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Officials say aircraft collision caused damages, no injuries

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An accident occurred Wednesday on the Roswell Air Center airfield between a private jet and a helicopter that resulted in damage to at least one of the aircraft.

A Federal Aviation Administration preliminary accident report filed at 9:47 p.m. Wednesday indicates that a Honda HA-420 jet had landed and was taxiing when it hit the helicopter.

However, city spokesman Todd Wildermuth said that the incident outside a hangar actually occurred at about 3:47 p.m.

FAA registry information indicates that the jet is owned by Honda Aviation Service Co. Inc. of Greensboro, North Carolina, while the helicopter is owned by TriState Careflight LLC of Greenwood Village, Colorado, a medical transport service that also operates under the name Air Methods.

Wildermuth said that the helicopter was parked without anyone in it when it was struck by the jet, which was confirmed by Doug Flanders, vice president of corporate communications for Air Methods.

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The crew of the jet, which was at the Air Center for testing, indicated mechanical difficulties, Wildermuth said.

“Those in the jet reported the plane’s hydraulics failed, causing it to be unable to turn sufficiently and resulting in the collision,” Wildermuth said.

He said that the incident did not require runway closures since the collision occurred “away from the runways.”

He added that the Roswell Fire Department did not have to respond because the incident did not involve injuries, hazardous materials or other health and safety issues.

According to Wildermuth, the National Transportation Safety Board conducted telephone interviews and reviewed photos taken by Air Center staff.

“The NTSB has since referred any follow-up investigation to the FAA,” he said.

Wildermuth added that the two aircraft have been moved to a hangar for inspection and assessment and will be grounded until cleared, as required by the FAA.

Flanders said that “there was extensive damage” to the Air Methods’ AS350 helicopter.

“Air Methods will be working with the FAA regarding the incident,” he said.

Calls to Honda Aircraft Co. in Greensboro were not immediately returned on Thursday.

Lisa Dunlap can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 351, or at reporter02@rdrnews.com.

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Lisa Dunlap is a general assignment reporter for the Roswell Daily Record.