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    Phoenix Police Department Astar makes precautionary landing

    A Phoenix Police Department helicopter made an unexpected landing at around midnight on Thursday.

    After encountering abnormal in-flight vibrations accompanied by a warning panel light, the pilot set down in a parking lot near 22nd Avenue and Lower Buckeye.

    At the time the precautionary landing was executed the aircraft was engaged in searching for a stolen vehicle.

    No one was hurt in the incident.

  • #2
    King County Sheriff's Department 407 Taken Out of Action After Slip-up with Landing Trolley

    RENTON, Wash. - One of the helicopters operated by the King County Sheriff's Office will be out of service for a while after an accident at the Renton Airport late Friday morning.

    The chopper, known as Guardian One, was taking off from the trailer used to wheel it in and out of the hangar, when it slipped somehow - a move described by KOMO AIR 4's pilot Gary Pfitzner as skateboarding - and the tail rotor struck the ground.

    Some debris from the rotor went flying, but no one was hurt.

    The helicopter, one of four operated by the department, is the only one equipped with an infrared camera used to track suspects on the ground.

    The accident is under investigation.

    More trolley trouble ..

    On 18th June 2008 a newly qualified Swiss pilot had difficulty setting down on a trolley - in fact the aircraft (a Heliswiss AS350B2 HB-XVB) slipped-off the trolley while trying to land. In attempting to get back on the trolley one of the skids snagged the platform and, from there, dynamic roll-over took control (see below):


    • #3
      VH-1N Makes Precautionary Landing

      A US military helicopter (a VH-1N, a VIP military version of the Bell 212) made a precautionary emergency landing on a Virginia golf course on Wednesday morning.

      The Sky 9 helicopter was used to locate the government helicopter at the request of Potomac approach. The helicopter, flying under the call sign "Muscle" was located at Burke Lake Golf Course. We are told that the helicopter landed safely.

      The VH-1N makes a precautionary landing at Burke Lake Golf Course this morning

      The helicopter appears to have landed safely after a warning light illuminated

      Chief of Public Affairs at Andrews Air Force Base Eric Sharman says the helicopter took off from Andrews Air Force Base around 6:30 a.m. and made a precautionary landing due to a check engine light.

      We're told the transmission chip light indicated a small fragment of metal in the transmission, prompting the landing just before 7 a.m.

      There were eight people on board, including the flight crew. Wally Roberts, who works at the golf course, says the people on board were mostly colonels who were on their way to a training facility in West Virginia. Another helicopter arrived to continue the transport.

      We do not know at this point whether any congressmen were on board the aircraft.


      • #4
        British Army Apache Makes Emergency Landing

        The aircraft landed at Sunnyside Home farm in Milltimber at around 12pm on Monday 7th April.

        A full alert was sounded at Aberdeen International Airport, where the aircraft had been expected to land.

        Apache Down: The high-tech copter resting at Sunnyside Home farm in Milltimber, Aberdeenshire, after making an emergency landing

        Kevin Park, who owns Sunnyside Home Farm, said: “I saw an Apache circling my house and then it set down in a nearby field.

        “I went to speak to the pilot, who said he had to make a landing after engine failure because they were losing height.

        “I saw two Apaches flying together but the second one flew away and the grounded helicopter pilots are now waiting for engineers to come and fix the helicopter.”

        Operation Joint Warrior was under way across the north east on Monday.

        A Police Scotland spokeswoman said "We have been made aware of the helicopter landing near Milltimber."​


        • #5
          Bell 407 'Falls Off' Platform in Gulf of Mexico

          According to, there were no major injuries Friday when a helicopter fell off a platform in the Gulf of Mexico.

          The helicopter, owned by Westwind Helicopters, Inc., landed on the platform but fell off and hit the water.

          A Westwind Bell 407 floats in the Gulf of Mexico after 'falling off' a platform

          Westwind Helicopters President Bob McCoy said the helicopters emergency flotation device activated, which allowed the aircraft to land safely.

          The six people in the helicopter evacuated after deploying a life raft.


