Malfunction Leads to Minor Coast Guard Helicopter Crash

A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter malfunctioned during a test flight at San Francisco International Airport today and landed on its side on the tarmac, according to the Coast Guard.

The MH-65 Dolphin helicopter’s pilot was hovering about 10 feet over a tarmac at the Coast Guard Air Station on the north side of SFO and attempting to land when it crashed at 2:55 p.m., Coast Guard officials said.

The crew walked away from the crash mostly unharmed, SFO spokesman Doug Yakel said. At least one person was treated for minor injuries.

The incident did not affect commercial operations at the airport, Yakel said.

Four helicopters and about 100 Coast Guard personnel are based at the SFO air station, providing search-and-rescue, law enforcement, port security and other regional emergency services, according to the Coast Guard.

The Coast Guard is investigating exactly how the crash happened.

Scott Morris, Bay City News

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  • sharon

    Why use the word minor? When does a
    helicopter “land” on its side? Helicopters crash onto their
    sides. Are you working for USCG public relations? If you want to be
    taken seriously just report the facts without the “spin”.
    Anytime an H65 goes onto its side while it’s spinning, there is going to
    be substantial damage. Integrity is hard to buy but I guess the
    Coasties know your price now.

    • JohnLewpi6

      It’s minor as opposed to major or serious: no souls were lost, no one was seriously injured. Every accident is bad, but not every accident is major. It’s good to not lump everything into one level.

      • sharon

        Souls lost defines major and minor? Since when? Are you a CG pilot? It wasn’t minor and they were incorrect to use that term so quit trying to “spin” it differently. Oh wait, I do see a connection between the article and your post. You are a Public Affairs officer with the US Coast Guard….nice.