2020 Q2ROTOR MagazineRecent Accidents and Incidents

Recent Accidents & Incidents

By April 21, 2020March 26th, 2021No Comments

The rotorcraft accidents and incidents listed below occurred between Jan. 1 and Mar. 31, 2020. The accident details shown below 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.

Australia – Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB):
bit.ly/ATSBpub

Britain – Air Accident Investigation Branch (AAIB):
bit.ly/AAIBUK

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

New Zealand – Transport Accident Investigation Commission of New Zealand (TAIC):
bit.ly/NewZealandTAIC

United States – National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB):
bit.ly/NTSBrep

January 2020

Sud Aviation SE 3130 Alouette II
Mokelumne Hill, CA, USA
Jan. 4, 2020 | NTSB WPR20CA059
Injuries unknown | Flight type unknown
No description available.

Hughes OH-6A
Preston, GA, USA
Jan. 8, 2020 | NTSB ERA20LA071
1 injury, 0 fatalities | Aerial observation flight
Helicopter impacted terrain after loss of power.

Garlick UH-1H
Boydtown, NSW, Australia
Jan. 9, 2020 | ATSB AO-2020-003
1 injury, 0 fatalities | Firefighting flight
Helicopter lost power for undetermined reasons and impacted water.

Robinson R66
Mechanicsburg, PA, USA
Jan. 9, 2020 | NTSB ERA20FA074
0 injuries, 2 fatalities | Personal flight
Helicopter impacted terrain during night flight for undetermined reasons.

Bell 407
Lautaro, Chile
Jan. 13, 2020 | NTSB ENG20WA014
0 injuries, 0 fatalities | Commercial flight
No description available.

Bell 206L-4
Lac Saint-Jean, QC, Canada
Jan. 22, 2020 | TSBC A20Q0015
1 injury, 0 fatalities | Search-and-rescue flight
Helicopter impacted frozen lake during search-and-rescue mission.

Bell 407
Minot, ND, USA
Jan. 22, 2020 | NTSB CEN20LA068
0 injuries, 0 fatalities | Air medical flight
Helicopter impacted helipad perimeter fence while landing.

Robinson R22
Charlotte, TX, USA
Jan. 24, 2020 | NTSB CEN20LA066
1 injury, 0 fatalities | Aerial mustering / personal flight
Helicopter hit power line during aerial mustering operation.

Sikorsky S-76
Calabasas, CA, USA
Jan. 26, 2020 | NTSB DCA20MA059
0 injuries, 9 fatalities | Air taxi flight
Helicopter impacted hilly terrain.

February 2020

Airbus AS350 B3
Bulga, NSW, Australia
Feb. 5, 2020 | ATSB AO-2020-013
0 injuries, 0 fatalities | Aerial work flight
Rescue hoist failed for undetermined reasons.

Bell 407
Laishevo, TA, Russia
Feb. 7, 2020 | NTSB ANC20WA019
2 injuries, 1 fatality | Flight type unknown
No description available.

Robinson R44
Marfa, TX, USA
Feb. 14, 2020 | NTSB CEN20CA085
0 injuries, 0 fatalities | Aerial mustering flight
Helicopter impacted ground after striking wire fence.

Schweizer 269C
Ormond Beach, FL, USA
Feb. 17, 2020 | NTSB ERA20CA104
0 injuries, 0 fatalities | General aviation flight
Helicopter’s right skid impacted ground, and the aircraft rolled onto its right side.

Aérospatiale AS350
Tampa, FL, USA
Feb. 18, 2020 | NTSB ERA20CA106
0 injuries, 0 fatalities | General aviation flight
Helicopter departed taxiway after landing and came to rest in drainage ditch.

Bell OH-58A
Calexico, CA, USA
Feb. 18, 2020 | NTSB WPR20CA092
0 injuries, 0 fatalities | Agricultural flight
Helicopter lost lift for undetermined reasons.

Robinson R44
Talkeetna, AK, USA
Feb. 20, 2020 | NTSB ANC20CA023
Injuries unknown | Air taxi flight
No description available.

Innovator Mosquito Air
North Manchester, IN, USA
Feb. 23, 2020 | NTSB CEN20FA098
0 injuries, 1 fatality | Personal flight
Helicopter impacted terrain for unknown reasons.

Robinson R44
Astrakhan, Russia
Feb. 28, 2020 | NTSB ANC20WA031
0 injuries, 1 fatality | Flight type unknown
No description available.

March 2020

Bell 206
Clark, MO, USA
Mar. 4, 2020 | NTSB CEN20LA113
0 injuries, 0 fatalities | Air ambulance flight
Helicopter impacted terrain during forced landing after in-flight loss of engine power.

Eurocopter EC130
Kalapana, HI, USA
Mar. 5, 2020 | NTSB ANC20LA028
2 injuries, 0 fatalities | Sightseeing flight
Helicopter lost control, impacted terrain, and rolled over during precautionary landing.

Bell 206
Konstantinovsky Cape, Russia
Mar. 23, 2020 | NTSB ANC20WA035
1 injury, 1 fatality | Flight type unknown
No description available.

Bell 206
Chicureo, Chile
Mar. 24, 2020 | NTSB ERA20WA137
0 injuries, 1 fatality | Flight type unknown
No description available.