Helicopter crashes at PG&E Livermore Training Center injures pilot
LIVERMORE, Calif. – A helicopter crashed Wednesday morning in a parking lot next to the PG&E Livermore Electric Safety Academy, injuring the pilot and causing significant damage to the helicopter, officials said.
Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Battalion Chief Jim Artman said the pilot needed to be extracted and taken to a trauma center. A PG&E employee, who had been strapped outside the plane during training, was walking around after the crash and was hospitalized as a precaution.
Neither injury is expected to be life-threatening, according to PG&E.
There were no other injuries or people involved.
According to the FAA, the A Bell 407 helicopter crashed at 10 a.m. at 7205 National Drive, which is a training center for the utility.
We don’t know what went wrong.
The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating.
Aerial video showed the helicopter on the sidewalk and firefighters and emergency crews surrounding it.
PG&E spokeswoman Tamar Sarkissian said it was a “contractor helicopter” and there was no property damage on the ground.
The Livermore Training Center is a 35-acre campus 45 miles east of San Francisco that offers outdoor boot camp-type challenges.
PG&E workers learn to climb 40-foot wooden poles and fly in helicopters to observe snow accumulations, among other things.
Aerial view of a downed helicopter at a PG&E training center in Livermore. May 11, 2022
Fire crews responded to a downed helicopter at a PG&E training center in Livermore. May 11, 2022
A helicopter crashed in Livermore at a PG&E training facility. May 11, 2022