Helicopter pilot safe following Friday accident

A pilot was transported to Harford Memorial Hospital in Havre de Grace late Friday afternoon for observation and treatment of non-life threatening injuries after a helicopter accident in Darlington.

At about 5:30 p.m., the Harford County 911 center started getting calls about a helicopter crash in the area of the 4100 block of Conowingo Road in Darlington. Police and volunteer fire and EMS personnel from the Darlington Volunteer Fire Department responded and when they arrived they found the pilot standing outside of the wreckage of a privately-owned, small helicopter.

The owner and only occupant of the Hughes 269C helicopter was identified as Steven R. Rindone, 35, of Middletown, Del., according to a Maryland State Police news release.

Rindone was treated for a possible fracture to an extremity, according to the release.

The preliminary investigation showed the pilot was trying to land at CVC Helicopter Service, which owns the aircraft, after leaving the Harford County Farm Fair near Bel Air, according to the release.

A witness told troopers the helicopter seemed to vibrate heavily after landing.

No one on the ground was injured during the incident, and state police notified Federal Aviation Administration authorities, who said they will investigate.

All further questions are being directed to the FAA.

The helicopter's owner and the pilot told the responders the helicopter did not crash, but rather suffered the damage after it was on the ground, according to Dave Williams, the public information officer for the association of Harford County's volunteer fire and EMS agencies, said from the scene of the incident.

"The pilot was going through his powering down when something happened," Williams said, "and the helicopter suffered severe damage."

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