MILFORD TOWNSHIP, Ohio (AP) – Federal authorities say the pilot of a medical helicopter said he did not see any power lines before the main rotor blades hit them and the plane swooped down. crashed while responding to a fatal crash in southwestern Ohio last month.
The CareFlight helicopter was requested just before 5 a.m. on July 26 at the scene of the crash of two pickup trucks in Milford Township, Butler County. The county sheriff’s office said the plane operated by Air Methods was approaching the scene when it crashed into power lines and crashed. No one on board was seriously injured.
According to a preliminary report from the National Transportation Safety Board, the pilot said he requested information about the crash site when he was about nine miles away and was told he There were high voltage wires on the south side, the Dayton Daily News reported.
The pilot said he saw the electricity pylon but did not know in which direction the wires led away from it, and he could not find the wires even with goggles at night or after moving the landing light up high bottom, according to the report. He said he eventually decided the cables were farther from the landing zone and went down, according to the report.
All three crew members suffered minor injuries and the helicopter suffered “substantial” damage, according to the report. A Federal Aviation Administration inspector said the main rotor blades were broken in half and the gearbox and mounts were fractured. Capt. Morgan Dallman of the county sheriff’s office said two cruisers were damaged, one by debris and the other by downed power lines, the Dayton Daily News reported. No firefighters or officers were injured.
Authorities said a 69-year-old woman from Richmond, Indiana was pronounced dead at the scene of the car crash. A 43-year-old woman was also hospitalized with serious injuries and two other people were being treated for undisclosed minor injuries. The cause of the accident remains under investigation.