A helicopter mechanic was killed when the aircraft he was working on was blown over by high winds as it prepared to take off, said county fire officials.
The helicopter accident happened at 9:40 a.m. on a flat bluff above Boquet Canyon in Santa Clarita.
The pilot was attempting to return to the hanger after deciding weather conditions were too poor when the accident occurred, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office.
Ian Gregor of the Federal Aviation Administration said the pilot "was in the process of lifting off" when the helicopter crashed. Although the rotor blades were fully deployed and running, it is unclear if the helicopter was off the ground at the time of the accident.
The accident is currently under investigation, but it appears a strong gust of wind may have blown over the helicopter.
The pilot suffered minor injuries, Gregor said. The chopper tail was torn in two as the vessel lay upside down on a plateau. A big rig also sustained some damage in the accident.
According to FAA records, the tail registration number indicates the aircraft is an experimental helicopter built by Kaman Aerospace in 2003 and used for industrial lifting projects and firefighting. #