Sightseeing helicopter hit by fireworks during Fremont snowmobile racesBy JASON SCHREIBER
Union Leader Correspondent
October 11. 2018 10:25AM
FREMONT — A sightseeing helicopter was struck by fireworks while providing rides at the New Hampshire Grass Drags and Watercross last weekend, police said.
The helicopter from Nashua-based C-R Helicopters was flying over neighborhoods near the site of the three-day event when it was hit, but police Sgt. Jason Larochelle said the chopper wasn’t damaged and landed safely.
“It could have gone inside and hit the pilot. There are 150 things that could have gone wrong with that,” he said, adding that police aren’t sure if the fireworks were aimed at the helicopter as it flew over the area.
The incident happened Saturday in the area of North Road, located just off Martin Road where the New Hampshire Snowmobile Association holds its annual event during Columbus Day weekend.
Larochelle said the fireworks hit the bottom of the helicopter. While no one was hurt, he said the incident had the potential to cause serious injuries if the fireworks got inside during the flight. Larochelle said sightseeing helicopters sometimes have doors removed to create a better experience for passengers.
The pilot reported the incident to police, who investigated and questioned a property owner on North Road. Larochelle said police found evidence on the property to support to allegation, but the property owner denied any role in the incident.
Larochelle said the pilot and C-R Helicopters did not want to pursue charges, but asked that police address the issue to prevent any other problems in the future.
The helicopter rides for paying guests were added to the event several years ago. Larochelle said this is the first time police have received a complaint about fireworks interfering with the helicopters.