Airport director explains what happened in helicopter crash - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Airport director explains what happened in helicopter crash

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

A helicopter burst into flames after a pilot attempted to land on a platform trailer at the Slaton Municipal Airport Tuesday.

David Guetersloh, 59, saved his own life, thanks to his experience as a firefighter smoke pilot.  Guetersloh was able to escape the helicopter before it exploded in less than 30 seconds.

His Robinson R-44 was a total loss.

The crash occurred after Guetersloh tried to straighten up his landing, after noticing the pad was crooked.  Since helicopters do not have wheels like planes, it is common for them to land on a platform trailer, or something with wheels, to be transported easily around the airport.

Slaton Municipal Airport Manager Mike Delano equates the accident to a automobile fender bender and said air travel overall is a safe means of transportation.

"Fortunately everyone walked away safely, which says something about general aviation, because of the safety, he was able to leave the aircraft that he was able to get away in time there was no damage done to him," said Delano.

Guetersloh was the sole occupant in the helicopter. No other injuries were reported.

The Federal Aviation Administration was on scene Tuesday night. The National Transportation Safety Board is now investigating the remainder of the incident.

Copyright 2012 KCBD.  All rights reserved.

  • Local News on KCBD.comNewsMore>>

  • Tennessee church shooting suspect charged with murder

    Tennessee church shooting suspect charged with murder

    Monday, September 25 2017 3:27 AM EDT2017-09-25 07:27:49 GMT
    Monday, September 25 2017 11:21 AM EDT2017-09-25 15:21:31 GMT

    Police charged the suspected gunman, who killed one and shot six at a Tennessee church Sunday, with one count of murder and said multiple charges were pending.

    Police charged the suspected gunman, who killed one and shot six at a Tennessee church Sunday, with one count of murder and said multiple charges were pending.

  • Anthony Weiner sentenced to 21 months in sexting case

    Anthony Weiner sentenced to 21 months in sexting case

    Monday, September 25 2017 12:37 AM EDT2017-09-25 04:37:20 GMT
    Monday, September 25 2017 11:20 AM EDT2017-09-25 15:20:52 GMT

    Prosecutors say Weiner broke the law by having illicit contact with a 15-year-old girl, including asking her to "sexually perform" for him in conversations on Skype and Snapchat.

    Prosecutors say Weiner broke the law by having illicit contact with a 15-year-old girl, including asking her to "sexually perform" for him in conversations on Skype and Snapchat.

  • Official: Hurricane Maria set Puerto Rico back decades

    Official: Hurricane Maria set Puerto Rico back decades

    Sunday, September 24 2017 11:07 AM EDT2017-09-24 15:07:04 GMT
    Monday, September 25 2017 11:20 AM EDT2017-09-25 15:20:47 GMT

    Large amounts of federal aid are starting to flow into Puerto Rico and local officials are praising the Trump administration's response.

    Large amounts of federal aid are starting to flow into Puerto Rico and local officials are praising the Trump administration's response.

Powered by Frankly