Pilot rescued from burning helicopter that crashed in New Hampshire woods

6/1: CBS Weekend News

8:49 p.m.

People who heard a helicopter crash rushed to the scene to help remove the pilot from the burning plane in a wooded area of ​​central New Hampshire, police said Sunday.

The pilot was the sole occupant of the helicopter when it crashed on a residential property in Merrimack County, New Hampshire State Police said in a news release. He was “conscious, breathing and alert” when authorities from various agencies arrived and transported him to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center with “serious but non-life-threatening injuries,” police said. The pilot has not been identified

Helicopter crash in New Hampshire
In this aerial photo released by New Hampshire State Police, the remains of a helicopter that crashed and caught fire are seen Saturday, June 1, 2024, in Danbury, New Hampshire. The pilot, who has not been identified, survived the crash.

New Hampshire State Police via AP

The Hughes TH-55 helicopter crashed Saturday afternoon about 30 miles northwest of the state capital, Concord, and caused a fire that spread to the woods before emergency services arrived. firefighters, police said. An initial investigation into the incident suggested the pilot lost control of the helicopter near a landing site and subsequently crashed into the property’s treeline.

A spokesperson for the National Transportation Safety Board said the helicopter would be moved to an off-site facility for further examination as part of its investigation. The NTSB is leading the investigation with the Federal Aviation Administration. New Hampshire State Police asked anyone who witnessed the crash to contact the Danbury Police Department.

The two-seat TH-55 Osage was originally used by the Army as a training helicopter. It first took flight in 1956, but many have since found their way into civilian use.


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