A helicopter made a dramatic crash at the Olympia Regional Airport early Friday morning. The crash occurred shortly after takeoff from the airport which is located in Tumwater, Washington. Police and first responders arrived at the scene shortly after the helicopter crashed.
Ann Cook, a Tumwater spokeswoman, said two people were injured in the crash, the pilot and a mechanic. The two passengers were taking the helicopter up for a test flight when a mechanical problem caused it to crash. The helicopter quickly lost altitude before crashing in a grass field of the airport.
The pilot and mechanic were transported to a local hospital in Olympia following the crash and were treated with non-life-threatening injuries.
Brian Reynolds, a witness to the crash, described the crash to a reporter of KING-TV. “I saw the tail rotor wasn’t moving, and I knew they were in serious trouble at this point,” said Reynolds, who went on to praise the pilot’s quick thinking. “He did all of the proper procedures to get it down.”
Air traffic at Olympia Regional Airport was uninterrupted by the crash.
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