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Breaking: Helicopter Crash at Prescott Municipal Airport (KPRC)

17 August 2015  

Helicopter Crash At Prescott Municipal Airport.

A Universal Helicopter (UHI) has reportedly crashed at the Prescott Municipal Airport (KPRC). The yellow helicopter was spotted on a trailer near the entrance of the Embry-Riddle flight line. The photo of the yellow helicopter laying on its side on a transport trailer in front of the ERAU sign, was snapped just before the aircraft was stored. The crash took place sometime around 5:00pm (unconfirmed). Air Traffic Control communications from the time of the incident have been extracted (below) from LiveATC website. There are some long pauses between communications.

Take note on the following moments of the LiveATC broadcast below on the eNewsAZ YouTube page: [Start of recording]; [1:33]; [2:27]; [7:44] - in moment 7:44 to end of communications recording, you can hear the "Universal Helicopters Supervisor" request access to scene of accident. According to the LiveATC recording, there appear to have been two occupants in the Universal helicopter.

Prescott eNews is waiting to speak with Air Traffic Control (ATC) and the Airport Manager, John Cox, as to the facts of the accident and the conditions of the aircraft passengers.

While UHI is the exclusive provider of the Embry Riddle Aeronautical University flight training program, this was not a training flight, according to ERAU spokesman, Jason Kadeh, "We have a great relationship with UHI and have an agreement with them to provide helicopter training to ERAU students (this was not one of those flights) but they are their own company with their own equipment, none of which belong to ERAU."

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Editor's Note: This story was corrected to clarify the relationship between ERAU and UHI.

Lynne LaMaster

Lynne LaMaster is the Founder of the eNewsAZ Network of websites. She will be leaving for new adventures on May 15, 2020.