Sunday, September 16, 2018

Schweizer 369C-1, N2128T: Accident occurred September 15, 2018 in Granada Hills, California

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Van Nuys, California

Rotorcraft made emergency landing on a golf course.

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Date: 15-SEP-18
Time: 19:32:00Z
Regis#: N2128T
Aircraft Make: SCHWEIZER
Aircraft Model: 269C-1
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: UNKNOWN
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: UNKNOWN
Operation: 91

A civilian helicopter was forced to make an emergency landing at a Granada Hills golf course after the aircraft lost power Saturday afternoon.

At 12:33 p.m. the Los Angeles Fire Department responded to calls from nearby residents of a “helicopter down” at the Knollwood Golf Course at 12040 Balboa Boulevard, fire department spokesman Brian Humphrey said.

The fire department dispatched 40 personnel since officials were unsure about how large the helicopter was and how many people were involved.

Fire officials determined there were two people on board and were both uninjured. The incident was reported to the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board.

Before alerting aviation officials, fire officials had to confirm the helicopter was not a movie prop or part of a movie set for filming, which is common in the area, Humphrey said.

The helicopter, which belongs to a Van Nuys aviation school, Group 3 Aviation, was being used for a training exercise when the aircraft lost power and was forced to make the emergency landing, the Los Angeles Police Department said.

The helicopter’s flight began at Van Nuys Airport, about six miles south of the golf course, a statement from Group 3 Aviation said.

Wade Berzas, the general manager of the golf course, said his facility was busy during the incident as about 200 people were playing golf, and 200 others were attending a banquet at the nearby clubhouse.

No one was hurt Saturday when a helicopter made a hard landing on Knollwood Golf Course, the Los Angeles Fire Department said. (Photo by Rick McClure)Berzas said the helicopter remained on the golf course Saturday afternoon as the aviation school was determining how to transport it off the property. He said his golf course is in the flight path of the Van Nuys Airport, but has never seen an incident like this occur.

“When it happened, I said, ‘Really?’ And I texted my friend saying I’ve never seen anything like this throughout my whole career,” said Berzas, who has been working at golf courses for more than 25 years.

Humphrey said the Van Nuys Airport is known as one of the busiest general use airports in the world.

“The Los Angeles basin is highly congested with aircraft with all types,” Humphrey said.

“We are in touch with the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration to gather all the facts of the helicopter incident. We cannot speculate or discuss details as we go through the steps with the National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration,” Claudia Herrera, the president of Group Aviation 3, said in a statement. “We are in the process of gathering additional information regarding this incident and will fully cooperate in this process.”

The helicopter was a Schweizer 369C-1 that “sustained substantial damage during emergency landing,” Allen Kenitzer of the Federal Aviation Administration said.

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GRANADA  HILLS (CBSLA) – No one was hurt after a small helicopter was forced to make an emergency landing on a golf course in Granada Hills.

At around 12:30 p.m., the Schweizer 369C-1 landed on the fifth hole of the Knollwood Country Club and Golf Course, located at 12040 Balboa Blvd., according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.

There was no fire.

The occupants were able to get out of the helicopter on their own prior to the arrival of firefighters, LAFD reports.

The Federal Aviation Administration did not immediately respond to a request for information.

Witnesses told CBS2’s Greg Mills the chopper made a hard landing. Evidence of the hard landing? Several pieces of the chopper strewn about near the main cabin.

Richard Pak and Roger Ames were golfing when they saw the craft come down at the fifh hole.

“We drove through the tunnel and all of a sudden, we see a helicopter with a missing tail rotor,” says Pak.

“I think the student [passenger] was very grateful to be okay. He applauded the pilot and said he kept his cool and got them down safely,” said witness Carole Kunkel.

Her husband said the pilot told her he developed engine trouble over Balboa — he knew the area and was about to aim for the golf course.

A lot of homes dot the course and the crash was witnessed by people in their backyards.

“Our gardener was actually out here at the time and he narrowly missed some shrapnel,” said Ara Donovan, “There’s some shrapnel in our backyard.”

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