Helicopter goes down in Chatham pond: 2 injured

June 18, 2016
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The helicopter Robinson R44 hit the water close on Friday, the machine goes down in Chatham pond with two passengers on the board. One is the pilot John Ryan, 48, of Scituate, and his passenger, Tyra Pacheco, 48, of Acushnet; both suffered serious injuries. Ryan was initially taken to Cape Cod Hospital, while Pacheco was picked up by a MedFlight helicopter at Barnstable Municipal Airport and flown to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston with critical injuries.

After helicopter crash on Chatham pond, 2 injured — Ryan and Pacheco were taken to the different hospitals. The pilot was taken to Cape Cod Hospital, while Pacheco was picked up by a MedFlight helicopter at Barnstable Municipal Airport. Woman’s injuries were too serious, she urgently needed surgeon assistance, so she was flown to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

“When it went down, it was a really loud thump,”

said Eastward Ho! Country Club assistant golf pro Andrew Walkley. He wasn’t only one witness of the tragedy, many residents along this scenic part of the Chatham coastline said they are accustomed to seeing small helicopters like this one flying low. Police and firefighters arrived quickly after the crash, local people said.

The pilot of a helicopter John Ryan had a more than 30-year experience, he has been flying helicopters since 1985. Moreover, John served as a flight instructor for 22 years, in his history are over 6,500 accident-free flight hours. An owner of Robinson R44 Raven I helicopter Ryan Rotors website is supplying with all the data regarding its pilots. But
Robinson R44 helicopters have had quite an interesting history — there were 364 incidents or crashes investigated by the National Transportation Safety Board since 1994.

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