Helicopter Accidents


Year 1985 accidents

List of helicopter accidents

Aerospatiale Alouette II 2
Aerospatiale AS332 Super Puma 2
Aerospatiale AS350 Ecureuil 1
Aerospatiale SA330 Puma 2
Bell 204 2
Bell 205 2
Bell 206 4
Bell 209 AH-1 Cobra 2
Bell 212 6
Bell 222 1
Bell 47 1
Boeing-Vertol 107M H-46 Sea Knight 2
Boeing-Vertol CH-47 Chinook 1
F+W Emmen SA316B Alouette III 1
Hughes 369 / 500 / H-6 1
Kaman Seasprite 1
MBB Bk117 1
Robinson R22 1
Sikorsky S-58 H-34 1
Sikorsky S-61 H-3 6
Sikorsky S-62 HH-52 1
Sikorsky S-65 H-53 3
Sikorsky S-70 H-60 2
Sikorsky S-80 H-53E 2
Sud Aviation S-58 1
Westland Lynx 2
Westland Scout 1
Westland Sea King 2
Westland Sioux 1
Westland Wessex 1

1985 206a 366 N1434W : Bell 206A cn366, ff:1969; xfer Ted T Kennedy, Las Vegas, NV, oper by Blue Bird Express Helicopters as N1434W, unk; w/o when suffered hard lndg during attempted auto rotation due to power loss, San Diego, CA 31Mar85, 1 serious injury
1985 206b-2 1674 ERA Helicopters N385EH : ERA Helicopters; w/o 19apr85 at Valdez, AK; canc Nov90
1985 212 30733 Fuerza Aerea del Peru FAP-605 : FAP; w/o 03may85
1985 212 31188 Kaijō Hoan-chō JA9567 : Japan coast guard from Dec81, test serial N18092; w/o 30oct85 at Okayama City; canc Mar86
1985 212 31221 Fuerza Aerea del Peru FAP-611 : FAP d/d 1982; w/o 09sep85
1985 212 31251 Fuerza Aerea Colombiana FAC215A : d/d 1984. w/o 21apr85
1985 222ut 47538 Bell Helicopter N3194M : Bell 222UT, cn47538, ff:?; reg Bell Helicopters as N3194M, unk
N3149M : del Pumpkin Air as N3149M, unk; w/o when crashed during landing on oil platform, Gulf of Mexico, 24Oct85.
1985 369 Prefectura Naval Argentina PA-33 : PNA. w/o 19jan85 over Rio de la Plata near San Isidro
1985 47g-3 6812 Royal New Zealand Air Force NZ3710 : RNZAF. w/o 16jul85
1985 ah-1g 20579 US Marine Corps 157208 : Army AH-1G BuNo 68-15045; to USMC; Back to Army; conv AH-1S; w/o 11mar85
1985 ah-1j 26074 US Marine Corps 160109 : USMC; conv AH-1T unk; w/o 16sep85
US Marine Corps 160109 : Exercise off Sardinia: Controlled flight into terrain (water) CFIT. Night amphibious assault from USS Iwo Jima (LPH-2) (Wx: 3K ft overcast, moonless night) Dash 3 in flight of 4 AH-1T, pilot in front seat at controls, lost SA due to limited flight instrumentation and and visual cues impacted water. Back seat pilot survived.
1985 as332b 2051 Ejercito del Aire HD.21-5 : EdA. w/o 20sep85
1985 as332L 2060 Bristow G-TIGX : Bristow d/d Feb84; Oct84 to C-GQLS
Universal Helicopters C-GQLS : Universal Helicopters; w/o 27apr85 crashed at St. Johns Airport, Newfoundland
1985 as350b 1190 McAlpine Helicopters G-BHIU : McAlpine Dec79-Jan80
UK Police Forces G-MORR : Devon and Cornwall Police (D&CC), on charter (?) from Colt Car Company; 16feb82 noted operating from Middlemoor
G-NOEI : Direct Produce Supplies Ltd Mar84-Jan87
G-NOEI : 04sep84 visited Farnborough
G-NOEI : w/o 08oct85
G-MORR : Colt Car Co Ltd Jan80-Jan84
1985 bk117a1 7016 ADAC Luftrettung D-HMUZ : ADAC Luftrettung; w/o 23aug85, Christoph 26 NWK Sanderbusch, destroyed by fire
1985 ch-136 44058 Canadian Armed Forces 136258 : BuNo 71-20923. 427 sqd w/o 12jun85
Canadian Armed Forces 136258 : lost 12jun85, crashed in Lac Findlay, Quebec while conducting a night navigation training mission, PIC Major Robert "Duke" Connell, Observer Sergeant Henry A. Andersen
Canadian Armed Forces 136258 : The free-wheeling outer race was outside the manufacturer’s specification for roundness. This, over time eventually, resulted in slippage of the spraggs, the end result being the shearing of the stub shaft. This effectively disconnected the engine from the drive train with no indication to the crew of the actual problem and resulted in an out of control condition from which they could not recover.
