Helo hard landing.
PIC: ATP, Part 91.
JRA (W 30th St Heliport, NYC).
Sikorsky S76C. Prelim report (no injuries).

Substantial damage occurred to a Sikorsky S76C when landing at JRA (West 30th Street Heliport, New York City NY). The copilot was at the controls while landing to the east. While maneuvering the helicopter to JRA's Spot 2, she felt a medium vibration in the pedals while making a hovering right turn. The copilot applied full right pedal and the helicopter continued turning left, so she quickly lowered the collective. The pilot helped lower the collective after he also felt the vibration. He said he noticed no abnormal indications on the instruments. As the helicopter hit the helipad, the left main landing gear collapsed. The engines were shut down and the rotor brake applied. Inspection of the aircraft after the accident revealed up to 6 inches was missing from each tail rotor blade. A perimeter fence pole was damaged as well.

Helo engine failure.
PIC: Comm, Part 91.
Conroe TX. Bell 206L4.
Prelim report (2 killed).

On 10-10-08, while on a news-gathering mission over Conroe TX, a Bell 206L4 LongRanger's engine failed, causing it to crash into trees. A witness reported seeing the low-flying helicopter bank hard to the right and nose down before hitting the trees. Post-accident investigation revealed that a nut on the power-governor line was only finger tight.

Rotor blade strike.
PIC: Unreported, public use.
Sedona AZ. Bell 407.
Prelim report (1 killed).

While assisting a pair of lost hikers, a paramedic was killed when he was hit in the head by the helicopter's main rotor blade. On 10-13-08 the paramedic and an Arizona Dept of Public Safety helicopter pilot responded to a Sedona Fire Dept request for help in locating the hikers. The flightcrew located them and landed on a large boulder on Doe Mountain. After the paramedic had helped the 1st hiker into the helicopter he went back for the 2nd hiker. While returning with the hiker to the helicopter, the rotor blades struck the paramedic in the head.

Helo violent yaw.
PIC: ATP, Part 91.
Amherst TX. MD Helicopters MD900.
Prelim report (no injuries).

An MD900 crew temporarily lost control of the aircraft when it yawed sharply to the right and pitched vertically during a repositioning flight. The helicopter was enroute from Lubbock TX to Clovis NM with the autopilot engaged when it reared violently. After the event the pilot regained control and returned to base at Lubbock. Inspection of the aircraft revealed that the vertical stabilizer rod had separated from the actuator.

Medevac flight hits radio tower.
PIC: Comm, Part 135.
Aurora IL. Bell 222.
Prelim report (4 killed).

A Bell 222 was destroyed on the night of 10-15-08 when it hit a 734-ft radio tower. The helicopter was enroute to 40IS (Children's Memorial Hospital, Chicago IL) with the pilot, flight paramedic, flight nurse and patient on board. The radio tower was equipped with a high-intensity strobe lighting system, and visibility at DPA (Dupage, Chicago IL) was reported as 10 miles.

CFIT into mountain.
PIC: Unreported, state-owned.
García, Nuevo León, Mexico.
Cessna 402C.
Prelim report (3 killed).

Shortly after departing NTR (Intl, Monterrey del Norte, Mexico), the pilot of the Cessna 402 was cleared to climb to 12,500 ft with a heading of 254 degrees. Despite filing a VFR flightplan, the pilot was instructed to maintain VMC as there was a broken ceiling at 3000 ft. A few minutes later, the aircraft crashed into Cerro del Fraile mountain, in the García municipality. In order to clear the mountain, the aircraft would have needed to reach a minimum altitude of 7000 ft. The wreckage was found at 5700 ft.