helicopter

South Santa Rosa men plead guilty to government fraud

South Santa Rosa men plead guilty to government fraud

Two south Santa Rosa residents plead guilty this week and face up to 20 years in prison for fraud involving helicopter maintenance and inspections for Hurlburt Field Air Force Base. Ryan Romero, 51, of Gulf Breeze and Adam W. Fair, 42, of Navarre pled guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud and honest services fraud.  The […]

UF Shands partners with helicopter service

UF Shands partners with helicopter service

In a life-threatening emergency, Santa Rosa County residents receive care from the men and women of Lifeguard EMS and firefighters/paramedics. When it becomes clear that an ambulance is not enough, they call in the helicopter. This fleet of flying ambulances is crewed by trained flight clinicians who can provide crucial life-sustaining care while in the […]

Drowning call on Navarre Beach

Drowning call on Navarre Beach

Emergency personnel responded to a drowning call on Navarre Beach in front of Springhill Suites by Marriott Thursday afternoon. A woman was reportedly receiving CPR at the water’s edge. Lifeguard Air Ambulance was dispatched to the scene, landing on Gulf Boulevard but it is believed the woman was not airlifted.  The aircrew was seen getting […]

Hard landing at Whiting Field

Hard landing at Whiting Field

Helicopter hard landing occurs at NOLF Santa Rosa A Training Air Wing FIVE helicopter, a TH-57, incurred a hard landing at around 4:25 p.m. Tuesday, March 15 at Naval Air Station Whiting Field’s Navy Outlying Landing Field Santa Rosa near Milton, Fla. Initial reports from the scene indicate that the helicopter experienced a mishap on […]

No injuries in helicopter ‘mishap’

No injuries in helicopter ‘mishap’

  A Training Air Wing FIVE helicopter had a training mishap at around 3:10 p.m. Thursday, June 25, at Naval Air Station Whiting Field’s Navy Outlying Landing Field Santa Rosa near Milton, according to a release from the public affairs office. Initial reports from the scene indicate that while trying to land, the helicopter incurred a […]

Report: Black Hawk pilots disoriented in fog, lost control

Report: Black Hawk pilots disoriented in fog, lost control

A Black Hawk helicopter crashed last March, killing 11 servicemen, because two veteran Louisiana Army National Guard helicopter pilots got disoriented and lost control after failing to switch from visual-based to instrument-based flight procedures in a thick fog during a training exercise, the military said Thursday. The pilots, two other Louisiana guardsmen and seven Marines […]

No injuries reported in training ‘mishap’

No injuries reported in training ‘mishap’

A Training Air Wing FIVE helicopter had what officials are calling a “training mishap” at around 6:45 p.m. Friday, March 27, at Naval Air Station Whiting Field’s Navy Outlying Landing Field Site 8 in Pensacola. Initial reports from the scene indicate that the helicopter rolled on its right side while landing and the two officers, […]

Flight crew killed in Black Hawk training crash identified

Flight crew killed in Black Hawk training crash identified

Four Louisiana National Guardsmen from the 1st Assault Helicopter Battalion, 244th Aviation Regiment who died in a training accident, March 10, have been identified. Chief Warrant Officer 4 George Wayne Griffin Jr, 37; Chief Warrant Officer 4 George David Strother, 44; Staff Sgt. Lance Bergeron, 40; and Staff Sgt. Thomas Florich, 26; died when a […]

Fallen Marines remembered as dedicated, loving by relatives

Fallen Marines remembered as dedicated, loving by relatives

The Black Hawk helicopter that crashed in dense fog during a training mission in Florida was carrying seven Marines from Special Operations Command forces based in North Carolina, and four National Guard soldiers from Louisiana. All are presumed dead. More bad weather Thursday prevented the recovery of bodies and the flight recorder from wreckage 25 […]

Two bodies recovered in Black Hawk crash

Two bodies recovered in Black Hawk crash

The Louisiana National Guard has confirmed two soldiers involved in the UH-60M Black Hawk training accident crash are dead and have been recovered. What was a search and rescue operation, has moved into recovery operations for the remaining two guardsmen. “At this point, we’re not hopeful for survivors, and we are transitioning our search and […]

Crews find Black Hawk wreckage

Crews find Black Hawk wreckage

Officials have located the wreckage of the Black Hawk helicopter that crashed Tuesday night, and Col. Monte Cannon, 96th Test Wing vice commander, said they don’t believe any of the 11 men on board survived. “We are transitioning our search and rescue operation to a recovery and accident safety investigation,” he said. Chief Mark Giuliano, fire […]

Louisiana officials say search and rescue still underway

Louisiana officials say search and rescue still underway

Officials from the Louisiana National Guard are not releasing the names of the servicemen involved in last night’s helicopter crash over Navarre Sound and are still calling the operation a search and rescue. At a press conference in Louisiana, Maj. Gen. Glenn H. Curtis said the accident occurred Tuesday night when two Black Hawk helicopters were […]

Fog hampering rescue efforts

Fog hampering rescue efforts

Wreckage from last night’s helicopter crash has washed up on Navarre Sound. Dense sea fog is hampering search and rescue and recovery efforts and is expected to persist. “We’re not expecting it to dissipate,” Don Shepherd, lead forecaster for the National Weather Service office based in Mobile, Alabama said. Shepherd said a dense marine fog advisory is […]

Getting patients help faster

Getting patients help faster

A Lifeguard Ambulance flight crew landed a medical rescue helicopter in Navarre June 30, so firefighters from Holley Navarre Fire District (HNFD) and Navarre Beach Fire Department could get a closer look. “With this, you could get a patient to the trauma center in 10 minutes from here,” said HNFD Chief Ron Norton. “On a Friday […]