Copter pilot is injured in crash at port

November 16, 2006|By Annie Linskey | Annie Linskey,Sun Reporter

A 34-year-old Fredericksburg, Va., man was hospitalized yesterday after he lost control of the helicopter he was landing at the Dundalk Marine Terminal, authorities said.

The unidentified man crashed about 2:30 p.m. on a lowboy trailer, a device similar to a flatbed truck. The left side of the landing gear touched down on the trailer, but the rest of the helicopter did not, said Richard M. Scher, a spokesman for the Maryland Port Administration.

"He didn't just drop from the sky," Scher said. "He was very close to landing it."

Scher said the man was able to get out of the wreckage. Paramedics took him to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, where he was being treated. Nobody else was in the helicopter.

The man had flown the helicopter, a 2005 R44 Raven II rotorcraft, from Washington. It was to have been loaded onto a cargo ship bound for Sweden tomorrow. The helicopter was registered to Somerset Aviation in Bel Alton, the Associated Press reported.

Scher said officials from the National Transportation Safety Board would investigate the crash.

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