Entries in Helicopter Crash (10)


Helicopter Crash in London Leaves Two Dead

Oli Scarff/Getty Images(LONDON) -- At least two people were killed and 13 others injured when a commercial helicopter crashed in central London during rush hour Wednesday morning.

Police were alerted to the incident on Wandsworth Road at around 8 a.m. local time, Scotland Yard said in a statement. Officials said the helicopter clipped a crane attached to one of the tallest residential towers being built in London and then spun out of control, slamming into the ground and setting cars and neighboring buildings on fire.

The helicopter's pilot was killed, and an additional person was killed by the crash, police said.

The London Ambulance Service said it treated seven patients on the scene and six others were taken to the hospital -- five with minor injuries and one with a broken leg.

All the fires caused by the crash have since been extinguished.

The helicopter, an Augusta 109, was on a scheduled flight from Surrey and had been diverted to nearby Battersea heliport, according a Metropolitan Police official, and was flying through low clouds and fog.  

A warning, known as a Notice to Airmen, advised pilots to be on the lookout for a "high rise jib crane" with a height of 770 feet in central London attached to a 50-story residential building, the St. George Wharf Tower.

Boris Johnson, the mayor of London, tweeted on Wednesday, "Very saddened to learn of the fatalities & injuries in today's helicopter crash. My thoughts are with the victims & their families."

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NATO Helicopter Crashes in Afghanistan; Two Troops Dead

Tim Hawley/Getty Images(KABUL, Afghanistan) -- Two troops were killed Wednesday when a NATO helicopter crashed in eastern Afghanistan, the third time in 10 days that a coalition chopper has come down.

The International Security and Assistance Force (ISAF) would not confirm the nationality of the two soldiers.

The incident happened in Logar province, an area patrolled mostly by U.S. forces.  A spokesperson for the ISAF would not comment if the helicopter belonged to the U.S.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

"Sometimes these things take weeks to determine the actual cause," Maj. Adam Wojack, an ISAF spokesperson, said.

The Taliban quickly claimed responsibility, saying one of their fighters shot the aircraft down. Afghan sources in Logar say a heavy firefight broke out after the helicopter crashed.

Less than a week ago, a NATO helicopter crashed near Kandahar, killing two Australian troops. 

On Aug. 26, another NATO helicopter crashed, described by ISAF as a "hard landing."  According to ISAF, no one on board was killed.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for both incidents, saying their fighters shot the aircraft down.

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Taliban Claim They Downed US Helicopter in Afghanistan

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(KABUL, Afghanistan) -- An American forces helicopter crashed in eastern Afghanistan Tuesday. It's the second time this month a U.S. chopper has gone down.

NATO officials say no one on board was killed in what they're calling a "forced landing."

The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the crash, saying it was a Chinook helicopter that was shot down by one of its fighters in Logar province.

Tuesday's incident is the second time this month a coalition helicopter has crashed.  Just two weeks ago, 11 troops -- including four Navy SEALs -- were killed when their Black Hawk helicopter was shot down just outside of Kandahar.

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Eleven Killed, Including Seven US Troops, in ISAF Helicopter Crash

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(KABUL, Afghanistan) -- Seven American troops, three sailors and four soldiers, were killed in a fiery helicopter crash in southern Afghanistan, NATO reported.

The troops were on a mission in the Shah Wali Kot district of Kandahar Thursday morning when the helicopter, a Blackhawk UH-60, went down. Three Afghan troops and one Afghan civilian interpreter were also on board and died in the crash.

Two U.S. military officials told ABC News they are "leaning toward" believing the helicopter was shot down.

As soon as it crashed, enemy combatants headed for the site. A second U.S. helicopter arrived and the enemy was repelled from the air.

The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack, saying one of its fighters shot down the aircraft. The International Security and Assistance Force in Afghanistan would not confirm the aircraft had been shot down, but two hours before it announced the crash, a Taliban spokesperson tweeted that it had been shot down. The Kandahar governor's office also sent out a tweet referring to the aircraft as being "shot down."

"This happened in the enemy's backyard," said a U.S. military official.

The bodies of the seven Americans and four Afghans killed in the crash have all been recovered.

