A hair-raising helicopter crash involving two helicopters belonging to California’s Pasadena Police Department was caught on tape- and it doesn’t paint a pretty picture.
The incident took place in November 2012 when two OH-58A Kiowa helicopters -formerly belonging to the US Army before being transferred to Pasadena PD- collided with one another, causing several injuries.
Helicopter N911FA, piloted by Officer Carol Eldridge, was attempting to land on the Pasadena Police Heliport, striking helicopter N96BM .
According to the Aviation Safety Network, the National Transportation Safety Board determined that the “landing pilot’s failure to maintain clearance with from obstacles a parked prior to landing helicopter and the other pilot’s failure to park the helicopter inside of a marked parking pad,” factoring in obscured vision from rain and failing to actually land where she was supposed to.
Six personnel were injured in the event and aviation sources familiar with the incident report that Eldridge is no longer flying with Pasadena Police.
The video has only been recently released to the general public by the NTSB.
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