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[Älvsbyn] A Hughes 369D engaged in power-line inspections was badly damaged shortly after taking off from Högheden Airfield near Älvsbyn in northern Sweden. There were two people on board at the time of the accident. One was confirmed dead on scene and the other one was rushed to hospital. The cause of the accident is unknown at this stage, but it is being examined by the Swedish Accident Investigation Board (SHK).
[Mosjøen, Norway] A Swedish Robinson R44 Raven II (SE-JPZ) was conducting a reindeer herding between an area south of Mosjøen and Sjåmoen in northern Norway. Shortly after 17:00 people on the ground heard a distinctive bang, followed by silence. The helicopter had struck the ground with a high rate of descent and at a steep bank angle to the left. The two people on board, an experienced 62-year-old Swedish pilot and a local Norwegian reindeer keeper, were killed at the moment of Impact. The Accident Investigation Board of Norway states that it is likely that the pilot lost control of the helicopter due to loss of visual references. Heavy showers of snow were reported nearby, and darkness prevailed.
[Tingsryd] Two military MBB BO 105s (known as Hkp9A), Y-04 (09204) and Y-10 (09210), collided in mid-air during an exercise near Ryd in southern Sweden. The helicopters were flying in a two-ship formation and were just about to pick up a troop, when they struck eachother. All four occupants (two crew members in each aircraft) lost their lives. The essential cause of the accident was traced to flaws in the management, which was a result of the lack of the military’s ability to handle changes in the organisation and to execute its leadership. The flaws resulted in insufficient guidance and education to the pilots when it comes to identifying and handle dangerous situations when flying in formation with helicopters.
[Gothenburg] A police helicopter, an EC 135 (SE-HPS), crashed during a police exercise at Sisjön Shooting Range in southern Gothenburg. The pilot lost his life and three occupants survived with minor injuries. The Accident Investigation Board concluded that the accident was partly caused by flaws in the management of the aviation unit, as well as vague approvals and insufficient supervision by the civil aviation authority. Those aspects left a degree of freedom in which an unsafe activity cold be performed. The pilot’s manoeuvre and the inability to revoke it in time, combined to the fact that the helicopter had a snow landing gear that could have affected the aerodynamics in extreme manoeuvres, was considered to be a triggering component in the accident.
[Katrineholm] A Robinson R44 (SE-JGX) crashed near Bie during a ferry flight. The experienced pilot, who was the only one onboard, lost his life. The Accident Investigation Board determined the probable cause of the accident to be an engine failure, most likely due to carburettor icing, but couldn’t conclude a firm reason for the unsuccessful autorotation.
[Sala] A Lithuanian Mil Mi-2 helicopter (LY-HCS), based in Sweden, struck a street lamp and crashed while attempting to take off from an old people's home in Heby, near Sala. Six people were on board and one of them, a 100 years old man who got the flight as a birthday gift, died at the hospital a few days later.
[Gothenburg] SE-JHJ, a brand new Robinson R44 Raven ended up in an uncontrollable state of flight after running in to poor weather near Vättlefjäll. The machine fell to the ground in a remote forest area approx 15 km north-east of central Gothenburg. All three occupants lost their lives at impact.
[Gothenburg] A military rescue helicopter, an Aérospatiale AS 332 M1 Super Puma (Hkp10 - 10409), crashed in the sea close to Rörö during a hoist practice with a rescue boat. The helicopter struck the water with high velocity and six persons lost their lives in the totally destroyed aircraft. One conscript rescue man survived the accident with minor injuries. The cause of the accident was not fully determined, but was believed to have been the result of incorrect flight attitude awareness in bad weather.
[Karlsborg] A military EMS helicopter, an AB 412 HP (Hkp11 - 11334), entered vortex ring state during the approach to a hole in the ice during an ice rescue exercise at Lake Bottensjön, near Karlsborg. The aircraft collided with the ice, turned over and began to sink. Three people managed to escape from the wreck, but one crew member, a medical officer, lost his life in the accident.
