Helicopter Crash Blamed On Bad Weather, Claims Five Lives

by | August 2nd, 2013

August 2, 2013

A Helicopter Crash that occurred in Pennsylvania this past weekend claimed the lives of five people. Reports indicate the crash happened just after 10:30 p.m. Saturday, July 27, near Noxen, in the northeastern region of the state.

According to an article published by The Huffington Post, the pilot took off from the Tri Cities Airport in Endicott, New York, in a R66 Rotorcraft helicopter with four passengers aboard the aircraft. A short time later, air traffic control received a call from the pilot saying he was losing altitude and was attempting to return to the airport. When controllers lost contact with the pilot, search crews were dispatched and the wreckage of the aircraft was found in a heavily wooded area at around 2 p.m. the following day.

All five of the individuals aboard the helicopter at the time of the crash were killed.

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is heading up an investigation into the crash and believes fog and foul weather may have been contributing factors in the accident.

Experts say helicopters are able to fly under more severe weather than fixed-wing aircraft; however, this ability also puts those aboard helicopters at greater risk of being involved in an accident.

The Aviation Accident Attorneys with Nurenberg, Paris, Heller & McCarthy are here to help if you or a loved one has been harmed in a helicopter crash.