Helicopter crashes in Lealman; pilot unhurt

7:07 PM, Jul 24, 2012   |    comments
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St. Petersburg, Florida -- A helicopter lost a tail rotor and spun to the ground in Lealman tonight, the sheriff's office reported.

The crash happened at the A1 Key & Safe, 4550 35th Street North, shortly before 7 p.m.

Owner/pilot Wayne Parker, 60, who keeps the Hughes 300 helicopter at his business, said he was moving the helicopter by hovering to another locaton on the property when he lost a tail rotor, went into a spin, and crashed into a fence.

He was not injured.

No fuel was spilled, and there was no fire.

The FAA and NTSB have been notified and will conduct the investigation, the sheriff's office said.


Pinellas 911 Communications & Pinellas County Sheriff's Office

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