Updated: Six hurt as Pasadena police choppers collide

November 17, 2012

Five police officers and one other person were injured when two Pasadena police helicopters collided late Saturday afternoon, according to Pasadena police.

At around 4 p.m., one chopper was arriving at the Pasadena Police Department's airfield in Altadena and the other was preparing to take off, according to Pasadena Police Lt. Phlunte Riddle. The rotor bades of the two heicopters touchedd, and both OH-58 aircraft ended up on the ground with substantial damage. Rain was falling at the time of the accident.

One helicopter was assisting traffic officers as tens of thousands of fans departed the Rose Bowl after the UCLA-USC football game, Riddle said. The other was on routine patrol above Pasadena and other San Gabriel Valley cities.

All six people were taken to a local hospital with minor injuries.

"We were real lucky," Riddle said.

The exact cause of the accident remains unclear, Riddle said. Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board were on route to the site, Riddle said. She said NTSB would determine whether the Federal Aviation Administration would conduct an inquiry.

-- Bill Kisliuk, Times Community News

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