Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Guimbal Cabri G2, N989HH: Accident occurred January 22, 2018 at St. Louis Downtown Airport (KCPS), Cahokia, St. Clair County, Illinois

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; St. Louis 

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Midwest Helicopter Academy 

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NTSB Identification: GAA18CA110
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, January 22, 2018 in Cahokia, IL
Aircraft: HELICOPTERES GUIMBAL CABRI G2, registration: N989HH

NTSB investigators will use data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator, and will not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

Rotorcraft on landing rolled into the grass. 
Date: 22-JAN-18

Time: 17:37:00Z
Regis#: N989HH
Aircraft Make: GUIMBAL
Aircraft Model: CABRI G2
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: UNKNOWN
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91

CAHOKIA, Ill. - The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating what caused a helicopter to crash Monday morning at the St. Louis Downtown airport. The helicopter landed on its roof before breaking into pieces.

Debris was scattered across the fields near the landing strip, but the two men inside walked out of the wreckage.

Fire officials say the crash happened around 11:14 a.m. at the airfield in Cahokia, Illinois. The cockpit remained intact but toppled on its side. The tail boom is clipped off and the propeller is in pieces.

The two men inside the chopper, believed to be a flying instructor and a student, climbed out on their own. This was a training flight with the Midwest Helicopter Training Academy.

A spokesperson with Jet Aviation at the airport said during training exercises they typically fly lower to the ground which may have lessened the impact in this case.

People working in the air traffic control tower saw the crash and alerted emergency workers.

“They were talking to our air traffic control tower, but they did not contact air traffic control tower as the crash happened. Air traffic control tower activated our alert tones as soon as they saw the crash," said Michael Mavrogeorge, the Fire Chief and Emergency Management Director of St. Louis Downtown Airport.

The men suffered minor cuts, bumps, and bruises. They were taken to Saint Louis University hospital to get checked out.

Fox 2 and KPLR 11 reached out to the Midwest Helicopter Academy for comment but they declined since the crash is under investigation.

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CAHOKIA • Two people were able to climb out of a training helicopter after it crashed at St. Louis Downtown Airport in Cahokia on Monday morning.

The two people inside were taken to SSM Health St. Louis University Hospital with minor injuries after the crash at about 11:15 a.m.

"Minor injuries. Very lucky," said Chief Michael Mavrogeorge of the airport's fire department. "There was no fire after the aircraft crashed."

On board were an instructor and a student, KTVI reported. Mavrogeorge did not immediately have information about the occupants.

The airport is about four miles southeast of downtown St. Louis. Mavrogeorge said the control tower dispatched his crew to the crash, and arriving firefighters found the helicopter on its roof with two people climbing out.

The Federal Aviation Administration will investigate the crash, Mavrogeorge said.

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Chief Michael Mavrogeorge

CAHOKIA, Ill. ( – Emergency crews are on the scene after a helicopter crashed at St. Louis Downtown Airport in Cahokia.

The crash occurred near hangar 18 at the airport on Archview Drive before 11:30 a.m. Monday.

Witnesses said there were two people, a student pilot and flight instructor, in the helicopter at the time of the crash. 

According to officials, the helicopter, which is owned by the Midwest Helicopter Training Academy, was being used for a training exercise when it crashed.

Officials with St. Clair County told News 4 the occupants of the helicopter sustained minor injuries. They were both taken to the hospital following the crash. 

The FAA has been notified of the crash. 

No other details have been released.

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