One Person Dead in Tragic Helicopter Crash in Robeson County

Deputy sheriffs from Robeson County are conducting an investigation into a fatal helicopter crash that occurred on Friday afternoon.

The Robeson County Sheriff’s Office reports that the collision that occurred in the 1900 block of Philadelphus Road in Pembroke results in the death of one individual.

It was reported by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that the pilot was the only person on board the experimental helicopter that was not registered and that it crashed at approximately 2:30 p.m. on Friday.

For the goal of identification and to ascertain the reason for the pilot’s passing, the authorities will submit the remains of the pilot to the North Carolina Medical Examiner’s Office.

1 dead in helicopter crash in Robeson County:

According to the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office, the helicopter in question is an ultralight Mosquito XEL that was constructed by the Sheriff’s Office.

When purchasing an ultralight helicopter for the Mosquito XEL, purchasers are required to sign a liability waiver before the aircraft can be purchased. It communicates to pilots the potential dangers that may be posed by the aircraft.

“You cannot build or fly this Aircraft unless you knowingly and willingly accept and assume these risks as your own,” according to a portion of the disclaimer.

The waiver also specifies that the buyer promises to comply with all applicable governmental aviation regulations in the building and operation of the aircraft. This information is included in the waiver.

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The crash is being investigated by the National Transportation Safety Board, the Federal Aviation Administration, and the sheriff’s office.

Please contact the sheriff’s office at either 910-671-3170 or 910-671-3100 if you have any information regarding the collision.

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