          • #6
            R66 Precautionary Landing: Peak District

            Three occupants of a helicopter had to be rescued from the Peak District moors after they made an unexpected touchdown on their way to a rugby match.

            Two mountain rescue teams went to the aid of the pilot and his two passengers when they made an unscheduled landing yesterday on the hills above the Woodhead Pass.

            Woodhead Mountain Rescue Team was called out at 3.30pm and enlisted help from neighbouring Glossop MRT.

            The R66 with rescue team members in the moors of the northern Peak District

            A Woodhead MRT spokesperson said: “The three businessmen travelling to Huddersfield to watch the rugby league match between Huddersfield Giants and Widnes had to be rescued by the mountain rescue teams as their helicopter had to make an emergency landing on the remote moors of the northern Peak District, high above the Woodhead Pass.

            “The pilot of the helicopter, a Robinson R66, was forced to make the emergency landing when the visibility became so unexpectedly poor it was no longer safe to continue.

            The pilot and passengers were escorted to safety by the mountain rescue team

            “Given the exact location of the downed helicopter was unknown combined with the poor weather conditions it was soon decided to call for assistance from Glossop MRT.

            “On arrival at the rendezvous point rescuers were able to make contact with the pilot of the helicopter via mobile phone and gained further information regarding their potential location.

            “Rescuers then utilised a smartphone app specifically for mountain rescue teams, Sarloc to pinpoint their exact location. The Sarloc app utilises mobile phone technology to ping exact location data between two smartphones back to the initiator.

            “Once the exact location was known, rescuers were at the helicopter’s location in 40 minutes.

            “Thankfully the pilot and his two passengers were found safe and well, albeit cold. The rescuers provided warm dry clothing for the men and walked them off the hill to safety.

            Woodhead MRT team leader Keith Wakeley said: “It was an unusual callout for us. Thankfully we don’t get called out to downed aircraft very often. The poor visibility was a real issue today but thankfully we were able to use our own technology to locate the helicopter quickly.

            “As you can imagine the men weren’t dressed for a cold wet day on the hills and it was important we got to them as quickly as possible. Thankfully they did the right thing and stayed at their location until help arrived.”

            After having recovering at Woodhead MRT’s base the three men were taken to their hotel by team members where they dried off and prepared for the big match.

            The rescue involved 24 volunteers from both Woodhead and Glossop Mountain Rescue Teams.


            • #7
              S-76 Precautionary Landing Stansted

              A HELICOPTER was forced to divert to Stansted Airport this morning (Monday, June 2) after the pilot reported a problem on board.

              Emergency services, including firefighters from Bishop's Stortford, were called to the airport shortly before 9am as a precaution.

              An airport spokesman said: "The Sikorsky S-76 landed safely without incident but as part of the airport’s standard safety procedures the emergency services were automatically alerted as a precaution."


              • #8
                Emergency Landing Dunsfold

                Reports have emerged of an emergency landing which occurred at Dunsfold Aerodrome on Thursday 12th June involving a helicopter. No details about the nature of the emergency, the aircraft type or operator are presently available.

                A spokesman from Dunsfold Aerodrome said: "At 5.40pm on Thursday 12th June an incident involving a helicopter and its pilot occurred at Dunsfold Aerodrome, Cranleigh, Surrey.

                "Emergency procedures were immediately implemented. The pilot sustained minor injuries and was given immediate first aid by the fully trained medical staff who attended the incident within minutes."


                • #9
                  Hughes 300 Hard Landing in Pennsylvania

                  A 51 year old woman was injured today when the Hughes/Schweizer 300 she was flying suffered a hard landing.

                  The Hughes 300 which suffered a hard landing at Lehigh Valley International Airport today

                  Details of the flight are as yet unknown but it is thought that the pilot was performing a solo training flight.


                  • #10
                    AS350 Hard Landing in Wahee, Hawaii

                    A helicopter has made a hard landing in Waihee, Hawaii after suffering a mechanical problem on Tuesday morning, according to officials with the Maui County Fire Department.

