With New Zealand's Transport Accident Investigation Commission (TAIC) currently investigating four accidents involving Robinson helicopters, critics are asking why so many pilots are involved in Robinson helicopter crashes. Most recently, Noel Edward Wilson died on Monday, March 27, when the Ro binson R22 he was flying crashed into a hilly area on New Zealand's west coast.
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has issued its report regarding the 2015 Flight for Life crash of an Airbus Helicopters AS350 helicopter, which killed the pilot and seriously injured two nurses on board. After an investigation of the tragedy, the NTSB has concluded that a hydraulic issue linked to a preflight maintenance check caused the survivable crash, but the lack of a crash-resistant fuel system allowed the post-crash fire that killed the pilot.
The small town of Chatham, New Jersey, was stunned when a helicopter crash-landed in the parking lot of an apartment off Main Street on Friday, February 24, 2017. A pilot and one passenger were on board the aircraft, which hit one of the complex's community garages as it came down. Despite the proximity to numerous dwellings, there were no fatalities in the R44 helicopter crash, and the only person to sustain injuries was the helicopter's passenger.
A helicopter traveling to Galveston Island from an oil tanker offshore crashed into Galveston Bay on February 6, 2017, killing one of the two passengers aboard but sparing the lives of the pilot and second passenger. It is the second fatal helicopter crash in recent months to make headlines, following the crash of a helicopter into the Los Angeles Port in January 2017.
A Los Angeles helicopter crash, which was witnessed by cruise ship passengers, has killed two people. The crash, which occurred on January 4, 2017, involved a black Robinson R22 helicopter, which plunged into the water at the Port of Los Angeles. Both people on board were killed in the helicopter crash. The Los Angeles Port Police and the U.S. Coast Guard were called in to locate the downed helicopter and its victims, a process that took hours.
A Tennessee helicopter crash killed five people on Monday afternoon. The fatal crash was reported at around 3:30 p.m. in the town of Pigeon Forge, which is perhaps best known for being the home of Dollywood theme park on the edge of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Tourists taking photos of Pearl Harbor on Thursday morning were shocked when a sightseeing helicopter crashed only 20 feet away from where they stood. The Pearl Harbor helicopter crash happened near the Arizona Memorial visitors center at around 10:15 a.m.
Flight paramedic Dave Repsher is fighting for his life.
On March 21, 2013, four retired scientists decided to take a helicopter flight to Panorama House in Bulli Tops, Australia. It was just after noon when witnesses reported seeing the Robinson R44 helicopter land, then rapidly take off again.
A Robinson R44 helicopter crashed into a guest house in a College Park, Florida neighborhood last Sunday afternoon, killing the pilot and two passengers. The deceased have been identified as 48-year-old pilot Bruce Teitelbaum, his 55-year-old wife Marsha Khan, and their friend Harry Anderson, 42.