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Aerospatiale Alouette II 2
Aerospatiale Alouette III 1
Aerospatiale AS332 Super Puma 2
Aerospatiale AS350 Ecureuil 3
Aerospatiale Gazelle 3
Aerospatiale SA330 Puma 1
Aerospatiale SA365 Dauphin 2 1
Agusta A109 Hirundo 7
Agusta A109E Power 1
Agusta AB412 1
Bell 204 1
Bell 205 2
Bell 206 7
Bell 209 AH-1 Cobra 3
Bell 212 7
Bell 407 1
Bell 412 2
Boeing 414 - H-47D Chinook 2
Boeing-Vertol 107M H-46 Sea Knight 3
Eurocopter AS350 Ecureuil 1
Eurocopter AS365 Dauphin 2 2
Eurocopter EC120 2
Eurocopter EC145 1
Fuji AH-1S 1
Kaman K-MAX 1
MBB Bk117 3
MBB Bo105 2
McDonnell Douglas AH-64A Apache 2
McDonnell Douglas MD900 Explorer 1
PZL W-3 Sokol 1
Robinson R22 2
SABCA A109BA 1
Sikorsky S-58 H-34 1
Sikorsky S-61 H-3 1
Sikorsky S-64 CH-54 1
Sikorsky S-65 H-53 2
Sikorsky S-70 H-60 7
Sikorsky S-76 1
Sikorsky S-80 H-53E 3
Westland Lynx 1
Westland Scout 1
Westland Sea King 3

YearVersionC/N
2003 206a 18 C-FJAD : rereg Canada as C-FJAD, unk; w/o 10Jun03.
2003 206a 36 G-BAML : to Aeroventure by , still Mar 2016
2003 206a 569 N242TK : xfer US as N242TK, unk; w/o ivo Malone, TX, 06Jun03.
2003 206b-3 3568 US N115TV : US Helicopters Inc at Marshville, NC from Jun02; w/o 09jan03 impacted the ground hard during a precautionary autorotational landing following an engine overspeed indication. at Putnam, TX ; Canc Sep06
2003 206l 45132 G-IANG : Lothian Helicopters from Jan98; w/o 30apr03 struck power cables in low cloud near Oxenfoord Castle, N of Pathhead. Minor injuries to 3 POB; canc Oct04
2003 206l-3 51253 US N6184D : Airwest Helicopters from Jan01; w/o struck trees at Whiteriver, Arizona. 2 fatalities
2003 212 30722 NO LN-OLK : Airlift AS; w/o 18dec03 fall down hole in ice, Svalbard Islands, Norway; Dec11 wreckage found by Remus 100 autonomous underwater vehicle
2003 212 31122 US N1079U : NSF; w/o 17jan03 McMurdo Station, Antarctica
2003 407 53105 AU VH-HTD : RACQ CQ Rescue, op by Lloyd Helicopters; w/o 17oct03 off Cape Hillsborough. 3 fatalities
2003 412ep 36300 VE ARV-0607 : Armada d/d 2003; w/o 24mar03 San Pedro Palmares
2003 412hp 36084 VE GN-94101 : Guardia Nacional Venezuela, test serial C-GLYY; w/o 08sep03 at Sector Los Angeles, Barrio Genaro Mendez, San Cristobal, Tachira. 1 fatality
2003 a109a 7188 IT MM81105 : CC-88. w/o 05may03 Valle dell Anapo
2003 a109a 7220 N25RX : Mediplane Inc at Santa Rosa, CA from Oct98; Redwood Empire Air Care Helicopter; w/o 23dec03 collided with terrain near Redwood Valley, CA. 3 fatalities
2003 A109a-II 7317 HB-XJA : Hoppe AG from Feb95; w/o 10apr03 at Piz Terza. Repl by HB-ZFK
2003 a109ba 0316 BE H16 : pictured (bot) at Koksijde
2003 a109c 7604 N109MX : Air Angels Ambulance; w/o 28jan03 impacted terrain near West Chicago, IL. Pilot killed
2003 a109e 11096 GR SX-HDV : EKAB; w/o 11feb03 at Icaria, Aegean Sea. 4 fatalities
2003 a109k2 10017 US N601RX : IHC Hospitals, Salt Lake City, Utah. w/o 10jan03
2003 a109k2 10018 US N123RX : w/o 07jun03. 1 fatality
2003 a109k2 10031 MX XA-TZZ : Azteca TV from 1998; w/o 02apr03
2003 ab412hp 25804 SE 11334 : SAF type:Hkp11 Sophia.; after crash fuselage preserved at Halmstad, Sweden.
