July 2007 - News helicopters
On July 27, 2007, about 1246 mountain standard time, Channel 3 (CH
Channel 15 (CH 15) News helicopters, N613TV and N215TV, respectively,
mid air while maneuvering in Phoenix, Arizona. Each helicopter was an
Eurocopter AS 350 B2. Mac America Communications and US Helicopters,
operating the helicopters under the provisions of 14 CFR Part 91. The
of both helicopters and one photojournalist in each helicopter sustained
Ch 15 departed Scottsdale, Arizona, at 1222, and CH 3 departed Scottsdale
at 1232, as local corporate flights. Visual meteorological conditions
prevailed, and no flight plans
had been filed.
The main wreckage for both helicopters came to rest in a park about
75 feet from each other.
Both helicopters were equipped with an on-board video and audio system
capable of transmitting the video/audio live, to a ground station. The
vehicle recorder division received copies of recordings from both helicopters,
as recorded by each ground station.
the Cockpit Voice Recorder transcript