Crash while repositioning.
PIC: Comm. Part 91 (EMS).
Tucson AZ.
Eurocopter AS350B3.
Prelim report (3 killed).

While repositioning the helicopter under Part 91 flight rules on 07-28-10, the pilot of an EMS-configured Eurocopter AS350B3 AStar crashed into a suburban area of Tucson AZ. Many witnesses stated seeing the helicopter flying southeast and making “whump-whump” and popping noises. The helicopter was observed by witnesses to descend rapidly and near vert­ically close to the ground, and burst into flames on contact. Both medical flightcrew members and the pilot were killed, and the aircraft was destroyed by a post-crash fire.

Mechanical failure on takeoff.
PIC: ATP, Part 91.
OKB (Oceanside CA).
Beech Baron B55.
Prelim report (1 killed).

Shortly after takeoff on 07-27-10, the pilot of a Beech Baron B55 was killed when the airplane impacted terrain at OKB (Oceanside CA). According to the NTSB report, a witness who holds an ATP certificate observed the aircraft prior to the accident and stated that the engines sounded out of sync after liftoff and passing by him around 50 ft AGL. The witness added that the aircraft appeared to be yawing in a level attitude but drifting to the right when it finally rolled to the right and descended out of sight.

Hard landing injures crew.
PIC: Unreported.
RUH (Riyadh, Saudi Arabia).
Boeing (McDD) MD11.
Prelim report (2 injured).

Two pilots were injured on 07-27-10, one of them seriously, after completing a hard landing at RUH (Riyadh, Saudi Arabia) in a Boeing (McDonnell Douglas) MD11. According to the NTSB report the aircraft caught fire after the hard landing and was substantially damaged.

Ag helicopter crashes.
PIC: Comm, Part 137.
Rochester MN.
Bell 47.
Prelim report (1 killed).

On 07-24-10, the pilot of a Bell 47G-4A was killed when the helicopter impacted the ground while maneuvering at low altitude. The pilot was returning to a field to continue spray operations when the accident occurred.

Helicopter crash on trailer.
PIC: Comm, Part 91.
Salt Lake City UT.
Robinson R44.
Prelim report (1 killed, 3 injured).

While the pilot was repositioning a Robinson R44 II on a flatbed trailer, the skid remained in contact with the trailer while the other skid moved causing a dynamic rollover situation on 07-16-10. The pilot was attempting to load the helicopter on the trailer to be transported to another location when the accident occurred. The helicopter was successfully landed on the trailer when the crew noticed it needed to be moved to align the aircraft better on the center of the trailer bed. The pilot increased the rpm to reposition the helicopter and it began to roll then the main rotor blades contacted the truck, flipping the helicopter off the trailer.

Loss of collective control.
PIC: Comm, Part 135.
Gulf of Mexico.
Bell 206 L4.
Prelim report (no injuries).

While attempting to land on an oil platform, the pilot of a Bell 206­L4 LongRanger experienced a control malfunction on 07-12-10, 62 miles south of Patterson LA, in the Gulf of Mexico. The pilot was on final approach to the platform when the collective control disconnected at the bell crank just below the collective arm. The pilot initiated a go-around, flew the helicopter back to PTN (Patterson LA) with the power stuck at 45% and completed a run-on landing.

EMS airplane crashes.
PIC: ATP, Part 135.
Alpine TX.
Cessna 421.
Prelim report (5 killed).

Shortly after departing KE38 (Alpine TX) on 07-04-10, a Cessna 421B impacted terrain killing all occupants. The airplane was being operated under Part 135 as a Lifeguard flight when the accident occurred. Witnesses reported seeing the airplane which appeared to be operating normally except for the low altitude. Dark night conditions prevailed at the time of the flight and the pilot was en route to Odessa TX. The aircraft was destroyed and a post-crash fire consumed much of the aircraft.

Rescue helicopter crashes.
PIC: Comm, Part 135.
Wells NV.
Bell 206L3.
Prelim report (1 injured)

Shortly after lifting off the face of a cliff, a Bell 206L3 impacted the ground and received substantial damage on 07-19-10, near Wells NV. The helicopter was operated by the local sheriff’s office and was called to the scene to assist with a search-and-rescue mission for a stranded rock climber. According to the NTSB report, the pilot considered the rescue personnel weight and equipment and loaded 3 firemen and their equipment. Witnesses stated that the helicopter lifted off the cliff face and after completing a right turn began descending rapidly, disappeared behind the trees, reappeared and then impacted the ground. The commercial pilot received serious injuries and the 3 rescue personnel were uninjured.