54°F
weather icon Partly Cloudy

No one hurt during helicopter’s hard landing at airport

No one was hurt Jan. 1 after a Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters tour helicopter on a test flight made a hard landing at Boulder City Municipal Airport.

Only the pilot was on board the Eurocopter EC130, when it landed at about 3:05 p.m. after a maintenance test flight, according to the company.

The emergency landing came after the engine lost power, a Federal Aviation Administration spokesperson confirmed Jan. 2.

The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating what went wrong. It typically takes the NTSB months to determine a probable cause of an accident.

Papillon did not offer a reason for the crash of the helicopter, which was manufactured in 2004, but stated safety was the company’s “top priority.”

“Our records demonstrate we consistently go above and beyond to ensure we maintain one of the most rigorous maintenance programs in the industry,” said Robert Graff, Papillon’s corporate vice president of marketing.

The helicopter was eight minutes into the flight when the engine lost power at an altitude of about 200 feet, said Boulder City Community Development Director Brok Armantrout, who oversees the airport. It landed in the desert 150 feet north of the airport’s main runway and then tipped over, causing the main rotor and tail rotor to break.

“I think if it hit hard on asphalt it may have been a different result,” he said.

The wreckage was transported to a nearby hangar in the hours after the accident, Armantrout said.

Armantrout said the airport was closed for two hours while Boulder City Fire Department made sure there was no hazard associated with the wreckage.

Papillon Airways Inc. was founded in 1965 and offers helicopter and airplane tours of Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon from locations in Nevada and Arizona.

The company has had a presence at Boulder City Municipal Airport since 2006, Armantrout said.

The accident is the only helicopter accident to have occurred at Boulder City Municipal Airport in at least 10 years, according to Armantrout.

Don't miss the big stories. Like us on Facebook.
THE LATEST
New council seated

Mayor Joe Hardy took his oath of office along with new council members Steve Walton and Cokie Booth during a special City Council meeting Tuesday, Nov. 29, night.

Holiday activities fill December calendar

December’s arrival can only mean one thing in Boulder City: It’s time to celebrate.

Police investigate Thanksgiving shooting

Police responded to a call of shots fired at 10:48 p.m. on Thanksgiving, Nov. 24, in the 1000 block of Boulder City Parkway, said Lisa LaPlante, communications manager.

Past year reflects positively on future

It’s my second holiday season in Boulder City since I became a resident in August 2021. As the end of this year approaches, I want to reflect on what I’ve appreciated experiencing, working toward and accomplishing. There are many to thank for our focus and progress in 2022, including the City Council, city employees, and residents’ feedback.

Outgoing council members honored

City Council honored departing members and unanimously approved or voted to postpone all actions during their meeting Tuesday, Nov. 22, night.

Election results certified

Results of November’s election were made official by a unanimous vote during a special City Council meeting Friday, Nov. 18, morning, with Cokie Booth being elected to council by 133 votes over incumbent James Howard Adams.

Business Beat: Credit union receives advocacy award

Always keeping the needs of its members in mind, Boulder Dam Credit Union was recently recognized for its work advocating for the financial needs of those who belong to the financial institution.

Unofficial results: Booth to join council

Cokie Booth has unofficially won the race for a seat on City Council.

Bureau unveils plans to replace lawn

Boulder City residents were able to get a look at Bureau of Reclamation’s plans to replace the lawn above Wilbur Square Park with desert landscaping during an open house at its administration building Nov. 10.

Man gets up to six years for fatal crash

A man who admitted driving more than 130 mph prior to a 2019 crash that killed 58-year-old Randy Reiner listened to emotional statements from Reiner family members before a judge sentenced him to up to six years in state prison Tuesday, Nov. 15.