Eurocopter has issued a statement that essentially clears operator Bond Offshore Helicopters in the ditching of an EC225 medium twin in the North Sea last month. “At this stage of the investigation, neither procedure failure nor human error on the operator’s side have been identified as a potential contributor to the cause of the incident,” the manufacturer said.
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News about significant aircraft accidents and information from accident reports.
A Bloomberg Government report released June 17, said the U.S. Air Force has experienced 129 drone accidents in the past 15 years, with aircraft produced by Northrup Grumman Corp. and General Atomics Aeronautical Systems involved in more of the accidents than those of any other manufacturers.
The NTSB has opened the docket on the Dec. 7, 2011, fatal accident involving a Las Vegas tour helicopter. The Eurocopter AS350B2, operated by Sundance Helicopters, crashed in mountainous terrain approximately 14 miles east of Las Vegas. The pilot and four passengers were killed.
The investigation continues into the midair collision of a Beechcraft Bonanza and a Piper PA-28 that took the lives of two people on May 28. The collision took place over Summerduck, Va., 45 minutes southwest of downtown Washington.
The pilot of a Robinson R44 helicopter—N512RT, according to an FAA spokesman—was caught on video pulling a series of low-level flying stunts that endangered the safety of people nearby.
An EVA Air Cargo Boeing 747’s right wing clipped the vertical stabilizer of an American Eagle EMB135 at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport (ORD) on May 30.
The main cabin door of a Challenger 600 separated from the aircraft, shortly after the business jet departed Opa-locka Airport, Fla. (OPF) for a short VFR flight to Pompano Beach Airpark, Pompano, Fla. (PMP), on May 23.
Shell Oil announced on May 31 that it is pulling the plug on plans to sign a multimillion-dollar deal with UK-based Bond Offshore Helicopters to provide transportation within the UK.
Details of the crash of a Dana Air Flight No. 0992 into a downtown apartment building in Lagos, Nigeria, this afternoon remain sketchy as of Sunday night.