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French Military Suffers Worst Loss of Life in Decades

Helicopter collision killed 13 troops in Mali

(Newser) - A midair collision between two helicopters has killed 13 French soldiers fighting against Islamic extremists in Mali, French President Emmanuel Macron said Tuesday. Macron expressed "deep sadness" at the news of the Monday evening crash, which took place during a combat operation, the AP reports. In a written statement,... More »

Chopper Crash: 'She Got to Practice Nursing for One Day'

Investigation underway in Bahamas crash that killed billionaire Chris Cline, 6 others

(Newser) - There's still no word on what caused the helicopter crash in the Bahamas that killed coal magnate Chris Cline and six other people. But the National Transportation Safety Board says the wreckage has been moved to the US, and a preliminary report should be out in about two weeks,... More »

Coal Baron, Daughter Among 7 Killed in Helicopter Crash

Chris Cline founded coal empire

(Newser) - One of the nation's last coal barons was killed along with six other Americans in a helicopter crash off Grand Cay Island in the Bahamas Thursday, authorities say. West Virginia billionaire Chris Cline died along with his daughter, friends, and the pilot, his lawyer tells NBC . The Royal Bahamas... More »

NYC Helicopter Pilot 'Shouldn't Have Flown'

FAA says he wasn't rated to fly in poor visibility

(Newser) - Tim McCormack, the helicopter pilot who died in a crash-landing atop a Manhattan high-rise Monday, shouldn't have been in the air at all in that afternoon's cloudy weather conditions, the Federal Aviation Administration says. An FAA spokeswoman says the 58-year-old was not "instrument rated," meaning he... More »

Brother: Pilot Saved 'Countless Lives' With NYC Crash

He apparently wanted to avoid hitting people on the street

(Newser) - When a helicopter crash-landed on a Manhattan building Monday, it brought back unsettling memories of the 9/11 attacks for many New Yorkers—but officials say it appears that the pilot was doing his best to avoid killing people. Pilot Tim McCormack was killed in the crash-landing on the roof of... More »

Fatal Helicopter Crash on NYC Roof Alarms the City

Pilot was killed, no one else injured

(Newser) - A helicopter crash-landed on the roof of a midtown Manhattan skyscraper Monday, killing the pilot and briefly unnerving the city, the AP reports. The crash happened at around 2pm in a steady rain and clouds that obscured the roof of the 750-foot AXA Equitable building. Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who spoke... More »

Helicopter Crashes Into 'The Hole'

Authorities are scouring the Chesapeake Bay

(Newser) - A helicopter plunged into the Chesapeake Bay on Saturday and triggered a desperate search for survivors, the Baltimore Sun reports. Per eyewitnesses and officials, the two-seater hovered over a nearby farm before turning toward the bay and crashing about 3/4 of a mile out. The Maryland Natural Resources Police arrived... More »

'Ultimate Experiences' Crash Kills 5 on Kenyan Island

American entrepreneur just started marketing the trips

(Newser) - A helicopter crash in Kenya killed four Americans , including an entrepreneur who recently had gone into business there offering travelers "ultimate experiences." The crash, which also killed the pilot, occurred on Central Island in Lake Turkana, NBC reports. Asher Burke, seven tourists and friends, and two pilots had... More »

GOP Consultant Among 5 Killed in Helicopter Crash

4 American citizens died in Kenya crash

(Newser) - A prominent Colorado political consultant and two entrepreneurs from California were among four Americans and a local pilot killed when their helicopter crashed at a national park in Kenya, authorities and family members said Monday. Colorado lawmakers paused for a moment of silence at the state Capitol in Denver to... More »

Medical Helicopter Crashes in Remote Ohio Woods

All 3 crew members were killed

(Newser) - A medical helicopter crashed Tuesday in a remote wooded area on its way to pick up a patient, killing all three crew members, authorities say. Survival Flight medical transportation reported around 7:20am Tuesday losing communication with a helicopter flying from the Mount Carmel Hospital in Grove City to pick... More »

