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Friday, September 3, 2010

Helicopter Crashes on Highway 101

Posted By on Fri, Sep 3, 2010 at 7:25 AM

click to enlarge A Bell 47G-5 chopper like this smacked into Highway 101 this morning
  • A Bell 47G-5 chopper like this smacked into Highway 101 this morning
First beer, then choppers.

Odd items have plagued Bay Area highways in consecutive days (what's next? Frogs? Locusts?). A helicopter crashed onto Highway 101, almost exactly 24 hours after a beer truck overturned on Highway 17, dousing suds onto the pavement.

Astoundingly, the pilot of the upside-down and mangled helicopter now resting on 101 near Salinas walked away from the twisted wreckage.

The agricultural Bell 47G-5 helicopter took off from nearby Salinas Municipal Airport and crashed at just after 6 a.m. Media reports cite federal records indicating the 40-year-old helicopter was registered to Salinas-based Gomes Farm Air Service, Inc.

California Highway Patrol officials believe they can have the scene cleared within two hours.

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Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.


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