                    A Hughes 500 comes to the rescue of the downed Astar

                    Mechanics appeared to be preparing to remove the blades from the downed Astar

                    The helicopter is owned by Sunshine Helicopters, according to Maui County Fire Department

                    A family of six was on board at the time of the crash, but all refused medical attention. The father, mother and four teenage daughters are visiting from Bellevue, Illinois.

                    The pilot was also uninjured. The FAA is investigating.


                    • #11
                      Bell 206 Hard Landing at Decatur Municipal Airport, Texas

                      Two people have been injured in a hard landing incident involving a Bell 206 helicopter at Decatur Municipal Airport in Wise County Texas at around 3:20pm Tuesday. Both the pilot and passenger were taken to Wise Regional Health System in Decatur following the incident.

                      The Bell 206 at Decatur Municipal Airport yesterday following the hard landing

                      Decatur Police Chief Rex Hoskins said the pilot, Eric Carroll, 57, and another occupant, Russell Timmerman, 47, of Liberty, Mo., were injured and taken by ground ambulance to WRHS. Wise County EMS, the Decatur Fire Department, Decatur Police Department and Texas Department of Public Safety officers responded.

                      The helicopter could be seen upright on its landing skids at the side of a runway with damage to the tail boom, tail rotor and main rotor blade.


                      • #12
                        R44 Emergency Landing: Ringaskiddy, Cork, Ireland

                        A Robinson R44 (registration EI-DDA) belonging to Ireland's SkyWest Aviation of Cork, the Republic of Ireland, made an emergency landing yesterday in a field in Ringaskiddy (on the western side of Cork Harbour, 15 kilometres from Cork city) during a training flight when SkyWest Chief Flying Instructor John Toal reportedly encountered aggressive vibration.

                        The helicopter landed in the field without incident.

                        The landing follows another occurrence in which John Toal was involved when in 2009 he made a forced landing at Mahon Golf Course near Cloverhill.

                        Cork based SkyWest Aviation Robinson R44 EI-DDA which made a forced landing into a field in Ringakiddy yesterday

                        The aircraft had been on a training flight



                        • #13
                          Ground Crew Injured By Main Rotor

                          The Coos County sheriff's office says a man was hit in the head by a helicopter's rotor blade in an accident at an airport in the southern Oregon community of Lakeside.

                          Staff Sgt. Pat Downing said Tuesday that the man was injured Monday and taken to a nearby hospital, then flown to Oregon Health & Science University hospital in Portland. The man was not identified.

                          Downing says a helicopter owned by PJ Helicopters of Red Bluff, California, had landed at the Lakeside Airport and powered down to refuel. As it was refueling, a rotor blade struck a company employee in the head. The company's answering service said Tuesday evening that no one was immediately available to comment on the man's condition.


                          Helicopter owners and operators PLEASE ensure those walking beneath turning rotors are FULLY briefed on the hazards of both main and tail rotors, the risk of swooping blades, of sloping ground and of allowing anything to get too close to any moving part of the helicopter. This risk needs to be especially addressed among those constantly working around helicopters - through regular refresher training and pro-active safety awareness efforts.


                          • #14
                            Helicopter Flight Services 407 Involved in Bird Strike

                            A tour helicopter made an emergency landing at the West 30th Street Heliport after a bird apparently struck the windshield.

                            The Bell B407 helicopter, owned by Helicopter Flight Services, landed without incident at around 2:45 pm Friday October 3rd.

                            Helicopter Flight Services Bell 407 N410TD which has suffered a bird strike necessitating an emergency landing in New York

                            In one flash, a picture perfect day for a helicopter ride over Manhattan turned into a terrifying ordeal when a bird strike the passenger front window of this chopper. The window shattered on impact.

                            "It was pretty much like an explosion going off in your cockpit, a little bit of a pandemonium kind of thing, you know, you have to gather yourself and we headed over to 30th Street," said helicopter pilot Tim McCormack.

                            McCormick put all his training and 20 years of experience to work. He says he never lost control of his craft. Despite missing his front window, despite not being able to hear anything, he calmly and safely landed his bird at the 30th St. Heliport.

