Helicopter Crashes After Takeoff

CVEA – Last Wednesday, December 16th, two CVEA employees were involved in a helicopter crash at the Valdez Airport as they were taking off to perform an aerial patrol of the transmission line. At roughly 9:30 am, as the helicopter that was contracted to take them on patrol reached approximately 75 feet in altitude, the helicopter lost power resulting in the aircraft free-falling to the ground. The crash resulted in the tail section separating from the aircraft.

The two CVEA employees suffered no serious injuries, but were to be examined by a local physician to ensure they are okay. As we understand it, the pilot of the aircraft is also uninjured. The Cooperative is very concerned about this incident as it relates to the safety of everyone involved, and we are extremely thankful our employees appear to be without injury.