published: 03.12.2013, 17:50 | updated: 03.12.2013 18:02:07
Olomouc - A small helicopter crashed on a field near Stepanov, north Moravia, this morning, with only its pilot on its board who did not survive the fall, fire brigade's spokesman Zdenek Hosak told CTK today.
The damage was put at four million crowns, Hosak said.
The cause of the fall is being investigated by the police and experts in aviation accidents on the scene of the accident.
The helicopter fell on the field behind the local playground at about 13:30, police spokesman Josef Bednarik said.
The firefighters put up the fire on the field and found the pilot's body in the cockpit, he added.
The helicopter was piloted a man, aged 47, from Prague, who took off in the nearby Bohunovice.
At the local airfield, there is the base of the firm Mamba Air that sells ultralight helicopters and trains pilots.
Some eye-witnesses said the helicopter had apparently had some technical problems as it had already been burning in the air.
However, Mamba Air owner Ivo Brumar told CTK the machine had caught fire upon its crash.
The accident may have been caused by the pilot having wrongly closed the door before the take-off. It opened in the air and collided with the propeller, Brumar said.
The ruins of the door were found on the field near the crash, he added. "This is only my speculation, the causes of the fall are being investigated," he added.
($1 = 20.244 crowns)
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