"I offer my sincere condolences to the loved ones and friends of 10 of these brave service members and their civilian colleague who lost their lives today," ISAF spokesman Brig. Gen. Gunter Katz said today in a videotaped statement.

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Four ISAF Service Members Dead in Helicopter Crash

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(KABUL, Afghanistan) -- Four International Security Assistance Force service members were killed Thursday when the Blackhawk helicopter on which they were traveling crashed in southern Afghanistan.

The U.S. military confirmed the deaths Friday. The identities of those killed were not immediately released.

“The crash site is secured; the cause is under investigation,” the military said in a statement Thursday. “Additional information will be released as appropriate.”

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Dramatic Military Helicopter Crash Caught on Camera

Tim Hawley/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Dramatic new video gives a rare, up-close view of an American military attack chopper apparently losing control and crashing hard at a remote, mountainous outpost in Afghanistan.

The video, which appeared online recently, shows an Apache helicopter coming into view before swooping down low over the coalition outpost.  The person shooting the video, who has not been identified, shouts in apparent fear as the helicopter narrowly misses a building and then chuckles in relief after it pulls back up.  But after coming back around, the chopper drops down low again and slams its belly onto the snowy ground just feet from the camera.

The helicopter skids towards another group of people, but comes off the ground briefly before crashing again in the distance.

A spokesperson for the U.S.-led International Security Assistance Force told ABC News the video was taken on Feb. 6 in the Paktika province in Afghanistan.  Remarkably, no one on the ground was injured and the aircrew survived, the spokesperson said.

There was no enemy activity in the area and the U.S. Army is currently investigating the incident, he said.

While the cause of the crash is unknown, former Marine Corps pilot and current ABC News consultant Steve Ganyard said it appears the pilot was performing dangerous low-level maneuvers for spectators and then lost control.

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14 Killed in Turkish Helicopter Crash in Afghanistan

Tim Hawley/Getty Images(KABUL, Afghanistan) -- Twelve Turkish soldiers and two Afghan civilians were killed Friday when a NATO helicopter carrying Turkish troops crashed in eastern Afghanistan.

The aircraft came down on a civilian home in the Bagrami District of Kabul Province.  The two killed Afghans were inside the house when it happened. 

The helicopter, which was on a NATO mission and belonged to International Security Assistance Force RC-C, crashed as it was attempting to make an emergency landing, the Turkish foreign minister said.

The cause of the crash is not yet known, but ISAF says there was no insurgent activity in the area at the time.

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ISAF Helicopter Crashes in Eastern Afghanistan

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(KABUL, Afghanistan) -- A helicopter operated by the International Security Assistance Force crashed Monday in eastern Afghanistan.

"There were no fatalities and the crew has been safely recovered to a nearby forward operating base," the military said in a Monday press release. "The site has been secured and initial reports indicate there was no enemy activity in the area."

An investigation is underway to determine the cause of the crash.

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Six U.S. Troops Killed in Afghanistan Helicopter Crash

Purestock/ThinkstockUPDATE: All six NATO troops who were killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan Thursday were Americans, a defense official confirms.  They are believed to be Marines.

Investigators are looking into the cause of the crash in Afghanistan's Helmand province. A statement from the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) reports no apparent enemy activity in the area at the time the aircraft went down, although Taliban sources are taking credit for the incident.

In accordance with ISAF policy, the identification information of the six killed aboard the downed aircraft is not available.

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NTSB Sent to Mexico to Assist in Helicopter Crash Investigation

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(MEXICO CITY, Mexico) -- At the request of the Mexican Government, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) sent a team of investigators to assist in their investigation of Friday's crash of an Aerospatiale AS 332L Super Puma that killed five people.
The Eurocopter was enroute from Camp Marte, Mexico to Cuernavaca, Morelos, when it crashed in a rural area south of Mexico City around 8:45 a.m. local time.

All eight people on board were fatally injured, according to Mexican authorities.

The NTSB designated air safety investigator Lorenda Ward as the traveling U.S. Accredited Representative.

THE NTSB assigned NTSB Operational Factors and Airworthiness investigators and representatives from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to accompany Ward.

The team arrived in Mexico City on Saturday.

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