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'Home-built helicopter' destroyed at airport

Emergency crews respond to report of Steinbach crash

By: Grant Burr

Posted: 06/29/2019 10:50 AM

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A plane readies for takeoff shortly after 9 a.m. at the Steinbach airport on Saturday morning. In the background, emergency workers remain on the scene of a helicopter crash that was reported shortly before 8:30 a.m. There were no injuries in the crash.

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A plane readies for takeoff shortly after 9 a.m. at the Steinbach airport on Saturday morning. In the background, emergency workers remain on the scene of a helicopter crash that was reported shortly before 8:30 a.m. There were no injuries in the crash.

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Emergency workers were called to the Steinbach airport on Saturday morning after a report of helicopter crash.

Chris Krepski, a spokesperson for the Transportation Safety Board, told The Carillon that the incident involved a "home-built helicopter" that had a ground incident in which the rotor of the aircraft started to turn and the helicopter rolled onto its side. A post-incident fire destroyed the helicopter, he said.

Though TSB has been made aware of the incident there will be no further investigation into the matter, Krepski added.

Steinbach deputy fire chief Ron Chausse said the fire department was dispatched to the scene at 8:28 a.m.

He said while crews were enroute to the scene they were advised that the two occupants of the helicopter were able to extricate themselves from the downed aircraft. Neither required hospitalization, he said.

Chausse added that firefighters were still required to extinguish the fire in the helicopter and remained on scene for about a half hour.

Update 11:20 a.m.: Changes headline and adds information from Transportation Safety Board spokesperson.

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