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Homemade chopper incident sets town in a spin

It’s not your average call the RNC receives from a quiet, residential neighbourhood in the middle of the afternoon.

A RNC report notes that at 2:50 p.m. Monday: "RNC patrol officers responded to a complaint of an explosion, possible aircraft crash in C.B.S. (Conception Bay South). Upon arrival, it was determined that a gentleman, who had constructed a full-size helicopter from a kit, was testing his helicopter in his yard when he experienced difficulties.”

The RNC report noted the rotors of the helicopter had hit the ground causing moderate damage to the aircraft. The man’s injuries were minor in nature and did not require medical treatment.

The story of the incident spread quickly on social media.

C.B.S. Fire Department chief Todd Brophy said he was surprised the fire department wasn’t called upon to respond, and he is trying to find out why.

“I didn’t even know about it until I heard the news (Tuesday morning),” Brophy said. “I don’t know a thing about it. I will be looking into it to see why we weren’t dispatched on it.”

Mayor Ken McDonald was likewise wondering why the town’s fire department did not get the call.

“I’m surprised a thing like that could happen and our fire department not even know about it,” he said. “Our fire department responds to medical emergencies, vehicle accidents … you would think with nobody knowing exactly what this call was, it could have been potential for a bigger incident, much worse than it was.

“It’s unbelieveable. Like I told (CBC Radio) this morning, you really don’t know what people are doing in their backyards.”

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