Substantially damaged after striking wires 10 ft above ground on take-off. Boom broken and tail separated. Heavy impact starboard side. Pilot named in press as Doyle Holden and passenger as Karen Cole.
According to a LVMPD press release, David Vanbuskirk “somehow became detached from the hoist line, falling into the canyon below.” The distance that the man fell is under investigation, but Sheriff Doug Gillespie later stated in a press conference that “it is clear that this was a non-survivable fall and he died on impact.” The victim was able to remain on the cable and was safely lifted onto the aircraft.
Tail rotor struck ground on landing on a training flight. From this press report – According to airport spokesperson Christine Crews told FOX5 one of the helicopter’s rotors struck the ground, causing significant damage to the aircraft. The Sundance spokesperson, though, said the Eurocopter AS350B2 had tail rotor and skid damage only.
Heavy landing on training flight and ended up on its starboard side. Local press later named (here) Police Sgt. Darin R. Garness as being at the controls, and the other pilot was officer Clifford Wicks.
Las Vegas police Huey rescue helicopter clipped a Red Rock Canyon wall with its main rotor blades on a training flight with 5 POB. Â Sources say a strong wind gust pushed the Bell HH-1H helicopter into a canyon wall in the Spring Mountain range.Â Safe landing, no injuries
5 killed on “sunset” tour flight.Â Pilot has been named asÂ Landon Nield, 31.Â Passengers named include Delwin and Tamara Chapman, from Utica, Kansas, who were celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary.Â The other two passengers were 26-year-old Anupama Bhola and 28-year-old Lovish Bhanot, both from New Delhi, India.