ARLINGTON, WASHINGTON (October 24, 2017) – Two people were injured after a helicopter crashed into King Lake on Tuesday afternoon, according to a local news source. (map)
The accident happened around 1:30 pm. A Robinson R-22 helicopter took off carrying two people, and crashed within two minutes into King Lake, a private lake near Arlington. A good Samaritan at the scene was able to get into a boat and pull at least one of those injured out of the water.
The pilot was taken to the hospital in critical condition, and the passenger is in serious condition. The helicopter ended up completely submerged in the lake after the accident, and investigators intend to remove it. The two people injured have not been identified, but the pilot is confirmed to live in the neighborhood of the lake, and the passenger was a family friend of the pilot. The accident remains under investigation at this time.
Initial investigations indicate that over 160 people have been killed in Robinson helicopter crashes since 2000. The only helicopter manufacturer with more fatal crashes is Bell, which has been in business for 37 years longer than Robinson, and produces three times their volume. In January of 2015, the FAA ordered owners of Robinson R-22 and R-44 helicopters to replace their rotor blades with safer models, after a history of accidents involving the flimsier stock blades the helicopters were sold with.
Robinson has also been sued for a malfunctioning tail rotor that resulted in four deaths, and the helicopters have a history of other mechanical defects including a rubber drive belt that is most commonly used in lawnmowers. The company has also received numerous safety recommendations from the NTSB regarding safety upgrades needed for their helicopters.
“We wish a swift and steady recovery to both of the men injured in this crash. The thoughts and prayers of everyone at Lexton Law are with the family and friends of those injured during this difficult time,” said the attorneys from Lexton Law, a firm dealing in aviation cases.
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