Pilot walks away from copter crash
It was a short flight.
A pilot tried to take off in a bubble-canopied Hiller UH-12E helicopter at a Grand Junction landscaping business Thursday, but he didn’t make it off the property. Instead, the pilot landed the helicopter almost immediately, and it ended up on its side, but he escaped uninjured, according to the emergency responders.
“He was trying to move the helicopter from one part of the place to another,” Grand Junction Fire Department spokesman Mike Page said. “I’m guessing, but it appears he had mechanical problems. He turned it on its side and bent up the rotors.”
The pilot declined to be interviewed by assembled media, and the Fire Department did not release his identity Thursday night.
Page said no one was injured during the accident, and he didn’t know whether there was a passenger in the helicopter at the time. He said there were no chemical spills or fire.
The incident occurred at Sticks & Stones, a landscaping business at 2920 D 1/2 Road.
The aircraft, which was built in 1961, is registered to Lands End Transport Inc., 2916 D 1/2 Road, according to Federal Aviation Administration records.
Page said the incident was reported to the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board, which are to investigate.