Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Bell 407, N407SC, Red River Ranch LLC: Incident occurred November 28, 2017 in Jackson County, West Virginia

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Charleston, West Virginia

Rotorcraft force landed on a highway ramp. No injuries. Damage unknown.

Red River Ranch LLC:

Date: 28-NOV-17
Time: 18:50:00Z
Regis#: N407SC
Aircraft Make: BELL
Aircraft Model: B407
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)

JACKSON COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- UPDATE 11/29/17 @ 12:01 a.m.

All lanes are back open on a stretch of Interstate 77 in Jackson County, West Virginia after an emergency helicopter landing Tuesday afternoon.

It happened near Goldtown, when the chopper had a sudden engine issue.

West Virginia Transportation officials say there were six passengers on board, all of whom are employees from a Virginia pipeline company, who were in the region to survey a construction site.

No one in the chopper was injured in the emergency landing. Transportation officials say the pilot found a gap in interstate traffic and that no other drivers were swept up in the incident.

Tuesday's incident marked the third emergency landing within a small stretch of interstate within two-and-a-half months.

Back in September, a small propeller airplane with engine trouble had to land on I-77 near the Fairplain exit; just 14 miles north of where Tuesday's landing happened. No one was hurt in the earlier incident either.

The slow lane of I-77 was closed for four hours as crews removed the helicopter from the roadway.

ORIGINAL STORY 11/28/17 @ 3 p.m.
A helicopter has landed on the interstate near the Goldtown exit, according to Jackson County emergency officials.

Emergency officials tell WSAZ they believe there were six passengers on the helicopter, which is believed to have landed because of engine issues.

Walter Smittle with Jackson County Emergency Management says all six of the passengers are believed to be OK. State transportation officials say the group is from a pipeline company in Virginia. They were surveying construction sites when they noticed the problem.

Officials say the helicopter is valued at around $5 million.

WVDOT tells WSAZ one lane will be shutdown in the area of the Goldtown exit heading southbound.

You may remember, a small airplane made two emergency landings in the same area back in September of this year.

"You know, this is the second aircraft we've had set down on 77 in the past few months," said Chuck Runyon with the West Virginia Department of Transportation. "We're starting to begin to think maybe this is part of the Bermuda Triangle in this area. You know, the good part about it is they set it down, got it off the road fast, no injuries."

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A helicopter was forced to make an emergency landing on Interstate 77 in Jackson County on Tuesday.

No one was injured in the landing, which happened just after 1:45 p.m. near the 119 mile marker in the Goldtown area, Jackson emergency dispatchers said.

The pilot landed the helicopter on the road in the southbound lanes, dispatchers said. It wasn't clear how many passengers were aboard. 

Dispatchers said "engine failure" was the cause of the emergency landing. 

The helicopter, a Bell 407, is owned by Red River Ranch in Wilmington, Delaware, according to the Federal Aviation Administration website. The helicopter left Yeager Airport, in Charleston, at about 10:02 a.m. and returned to the hilltop airport just before noon, according to, a flight-tracking website.

Dispatchers said the helicopter was towed from the scene.

In September, a small plane was forced to make two emergency landings on the interstate in Jackson County. The plane landed and took off in the northbound lanes of Interstate 77 near Fairplain, only to be forced to land again.

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