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Russian Embassy Taunts US Over 'Strange' Helicopter

Suggests it was part of 'desperate attempt to find traces of #RussianMeddling'

(Newser) - After celebrating House Republicans' verdict of no collusion between President Trump's campaign and Russia, officials at the Russian Embassy in Washington set about comparing investigations of "Russian meddling" to a search for UFOs. The embassy's Twitter account shared two overlapping photos Monday: one showing a helicopter in... More »

Woman Whose Husband Died After Copter Crash Also Succumbs

Newlywed Ellie Udall, 29, is the fifth to die in the crash

(Newser) - More sad news in the aftermath of a Grand Canyon helicopter crash earlier this month. A fifth victim has died, the wife of Brit Jonathan Udall, who succumbed to his injuries last week. The family of Ellie Udall, 29, put out a statement that announced with "great sadness" her... More »

2 Weeks After Crash, a 4th Grand Canyon Victim

31-year-old becomes 4th UK tourist to die after fiery crash; 3 survivors remain

(Newser) - A tourist pulled from the wreckage of a fiery helicopter crash in the Grand Canyon died from his injuries Thursday, per Nevada authorities. The Clark County coroner confirmed in a statement that 31-year-old Neil Udall (also IDed as Jonathan Udall ) died at University Medical Center of Southern Nevada, the... More »

Elk Leaps, Takes Down Helicopter Trying to Capture It

The elk did not survive the collision

(Newser) - An elk leaped into a research helicopter that was trying to capture it and brought down the helicopter in a collision that also killed the elk, authorities said Tuesday. The elk jumped into the chopper's tail rotor as the aircraft flew about 10 feet above ground in a mountainous... More »

Oregon Cops Fatally Shoot Man Trying to Steal Helicopter

Man was armed, police say

(Newser) - A man was fatally shot by police Monday after seizing a helicopter at gunpoint near Portland, Oregon, the authorities said. The man, who was not been identified, hopped a fence at Hillsboro Airport and then approached a flight instructor and a student who were inside a helicopter that was warming... More »

A 'Terrifying' Eruption, Then a Deadly Crash

8 in rescue helicopter died trying to get to tourists at Indonesia's Sileri Crater

(Newser) - The Sileri Crater, one of Indonesia's most active volcanoes, erupted Sunday, but although there were injuries, no one perished as the mountain spewed its lava, ash, and mud up to 165 feet in the air—until, that is, a rescue helicopter was sent in to help those at the... More »

Hawaii Copter Crash Caught on Video

Civilian copter was apparently on sightseeing tour

(Newser) - Authorities in Hawaii say one person is in critical condition after a civilian helicopter with five people on board crashed into the Pacific Ocean near Pearl Harbor Thursday. An official with the US Navy in Honolulu says there were no fatalities in the crash, which occurred near the Arizona Memorial,... More »

12 Missing Marines Declared Dead

Search off Oahu has been called off after 5 days

(Newser) - The Marine Corps says the 12 Marines who were in two helicopters that crashed off Hawaii are considered dead. The status of the missing Marines changed to deceased on Wednesday after five days of searching for them, and the Marine Corps says casualty assistance calls officers personally notified each family... More »

'Uber for Helicopters' Is Here

Uber, Airbus partnering for new venture

(Newser) - Imagine being able to use Uber to call a copter instead of a car. Airbus is partnering with Uber to make that dream a reality, the Wall Street Journal reports. Airbus will provide helicopters to Uber for use with its "on-demand services" in what the Airbus CEO calls an... More »

Police Helicopter Sniper Hits Suspect Fleeing by Car

He is dead, and subsequent crash injures 3 people

(Newser) - A driver who led authorities on a 100-mph freeway chase was struck by gunfire from a San Bernardino County sheriff's helicopter before dying. The shooting was the seventh from a sheriff's helicopter since the mid-1980s, when deputies began receiving regular training in using weapons from the air, spokeswoman... More »

Cops Sorry for Blaring X-Rated Helicopter Chat

It was broadcast over large parts of Winnipeg

(Newser) - "Does the Winnipeg chopper realize the entire West End can hear their convo about blow jobs right now?" a woman in the Canadian city tweeted Monday night—and the answer, apparently, was no. Large parts of the city were able to listen in on an explicit conversation between two... More »

US Helicopter Missing in Nepal

Marine chopper was providing earthquake relief

(Newser) - A US military helicopter providing humanitarian assistance to earthquake victims in Nepal has gone missing, reports CNN . The Pentagon is providing the barest of details for now, saying only that the chopper with the Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 469 went missing near Charikot, which was one of the hardest-hit... More »

'Free' Army Helicopter Costs Newark Small Fortune

Vietnam-era workhorse has cost more than $1M to maintain

(Newser) - Looking a gift chopper in the blades might not be a bad idea, if the experience of the Newark Police Department is anything to go by. The department accepted a 42-year-old Vietnam-era helicopter free from the military in 2005, and a second in 2007 for spare parts, but maintaining and... More »

Helicopter Overloaded With Rescued Iraqis Crashes

Pilot appears to be only fatality; 2 journalists among those injured

(Newser) - An Iraqi helicopter that brought supplies to tens of thousands of Yazidi minorities still trapped on Iraq's Mount Sinjar crashed today because too many refugees clambered on board, an Iraqi military spokesman tells the AP . The pilot is apparently the only fatality. New York Times journalist Alissa Rubin, 56,... More »

3 'Helicopter Escapees' Arrested in Luxury Condo

Quebec plans probe into weird jailbreak

(Newser) - Three men who escaped by helicopter from a Quebec City-area prison two weeks ago were captured early today at a Montreal residence, Quebec provincial police said. The fugitives were arrested by police investigators, accompanied by SWAT team members, around 1:30am at a "luxury condo in Old Montreal,"... More »

Quebec Loses Inmates in Bold Chopper Escape, Again

Quebec jails don't have such a good record against helicopters

(Newser) - Just another Saturday night in Quebec: A trio of inmates managed to break out of their jail in Quebec City, using a green helicopter to make their getaway and fly off into the west. Adding insult to any successful jailbreak is the fact that it's not exactly an original... More »

2 Women Charter Helicopter to 'Climb' Everest

Had it drop them above danger zone; sherpas upset

(Newser) - Climbers are back on Mount Everest for the first time since a deadly avalanche killed 16 less than a month ago, but they're not exactly making the whole trek: In a bid to avoid the Khumbu Icefall where the avalanche occurred, the two climbers—one an American woman hiking... More »

Local News Choppers Are Unnecessary, Reckless

It's time for people to stop dying in them, Matt Zoller Seitz argues

(Newser) - When a Seattle news helicopter crashed near the Space Needle yesterday, killing two people, it made headlines. But by local news standards it was a "mundane tragedy, part of the cost of doing business," writes Matt Zoller Seitz at New York . At least 18 people have been killed... More »

2 Dead in Navy Chopper Crash in Virginia

Another crew member remains missing at sea

(Newser) - A Navy helicopter went down this morning about 18 miles off the coast of Virginia Beach, reports the Virginian-Pilot . The Navy confirms that the chopper, a Sea Dragon, was one of two on a training mission and had to make an emergency landing in the water. Four of the five... More »

'Scene of Horror': Copter Crashes Into Glasgow Pub

At least 1 dead, toll expected to rise

(Newser) - At least one person is dead after the crash of a police helicopter through the roof of a popular pub in Glasgow, Scotland, last night, which sent injured revelers fleeing through a cloud of dust in what witnesses called a scene of horror. Officials say the toll is expected to... More »

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