On Saturday, September 9, 2006 at 5:15 PM, four Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, including Van Nuys Airport-based LAFD Crash/Rescue and Foam Units, as well as one LAFD Paramedic Rescue Ambulance, all under the direction of Captain Alfred Wobig, responded to a reported Aircraft Crash on Taxiway 'A' at Van Nuys Airport in Van Nuys.
damaged helicopter at the
request of the aircraft owner.
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Scrambling to an alert from the control tower, Firefighters arrived quickly to discover the "hard landing" of a 2004 Schweizer Model 269C-1 helicopter (N323CP) with two persons aboard.
The aircraft occupants, a flight instructor and another pilot taking instrument training, had reportedly experienced some manner of in-flight emergency prior to impacting the taxiway. There was no fire or fuel spill, and both men exited the aircraft without obvious injury prior to the Fire Department's arrival.
LAFD Firefighter/Paramedics examined both men, who declined further treatment or transportation.
Firefighters stood by as the heavily damaged rotorcraft, with approval of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), was removed from the taxiway of the world's busiest general aviation airport.
Airport Police Officers subsequently took control of the scene. The incident will be formally investigated by NTSB officials.
Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department
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