2003 AH-1S 25 JP 73425 : Fuji AH-1S, c/n 25, ff?; del JGSDF as 73425 unk; xfer 2 Taisensha Herikoputatai, IIATH, unk; w/o 20May03.
2003 ah-1t 26906 US 161020 : as HMLA-267 /UV-47 crashed in Iraq during the 2003 push to Baghdad, killing Captains Benjamin Sammis and Travis Ford
2003 ah-1w 26288 US 164589 : USMC; HMLA-775 w/o 22jan03 in mid air collision with AH-1W 165327 near Zapata, Texas about 9:30 pm during night drug-Interdiction mission with Joint Task Force Six, a military/law enforcement drug interdiction team. 4 reservists killed
2003 ah-1w 26351 US 165327 : USMC; HMLA-775 w/o 22jan03 in collision with AH-1W 164589
2003 ah-64a PV033 US 83-23808 : US Army; 1995 MTPC Cairns; 2000 1-14Avn.; 2003 1-14Avn. w/o 15may03
2003 ah-64a PV670 US 89-0258 : US Army 89-00258; w/o crash near Urgun, Paktika province, Afghanistan, subsequently aircraft was destroyed
2003 as332f1 2295 CL 72 : AS332B. w/o 24may03
2003 as332m1 2302 SE 10409 : Hkp10 code 99. w/o 18nov03
2003 as350b 1864 US N270SH : Sundance Helicopters from Jun99, AS350BA type; w/o collision with a canyon wall at Descent Canyon, GrandCanyonWest, AZ. 7 fatalities. canc Jun06
2003 as350b2 2579 IT I-EQUR : Elifriulia; w/o 23feb03 hit wires at Riscone di Brunico, Bolzano
2003 as350b2 2834 CA C-GOGN : Ministry Of Natural Resources Province Of Ontario (OMNR) from Apr95; w/o 21may03 at Mekatina, ON. 4 fatalities; May05 canc
2003 as365n2 6448 NG 5N-BBS : Aero Contractors Jul00; w/o 03jan03 crash at sea off Brass terminal, 2 fatalities
2003 bk117a1 7050 US N911WJ : Martin County Fire Rescue (MCFR) LifeStar from Aug98 ex N401PH w/o 16Dec03
2003 bk117a3 7066 ZA 383 : SAAF 15 sqd. ex ZS-HRJ. w/o mar03
2003 bk117a4 7114 ZA 389 : SAAF 15 sqd. ex PT-HJD. w/o 20aug03
2003 105cbs-4 S-868 DE D-HILF : preserved monument at Munich Airport
2003 105ls 2055 LS LDF-51 : Crashed into the Katse dam. Pilot and one passenger killed. Three survivors. It sank after the crash and the wreck was salvaged two weeks later.
2003 ch-124 61-179 CA 12401 : ex 4001. One of 6 CH-124B updated with HELTAS to CH-124B-2 standard. Crashed on take-off from HMCS Iroquois (DDH-280), back onto the flight deck during an emergency recovery, after a single engine failure, on 27 Feb 2003. Rolled onto its starboard side, spilling its fuel tanks, plus 2200 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition. Ship was 100km south east of Halifax NS, en route to the Arabian Sea for Operation Apollo. She returned to Halifax where the airframe was recovered by crane.
