Helicopter Crashes Behind South Brunswick School

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ (AP / CBSNewYork) – A pilot and passenger are hospitalized after a helicopter on a photo shoot made an emergency landing behind a school in central New Jersey Wednesday.

WCBS 880’s Levon Putney On The Scene

South Brunswick Police Sgt. Jim Ryan says the 27-year-old pilot and a 44-year-old female passenger sustained chest and back injuries.

Their names have not been released.

Workers who were tarring the roof of the Indian Fields Elementary School told police the copter was spinning in distress and veered toward the school before making a rough landing about 100 feet from the closed building.

The windshield was smashed and the tail section was broken off.

The Robinson R22 Beta is owned by Nassau Helicopters at Princeton Airport.

FAA spokesman Jim Peters says investigators are headed to the scene and no other information is available.

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  • Daniel Jones

    I am currently a student there and completely disagree with what has been said about the owner and the instructors. The owner is amazing, takes care of his students and keeps his helicopters in tip top shape. He spares no expense to make sure the helicopters are running smoothly with zero problems. Has for the instructors I have nothing but praise for mine, although the other I have not met or flown with. They are a great company, and accidents happen, no matter how good the school is.

  • Former Student

    I did my training at the school that owns that chopper and flew that aircraft several times. It was the nicest and newest R22 in their fleet and the one I worried about the least. I hope the pilot and his passenger are ok. There goes Nassau’s perfect safety record! The owner of the school was a real a-hole, so I wouldn’t be surprised if the mechanical failure was due to inadequate maintenance and/or instructors allowing students to pull too much power too many times. They would put a fat instructor in a copter and fly on hot, humid days so it was pretty much inevitable.

  • Joel G

    Oh no! Poor Gov Christie.

    • G Bub

      They were carrying the Gov’s lunch–which was really pushing the weight capacity of the helicopter…

      • Larry

        Only his lunch? I thought he might have been in it but no way can he fit in one of the small copters

  • homie


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