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Old 8th Nov 2020, 20:42
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NC Highway Patrol Helicopter crash

No fatalities, crashed into street on take-off?

https://www.cbs17.com/news/local-new...officials-say/

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN/AP) — A North Carolina State Highway Patrol helicopter crashed Sunday afternoon in Wake County, officials said.

No injuries were reported in the crash, which happened just after 2 p.m. near the intersection of Garner Road and East Tryon Road, according to North Carolina State Highway Patrol Master Trooper Chris Knox.

The North Carolina State Highway Patrol helicopter facility is in the area where the crash happened.

There is no word on how the crash happened. Tryon Road is closed at Hammond Road because of the crash.

In photos from the scene, the damaged aircraft could be seen in the middle of a street. One photo showed the main rotors were destroyed and the tail section was twisted. The landing skids were bent upward and tail rotor was also bent and destroyed.

Knox says the pilot was the only person aboard the aircraft when the crash happened. Knox says the Federal Aviation Administration will be involved in the investigation.

He says the aircraft appears to be a “total loss” based on initial observations.

In 2018, a North Carolina State Highway Patrol helicopter crashed because the helicopter was still clamped to one side of the transporter used to take it to the heliport, according to a report from the National Transportation Safety Board.

The Bell OH-58A, N303HP, operated by highway patrol, crashed upon takeoff on June 19 and suffered substantial damage, the report shows.

The pilot “moved the helicopter from the hangar to the helipad using an electric/hydraulic transporter attached to the helicopter skids,” the report says. While preparing the helicopter for flight, the pilot unhooked the transporter clamp from the left skid. It was at that point the passenger asked the pilot about removing the controls from the co-pilot’s side of the aircraft, according to the report.

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Text from above link reads:

"RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN/AP) — A North Carolina State Highway Patrol helicopter crashed Sunday afternoon in Wake County, officials said.

No injuries were reported in the crash, which happened just after 2 p.m. near the intersection of Garner Road and East Tryon Road, according to North Carolina State Highway Patrol Master Trooper Chris Knox.

The North Carolina State Highway Patrol helicopter facility is in the area where the crash happened.

There is no word on how the crash happened. Tryon Road is closed at Hammond Road because of the crash.

In photos from the scene, the damaged aircraft could be seen in the middle of a street. One photo showed the main rotors were destroyed and the tail section was twisted. The landing skids were bent upward and tail rotor was also bent and destroyed.

Knox says the pilot was the only person aboard the aircraft when the crash happened. Knox says the Federal Aviation Administration will be involved in the investigation.

He says the aircraft appears to be a “total loss” based on initial observations."
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Although many of the US newspaper and TV feeds are blocked to Europe several are available.

A 1971 Bell 206A/B so likely far beyond rebuild. North Carolina Highway Patrol use Bell 407s so this was probably a training ship. Some reports say it hit trees as it came into a landing but none of the footage I have seen shows any trees.
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Photo of the wreck on this site...

https://spectrumlocalnews.com/nc/tri...8/traffic-news




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One less “two seater” Bell on the inventory. Can’t be many of those left.....
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