SWAN LAKE — Multiple fire departments, medical and law enforcement agencies responded to a wooded area off Stanton Corner Road in Swan Lake this morning for a helicopter crash.
SWAN LAKE — Multiple fire departments, medical and law enforcement agencies responded to a wooded area off Stanton Corner Road in Swan Lake on Friday following reports of a helicopter crash.
A McDonnell Douglas 500 helicopter was inspecting the Marcy South powerlines that run through the Swan Lake Fire District between Bushville Swan Lake Road and Stanton Corner Road when it crashed with two people onboard.
Those two individuals were flown to Westchester Medical Center in serious condition, although it was reported that both were conscious and alert.
The helicopter belonged to Haverfield Aviation, a company based out of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania that provides helicopter power line inspection as well as maintenance, repairs, upgrades, replacement and construction support services to the North American electric utility industry.
“I live right there so I hear them flying every day,” said Swan Lake Fire Chief Don Sherwood. The Swan Lake Fire Department was among the first on the scene shortly after 9 a.m.
“We were on the scene in a matter of minutes but the challenge was getting to the actual helicopter,” Sherwood said. T
he White Lake Fire Company and the Kauneonga Lake Fire Department assisted with UTVs in order to reach the remote crash site and transport the injured to a place where two medevac helicopters were standing by. Mutual aid from Liberty assisted.
The New York State Police responded to the scene and an investigation by the The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board is ongoing.