Sunday, November 26, 2017

Robinson R44 II, N48WF, Earlybird Aerial Services LLC: Incident occurred November 26, 2017 in Hudson, McLean County, Illinois

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Springfield, Illinois

Rotorcraft during aerial application, struck a powerline and force landed in a field.

Earlybird Aerial Services LLC:

Date: 26-NOV-17
Time: 20:42:00Z
Regis#: N48WF
Aircraft Make: ROBINSON
Aircraft Model: R44
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)

Comlara Park is split between Woodford and McLean Counties.

EUREKA — A crop-dusting helicopter pilot made a “hard landing” Sunday near Lake Evergreen in southeastern Woodford County.

The 33-year-old man, who wasn’t identified in Woodford County Sheriff’s Office news release, wasn’t injured and refused treatment. He was the only person in the 2008 Robinson R44 Raven 2 helicopter, according to Chief Deputy Dennis Tipsword.

It wasn’t clear what caused the helicopter to go down at about 2:40 p.m., Tipsword said. Nothing at the scene indicated a possible crime, he added.

The Federal Aviation Administration is conducting an investigation.

Original article can be found here ➤

HUDSON — First responders were busy Sunday responding to a variety of crashes and a downed helicopter near Hudson. 

Both the McLean County and Woodford County Sheriff deputies responded to Comlara Park near Hudson at about 2:45 p.m. for a report of a helicopter that had landed hard in a field. Officials said there were no injuries and the pilot apparently did not suffer major injuries.

Original article can be found here ➤

WOODFORD COUNTY - The Woodford County Sheriff's Department is investigating an incident involving a helicopter near Comlara Park on Sunday.

The McLean County Sheriff's Department says the helicopter's pilot was having issues during his flight, and made a hard landing east of Comlara Park. 

The pilot appears to be okay.

It was initially thought that the helicopter crashed inside Comlara Park. Because it landed to the east, the Woodford County Sheriff's Department is handling the investigation.

The department still had people on scene and did not have any additional information as of 3:45 p.m.

Original article ➤

WOODFORD COUNTY, Ill. (WEEK) -- - UPDATE 11/27/17: The Woodford County Sheriff's Office said a helicopter that made a hard landing on the southeast side of Lake Evergreen was a crop duster. The pilot was uninjured. It is unclear what caused the helicopter to go down. The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the incident. 

ORIGINAL STORY: At around 2:45PM, McLean and Woodford County received notice of a downed aircraft at Comlara Park. Woodford County later clarified that aircraft was a helicopter, which landed just on the Woodford County side of the line.

McLean County police then elaborated that the helicopter made a hard landing, but was otherwise intact. No one was injured. 

Original article ➤

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