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Sikorsky HH-60L, N260MW: Accident occurred February 28, 2019 in Tullahoma, Tennessee

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Louisville, Kentucky

Rotorcraft crashed in a field due to unknown circumstances.

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Date: 28-FEB-19

Time: 21:00:00Z
Regis#: N260MW
Aircraft Make: SIKORSKY
Aircraft Model: HH 60L
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: UNKNOWN
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
Operation: 91

Two people were injured after a helicopter crashed in Tullahoma on Thursday.

According to the FAA, a Sikorsky HH60 helicopter crashed in a field five miles south of Tullahoma just after 3 p.m. near the Coffee County/Moore County borders on private land.

One pilot was flown to Vanderbilt University Medical Center for treatment. The other pilot was taken to a local hospital for treatment. The conditions of the pilots are not known.

Tullahoma Police said the Coffee County Communications Center received a call at 3:16 p.m. from one of the two pilots of the civilian-owned helicopter.

Tullahoma Police, Tullahoma Fire, Coffee County EMS and the Moore County Sheriff's Office responded to the scene.

Tullahome Police Sgt.  Cory Brandon was able to locate the helicopter on foot in a remote area.

The helicopter was operated by Arista Aviation Services. In a news release, Arista Aviation COO Brian Cheek said the aircraft was on the way to a helicopter industry show in Atlanta that begins next week.

The FAA will investigate the crash and the National Transportation Safety Board will determine the probable cause of the accident.

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Cheek sent News4 the following statement:

A HH-60L Black Hawk helicopter being operated by Arista Aviation Services went down in a deserted field Thursday afternoon near Tullahoma Airport in Tennessee. The aircraft was on its way to an annual helicopter industry trade show in Atlanta which begins next week.

The aircraft’s two experienced pilots were injured and taken to local hospital in the Nashville area. Their names and conditions are being withheld pending notification of their families.

Arista has notified and is cooperating with the Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board, which will investigate the incident that occurred in degraded weather conditions as the helicopter approached the airport. Arista is also cooperating with local emergency response and law enforcement officials.

Arista is a FAA part 145 repair station, which is based in Enterprise, Alabama. Arista provides maintenance and modifications to an assortment of rotor wing platforms operated both domestically and internationally for a variety of missions, whch include firefighting and construction.

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TULLAHOMA, Tenn. (WTVF) — A helicopter crashed hurting the pilot and co-pilot this happened shortly after 3 p.m. today in a field near Tullahoma.

Emergency lights flashed along Cumberland springs road near Tullahoma as law enforcement began to piece together how a helicopter came crashing down.

“The tail section appears to be broken up in a tree, the main part of the aircraft is somewhat upside down,” said Metro Moore County Sheriff Tyler Hatfield.

It was around 3:15 Thursday evening when a call came into Coffee County dispatch that a Sikorsky HH60 helicopter went down.

Emergency response officials say the sounds of the crash could be heard throughout parts of Moore and Coffee Counties while first responders raced to the scene.

The helicopter crashed in a Moore County field five miles south of Tullahoma, inside were two injured pilots.

“Both were awake and talking in quite a bit of pain,” said Hatfield.

One pilot managed to call 9-1-1 and both were able to crawl out of the privately-owned aircraft.

But one pilot had to be Vanderbilt Life Flight to the hospital with neck and back injuries. While other was transported by EMS to a hospital for evaluation.

At this point, it's not clear why the pilots were flying in the area.

The crash will now be investigated by the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board will determine the probable cause.

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