Aircraft Make: ROBINSON
Aircraft Model: R22
Event Type: Incident
Highest Injury: Minor
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Farmingdale FSDO-11
City: NEW YORK
State: New York
AIRCRAFT LANDED HARD IN THE GRASS AREA NEAR THE RUNWAY AND ROLLED ONTO ITS SIDE. NEW YORK, NEW YORK.
ATLANTIC COAST HELICOPTERS LTD: http://registry.faa.gov/N86EH
A small helicopter with two men onboard crashed Wednesday night at Long Island MacArthur Airport in Ronkonkoma, officials said.
The flight instructor and student pilot had "no external injuries," but were taken to a hospital to be examined, said Robert Schaefer, the Town of Islip's airport commissioner.
"They were speaking. They were pretty calm," Schaefer said, describing both men as being in their 30s. Their names were not immediately available. Schaefer also said he could not immediately provide the name of the flight school or say whether the helicopter was based at the airport.
The accident occurred about 7:30 p.m. in a grassy "safe zone" about 150 feet away from two runways while the pilot was teaching his student how to hover in the R-22 helicopter, Schaefer said. Because of the distance from the runways, no flights were impacted, he said.
"They were hovering a foot or two off the ground, he overcompensated and it went on its side," said Schaefer.
The airport has notified the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board and both will investigate, Schaefer said.
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RONKONKOMA - A helicopter crashed at Long Island MacArthur Airport, according to the Town of Islip.
The town, which runs the airport, says the incident occurred at around 7:15 p.m. Wednesday. A teacher and pilot were inside the Robinson R22 helicopter, hovering 1-2 feet off the ground, when it crashed between two runways on the field, officials say.
One person was taken to the hospital with a possible head injury.
News 12 is told that the helicopter was leaking fuel at the crash site. A hazardous materials team was called in to clean up the airport.
No flights were affected by the crash.
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