Saturday, February 02, 2013

Strong wind topples state police helicopter: Arnold Palmer Regional Airport (KLBE), Latrobe, Pennsylvania


A Pennsylvania State Police helicopter had just returned from searching for a missing snowmobiler in Somerset County when it was toppled by strong winds on Wednesday morning. 

Trooper Steve Limani said a corporal tied the helicopter down and planned to refuel it when a wind gust upwards of 60 mph knocked it over at Arnold Palmer Regional Airport in Latrobe.

"They were going to fuel it first in case there's an emergency. The fueling process takes a little bit of time, so the general practice is, when you land the helicopter, the pilots will want to fuel it in case there's some type of emergency," said Limani.

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