Monday, August 12, 2019

Schweizer 269C-1 (300CBi), N1831A: Accident occurred August 11, 2019 near Lehigh Valley International Airport, (KABE), Allentown, Northampton County, Pennsylvania

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Allentown, Pennsylvania

Rotorcraft struck a building.

Ace Pilot Training Inc

https://registry.faa.gov/N1831A

Date: 11-AUG-19
Time: 14:84:80Z
Regis#: N1831A
Aircraft Make: SCHWEIZER
Aircraft Model: 269C
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: SERIOUS
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: INSTRUCTION
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
Operation: 91
City: ALLENTOWN
State: PENNSYLVANIA



Two people were taken to the hospital after a helicopter crashed in an industrial park just outside Lehigh Valley International Airport Sunday afternoon, officials said.

Airport spokesman Colin Riccobon said the craft, which went down around 2:45 p.m., had two occupants and was from ACE Pilot Training School at the airport.

The Schweizer 269C hit a building on the 900 block of Postal Road in Hanover Township, Lehigh County, resulting in minor injuries to the pilot and the passenger, said Kevin Harwick, assistant chief of Han-Le-Co Fire Company.

He said the pilot and passenger were taken to St. Luke’s University Hospital in Fountain Hill.

A large scrape could be seen on the side of the building where the helicopter apparently hit.

Riccobon said since the crash happened off airport property, the response is being handled by Pennsylvania State Police-Bethlehem. The Federal Aviation Administration and Flight Standards District Office will conduct the investigation, Riccobon said.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the two individuals and their families involved in this incident.” LVIA officials said in a statement.

The building houses Schaefer Industrial Ceramics, which makes pouring cups and other parts for metal casting industries. Building owner Nick Schaefer arrived at the scene around 6 p.m. to observe the damage done to the building, which he described as “very minimal.”

About half an hour later, crews hauled the body and tail of the helicopter -- in pieces -- onto a tow truck.

Schaefer said business should resume as usual Monday.

Original article can be found here ➤ https://www.mcall.com

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