BATH, NY (RELEASE)Details were released by New York State Police Aviation Detail Commander, Major Charles E. Guess, regarding the State Police aviation accident in the Town of Bath, Steuben County.
At approximately 10:30 a.m. on Friday, August 31st, a New York State Police Trooper was injured in a helicopter incident. Trooper Thomas A. Shultz, 41, a pilot assigned to the State Police Aviation Unit in Batavia, was returning from a search for a missing person in an Aviation Bell 407 helicopter when he experienced an in-flight mechanical emergency.
Trooper Shultz, a highly experienced Army combat pilot, took appropriate action and made a controlled but powerless descent, which resulted in a hard landing. The Trooper suffered non-life threatening injuries and was transported to Strong Memorial Hospital.
The cause of the incident is under investigation bu the NTSB, FAA, and New York State Police.