[Stockholm] An Agusta-Bell 204B, SE-HVM, had landed on a bridge at Fjäderholmarna to leave a few passengers. When the people left the helicopter it twirled and the tail rotor struck the water. The pilot tried to protect the helicopter from falling over by pulling the collective, but the aircraft ended up in the water approx 120 ft from the bridge. One passenger lost her life.
[Tarfala/Kebnekaise] A military rescue helicopter, an Aérospatiale AS 332 M1 Super Puma (10404), carried out a mountain rescue operation at the mountain Kaskasapakte, close to Kebnekaise. On approach, moments before arriving to the planned hoist zone, the main rotor struck the steep mountain wall and the helicopter tumbled approx 300 ft before it came to rest, exploded and started to burn violently. All three crewmembers, two pilots and one technician, lost their lives instantly. The cause of the accident was never fully understood, but the investigators considered the diffuse visual conditions to be a potential fact that might have contributed to the misjudgement of the distance to the mountain.
[Tjörn] SE-HVR, a Schweizer 269C, carried out a power line inspection close to Skärhamn when it struck a smaller crossing power line. The inspector lost his life in the crash and the pilot got severe burns.
[Härjedalen] The main rotor hub of a Bell 205 (SE-HSX), with its two large rotor blades, separated from the aircraft moments after take-off at Lofssjön. The blades hit a helicopter technician who had just exited a shed some 300 ft from the aircraft. He died instantly and the aircraft fell to the ground, sustaining only minor injuries to the pilot. The cause of the accident was tracked to a faulty rotor mast.
[Bodø] A Bell 206B (SE-HTC) struck a power line during a reindeer census operation in Norway. The pilot and a Laplander lost their lives.
[Gotland] The ambulance helicopter SE-JBS, a BO 105 CBS-4, had left a patient in Stockholm and was headed back to its base on Gotland when it disappeared in the sea. All three crewmembers lost their lives. The reason for the crash was a combination between poor weather and deficient instrument supervision.
[Gothenburg] An AB 206B Jet Ranger II, SE-HKE, crashed in the water at Nordre älvs fjord, north-west of Gothenburg, due to fuel starvation. Two occupants lost their lives.
[Kebnekaise] An Aérospatiale AS 350 B2 (SE-JAN) carried out an aerial filming at low level in the area close to Kebnekaise when the pilot lost his references due to whiteout, and collided with a snowy hill. The pilot and a passenger lost their lives.
[Östersund] A Hughes 369C (SE-HTG) struck a power line and crashed on a bridge during an illicit flight at 3:20 AM in the night. The aircraft had been stolen from its hangar by a 24 years old unlicensed man who had been in and around helicopters from time to time. The man, who was the only person onboard, lost his life.
[Tärnaby] An AS 350 B (SE-HMV), while taking off from a mast inspection site at Vallenäsberget with a group of technicians, hit the supporting lines of the mast. Four people lost their lives and one was seriously injured.
[Norway] A Swedish Jet Ranger, SE-HOT, flying in darkness and poor visibility collided with the inclined terrain at Finnmarksvidda in Norway. The crash, which killed the pilot and his passenger, was caused by loss of references.
[Stockholm] A Robinson R22 Mariner (SE-HSL) fitted with fixed floats, experienced an engine problem during an educational flight at Skå-Edeby airfield. The aircraft flipped upside down and crashed, killing both the student and the experienced instructor.
[Boden] A conscript helicopter mechanic died when a military AB 206A (06263) flipped over on take-off from a snowy field in Heden.
[Lysekil] A commercially operated Bell 206L Long Ranger (SE-HRD) was engaged in a sunrise filming job at Snäckedjupet, south of Lysekil, when it accidentally struck a maritime navigation mark. A German camera operator who was standing on one of the skids whilst filming lost his life.
[Backe] Two people lost their lives when a Hughes 369D (SE-HIX) struck a power line.
[Tärendö] An Agusta-Bell 206A (06268) belonging to the Swedish Army flipped over when it landed on a snowy surface. The mechanic onboard suffered fatal injuries.
[Adolfström] During take-off on a taxi flight from Adolfström a Bell 47 (SE-HME) ran low on power and force landed in the lake Ytaft. The pilot and one of the two passengers managed to evacuate the aircraft, but the second passenger drowned.
