Helicopter pilot swims to safety afte...

Helicopter pilot swims to safety after crashing into Lakeville lake

There are 12 comments on the TwinCities.com story from May 24, 2011, titled Helicopter pilot swims to safety after crashing into Lakeville lake. In it, TwinCities.com reports that:

One person swam out of a lake today after a helicopter crashed in Lakeville. Paramedics arrived at Lake Marion shortly before noon and saw the helicopter's pilot swim out of the water, said Tim Burke, spokesman for Allina.

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E_Fudd

Lakeville, MN

#1 May 24, 2011
This chopper comes by every spring and sprays the backwater bay of lake Marion behind our house. I usually watch him with envy as he swoops back and forth making steep, sweeping turns. They had already come by a week or so ago but was a short visit so maybe they ran out of "spray"? and returned today to finish the job. Anyway, as I was watching him this morning, he made 3 or so passes and the last turn he made was directly over our backyard just above the tree tops and continued to the south. Since he was flying so low, I lost sight in a matter of seconds and immediately heard a crash/whump - whatever you want to call it and didn't hear his rotors anymore. There's been alot of construction activity around lately so the crash noise isn't out of the ordinary and not hearing the rotors isn't strange when flying so low (he came up to the house just as suddenly). Anyway, a few minutes later and I heard the sirens from all directions and I could see the flashing lights at the cul-de-sac behind his. The house on the cul-de-sac are actually on the lake so my guesstimate is that he clipped a tree and then plunged into the lake just off shore from there. I'm just glad to hear he was OK.
Just Thinking

De Witt, IA

#2 May 24, 2011
And (on behalf of the pilot, I am sure), "Thank You" to the wakeboarders that helped him to shore. Their assistance is better documented by the Strib story on this incident.
E_Fudd

Lakeville, MN

#3 May 24, 2011
Just Thinking wrote:
And (on behalf of the pilot, I am sure), "Thank You" to the wakeboarders that helped him to shore. Their assistance is better documented by the Strib story on this incident.
Agreed. As the picture shows, all of the emergency folks are standing in a back yard. there is little public access to the lake in that area. I'm sure the Sheriff launched a boat but the landing is across the lake from there so those Wakeboarders stepped in when no one else could get to him.

Also, the "engine failure" story sounds accurate. I only heard a single "crash/whump" and then nothing. If he clipped a tree and then ditched it, there would have been multiple sounds. The "whump" was likely from hitting the water.
Javier

Saint Paul, MN

#4 May 24, 2011
The PP has stories written like they are some school newspaper. "....swam out of a lake"? I bet it was Lake Marion.

Oh well. We're all used to it. Anyway, what happened? Thats right. Get that helicopter out my lake!

Since: Sep 08

Saint Paul, MN

#5 May 24, 2011
a liqour store in north Minneapolis was looted after the tornado, but the topix removed that thread..
Napolean

Burnsville, MN

#6 May 24, 2011
I saw this guy at 8am going back and forth along a small pond on hwy 42. To be honest, the first thing I thought of was,' what the H is this guy donig?'.

They work the lowlands in minnetonka too, but this guy was flying kind of crazy.
Joe Blow

Saint Paul, MN

#7 May 24, 2011
E_Fudd wrote:
This chopper comes by every spring and sprays the backwater bay of lake Marion behind our house. I usually watch him with envy as he swoops back and forth making steep, sweeping turns. They had already come by a week or so ago but was a short visit so maybe they ran out of "spray"? and returned today to finish the job. Anyway, as I was watching him this morning, he made 3 or so passes and the last turn he made was directly over our backyard just above the tree tops and continued to the south. Since he was flying so low, I lost sight in a matter of seconds and immediately heard a crash/whump - whatever you want to call it and didn't hear his rotors anymore. There's been alot of construction activity around lately so the crash noise isn't out of the ordinary and not hearing the rotors isn't strange when flying so low (he came up to the house just as suddenly). Anyway, a few minutes later and I heard the sirens from all directions and I could see the flashing lights at the cul-de-sac behind his. The house on the cul-de-sac are actually on the lake so my guesstimate is that he clipped a tree and then plunged into the lake just off shore from there. I'm just glad to hear he was OK.
This posting is 1000 times better than anything the PP can print!
Joe Blow

Saint Paul, MN

#8 May 24, 2011
oxboro wrote:
a liqour store in north Minneapolis was looted after the tornado, but the topix removed that thread..
Because they did not want people to be truthful.
Smartass

Saint Paul, MN

#9 May 24, 2011
Officer Bellows could you please explain your statement ?

"Rossan's helicopter was about 50 feet from the ground when it hit the water, Bellows said "
If you meant 50 feet off shore so say. If you had no clue say so. Or was it 50 feet above the ground but ...what ever.
OK now why do we pay private companies to do gov work ? It always cost more in the long run.
How come we could not find a Minnesota pilot for this work ?
Why even fight the skeeters ? They never go away or are worth trying to kill them off.
Smartass

Saint Paul, MN

#10 May 24, 2011
oxboro wrote:
a liqour store in north Minneapolis was looted after the tornado, but the topix removed that thread..
Because they did not want people to be truthful.
It was also " looted" before the tornado, during the tornado and after so the tornado had nothing to do with the " looting".

Since: Mar 11

Eden Prairie, MN

#11 May 24, 2011
Smartass wrote:
Officer Bellows could you please explain your statement ?
"Rossan's helicopter was about 50 feet from the ground when it hit the water, Bellows said "
If you meant 50 feet off shore so say. If you had no clue say so. Or was it 50 feet above the ground but ...what ever.
OK now why do we pay private companies to do gov work ? It always cost more in the long run.
How come we could not find a Minnesota pilot for this work ?
Why even fight the skeeters ? They never go away or are worth trying to kill them off.
I also thought the "50 feet off the ground when it crashed" was a bit strange. Either they mean that it was flying about 50' above the ground BEFORE the crash, or it was 50' from shore.

As far as a government chopper being cheaper, you're wrong. These choppers are set up just for applying these chemicals, and need an experienced pilot to do the work. It would probably cost the state 2x as much to do this in-house.
jack

Minneapolis, MN

#12 May 24, 2011
oxboro wrote:
a liqour store in north Minneapolis was looted after the tornado, but the topix removed that thread..
i am guessing there were to many racist remarks.pp should let us view them.

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