18-Nov-2012 Source: HeliHub.com
A pair of law enforcement Bell OH-58s came into contact with each other on Saturday, just as one was in the process of landing and the other taking off. Pasadena Police are now two helicopters down, but still have four others immediately available according to a local television interview.
Both helicopters ended up on their skids with their main blades missing. One has apparent rear fuselage damage and the tail boom dropped to the ground at the tail. The other has frontal damage.
A total of five or six (reports differ!) were taken to a local hospital but were home within 18 hours.
HeliHub.com accident reports, with links to news stories, at
The Pasadena Police Department are part of a regional police helicopter program called “Foothill Air Support Team” ( FAST) along with Alhambra, Arcadia, Azusa, Covina, Monrovia, South Pasadena, Glendora, San Marino and West Covina Police Departments. FAST was created in 2000, after several local cities sought the need for a helicopter program. To assist in spreading the operating cost, the original cities pooled their resources together. Currently, FAST provides air support for virtually all of San Gabriel Valley.
UPDATE – On Monday 19th, Chief Phillip Sanchez provided a list of those affected – The two pilots are Officer Carol Eldridge and Officer Markus Mendenhall, and the commanding officer on board was Lt. Michael Ingram. The others were Lt. Randell Taylor, Officer Ryan Smith and an unidentified civilian contractor.
Jeremy Parkin – HeliHub.com