Update: Winthrop helicopter struck snowbank | Local News
WINTHROP – Authorities believe a helicopter that crashed in Winthrop on Saturday cut through a snowbank with its rudder.
A witness told a Winthrop deputy marshal that the plane was attempting to land at 110 White Avenue in Winthrop when the tail rudder struck a snow bank, causing the helicopter to spin, according to an incident report from the office of the Winthrop Marshal.
Pilot Robert McCoy, 60, and passenger Collin Berrett, 33, were not injured, according to the report.
The helicopter took off from Darrington and was heading for the Winthrop Ice Rink, located about 500 feet from where it was attempting to land. Photos from the scene show severely damaged main rotor blades and a rudder detached from the helicopter.
The incident occurred at around 12:35 p.m. and the wreckage was removed at around 8 p.m.
WINTHROP – Okanogan County officials responded to a helicopter crash near the Winthrop rink on Saturday.
Minor injuries were reported at the scene near the rink, according to an Okanogan County public safety notice sent at 1:15 p.m. on Saturday.
A pilot and passenger escaped without serious injuries, according to a Facebook post from Okanogan County Fire District 6.
There was no fire and no fuel leaks were found, the post said. The Federal Aviation Association will conduct an investigation. The crews were released from the scene at 2:45 p.m.