Robinson R-22 Struck Power Lines Near LA Freeway
A rented Robinson R-22 helicopter (erroneously listed as an
R-44 Astro by the FAA --
Ed.) crashed while enroute from El Monte
Airport to Torrance Municipal Airport late Friday evening.
Shortly before 11 pm, the unidentified pilot was flying near the
110 Harbor Freeway and Century Boulevard when the helicopter (file
photo of type, above) caught power lines and crashed into the
southbound lanes of the freeway, reports The Daily Breeze.
The California Highway Patrol and Los Angeles firefighting units
arrived to find the wreckage burning. The pilot died at the
The Coroner's Office had not yet identified the pilot as of late
Saturday. The man was so badly burned that dental records may be
required to identify him, an official said Saturday.
The power lines were not damaged, and no one on the ground was
hurt. Wreckage was scattered across the freeway lanes.
The southbound freeway was closed until 4:20 am Saturday morning
while emergency crews cleared the scene.
The pilot was the sole occupant of the helicopter. The flight
was conducted under Visual Flight Rules.
Weather conditions at the time of the accident were reported to
be 51 degrees under partly cloudy skies, visibility 10 miles with
northeast winds from five to eight mph. Barometric pressure was
30.20 and the dewpoint was 46 degrees.
The helicopter was owned by JJ Helicopters of Torrance.
Make/Model: R44 Description:
Date: 01/26/2008 Time: 0659
Event Type: Accident Highest Injury:
Fatal Mid Air: N Missing:
City: LOS ANGELES State: CA Country:
HELICOPTER STRUCK POWER LINE AND CRASHED ON TO 110 FREEWAY
BLVD, LOS ANGELES, CA
INJURY DATA Total
# Crew: 1 Fat:
# Pass: 0 Fat:
Fat: 0 Ser:
WEATHER: METAR KLAX 260650Z 03004KT 10SM FEW 021 SCT 065 11/08
Activity: Unknown Phase:
Unknown Operation: OTHER
FAA FSDO: LOS ANGELES, CA
Entry date: 01/28/2008