Exactly one year ago, a pair of Bell 429 helicopters was captured during a demo flight.
During that day, on 11 May 2016, nobody could have guessed that within a year both helicopters # 143 OM-ATR, and # 202 OM-BYM would have been destroyed, killing 6 occupants, and severely injuring two. This is quite remarkable. Although the circumstances of the accidents are very different, both helicopters have a lot in common. An accident investigation report of the first crash on 7 September 2016 has not yet been published.
Approximately 300 Bell 429 Global Rangers are currently operating around the globe.
This was the fifth Bell 429 that was destroyed during a crash landing. The other airframes involved are: