NTSB Identification: CEN12IA518
Nonscheduled 14 CFR Part 135: Air Taxi & Commuter
Incident occurred Sunday, August 05, 2012 in San Antonio, TX
Aircraft: BELL 407, registration: N429PH
Injuries: 4 Uninjured.

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On August 5, 2012, at 0325 central daylight time, a Bell 407 helicopter, N429PH, sustained minor damage when it contacted a tower while it was on approach to the helipad at the San Antonio Military Medical Center, San Antonio, Texas. The left landing skid was damaged by the impact, so the pilot declared an emergency and diverted to the San Antonio International Airport (SAT), San Antonio, Texas. The emergency medical services EMS helicopter was registered to and operated by PHI, Inc., under the provisions of the 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 135. The pilot, flight nurse, flight paramedic, and patient were not injured. Night visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight, which was on a company visual flight rules (VFR) flight plan. The flight departed from the College Station Medical Center, College Station, Texas, at 0302.

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