Bell 429 news update



Bell 429 during demo flight.

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:

  1. #046, XC-VVE on 15 August 2015.
  2. #197, RA-01617 on 1 January 2016.
  3. #143, OM-ATR on 7 September 2016.
  4. #249, N598PB on 15 February 2017.
  5. #202, OM-BYM on 10 May 2017.




MD600 crash landing in Adelanto, California

On Sunday 27 April 2014 a MD600 NOTAR helicopter (RN-035 N606BP) has made a crash landing shortly after take-off from Krey Field airport, Adelanto, California. The helicopter sustained extensive damage to the nose, main rotorblades and skids. The main rotorblades have also chopped the tailboom.
Three people have been injured.

The first movie shows the airframe shortly after the crash.

The second movie shows the airframe during recovery.