Thursday, August 3, 2017

Sikorsky S-97A Raider, N971SK, Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation: Incident occurred August 02, 2017 at Sikorsky Development Flight Test Center Airport, Jupiter, Palm Beach County, Florida

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; South Florida

Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation:

Rotorcraft on landing, gear collapsed.

Date: 02-AUG-17
Time: 11:30:00Z
Regis#: N971SK
Aircraft Make: SIKORSKY
Aircraft Model: S97A
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: MINOR
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)

PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. - A helicopter made a hard landing at the Sikorsky Development Flight Center in Palm Beach County Wednesday morning.

An S-97 Raider helicopter was hovering during a test flight when the hard landing happened, according to a spokesperson for Lockheed Martin.

The rotorcraft is a next-generation light tactical prototype helicopter capable of carrying six troops and external weapons and is capable of flying at 10,000 feet in 95℉ heat, according to the Lockheed Martin website.

Two people were on board and neither was injured, Lockheed Martin said.

The incident is under investigation.

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