2003 ch-135 32029 CO EJC-223 : Av.Ej CN-27. BAHEL/DOS. ex Canada 135129. w/o 01dec03
2003 CH-46D 2201 US 152579 : 29apr83
2003 CH-46D 2433 US 154826 : BV-107M, c/n 2433, ff?; accepted BuWepsRep, FR, Morton, PA as CH-46D 154826 09May68; xfer HMMT-302 23May68; xfer HMM-265 06Mar70; xfer HMM-161 13Nov70; xfer FAWPRA Atsugi 05Aug71; xfer NAS Cubi Point, PI 04Jan72; xfer HC-3 11Jan73; xfer NAS Cubi Point, PI 06Dec73; xfer HC-3 18Sep74; furhter unit xfers unk; xfer HC-5, RB-??, unk; wfu Sep00; SOC 26Feb03.
2003 CH-46F 2494 US 156424 : Apr82 conv to CH-46E and transf from NAVDEPOT Cherry Point, NC to HMM-262 Kaneohe Bay, HI
2003 ch-47d M.3369 US 90-00217 : US Army d/d 28jun91 cnvt. from ex CH-47C 68-15998; w/o 23apr03 crashed in Afghanistan with 7-101st AVN; 3960 flight hours
2003 ch-47d M.3379 US 91-00230 : preserved at the entrance to the Iowa national guard portion of airport at Davenport on a pylon honoring those whose lives were lost when the helicopter was shot down


2003 CH-53C 65-335 US 70-1625 : 20th SOS w/o at Bagram, Afghanistan
2003 ch-53e 65-498 US 162486 : w/o 30apr03 HMH-465 ?
2003 ch-53e 65-504 US 162492 : USMC; HMH-461 w/o 22jun03
2003 ch-53e 65-531 US 162519 : USMC HMH-461 w/o 22jun03
2003 ch-54b 64-086 US N223AC : sold Erickson Air Crane as N223AC unk; conv S-64F unk; w/o 100nm E of Bintutu, Sarawak, Malaysia, 01Jun03 when helicopter was destroyed following a forced landing after a loss of control during logging operations. A post-crash fire consumed the wreckage. The pilot suffered serious injury and the co-pilot minor injury.
2003 EC120B 1221 BR PP-MHG : Helibras, test serial F-WWPM; w/o 06feb03 at Guarapiranga, Sao Paulo, during demo flight
2003 EC120B 1346 CH HB-ZER : Heli Gotthard; w/o 13aug03 at Steingletscher, BE
2003 ec145 9009 FR F-ZBPC : Securite Civile; w/o 20jul03 crashed in Pyrennees mountains. 1 fatality
2003 ec155b1 6635 HK B-HRX : GFS; w/o 26aug03 night crash into hill, 2 fatalities
2003 h-34g.III 58-1563 N15AH : xfer Aris Helicopter as N15AH, 12Sep86; conv S-58ET, unk; xfer Hi-Lift Helicopter as N15AH, unk; rtnd Aris Helicopter as N15AH, unk; destroyed in crash at Miraleste Intermediate School, Rancho Palos Verdes CA, 12Jul03; FAA reports Undel Tri.
2003 hb350b 1498 BR PT-HLO : Helisul; w/o 09jul03 at Boca do Acre, Amazonas. No fatalities
2003 HH-53C 65-142 US 67-14993 : -1979, mars helicopter at 6514th Test Sq at Hill AFB. Had TM gear for flight test (orang wire) and secondary flight guages mounted in cargo comp with high speed cameras for data recording. Aircraft was used in ALCM air recovery and flew with max weight (lead bars on wooden pallets) during test and recovery phase.
2003 hh-60g 70-2460 US 97-26778 : USAF; 347RW 41st RQS w/o 23mar03 Afghanistan
2003 k-max A94-0015 US N314KA : Superior Helicopter from Jun03; Swanson Group Aviation; w/o 25Jul03 suffered fatal crash in Keller, WA
2003 md900 900/00021 US N179PA : National Park Services, op by Papillon Grand Canyon; pictured (pic3) w/o 16oct03 at Fredonia, AZ
2003 mh-60l 70-1453 US 89-26185 : US Army, 160 SOAR; w/o 30jan03 crashed on Shomali Pains, Afghanistan. 4 fatalities
2003 oh-58d 48648 US 96-0040 : US Army 96-00040; 25nov03 w/o
2003 beta 2246 AR LQ-BJA : Ex-N2354B, Police Serial B246, to N341ZG (2002) Crash 2003/08/16.
