Small Plane, Helicopter Collide at Van Nuys Airport; FAA Confirms No One Injured
A helicopter and small fixed-wing airplane apparently collided at Van Nuys Airport on Thursday afternoon, and no one was injured.
Aerial video showed the two aircraft seemingly entangled near a runway at about 4:30 p.m.
The plane had taxied into a backup helicopter operated by KCBS and KCAL, news cameraman Stu Mundel said in a tweet that included a photo of the collision.
No flight was intended and there were no injuries, Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Allen Kenitzer said.
The plane was repositioning when it hit the front of the helicopter, Kenitzer said.
FAA registry information showed the Eurocopter AS 350 B2, manufactured in 1987, had a valid certificate through October 2017.
The plane, an Aero Commander 685 fixed wing multi-engine aircraft manufactured in 1974, had a registration status that indicated it “may not be suitable for operation,” according to the FAA’s website.