Friday, June 26, 2020

Bell 206L-1 LongRanger II, N5013G: Accident occurred June 25, 2020 in Coconut Creek, Broward County, Florida

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; South Florida

Rotorcraft crashed into trees for unknown reasons.

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https://registry.faa.gov/N5013G

Date: 25-JUN-20
Time: 16:00:00Z
Regis#: N5013G
Aircraft Make: BELL
Aircraft Model: 206
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: SERIOUS
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
Operation: 91
City: COCONUT CREEK
State: FLORIDA

















Margate-Coconut Creek: 

This afternoon, county workers were working on a drainage system project at Tradewinds Park South (3600 W Sample Rd.) utilizing a helicopter to transport pipes and equipment. During the operation, the helicopter experienced a mechanical issue and crashed approx 200 yards into a heavily wooded and swampy area of the park.

Several Fire Companies from Margate-Coconut Creek Fire Rescue arrived on scene and made the challenging access by foot to the remote crash site. Upon arriving at the crash site they managed to rescue and stabilize the injured pilot who heroically managed to avoid all the workers on the ground during the crash and fortunately suffered only non-life threatening injuries. Due to the crash occurring in a very remote and inaccessible area, the initial Margate-Coconut Creek Fire Department crews on scene requested assistance and additional resources from the Broward Sheriff’s Office Fire Department Technical Rescue Team and Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Air Rescue North to hoist the injured pilot from the crash site and safely transport him to the local Trauma Center for further evaluation.

One Margate-Coconut Creek Firefighter was treated and transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries as a result of this incurrent.

Representatives from FAA are on scene and this incident remains under investigation.


Margate Coconut Creek Fire Rescue




COCONUT CREEK, Florida – A helicopter pilot working with a crew on a project in Tradewinds Park had to be rescued from a heavily wooded area after the chopper crashed Thursday.

The crash happened shortly after noon when it was reported that the helicopter went down in the 3600 block of West Sample Road.

Coconut Creek police spokesman Scotty Leamon said construction was being done in the area.

“We knew that the helicopter would be out today picking up the pipe and construction material from one place and transporting it to another place and dropping it off,” said Leamon.

The Coconut Creek Police said that the helicopter pilot was part of a county crew that was restoring a drainage system in Tradewinds Park.

Several fire companies from Margate-Coconut Creek Fire Rescue arrived on the scene. By foot they got to the remote crash site, where a spokesperson for the city of Margate said they were able to rescue and stabilize the injured pilot.

The Broward Sheriff’s Office Fire Department Technical Rescue Team and Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Air Rescue North were able to hoist the injured pilot from the crash site and he was then transport to a local hospital.

“It was an extremely difficult area to work within, heavily wooded,” Lt. Alex Acosta of Miami-Dade Air Rescue said. Acosta said much of the site had to be cleared using chainsaws to get to the wreckage.

Leamon said the pilot was the only person aboard the helicopter.

One Margate-Coconut Creek firefighter was treated and transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries, according to a city of Margate official.

Coconut Creek police said the helicopter pilot suffered non-life threatening injuries.

“It’s a great feeling. That’s why we do the job, to save lives and to help out,” said F.M. Jorge Ley of Miami-Dade Air Rescue.

Representatives from the Federal Aviation Administration arrived on the scene and are investigating what caused the chopper to crash.

https://www.local10.com

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