Both Pilot and passenger survived and are expected to make a full recovery.
An unbelievable Ring camera captured the terrifying moments a pilot and passenger in a Bell 206B helicopter suffered an undetermined malfunction causing their aircraft to plummet from the sky, crashing into this Southwest Fresno neighborhood.
According to ABC 30 news, the crash happened in a neighborhood near Willow Ave and Jensen Ave.
Check out the Ring video courtesy of a Fresno resident below.
In the video you can hear the sound of the Bell 206B’s rotors progressively getting louder as the helicopter approaches this quiet suburban area.
All of a sudden you can see their helicopter enter the camera’s view as the aircraft descends rapidly into the front yard, taking out a palm tree of that Fresno home.
A car is seen in the foreground making a left-hand turn, narrowly avoiding the crash.
“The Pilot and his passenger told police they heard a “pop” before losing altitude,” ABC 30 reports.
Thankfully, the pilot crashed the aircraft in such a way as to avoid seriously damaging any homes or other property.
Photos of the helicopter from the scene show the words, “Pipe Survey” on the aircraft.
In this photo (linked here) you can make out the Tail number or plane’s registration number, N284CA.
Looking up its FAA Registry entry and this helicopter is registered to Organ Mountain Aviation Co LLC HQ’d in Las Cruces, New Mexico.
According to Vanessa Vasconcelos,
“…both the pilot and their passenger SURVIVED this crash, remarkably. Neighbors are still visibly shaken as they wait to get back in their homes. No ETA on when the neighborhood will reopen.”
The FAA and NTSB will obviously further investigate the cause of this crash.