A POLICE helicopter landing at the scene of a crash toppled over after its blades were clipped by a fire truck and exploded into a spinning ball of flames.

The pilot, Captain Mario Esperidón Arce, was critically hurt with multiple fractures and another officer was also taken to hospital in the frightening incident in San Miguel in Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile, Soy Chile reported.

It happened after the police helicopter was summoned to a crash involving a police car and a vehicle driven by a drunk driver, which left three officers injured and taken to hospital. Police closed off the street to allow the helicopter, with a paramedic on board, to land.

A fire truck travelling through the accident zone then struck one of the helicopter’s blades, causing the helicopter to flip over and explode with the blades becoming a spinning ball of fire, with sparks flying off in all directions, Esol reported.

The out-of-control chopper then collided with a police car, knocking the cab to the ground where it exploded.
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Comments

    • Second Unit Aerials
      Second Unit Aerials

      Fire tender driver would not have seen the rotor blade disc, although I'm surprised he/she carried on driving

      about 6 months ago
    • John Bess
      John Bess

      Millions of dollors down the drain because of a idiot driver.

      about 2 years ago
    • e30kitty
      e30kitty In reply to John Bess

      accident caused by a idiot driver.. so caused by idiot...

      about 8 months ago
    • phalcon23
      phalcon23 In reply to John Bess

      thats not accident, thats negligence

      about 8 months ago
    • Uncle Yo
      Uncle Yo In reply to John Bess

      Because of an accident*

      about 2 years ago
    • Kyle A.
      Kyle A.

      Because of a drunk driver... a helicopter explodes. If the guy wasn't drunk, there would be no crash. If there was no crash, there wouldn't be a helicopter in the road.

      about 2 years ago
    • Anton Zuykov
      Anton Zuykov

      you have to be a complete idiot to try and pass that close to a helicopter with rotating blades...

      What did they achieve - now a helicopter is destroyed, their truck is damaged and they can't help whatever people they were going to help.

      about 4 years ago
    • Irfan Peank
      Irfan Peank In reply to Anton Zuykov

      +Anton Zuykov i bet the truck driver didn't know anything about aviation

      about 3 years ago
    • Geef Bodoe
      Geef Bodoe

      Such brave and intelligent men.

      about 4 years ago