NTSB: No mechanical problems with Maine helicopter
courtesy of U.S. Coast Guard
from the press release: (FOR RELEASE) : BOSTON - A Coast Guard Station Rockland, Maine 25-foot response boat pushes a helicopter that crashed near Little Deer Island in Penobscot Bay, Maine towards shore Saturday, Aug. 1, 2009.? (U.S. Coast Guard photo/Station Rockland)--BOSTON - A Station Rockland, Maine 25-foot response boat responded to a helicopter crash Saturday, 5:35 p.m., near Little Deer Island in Penobscot Bay, Maine. A nearby sailing vessel that saw the crash called Station Rockland at 4:50 p.m. to report the incident, and the station launched a boat crew at 4:56 p.m.? The helicopter took off from the 182-foot motor yacht Lady Christine, which was anchored in the area.? Four people were aboard the helicopter and none of them suffered life-threatening injuries.? One person was taken to a nearby hospital to be treated for neck pain, but the injury was not considered serious. The Rockland response boat arrived on scene at 5:35 p.m. and while it was en route received a report that all four people aboard the helicopter got out safely after the crash and waded ashore to the island. A small boat dispatched from the Lady Christine picked the four people up and brought them back to the luxury yacht.? One passanger was?then taken back ashore to be treated for the neck injury.? The Rockland Coast Guard small boat at 6:55 p.m. tied up to the crashed helicopter and towed it to shore on the island, where a marine salvage company will attempt to remove it. Two pollution response petty officers from Coast Guard Sector Northern New England in Portland, Maine, drove to the island, which is about 20 miles from Station Rockland and is connected to the mainland by a bridge. About 30 gallons of helicopter fuel was onboard the aircraft when it crashed. A Maine Marine Patrol vessel assisted the Coast Guard during this incident. The Maine Dept. of Environmental Protection will investigate the pollution that may have occurred, and the cause of the crash will be investigated. "Stati
The Associated Press • Updated:
DEER ISLE, Maine — A preliminary report from the National Transportation Safety Board on the emergency landing of a helicopter in Maine says there were no mechanical problems reported before the crash.
NTSB states a representative of the pilot, Lord Irvine Laidlaw of Scotland, said Laidlaw left his helipad-equipped yacht around 4:50 p.m. Aug. 1 and was flying about 400 feet above the sea. The report says when Laidlaw tried to maneuver the plane, it began to lose altitude. The helicopter landed off Little Deer Isle.
Laidlaw, a member of Britain’s House of Lords, has a private pilot certificate for helicopters and single-engine planes.
According to the NTSB, his most recent medical certificate was issued on June 4.
The report states Laidlaw deployed the emergency flotation devices on the skids of the helicopter.