2003 beta II 2650 ES EC-GML : Intercopters from Feb97; w/o 20Aug03
2003 s-70a-41 CO EJC-163 : En memoria del Capitán Pablo Osorio y de sus 22 compañeros soldados que murieron en la caída del helicóptero black hawk 163 del Ejercito de Colombia sucedida el 26 de febrero de 2003
2003 s-76a 760175 BR PT-YAU : Aeroleo from Oct95; w/o during training at Macae Airport, RJ
2003 sa315b 2319 PG P2-PHQ : Pacific Helicopters from Jan00; w/o 09may03 offshow Lae, Papua New Guinea
2003 sa318c 2167 VT-HIM : Himalayan Heli-skiing, India; ex HB-XPD; w/o 30apr03 crashed at Alani Nallah. 4 fatalities
2003 sa330b 1259 FR 1259 : ALAT w/o 04jul03
2003 ah.1 1975 UK ZB676 : w/o 22dec03 665 sqd
2003 ht.2 1158 G-CBFD : ex RN XW887; w/o 18nov03
2003 ht.3 2010 G-CBZL : w/o 22nov03 after hitting a power cable at a private landing site near Dumfries, Scotland
2003 sa365n 6215 IN VT-ELF : Pawan Hans (PHE); w/o 30oct03 ditched into sea near Agatti Island. 1 fatality
2003 ah.1 f.9655 ZK-HUK : to ZK-HUK, w/o 12 Mar 2003
2003 se3160 1371 CH V-215 : SUI w/o 15Jul03
2003 has.1 wa 638 UK XV650 : w/o mid air collision with XV704 in northern Persian Gulf while operating with 849nas from HMS Ark Royal. Seven fatalities.
2003 has.1 wa 675 UK XV704 : ASAC.7 type 849 NAS; w/o mid air collision with XV650 in northern Persian Gulf while operating from HMS Ark Royal. Seven fatalities.
2003 mk42b wa 988 IN IN525 : Suspected tail rotor failure while approaching to land on the carrier INS Viraat. Ditched in the wake. All four crew survived
2003 mk21a 384 BR N-4007 : AH-11A. 10sep03 crash at sea on approach frigate Constituicao. Pilot die
2003 UH-1E 6205 ZK-IUE : ex USMC 155350; w/o 03jan03 during logging operations at Paparangi Station, New Zealand. Pilot killed
2003 uh-1h 11398 CL H-95 : fach d/d 1993, ex Ejercito 181, w/o 03may03
2003 uh-1h 12803 AR 0874 : ARA 3-H-303 d/d dec00; ex 70-16498; 2003 crash at Comandante Espora naval airbase
2003 UH-1N 31415 US 158244 : USMC, conv to HH-1N; w/o 01may03 at NAS Fallon during autorotation training; soc 30oct03
2003 UH-1N 31686 US 159680 : HMLA-367 w/o 22oct03 at Twentynine Palms California
2003 UH-1N 31736 US 160444 : w/o 23mar03 asg HMLA-269 hard landing in sandstorm, Iraq
2003 UH-1N 31755 US 160620 : USMC; HMLA-169 w/o 30mar03
2003 uh-60a 70-1152 US 87-24624 : 571st MedCo. w/oKuwait 06apr03
2003 uh-60a 70-681 US 83-23856 : w/0 04dec03 destroyed in Northern Iraq
2003 uh-60l 70-2178 US 95-26653 : w/o 25oct03 hit by RPG Tikrit, Iraq
2003 uh-60l CO PNC-0605 : PNC d/d 2000 as PNC-605, FMS 01-26899 (?); w/o 23may03 near La Union, Tolima
2003 w-3a 370507 PL SP-SXZ : TOPR; w/o 29jan03 near Murzasichle, near Zakopane; some parts used in SP-SXW. Others to Museum
    91 C/N found.


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