1985 CH-46D 2187 US Marine Corps 152565 : BV-107M, c/n 2187, ff?; del USMC 26Aug66 as CH-46A 152565; asgd Boeing FR Morton PA; xfer HMM-262 01Sep66; redesig CH-46D 06Jun68; xfer FAWPRA Atsugi 20Nov68; xfer NAS Atsugi A&T 11Feb69; xfer HMM-262 07Mar69; xfer NARF North Isalnd 08May72; further unit xfers unk; xfer HC-6, HW-01, unk; w/o 17Nov85.
US Marine Corps 152565 : My Bird. I took her to Vietnam and was her only Crew Chief until rotating back to CONUS; 1985, as a Navy bird, taxiing on a carrier, the front blades struck the island and she came apart. She was scavenged for parts, etc. and dumped over-board. She rests the bottom of the Mediterranean Sea. She saved MANY lives in Vietnam
US Navy 152565 : US Navy UH-46D type as HC-6 /HW-01; w/o 17Nov85
US Navy 152565 : True the aircraft was destroyed in 1985 but was during night VERTREP to USS Iwo Jima (LPH-2). Rotors came in contact with guy wires for antennas around super structure and the aircraft fell on the forward gun, broke apart and crushed a cobra attack bird. I Was there, sister detachment from HC-6. Pilot and crew were friends.
US Navy 152565 : IWO JIMA (LPH-2) mishap confirmed. Pilot-in-Command (PIC) had been hot dogging all day. On last lift of retrograde PIC insisted that all VERTREP nets and pendants be strung together resulting in high hover with few visual cues to hold a stable hover. Acft drifted into yard arm and killed sailor on signal bridge. As previously stated fell onto AH-1T of HMM-261 and into forward gun tub.
1985 CH-46D 2329 US Marine Corps 153978 : BV-107M, c/n 2329, ff:?; accepted BuWepsRep FR Morton, PA as CH-46D 153978 10Aug67; xfer NARF Cherry Point, NC 30Aug67; xfer HMM-162 25Sep67; xfer HMM-261 25Feb69; xfer HMMT-402 26Nov69; xfer NAS North Island, A&T 11May70; xfer HMM-265 15May70; xfer HMM-165 20Oct70; xfer H&MS-36 11Mar71; xfer H&MS-56 23Apr71; xfer H&MS-16 CRAA 16Jul71; xfer HMM-161 12Oct71; wfu & stor MASDC, DMAFB as 1J0024 07Dec71; xfer & rts NARF Cherry Point, NC 15Mar83; conv CH-46E unk; unit xfers unk; xfer HMM-266, ES-22, unk; w/o 08Oct85.
US Marine Corps 153978 : 10may83
1985 ch-47c b-698 Royal Australian Air Force A15-001 : B.698/E.001. BuNo 73-21970. w/o 04feb85
1985 ch-53d 65-231 US Marine Corps 157138 : USMC CH-53D
US Marine Corps 157138 : w/o 06may85 HMH-462 /YF-50
US Marine Corps 157138 : 17 Marines died, 11 from HMH-462, 15 miles south of Yakushima, Japan. Main rotor gearbox failed, ceased mid-air while trying to set a/c in the water due to the mechanical failure emergency
1985 ch-53e 65-428 US Marine Corps 161256 : USMC CH-53E
US Navy 161256 : US Navy; 1988 HM-14 /BJ-531; 1993 Stricken from US Navy list
US Marine Corps 161256 : w/o 29aug85 with HMH-464
1985 ch-53e 65-476 US Marine Corps 161999 : USMC CH-53E
US Marine Corps 161999 : w/o 07feb85 HMH-465 /YJ-03
1985 h-34g.i 58-750 Heeresflieger PB+205 : Sikorsky H-34G.I, c/n 58-750, ff?; del W. Ger Heeresflieger as PB+205, 02Jan58; code PJ+362, unk; coded PY+334, unk; coded 80+09, unk
D-HMBD : xfer Germany as D-HMBD, unk
Sikorsky Helicopters N65526 : reg Sikorsky as N65526, unk; conv S-58ET, 27Jun73
Carson Helicopters N65526 : 19jun73
Carson Helicopters N65526 : xfer Hawaii Leasing as N65526, byJan76; xfer Carson Helicopter as N65526, 27Oct80; NTSB reports: "Gulf of Mexico: Crashed in Gulf, Extensive damage, wreckage recovered, 3 fatalities, 20Apr85."
