Preliminary Accident Reports

March 1999 Issue

Dec. 3, Newark, N.J. / Eurocopter EC-135-P1

About 17:40 EST, a Eurocopter EC-135-P1 operating as a news helicopter for a local television station crashed into the Passaic River. The pilot and the camera operator received minor injuries. The flight used a radio call sign of Chopper 4. The flight had passed over the ILS localizer final approach course for Runway 22L at Newark when the pilot transmitted, “May Day, May Day, Chopper 4 is...” About 5 seconds later, the pilot transmitted, “May Day, May Day, our engines are out, we’re going down.” Another news helicopter followed Chopper 4, recorded the forced landing on video, and reported the helicopter was down in the river. The pilot received a head injury and had no direct memory of the...

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