Monday, September 25, 2017

Mosquito XE 285, N926KB: Accident occurred September 25, 2017 in Odessa, Hillsborough County, Florida

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Tampa, Florida

Rotorcraft crashed onto the roof of a house under unknown circumstances.

Date: 25-SEP-17
Time: 21:40:00Z
Regis#: N926KB
Aircraft Make: MOSQUITO
Aircraft Model: XE285
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: SERIOUS
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)

ODESSA --  A small, experimental helicopter crash Monday in Odessa remains under investigation. 

Local and federal aviation officials will try to determine what caused the helicopter to crash into the roof of a home in northwest Hillsborough County Monday afternoon at 5:30 p.m. 

The pilot of the helicopter, 51-year-old Bradley John Bates, called 911 after the crash. He was rushed to an area hospital as a trauma alert but in unknown condition, according to Hillsborough County Fire Rescue.

The small aircraft struck the back side of the home's roof, causing some chaos in the neighborhood. 

"You could see the tail rotar hanging over the house - and then smoke coming up," said one of the neighborhood residents. 

Other residents said they heard the sputtering of an engine and then a loud crash. 

No one was in the home at the time of the crash except the family dog, which was not injured. 

"The helicopter is laying on its side and one of the sides of the cockpit is broken open - so what our technical rescue crews did was actually got on to the roof with backboards, special equipment, make sure it was stabilized and then removed that pilot as safely as they can just like we would during a traffic accident," said Corey Dierdorf with Hillsborough Co. Rescue Fire. 

The family that lives at the home will not be able to stay at the home while clean up takes place. Fuel may have leaked into the home and the roof will have to be fixed. 

Officials with the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration also will be investigating the crash.

ODESSA, Fla. -- A pilot is in stable condition after his helicopter crashed into a home Monday afternoon.

The home-made helicopter crashed through the roof of 9450 Roberts Rd. at about 5:30 p.m., the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said. The home is located near Lake Gibson., west of Gunn Highway and north of North Mobley Road.

The pilot, Bradley John Bates, 51, of Lake Grove Drive in Odessa, was the only person in the helicopter. No one was home at the time of the crash.

Bates was conscious and alert following the crash, Hillsborough County Fire Rescue said.

"At this time, county fire has cut power to the residence, and code enforcement will determine the damage to the structure," the sheriff's office said in a statement. "The helicopter will remain in place until such time as NTSB makes the decision to remove it and NTSB and FAA conduct their investigation."

The crash happened just over two miles from Bates' home.

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ODESSA — A small manned helicopter crashed into the roof of a house in northwest Hillsborough County on Monday, injuring a pilot, officials said.

The crash happened about 5:30 p.m. at 9450 Roberts Road.

The pilot, Bradley John Bates, 51, of 10207 Lake Grove Drive, called 911 after the crash, Hillsborough Fire Rescue officials said. He was the only person onboard.

"The pilot was then brought out of the aircraft, put on a backboard and taken to a local area hospital as a trauma alert," said Hillsborough Fire Rescue spokesman Corey Dierdorff. "There was significant damage done to the roof of this home. Thankfully no one was home."

Bates had injuries that authorities described as life threatening. He was taken to the emergency room at St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa.

No one was in the house at the time of the crash. A dog inside, Nala, was uninjured.

Photos from the scene depict the small rotorcraft, its windows cracked, resting on its side in the middle of a depression in the roof. Fire Rescue officials said the helicopter bore the word "Experimental" on the side. It was unclear exactly what type of rotorcraft it was.

Fire Rescue officials said they had contacted the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board to investigate the crash.

The house sits a few yards behind another home off the rural street near Keystone Lake in northwest Hillsborough.

Tim Peterson, who lives in the adjacent house, said he and his wife, Laurie, were in their kitchen about to eat dinner when they heard a whirring noise.

"I heard a propeller sound and then a sudden boom," Peterson said. "I looked at my wife and said, 'Honey, what was that?'"

Through a window, Peterson could see a helicopter blade hanging off the roof of the neighboring house. He called 911.

Another neighbor, a nurse who happened to be walking a dog at the time, managed to scale the house and tend to the man, Peterson said. From the ground, he could hear him moaning.

Peterson didn't recognize the man. But he said it isn't unusual for people to fly small helicopters and other aircraft in the area.

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ODESSA (FOX 13) - A small helicopter crash-landed on the roof of an Odessa home Monday afternoon, leaving the injured pilot to pull himself from the wreckage.

The scene is along Roberts Road, which is just north of Lake Rogers Park.  A witness told FOX 13 that the helicopter appears to be a kit-built craft and may have suffered engine failure, causing the rough landing.

The pilot is alert but injured. He was the only one aboard. 
Deputies say a dog was the only occupant of the house at the time of the crash. The animal was not hurt.

Crews remain on the scene.

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ODESSA, Fla. (WFLA) – Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office deputies are on scene of a helicopter crash Monday afternoon.

The helicopter crashed into a roof of a home located at 9450 Roberts Road, where it remains.

One person was injured and was taken to the hospital as a trauma alert.

There was no one inside the home, besides a dog who was uninjured.

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