Two police helicopters were destroyed after the collided at an airport in California. Picture: YouTube
Two police helicopters were destroyed after the collided at an airport in California. Picture: YouTube

Choppers destroyed as blades collide

INCREDIBLE CCTV footage has shown the moment two police helicopters were completely destroyed when their rotor blades collided.

The horrifying accident happened at a California heliport as one police chopper was flying in and another was getting ready for takeoff, reports The Sun.

The first helicopter lands and begins to veer towards the second. Picture: YouTube
The first helicopter lands and begins to veer towards the second. Picture: YouTube

Police said six people were injured in the November 17 crash, including five officers aboard the helicopters plus someone on the ground.

None of the injuries were reported to be serious.

 

CCTV of the horrific smash was recently released showing the moments leading up the crash.

The Bell OH-58 helicopter is seen being pulled on to the pad while the pilot prepares for takeoff â€" but then a second chopper comes in to land.

The pilot in the second helicopter manoeuvres the aircraft on to the pad when its rotor blades strike the first helicopter’s blades.

Incredibly, no one was seriously hurt in the crash. Picture: YouTube
Incredibly, no one was seriously hurt in the crash. Picture: YouTube

The collision causes the rotor blades to rip apart and fly in different directions.

Both aircraft were destroyed, with debris strewn across the heliport.

Meanwhile a man who was standing on the pad at the time of the crash was knocked to the ground.

A man standing by the second helicopter was struck, but not seriously injured and managed to run clear of the flying debris. Picture: YouTube
A man standing by the second helicopter was struck, but not seriously injured and managed to run clear of the flying debris. Picture: YouTube

But footage showed him leaping up and dashing away from the wreckage towards safety as the pilots from both helicopters climb out of their severely smashed up helicopters.

 

This story was originally published in The Sun and is reprinted with permission.


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