One injured in CAL FIRE CWN helicopter hard landing

helicopter crash Oakdale California
CWN helicopter crashes while en route to Weed, CA. Photo Courtesy of Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Protection District via Twitter.

A helicopter under a Call When Needed contract with CAL FIRE experienced a hard landing July 24 while ferrying from Southern California to Weed where it was needed to assist with a fire. According to Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Sgt. Frank Soria, the
helicopter began experiencing problems while enroute. As the pilot turned toward the Oakdale Airport the aircraft crashed.

Sgt. Soria said the pilot refused medical treatment but a passenger was admitted to a hospital.

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3 thoughts on “One injured in CAL FIRE CWN helicopter hard landing”

  1. Looks like open, flat terrain. All considered, the outcome appears fortunate. Elsewhere, it could have been a lot worse.

  2. More fortunate then our hard landing in a Bell 206 long ranger in Alaska. 3 spinal cord injuries with internal injuries as well. He must not have hit that hard i see his landing skids are still intact. Ours were about 12′ away from the airframe. Lucky guys right there.

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