1985 hh-52a 62-072 US Coast Guard 1391 : Sikorsky S-62C c/n 62-072, ff?; del USCG as HH-52A Seaguard 1391 unk; wfu & status unk.
US Coast Guard 1391 : 15jul85 last flown. suffered an inflight emergency while enroute from the Cutter Bear to its home base of CGAS Miami. It autorotated into the ocean at approx 7AM just off shore of Eleuthera Island, Bahamas. The aircraft was eventually returned to the Airstation and decommissioned. I was an aircrewman on that last flight.
1985 HH-53C 65-185 US Air Force 68-10355 : USAF; 6594th TG w/o 18jan85 at 540nm N of Hawaii attempting to rescue sick seaman from ship Asian Beauty. Crashed on deck and 7 crewmembers killed
US Air Force 68-10355 : MRB BIM caution light came on enroute to ship. When acft entered a hover over ship, the MRB failed and part of it separated. The ensuing severe out of balance condition caused the acft to shake itself apart and it crashed on the ship. This acft had the old aluminum spar MRBs. Back then you could continue flight with airspeed/time restrictions when a BIM light came on.
1985 hss-1 SA.146 Force Aérienne Belge B5 : FAB d/d May61; w/o 29aug85 at Koksijde AB, tech prob after autorotation
Force Aérienne Belge B5 : 1972 Represented RBAF at 6th International Helicopter SAR Competition Jul 1972. Together with B4, came 7th overall.
Force Aérienne Belge B5 : FAB OT-ZKE w/o 28aug85 no casualities
1985 hss-2 61-024 US Navy 148046 : USN; conv SH-3G; 1978 AMARC; VC-8/GF-26 w/o 22jan85 crashed off Puerto Rico, 1 fatality
US Navy 148046 : 26jan71
US Navy 148046 : I was Photographers Mate in the Navy stationed at Roosevelt Roads. I shot photos of them recovering the helicopter a few days after the accident
US Navy 148046 : 23jan85 search
1985 hss-2 61-048 US Navy 148976 : USN; conv SH-3H; HS-2 w/o 19oct85

1985 hss-2 61-144 US Navy 149726 : USN; conv SH-3G ?; conv SH-3H; 18nov85 HS-12 USS Midway ditched at sea South China Sea
1985 ah1 234 Army Air Corps XZ671 : AAC; 652 Sqn w/o 24jan85
1985 mk80 196 Kongelige Danske Marine S-196 : RDN; w/o 14sep85 ditched 8m South of Mon island, Baltic Sea. No casualties
1985 mh-60g 70-530 US Air Force 82-23707 : USAF; UH-60A conv MH-60G; w/o 26jan85
1985 oh-58a 40145 US Army Aviation 68-16831 : US Army
US Army Aviation 68-16831 : w/o 26mar85 25th Infantry Division
1985 hp 0338 N8386B : w/o 19May85
1985 S-65C-3 65-344 Heil Ha'Avir 247 : Sikorsky S-65C-3, c/n 65-344 ff?; retained by Sikorsky for testing as N4003S; del IDF/AF as S-65C Yasur 247, Jul71; w/o 13Jun85.
1985 sa315b 01 F-WPXS : SNCA Sud-Est 3140 Alouette Turmo; conv to 3150 Alouette Artouste; conv to Sud Aviation 315A conv to 315B Lama c/n 001; serials F-WIEB, F-ZWVN
Heli-Union F-BPXS : w/o 23feb85 crashed near Flaine ski resort, Flaine,French Alps
1985 sa316b 140/1086 Schweizer Luftwaffe V-264 : SUI
1985 sa330b 1220 Aviation Légère de l'Armée de Terre 1220 : ALAT w/o 21nov85
1985 sa330j 1484 Bristow G-BFJY : Bristow; 1980 to 9M-SSG
Bristow Malaysia 9M-SSG : Bristow; ex G-BFJY; w/o 13dec85
1985 ah.1 f.9507 Army Air Corps XP906 : w/o 12mar85, Crest Hill, Sheung Shui, Hong Kong
1985 se3130 1211 Gendarmerie Nationale F-MJBH : Gendarmerie; JBH; w/o 21jan85 after hard landing on mountains
1985 has.5 wa 879 Fleet Air Arm XZ919 : f/f 24/04/1979, d/d 01/06/1979, w/o 27/06/1985
Fleet Air Arm XZ919 : noted at RNAS Culdrose Airday 25jul79 uncoded
Fleet Air Arm XZ919 : 826 NAS / 141-H, aboard HMS Hermes at Portsmouth Navy Days 1981
Fleet Air Arm XZ919 : noted as 826Sq/141 on 11 Mar 1982, en route Portsmouth
Fleet Air Arm XZ919 : 03Jul82 noted HMS Illustrious coded -.271 of 814Squadron
