Pilot makes emergency helo landing

From Staff Reports

The pilot of a private helicopter made an emergency landing with no loss of life not far from Kate Craddock Field in Burnet Saturday, Sept. 2.

The crash occurred at about 4:30 p.m. when the aircraft, a Hughes 369 A, lost power, according to reports attributed to the Federal Aeronautics Administration (FAA).

The helicopter came to rest on its side by US 281 about 200 feet south of the entrance to Delaware Springs. Two occupants went by ambulance to the hospital with injuries described as “non-life threatening,” one with a possible broken ankle. Two others, including the pilot were uninjured, said Burnet Police Chief Paul Nelson.

“The Department of Public Safety works all airplane and helicopter crashes, even within the city, but we were assisting on the scene,” said Nelson.

The Burnet Fire Department covered the copter with fire-retardant foam.

“It took about four hours to clear the scene,” said Nelson. “We diverted traffic to different lanes to keep it going. Only the southbound lane was blocked.”


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