Santa Barbara
66° F
Overcast
Overcast
Santa Maria
67° F
Overcast
Overcast
San Luis Obispo
63° F
Mostly Cloudy
Mostly Cloudy
Ventura
64° F
Overcast
Overcast

Helicopter Flies into Power Lines in Guadalupe

Published On: Dec 24 2013 08:06:02 AM CST
Updated On: Sep 30 2013 12:06:48 PM CDT

Helicopter Flies into Power Lines in Guadalupe

GUADALUPE, Calif. -

A crop dusting helicopter got tangled in power lines and make a hard landing in Guadalupe.

The incident also caused a power outage to about 500 homes.  

The pilot told News Channel 3 he was crop dusting a field of broccoli when he accidentally flew into some power lines.

His blades and mast got tangled and he cut power to the helicopter. 

The aircraft dropped about 40 feet to the ground.

The pilot only suffered bumps and scrapes but, fire officials say he's lucky.

"He's very lucky,” said Captain Alan Queoff of the Santa Barbara County Fire Department, “this doesn't happen very often but, when helicopters and power lines mix, it's not usually a very good outcome.  We've had helicopters go into power lines and crash land, and today was very fortunate; he just did a hard landing."

PG&E started fixing the pole and lines right away and power was restored to homes by Sunday afternoon.

Gallery

Comments

The views expressed are not those of this company or its affiliated companies. Please note by clicking on "Post" you acknowledge that you have read the Terms Of Service and the comment you are posting is in compliance with such terms. 
blog comments powered by Disqus