Fleet Air Arm XZ919 : 27Jun85 Coded -.529 of 826Squadron Crashed after in-flight collision with Hercules XV206. The Hercules lost a part of his port wing but landed safely at Mount Pleasant. 4 killed in XZ919
1985 has.5 wa 944 Fleet Air Arm ZD635 : RN f/f 08feb85, d/d 01mar85; w/o 21jun85
Fleet Air Arm ZD635 : w/o 21jun85 crashed at Taye, Fyfe. Captain/Pilot killed, 3 others alive; 2013 used as a training aid in Culdrose
1985 SH-2F 199 US Navy 161649 : w/o 21jan85
1985 sh-3a 61-318 US Navy 152124 : HS-11 /AB-610, noted aboard USS America at Spithead, between 25 and 28 Sep 1982
US Navy 152124 : USN; conv SH-3H; w/o 22aug85 /AK-614 HS-17 USS Coral Sea (CV-43)
US Navy 152124 : AK614. I was the first crewman (AW2 Brett Norton) and landed on the Coral Sea to do a refuel and hot crew swap. I had a terrible headache and could not figure out why. The crewmen that relieved us were Maes and Spigner. I told them that something was wrong with the helicopter. I exited the flight deck and heard “Man Overboard, aircraft in the water” over the 1MC. I looked over the side of the ship and saw 614 sinking. They assumed it was tail rotor failure. Maes was trapped in the tail, saw the flares ignite and swam towards them to escape. Spigner had the console come down on his legs and was able to pull it off and get out of the crew window. One pilot somehow went out through the overhead canopy. All crew survived and were rescued by another HS-17 Helo.
1985 sh-3d 61-838 Arma Aerea de la Armada Española HS.9-13 : Armada 01-513. MAP BuNo 161207. conv SH-3G w/o 14may85
1985 sh-3d 61-843 Arma Aerea de la Armada Española HS.9-18 : Armada 01-518. MAP BuNo 161212. conv SH-3G w/o 12nov85
1985 sh-60b 70-387 US Navy 162097 : USN; JA-42/VX-1 w/o 23feb85 ditched North of Bermuda
1985 Sioux wa408 Army Air Corps XT249 : AAC Sioux AH.1 01Nov79 to G-BHBV
Heliworks Ltd G-BHBV : Private reg to Heliworks, Thruxton until 01May80
G-BHBV : Private reg to Helicrops Ltd, Banbury, Oxford, UK 12May80 until 11Jan83 then to G-SMRI
G-SMRI : Private Reg to Helicrops Ltd, Thruxton until 11Jul86 w/o 24Jul85
1985 UH-1B 735 US Army Aviation 63-8513 : US Army to AMARC in jul1976 park code XA0204. toward N99676
State of Alaska N99676 : Temsco from aug1980? to w/o 11jun1985
1985 uh-1h 10224 Fuerza Aerea Argentina H-15 : FAA d/d 1969, FMS BuNo 68-15294
Fuerza Aerea Argentina H-15 : 25nov68 pictured equipped with floats as the first ever FAA helicopter to operate in Antarctica when deployed from icebreaker ARA San Martin (Q4) to Marambio base; By that time, the Navy had been operating their S-55 for a decade in the white continent
Fuerza Aerea Argentina H-15 : w/o 10may85 at San Antonio Oeste, Río Negro
1985 uh-1h 11465 Fuerza Aerea de Chile H-91 : fach d/d 1969; BuNo 69-15177; w/o 21nov85
1985 UH-1L 6214 US Navy 157855 : wfu 1983
N70410 : Mountain West Helicopters Llc at Provo, UT from Jul95
N70410 : w/o 18sep85 log slinging operations at Grace, ID
1985 UH-1N 31453 US Marine Corps 160835 : USMC; w/o 12aug85 on USS Iwo Jima (LPH-2)
1985 UH-1N 31455 US Navy 160837 : 1979 photo as USS Belleau Wood /DD-001
US Marine Corps 160837 : USMC; w/o 21sep85 on USS Okinawa (LPH-3)
US Marine Corps 160837 : I was there!
1985 hc.2 wa537 Royal Air Force XT669 : Westland Wessex HC.2 f/f 21oct66 d/d Royal Air Force 26nov66; w/o 25oct85 at Forkhill, Northern Ireland, 1 fatality; to 8894M; 1995 burnt at Aldergrove
Royal Air Force XT669 : 72 Sq/T by Jun 1968, 72 Sq/AT by Sep 1974, 72 Sq/T(?) still May 1984.
Royal Air Force XT669 : hit radio mast at Forkhill OP on 25 Oct 1985, while with 72 Sq
Royal Air Force XT669 : to 8894M; burnt at Aldergrove 1995
    56 C/N found.

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