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Drone, Helicopter Narrowly Avoid Crash Over Florida Beach

A YouTube video uploaded by a drone operator showing a helicopter narrowly missing a collision with a drone over Hollywood Beach, Florida, is being investigated by federal authorities. The video, uploaded to YouTube on Thursday, Aug. 16, but since removed, shows a helicopter approaching the drone over the ocean as it faces west toward the shore. The helicopter appears to be on a collision course with the drone, but fortunately flies just underneath it. According to Miami’s Local 10 News, the YouTube user who posted the video, identified as Masih Persian, captioned the video in a way that indicates he ... Read More

Operator of Drone That Hit Army Helicopter Unaware of Flying Rules

The operator of a drone that collided with a U.S. Army helicopter in September was intentionally flying the drone out of visual range and did not have adequate knowledge of safe drone operating practices and regulations, federal investigators said. The incident occurred near Hoffman Island, New York, just east of Staten Island, on Sept. 21 when a DJI Phantom 4 drone and a U.S. Army Sikorsky UH-60M Black Hawk helicopter collided at an altitude of about 300 feet, said the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), which investigated the accident. The helicopter landed safely but sustained significant damage. The drone was ... Read More

Operational Pause for CH-53 helicopter After In-flight Fire, Emergency Landing

A U.S. Marine Corps CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter was forced to make an emergency landing in Okinawa, Japan, last week after experiencing an in-flight fire, according to The New York Times. Following the event, Military.com reported that the commanding general of the III Marine Expeditionary Force, Lt. Gen. Lawrence Nicholson, implemented a 96-hour operational pause for the rest of the fleet of CH-53E Super Stallions based at the USMC Air Station Futenma in Japan. The heavy-lift helicopter was assigned to the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing (MAW), forward-based in Japan, Military.com also reported. The aircraft had been conducting “regularly scheduled training” when ... Read More

Troy Gentry’s Helicopter Hovered 10 Minutes Before Fatal Plunge

The pilot of a helicopter that crashed in Medford, New Jersey, killing him and country music singer Troy Gentry, hovered the faulty aircraft for 10 minutes while reviewing his options and waiting for first responders to arrive on the scene, 911 calls indicate. Pilot James Robinson, 30, had taken Mr. Gentry up in the helicopter for a “spur of the moment” ride Sept. 8 hours before Mr. Gentry was scheduled to perform with bandmate Eddie Montgomery, 50, at the Flying W Airport and Resort in Medford. Shortly after taking off, Mr. Robinson radioed that he was unable to control the helicopter’s ... Read More

Country Singer Troy Gentry Killed In NJ Helicopter Crash

Country music star Troy Gentry of the duo Montgomery Gentry died Friday afternoon of injuries he suffered in a helicopter crash in that also claimed the life of the pilot. The deadly crash occurred around 1:00 p.m. at the Flying W Airport and Resort in Medford, New Jersey, about 20 miles east of Philadelphia. Mr. Gentry was scheduled to perform in concert at the Flying W later Friday evening with Eddie Montgomery, the other half of Montgomery Gentry. The concert was canceled about an hour after the crash. Witnesses said the helicopter pilot, James Evan Robinson, had radioed for help ... Read More

Pilot Dies in Fiery Medical Helicopter Crash

A PennSTAR medical helicopter fatally crashed on Thursday at 11:55 a.m. in New Castle, Delaware, ABC affiliate WPVI reported. The pilot, 37-year-old Michael R. Murphy from Franklinville, New Jersey, was the only person on board when the helicopter crashed. The Eurocopter EC135, registered with University of Pennsylvania Health System’s PennSTAR air transportation service, was conducting a training exercise and was not engaged in any life-saving operations when it crashed. The aircraft went down in an area behind a U.S. Post office, which is about a mile south of the New Castle County Airport. Murphy, according to NBC Philadelphia, was flying ... Read More

1 Person Dead, 2 Injured In Army Black Hawk helicopter Crash on Maryland Golf Course

The Army is investigating the cause of a Black Hawk helicopter crash that killed one crew member and seriously injured two others on a Maryland golf course Monday afternoon. The UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter was from the 12th Aviation Battalion stationed at Davison Airfield in Fort Belvoir, Virginia. The aircraft was performing routine training exercises when, according to witnesses, there appeared to be something wrong with it. One witness, who works in the pro shop of the Breton Bay Golf and Country Club in Leonardtown, Maryland, where the crash occurred, told WJZ Baltimore that the Black Hawk was “flying kind ... Read More

Pigeon Forge Sightseeing Helicopter Crash Raises Aircraft Safety Questions

An initial report on the investigation of a sightseeing helicopter crash in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, that killed five people a year ago has shed some light on the deadly accident, but provided little comfort to family members seeking some closure. On April 4, 2016, the helicopter, a Bell 206L operated by Great Smoky Mountain Helicopters, was flying a family on a routine tour of the area when it seemingly lost power, crashed in a field, and burst into flames. The crash killed pilot Jason Dahl, 39; Johna Morvant, 49; her children Peyton and Parker Rasmussen, 22 and 18 respectively; and ... Read More

Sikorsky Reaches Settlement Over Deadly 2014 Navy Helicopter Crash

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. has agreed to settle wrongful death and negligence claims filed in connection with a January 2014 crash of a Navy helicopter that killed three crewmembers during a routine training exercise off the coast of Virginia Beach. According to the Associated Press, the Connecticut-based helicopter manufacturer reached a “settlement in principle” with the widows of the three crewmembers and a survivor of the crash. Claims against General Electric, DuPont, and L-3 Communications Corp., also named as defendants for their alleged role in the crash, are still in litigation. On Jan. 8, 2014, a Sikorsky MH-53E Sea Dragon was ... Read More

Federal officials investigate falling death of Texas flight nurse

Federal investigators arrived in Austin, Texas, last week to launch a probe into the falling death of an aerial rescue nurse who fell from a medical helicopter after assisting a patient on the ground Monday, April 27. Kristin McLain, 46, a seven-year employee of STAR Flight, was part of a crew using spotlights and night vision while searching for a hiker in distress in Austin’s Barton Creek Greenbelt. Ms. McLain was lowered to the ground when the search team located the hiker on a cliff around 10 p.m. local time. Ms. McLain prepared the victim on the ground for helicopter ... Read More