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Sightseeing Chopper Carrying 4 Crashes at Texas Renaissance Festival Site
Cydney Patterson2 years ago
Two people have been hospitalized following a helicopter crash at a Texas fairground.
Details of the Helicopter Crash
According to ABC 13, the helicopter was carrying four people on a sightseeing tour when it crashed Friday on the grounds of the Texas Renaissance Festival. According to the Grimes County Sheriff’s Department, everyone had made it out of the helicopter after it crashed.
Two of the four people were wounded and transported to Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital. Those victims were said to have walked away from the crash. The two others were treated at the scene.
Early indications point to a malfunction with the tail rotor as a possible cause for the crash.
Helicopter Crash Stats
The U.S. helicopter accident rate and the fatal helicopter accident rate have fallen for the third consecutive year, according to Federal Aviation Administration data.
The overall accident rate fell to 3.19 accidents per 100,000 flight hours in 2016 compared with 3.67 accidents in 2015.
The fatal accident rate fell slightly to 0.51 accidents per 100,000 flight hours in 2016 compared with a 0.52 rate in 2015. However, the rate is down from 0.65 in 2014 and 1.02 in 2013.
In raw numbers, there were 106 helicopter accidents in 2016, including 17 fatal accidents. That is a 12 percent decrease compared to the previous year and a 27 percent decrease compared to 2013.
Contact an Experienced Aviation Accident Lawyer
If you or a loved one were injured in an accident involving an aircraft, contact Thomas J. Henry. We represent victims injured in plane crashes, hot air balloon accidents, skydiving accidents, and any other incident involving aviation vehicles. Our experienced aviation accident and injury attorneys are available 24/7, nights and weekends to evaluate your claim.
Contact us today for a free legal consultation so we can determine if you are entitled to compensation for your injuries. Our firm has offices in Corpus Christi, San Antonio, and Houston, serving clients across Texas and nationwide.