List of accidents and incidents involving helicopters

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This article is a list of accidents and incidents involving helicopters and which are notable enough to have an article on Wikipedia. It is grouped by the years in which the accidents and incidents occurred.

1966[edit]

1968[edit]

  • 22 May – Sikorsky S-61L N303Y, operating Los Angeles Airways Flight 841, suffers a mechanical failure in flight which allows the rotor blades to collide with the aircraft's fuselage. It crashes at Paramount, California, killing all 23 people on board.
  • 14 August – Sikorsky S-61L N300Y, operating Los Angeles Airways Flight 417, loses a rotor blade in flight and crashes at Compton, California. All 21 people on board are killed.

1977[edit]

1978[edit]

1981[edit]

1982[edit]

1983[edit]

1986[edit]

1988[edit]

1990[edit]

1991[edit]

1992[edit]

  • 28 January – An Azerbaijani Mil Mi-8 is shot down near Shusha by Armenian forces. All 44 people on board are killed.

1993[edit]

1994[edit]

1995[edit]

1997[edit]

2001[edit]

2002[edit]

2003[edit]

2005[edit]

2006[edit]

2007[edit]

2008[edit]

2009[edit]

2010[edit]

The wreckage of the Israeli Air Force Sikorsky CH-53 Yas'ur.

2011[edit]

2012[edit]

2013[edit]

The damaged crane after the 16 January accident.

2014[edit]

2015[edit]

2016[edit]

2017[edit]

  • 10 March – A Sikorsky S-76 crashed in Istanbul, killing all seven people on board.
  • 14 March – A Sikorsky S-92 crashed off County Mayo on Ireland′s west coast. All four crew members on board died.
  • 8 September – A Schweizer 269C carrying country music star Troy Gentry crashed near Medford, NJ killing Gentry and the pilot. The singer was scheduled to perform a concert that evening at the Flying W Airport near the scene of the crash.

2018[edit]

  • 24 December – Another AgustaWestland AW109S carrying a sitting governor of Puebla, and her husband, ex governor of the same state himself, and her predecessor, crashed near Puebla, Mexico.
  • December 2019 Remains of six people who were on board a tourist helicopter when it crashed on a scenic Hawaiian island were recovered late on Friday, the authorities said. A pilot and six passengers were on a helicopter tour of the island of Kauai, sometimes called the “Garden Island,” when the aircraft vanished mid-flight on Thursday. The Kauai police, citing preliminary reports, identified three of the victims: Amy Gannon, 47, and Jocelyn Gannon, 13, of Wisconsin, and the pilot Paul Matero, 69, of Wailua, Hawaii. Deaths involving helicopters and planes in Hawaii are not uncommon. Three people were killed when a helicopter crashed on Oahu in April. Two months later, a skydiving plane crashed north of Honolulu, killing 11 people. In August, Representative Ed Case, Democrat of Hawaii, introduced a measure that would impose stricter regulations on commercial air tour operations. His proposed legislation would prohibit tour flights over national wilderness areas and national parks, as well as require pilots to focus only on flying the aircraft — not on narrating tours.

2020[edit]

  • 26 January – A Sikorsky S-76 helicopter carrying retired basketball player Kobe Bryant, along with his 13-year-old daughter Gianna Maria "Gigi" Bryant, crashed outside of Calabasas, California killing all nine on board. The victims, three of whom were players, were headed to a basketball tournament at the Mamba Sports Academy in Thousand Oaks. The other victims were baseball coach John Altobelli, his wife Keri, and their daughter Alyssa, 13; mother and daughter Sarah and Payton Chester, 45 and 13 respectively; Mamba Academy basketball coach Christina Mauser; and pilot Ara Zobayan.

References[edit]

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