                            McCormick's call to Air Traffic Control was recorded in which he said: "LGA Tower this is 9 Tango Delta. We've just encountered a bird strike and will be going for 3-0. If you can hear me we are declaring an emergency. I am unable to hear you due to a blown out window, but we are heading for a spot to land".

                            The 407 made an emergency landing at New York's 30th Street Heliport - the front left side windshield was completely destroyed

                            McCormick was flying a Bell 407 Friday afternoon with six female tourists on board. They had viewed downtown, Coney Island, and we're heading back from Yankee Stadium when the bird hit. It was perhaps a seagull. The pilot tells Eyewitness News that the women started screaming and crying. He had no choice, he had to stay calm and find in emergency place to land.

                            "They were happy when we got on the ground, everybody was happy, and then it turned into, OK everybody is safe," McCormick said.

                            Amazingly, the woman in the front passenger seat was not injured even though the window shattered all around her. She suffered just a minor scratch. Most importantly all are safe. The women will have quite a New York story to tells when they go home.


                            • #15
                              Bird Strike in Brazil

                              A Brazilian AS350 'Esquilo' PP-DMP was recently struck by a vulture on the outskirts of Sao Paulo.

                              The aircraft made an emergency landing on the nearest road where the pilot inspected the damage and discovered that the bird had managed to break through the aircraft's nose.

                              Temporary repairs were made to the aircraft by a local ambulance crew allowing the helicopter to return to its base.

                              A stray vulture in Brazil managed to pierce the nose of this Helibras-built AS350 Esquilo

                              The pilot landed on the nearest road to inspect the aircraft whereupon local ambulance staff (from SAMA ambulance service) helped to patch-up the aircraft's nose allowing it to fly to the nearest maintenance facility. The pilot and passengers were unharmed in the incident


                              • #16
                                AS350 Emergency Landing: Arizona

                                A US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) helicopter has made an emergency landing near Bisbee, Arizona, according to the US Border Patrol.

                                The pilot walked away from the aircraft, according to the CBP, but was taken to a hospital to be checked out. The pilot was the only one onboard at the time.

                                A US Customs and Border Protection AStar such as that which made an emergency landing yesterday

                                In response to the incident the CBP issued the following statement:

                                "While on patrol around approximately 4 pm local time, a US Customs and Border Protection AS350 AStar helicopter from the Tucson Air Branch made an emergency landing near the Gravel Pit area south of the Remax Foothills east of Bisbee. Although able to walk to a responding vehicle, the pilot was transported to a medical facility for evaluation. There are no other injuries or fatalities reported. The National Transportation Safety Board and CBP are investigating the cause of the emergency landing."

                                CBP's Office of Air and Marine also use Blackhawk helicopters for various Border Patrol operations, such as rescuing immigrants who are lost in the desert. They also are used to arrest suspected smugglers who are in remote areas.


                                • #17
                                  R44 Engine Failure: Calgary

                                  It was a scary evening for the crew of a Calgary media helicopter after an engine failure forced it to make an emergency landing in a southwest elementary school.

                                  The helicopter, used by Global Television and radio station NewsTalk 770, lost its engine over western Calgary just after 5 pm Friday, said acting battalion chief Bruce Gelhorn of the Calgary Fire Department.

                                  Robinson R44 C-FRCG on assignment with Global Television is seen on the playing field of Nellie McClung Elementary School in Calgary having made a forced landing due to a reported engine failure

                                  Originally reported by Nav Canada to have gone down west of Glenmore Reservoir, emergency crews were able to locate the chopper, which managed to make a controlled landing in a field at Nellie McClung Elementary School at 2315 Palliser Dr. S.W.

                                  The two occupants of the helicopter were uninjured.


                                  • #18
                                    Sécurité Civile EC145 Strikes Power Lines in Martinique

                                    Sécurité Civile EC145 F-ZBQK (cn.9372) struck high voltage power lines
                                    in Schoelcher, Martinique on 3rd April 2019 during a rescue exercise


                                    • #19
                                      Bell 412 in Fouled Military Display Approach

                                      A Bell 412 has been involved in a military display in which it appears as if the approach was fouled-up