Helicopter with 3 people on board hits power line, makes crash landing in street

Pilot ‘heard a bang’

SAN ANTONIO – A helicopter had to make an emergency landing after it hit a power line on the South Side.

The helicopter landed near the intersection of South Presa and East Southcross streets Saturday evening, according to the San Antonio police officer Brandon Pratt.

Three people were on board the helicopter when the pilot “felt and heard a bang," Pratt said.

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The helicopter lost power, hit power lines above the cabin and made the emergency landing in the middle of the street.

No cars were in the street at the time of the landing, Pratt said.

None of the helicopters’ occupants were seriously injured. They did not have to be extracted from the aircraft.

“This is going to be the best outcome that we could have,” Pratt said.

Officials suspect the cause of the crash was due to a mechanical error.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the crash.

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