Universal Helicopters says its pilots were on a training mission
Thursday, January 10, 2008 CBC News
Two pilots on a training mission crashed a helicopter in a wooded area in St. John's on Thursday, but both survived.
The pair were "alert and conscious" after the mid-afternoon crash off Kenmount Road, a major arterial leading into the city, said Const. Paul Davis of the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary.
They were flown separately by helicopter to the Health Sciences Centre, a few kilometres away.
"There were injuries, but no one knows the extent at this time," CBC Radio reporter Rod Etheridge said.
Universal Helicopters, which operates at airports across Newfoundland and Labrador, confirmed late Thursday afternoon that it owns the helicopter.
Company president Geoff Goodyear described the crew members as experienced pilots who were conducting a training mission at the time.
Goodyear told CBC News he understood the pilots were in good condition.
There were blue skies but gusting winds at the crest of the hill at the time of the crash.
Eyewitness Robert Emberley told CBC News that he saw a low-flying helicopter dip, rise and then drop again at about 2:45 p.m. into a wooded area, where he assumed it then crashed.
Police were joined by crews with the St. John's Regional Fire Department. Some donned snowshoes to reach the crash scene.
A net was rigged to help convey at least one of the injured into a hovering helicopter.
Police closed Kenmount Road to traffic for several hours in the afternoon.
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