[Helsingborg] An Agusta-Bell 206B Jet Ranger II police helicopter (SE-HPF) crashed at Gantofta due to a main rotor separation. Three persons lost their lives.
[Ammarnäs] At late dusk an Aérospatiale AS 350 B (SE-HIP) was airlifting a moose cadaver to a mobile butchery facility at Biellojaure, west of Ammarsnäs. The aircraft was climbing along a mountain and was just about to cross a saddle point when it ended up in heavy rain and poor visibility. The pilot, who was accompanied by two passengers, jettisoned the underslung moose and looked for an immediate place to land. When navigating in the poor visibility the aircraft collided with a rock formation and fell 10 meters to the ground. All three survived the accident, but one of the occupants suffered from rib and back injuries. He was left on scene as the pilot and the other passenger walked to Ammarnäs, some 11 km from the accident site. The wreck wasn’t found until noon the next day, some 15,5 hours after the accident, and the lone passenger died shortly thereafter, partly due to hypothermia.
[Ritsem] On take-off from Sitasjaure a Sikorsky S-55T (SE-HHY) struck a power line and crashed. Five people suffered fatal injuries.
[Ängelholm] A mechanic tried to stop a visitor from walking into the tail rotor of a military Agusta-Bell 204B (mil. designation Hkp3) during a flight show at the F10 Air Force Base. Tragically, the mechanic was hit by the tail rotor himself and lost his life.
[Borgafjäll] An Agusta-Bell 206B Jet Ranger (SE-HGT) collided with the ground at Bastunäsfjället, killing three persons.
[Kramfors] A Hughes 269B (SE-HCI) struck a power line and crashed in Ångermanälven. Two persons lost their lives in the accident.
[Stockholm] A military Kawasaki-Vertol KV107 (Hkp4C), registered Y-66 (04066), impacted the sea at Mysingen (northeast of Utö) due to deficient instrument supervision. One crew member got trapped in the rear part of the cabin and drowned.
[Vålådalen] A passenger walked in to the tail rotor of Agusta-Bell 206B Jet Ranger (SE-HGB) and suffered fatal injuries.
[Ånge] A Bell 206B Jet Ranger, SE-HEN, struck a power line. The legendary pilot "Spökis" lost his life.
[Övertorneå] A Swedish Army Agusta-Bell 206A Jet Ranger (Hkp6A) with callsign Z-67 (06267) collided with the snowy surface of the frozen lake Puostijärvi during an aerial display. The pilot and a conscript soldier lost their lives.
[Stockholm] Y-62, a military Boeing-Vertol 107 (Hkp4B) belonging to the Swedish Navy, crashed in the water just south of Huvudskär in Stockholm's archipelago during a personnel transport mission from Gotska Sandön to the mainland. There were 12 people onboard and only two survived. Four of the crew and six passengers lost their lives. The cause of the accident was determined to be a mechanical malfunction in the rear rotor hub.
[Nyköping] An Agusta-Bell 47G2A police helicopter, registered SE-HDP, crashed during a traffic surveillance mission at Lästringe Church. One of the two policemen onboard suffered severe burns and later died in the hospital.
[Orust] A Swedish Navy Alouette II (Hkp2), with callsign Y-111, struck a power line at Boxvikskilen. Three persons lost their lives.
[Vidsel] Two persons lost their lives when a Sud Alouette II registered SE-HDB crashed in the forest. The accident was caused by a cargo cap that got loose and struck the tail rotor.
[Strängnäs] An Agusta-Bell 47G registered SE-HAM crashed due to a mechanical error, killing the pilot.
[Norrköping] The pilot of a Sud Alouette II (Hkp2), belonging to the Swedish Navy, did a perfect emergency landing close to Sandänkan Lighthouse due to an engine failure. Both the pilot and technician survived without any injuries. But when mooring the helicopter the technician lost his life in an accident.
[Stockholm] A Swedish Navy Vertol 44 (Hkp1), with callsign Y-03 (01003), was practicing emergency procedures at Skå-Edeby airfield when it suddenly got a technical problem and fell straight to the ground from a high altitude. All three persons on board lost their lives.
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