Helicopter goes down in Northern California

The pilot reportedly walked or swam away.

Updated at 9:18 a.m. PDT July 8, 2021

The FAA reported that the helicopter that went into Lake Shastiana July 7 while working on the Lava Fire in Northern California was a Bell 212, N911KW registered to Rogers Helicopters.

Their very brief preliminary report says, “Aircraft submerged during water operations from Lake Shastina, Weed, CA.”

The report said there were no injuries.

helicopter Detwiler Fire california
A Bell 212, N911KW registered to Rogers Helicopters, at the Detwiler Fire near Mariposa, California, July 27, 2017. CAL FIRE photo.

Updated at 6:57 p.m. PDT July 7, 2021

Lava Fire
Lava Fire, 6:02 p.m. PDT July 7, 2021.

The Incident Management Team on the Lava Fire in Northern California announced Wednesday afternoon, July 7, that a helicopter working on the fire performed an emergency landing into Lake Shastina in the afternoon due to unknown reasons. The pilot was able to swim/walk away and was being assessed. There were no other passengers on board.

The 25,000-acre Lava Fire is three miles east of Weed, California on the northern slopes of Mt. Shasta. It has been burning since June 24, 2021.

Lava Fire, with Lake Shastina
Lake Shastina

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5 thoughts on “Helicopter goes down in Northern California”

    1. Private, Rogers Helicopters out of Fresno, CA. Rogers usually has several EU contracts with the FS, but unknown if this was EU or CWN. This particular aircraft has been on EU contracts at several R-5 FS bases in the past several years.

      1. Rogers also has (or had) quite a few aircraft on contract w/PG&E for line patrol, etc. The company has been around for a long time…

        1. Yes, according to their website, over 50 years. You are correct about PGE. They do a lot of the line patrol in the Central Sierras, especially after the PSPS shutoffs. Not sure how much of the construction on the large KV lines they are still doing after a fatal accident a few years ago. PJ Helicopters out of Red Bluff is another large PGE contractor for the helicopter services.

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