Monday, September 10, 2018

CHR Safari, N699WC: Incident occurred September 08, 2018 at Franklin County State Airport (KFSO), Highgate, Vermont

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Portland, Maine.

Experimental rotorcraft flipped and hit the ground.

Date: 08-SEP-18
Time: 19:30:00Z
Regis#: N699WC
Aircraft Model: SAFARI
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: MINOR
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91

HIGHGATE — A gust of wind crashed a small helicopter at the Franklin County State Airport Saturday afternoon.

Chandler Ede, 60, piloted the helicopter, and was its lone occupant. The crash caused only slight injuries for Ede, according to Vermont State Police (VSP) Lt. Jason Letourneau, and the helicopter had no other occupant.

The helicopter was only approximately 15 feet off the ground when the wind gust caused Ede to lose control and the helicopter to crash to the ground, according to Letourneau’s press release. Letourneau wrote that the helicopter was hovering above a field at the time, not far from the airport runway.

Emergency personnel transported Ede to the Northwestern Medical Center immediately after the crash, which occurred around 1:21 p.m.

Letourneau wrote that VSP reported the incident to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and that the FAA planned to conduct its own investigation of the crash today.

Multiple VSP troopers responded to the scene, as well as local fire and rescue teams.

Original article can be found here ➤

HIGHGATE, Vt. A pilot loses control and crashes his helicopter.

It happened near the Franklin County Airport in Highgate Saturday afternoon. 

Police say the pilot Chandler Ede was hovering about 15 feet off the ground when a gust of wind caused him to lose control.

The single-seater helicopter crashed into a field not far from the runway. The 60-year-old from Highgate was brought to the hospital for minor injuries.

The Federal Aviation Administration plans to investigate the crash on Monday.

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