Helicopter goes down on the Lava Fire east of Weed, California

The pilot reportedly walked or swam away.

Updated at 10:32 a.m. PDT July 8, 2021

The FAA reported that the helicopter that went into Lake Shastiana July 7 was a Bell 212, N911KW registered to Rogers Helicopters.

Their very brief preliminary report says, “Aircraft submerged during water operations from Lake Shastina, Weed, CA.”

The report said there were no injuries.

helicopter Detwiler Fire california
A Bell 212, N911KW registered to Rogers Helicopters, at the Detwiler Fire near Mariposa, California, July 27, 2017. CAL FIRE photo.

Updated at 6:58 p.m. PDT July 7, 2021

Lava Fire
Lava Fire, 6:02 p.m. PDT July 7, 2021.

This article first appeared on Fire Aviation.

The Incident Management Team on the Lava Fire in Northern California announced Wednesday afternoon, July 7, that a helicopter working on the fire performed an emergency landing into Lake Shastina in the afternoon due to unknown reasons. The pilot was able to swim/walk away and was being assessed. There were no other passengers on board.

The 25,000-acre Lava Fire is three miles east of Weed, California on the northern slopes of Mt. Shasta. It has been burning since June 24, 2021.

Lava Fire Lake Shastina
Lake Shastina

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Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire.

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