Political Power Couple Killed in Christmas Eve Helicopter Crash

Martha Erika Alonso had been sworn in as Puebla's first female governor just 10 days ago

(Newser) - On Dec. 14, Martha Erika Alonso was sworn in as the first female governor of the Mexican state of Puebla, a job previously held by her husband, Rafael Moreno Valle. Just 10 days later, the political power couple were dead, killed in a Christmas Eve helicopter crash just minutes after... More »

They Were Married Just 1.5 Hours. Then Their Copter Crashed

Will Byler and Bailee Ackerman were on their way to honeymoon when family chopper went down

(Newser) - Family members say a Texas couple was killed in a helicopter crash just hours after they were married. Will Byler and Bailee Ackerman were married Saturday at Byler's family ranch in Uvalde, about 80 miles west of San Antonio, reports KTRK . Byler's grandfather, William Byler, tells the TV... More »

Helicopter Slams Into Virginia Townhouses

'I just heard a loud 'bam' and the whole house was on fire'

(Newser) - At least one person was killed in a helicopter crash in a residential area in Virginia, authorities say. A 911 call came in Sunday before 5pm about an aircraft crashing into a residential structure in Williamsburg near Settlement Drive, Virginia State Police say. The crash caused a massive fire at... More »

4 Feared Dead in Marine Helicopter Crash

CH-53E Super Stallion was on a training mission

(Newser) - A Marine helicopter has crashed during a southern California training mission and authorities believe all four crew members were killed, reports the AP . The military says the CH-53E Super Stallion went down shortly after 2:30pm Tuesday near El Centro. The helicopter was with the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing out... More »

Pilot in NYC Copter Crash Blames Harness

Says passenger's restraint harness got tangled with emergency fuel cutoff switch

(Newser) - The pilot of a helicopter that crashed into New York City's East River told federal investigators that he believed the aircraft's fuel was cut off when a passenger's restraint tether tangled with an emergency fuel cutoff switch, the National Transportation Safety Board said in a preliminary report... More »

Hawaiian Couple Killed in Crash at Great Barrier Reef

Their daughter, her boyfriend, and the pilot survived Wednesday's crash

(Newser) - Two US tourists died Wednesday when the helicopter carrying them over Australia's Great Barrier Reef smacked into the water some 40 miles northeast of the Whitsunday Islands, authorities say. The Whitsunday Air Services helicopter was approaching a pontoon atop the Great Barrier Reef when it dropped about 650 feet... More »

7 Troops Killed in Chopper Crash in Iraq

American helicopter does not appear to have been brought down by enemy fire

(Newser) - All seven service members aboard a US helicopter that crashed in Iraq on Thursday were killed, the Pentagon said Friday. The crash did not appear to be the result of enemy activity and is under investigation, the Pentagon said. The helicopter was used by the Air Force for combat search... More »

US Military Helicopter Crashes in Iraq

7 service members were on board

(Newser) - A US military helicopter has crashed in western Iraq with seven service members on board, US officials said Thursday. The officials said that so far there is no indication that the Pave Hawk helicopter was shot down. The helicopter is used by the Air Force for combat search and rescue,... More »

Only 'Houdini' Could Get Out of Downed Chopper Alive

Pilot Richard Vance reportedly says the emergency pontoons didn't inflate

(Newser) - There was basically no hope of survival for the five passengers on the helicopter that crashed in New York's East River on Sunday, says a helicopter crash lawyer. Gary C. Robb tells the Daily News , "You'd have to be Houdini to escape. There's no real prospect... More »

Report: Passenger Bag Maybe Played Role in Copter Crash

Pilot told investigators it may have hit the fuel shutoff switch

(Newser) - It will take some time before investigators can say for sure what caused a helicopter to crash into the East River Sunday evening, but CNN reports on one possible explanation. The pilot told investigators that a passenger's bag may have hit the emergency fuel shutoff button, according to a... More »

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