Friday, December 1, 2017

Robinson R22 Beta, N47WH: Accident occurred November 30, 2017 at Truckee-Tahoe Airport (KTRK), Nevada County, California

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Reno, Nevada

Date: 30-NOV-17
Time: 23:40:00Z
Regis#: N47WH
Aircraft Make: ROBINSON
Aircraft Model: R22
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: SERIOUS
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)

Two pilots were hospitalized and were in stable condition after crashing a helicopter at the Truckee Tahoe Airport Thursday afternoon.

The commercially rated pilots were flying in a two-seat Robinson R22 helicopter when they crashed at the east end of the airport. The crash was reported at about 3:40 p.m., according to a statement on the Truckee Tahoe Airport Facebook page.

The pilots were flown to a hospital in Reno. They were being treated in the hospital’s Intensive Care Unit.

“It appears they were flight training at the time of the incident,” authorities said on the Facebook post.

Truckee Tahoe Airport

The helicopter is registered to Tumbleweed Leasing Co. based in Salt Lake City.

The company leases out helicopters and fixed-wing aircrafts to private flight schools and institutions, according to its website.

The cause of the crash was unknown as of Friday afternoon.

The incident prompted the airport to temporarily close its runway. Airport authorities say they plan to store the wreckage onsite on behalf of the Federal Aviation Administration, which is investigating the crash.

The National Transportation Safety Board was also assisting in the investigation.

TRUCKEE, Calif. (KOLO) - The FAA and the NTSB are investigating a helicopter crash at the Truckee Airport.

The Truckee Airport District says the crash happened at the east end of the airport around 3:40 p.m. Thursday, November 30, 2017.

Two commercially-rated pilots onboard were taken by medical helicopter to Reno for treatment. Their status has not been released.

The helicopter is a Robinson R22 Beta and is owned by Tumbleweed Leasing Co. of Salt Lake City.

The Truckee Airport District says it appears the two pilots were flight training at the time of the crash. The cause is still unknown.

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