Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Robinson R22 Beta, Midwest Helicopter, N931SH: Accident occurred June 07, 2016 at St. Louis Downtown Airport (KCPS), Cahokia, St. Clair County, Illinois

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NTSB Identification: GAA16CA296
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, June 07, 2016 in Cahokia/St. Louis, MO
Aircraft: ROBINSON HELICOPTER R22, registration: N931SH

NTSB investigators will use data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator, and will not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

Date: 07-JUN-16
Time: 18:28:00Z
Regis#: N931SH
Aircraft Make: ROBINSON
Aircraft Model: R22
Event Type: Accident
Highest Injury: Unknown
Damage: Destroyed
Activity: Instruction
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
State: Illinois


CAHOKIA • Two people suffered minor injuries Tuesday when a helicopter on a training flight crashed at St. Louis Downtown Airport, authorities confirmed.

Patti Beck, spokeswoman for the airport, said the flight instructor was transported to St. Louis University Hospital, but his injuries were not considered life threatening. The student declined to go to a hospital.

Cahokia police said it received a call at 1:28 pm. from the airport office about the crash. Beck said the helicopter is a Robinson R22, a two-seat aircraft, occupied by an instructor and a trainee.

Midwest Helicopter, based at the airport, confirmed one of its helicopters was involved, but a spokeswoman said, "The accident is under investigation and we have no comment." 

A reporter on the scene said the helicopter was resting on its side in a grassy area near the terminal, with numerous emergency vehicles nearby.

Beck works for Bi-State Development, which owns and operates the airport across the Mississippi River at Cahokia.

Stan Dawid, videographer for KTVI Channel 2, witnessed the crash from the Helicopters Inc. office nearby. Dawid said the helicopter was maneuvering a few feet off the ground when it leaned to the right and its skid hit the ground.

He said the aircraft landed hard, and the blade went spinning away. Dawid said one of the pilots got out and helped the other out of the helicopter. Beck said the student was the one who helped the instructor out of the helicopter.

"You know, it was just a small, low-level maneuver that's pretty common," Dawid said.

Story and video:  http://www.stltoday.com

CAHOKIA, IL (KTVI) - At least one person was injured in a helicopter crash Tuesday at St. Louis Downtown Airport.

According to Patti Beck, an airport spokeswoman, a Robinson 22 helicopter crashed in a grassy area during a training session just before 1:30 p.m.

The flight instructor and a student were on board the helicopter at the time of the crash. Both men could be seen exiting the downed helicopter, but the student had to help lead his instructor away from the crash site.

The student was not injured, but the flight instructor was taken by ambulance to SLU Hospital.

The cause of the accident is under investigation.

Story and video:  http://fox2now.com

CAHOKIA -- A flight instructor suffered minor injuries when a student crashed a helicopter during a flight training Tuesday at St. Louis Downtown Airport in Cahokia.

The crash, which occurred about 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, resulted in minor injuries, according to Herb Simmons, St. Clair County’s Emergency Management Agency director.

Patti Beck, spokeswoman for Bi-State Development, which oversees the airport, said two people were aboard: an instructor and a student.

Beck said the flight instructor suffered minor injuries.

“The student assisted him in getting out of the helicopter after the crash,” Beck said.

The instructor was taken to Saint Louis University Hospital, Beck said.

Beck said a Robinson 22 helicopter, owned by Midwest Helicopter, crashed on a grassy area during a flight training.

Interim Cahokia Police Chief Dave Landmann said the crash happened at 1:28 p.m..

“Two people were aboard the helicopter, a 30-year-old pilot from Ramsey, Ill., and a 29-year-old male from St. Louis, Mo.,” Landmann said. “They said they were hovering not far from the ground when a gust of wind came and they lost control.”

An FAA spokeswoman confirmed that the FAA is investigating the crash. She said it could take several weeks to complete.

The spokeswoman, Elizabeth Cory, said, “We are just beginning our investigation. It could take several weeks, possibly a month or more.”

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