonton, NJ, USA
Nov. 14, 2020 | NTSB ERA21LA043
0 injuries, 0 fatalities | Business flight
No description available.

Robinson R44

Austell, GA, USA
Nov. 18, 2020 | NTSB ERA21LA046
0 injuries, 0 fatalities | Instructional flight
No description available.

December 2020

Robinson R44

Marulan South, New South Wales, Australia
Dec. 2, 2020 | ATSB AO-2020-061
0 injuries, 2 fatalities | Training flight
Helicopter made impact with terrain and was destroyed in postcrash fire.

Robinson R44 II

Marietta, TX, USA
Dec. 5, 2020 | NTSB CEN21LA077
0 injuries, 0 fatalities | Personal flight
No description available.

Robinson R44

Colorado City, TX, USA
Dec. 10, 2020 | NTSB CEN21LA084
0 injuries, 2 fatalities | Business flight
Helicopter crashed for unknown reasons, leaving a 400-yard debris field.

Robinson R44

Morris, IL, USA
Dec. 20, 2020 | NTSB CEN21LA095
1 injury, 0 fatalities | Personal flight
No description available.

Robinson R44

Clare, South Australia, Australia
Dec. 22, 2020 | ATSB AO-2020-064
0 injuries, 0 fatalities | Agricultural flight
During attempted landing after aerial application flight, helicopter collided with vehicle and sustained substantial damage.

Hughes 369D

Tuckers Crossing, MS, USA
Dec. 29, 2020 | NTSB CEN21LA102
0 injuries, 1 fatality | External-load flight
While conducting aerial tree trimming with suspended saw, pilot attempted emergency landing, but helicopter made impact with trees and terrain and was consumed by postcrash fire.

Gina Kvitkovich

Gina Kvitkovich

Gina Kvitkovich joined HAI as director of ­publications and media in 2011 after decades of honing her skills in writing, editing, and publishing. As editor of ROTOR, she is responsible for every error in the magazine that you’re reading—and for some of the good stuff, as well.

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