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Chopper landing remains a mystery

August 27th, 2009 · 52 Comments

Since we first told you about the chopper that landed in the middle of Magnolia, we have been trying to find out who it belonged to and why it was allowed to land at the construction site at the former Briarcliff school in the area of 39th and Dravus.

Now we have obtained photographs of the chopper landing.  The pictures show it dropping down into the site where 39 homes are being constructed.

We have contacted the Seattle Police Department and though an officer was on the scene, they dont have any information about the landing.  We have also been checking with the FAA and we are still waiting for information from them.

We are told that the chopper landed twice on August 16.  Readers say a young girl got out of the chopper and was met by a car in the afternoon and the same thing happened when two young boys got out of the helicopter a few hours later.  Neighbors say the helicopter was flying low around the area during the afternoon as well.

We will let you know when we get additional information about why the helicopter was allowed to land at this location and whether it is expected to happen again.

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  • gokubi

    Here's the registration info for that tail number:

    http://flightaware.com/resources/registration/N

  • Manders83

    Thanks for continuing to update us on this, very curious.

  • Observant

    Thank you for continuing the investigation of this.

    Neighborhood construction sites should not be used as private helipads unless its an emergency.

  • keyboard kitty

    I saw it on August 26th flying around really low.

    Aircraft registration N55TP shows up as:

    Summary Owner Airworthiness Serial Number
    2006 ROBINSON HELICOPTER COMPANY R44 II
    Rotorcraft
    (4 seats / 1 engine) SILVER SPRINGS AVIATION LLC
    TENINO, WA
    (Corporation) Standard/Normal 11464
    Aircraft Details
    Engine Weight Speed Mode S Code
    LYCOMING IO-540-AE1A5
    Horsepower: 235 (Reciprocating) Less than 12,500lbs Not defined 51577311
    Registration Details
    Status Certificate Issue Date Airworthiness Date Last Action Date
    Assigned 2009-08-21 2006-10-02 2009-08-21

  • pbk

    Wow, people are quite nosy around here.

    • bentd

      Maybe people should respect others' desire for peace and quiet, as well as safety; and not land their helicopters in our backyards! Then we won't be so nosy.

      • Observant

        It's not a legal landing place. It's a neighborhood. It's a violation of the law. It needs to be investigated and the perps fined, because it is NOT fine to land joyride your helicopter into a residential area.

        • Name

          Which law is it a violation of, exactly? Certainly not an FAA regulation.

  • rjm

    Why on earth would you invite harassment against someone? Sheesh, the helicopter landing was perfectly legal as far as I can tell, and if you wanted to drive your car through an equivalently public place in Tenino I doubt any of those residents would start creepily stalking you, as you seem to be doing to one of them.

    • Lynn

      And what do you base your “legal” opinion on?

      • rjm

        Let me turn the question around: on what do you base your opinion that the landing was not legal? I can't find anything in the FAA regulations, the Revised Code of Washington, or the Seattle Municipal Code that would restrict helicopter landings in a neighborhood as long as it is done safely.

        So, what makes you think the landing was illegal, exactly? Please cite the relevant statute.

  • Lynn

    Pete & Gladys

    If you're going to pull a comment then how about pulling responses to that comment.

  • magnoliavoice

    Just to clarify…we rarely remove comments from the site. We must remove comments that violate our posting rules.
    Please review those rules if you have any questions.
    Thanks!
    Gladys

    • lynn

      Now that you've brought up posting rules directing attention there are you open to a suggestion? The posting rules you referred to are buried in a March post by the Swedes. They are far from obvious in your Magnolia blog and require searching. If they are to be utilized, pointed out and reviewed then perhaps a more obvious citation and link is warranted.

      Thanks!!

      Lynn

  • dfbil

    I think the perp should be located, tarred, feathered, and publicly flogged by an obese, bald-headed man dressed head-to-toe in black latex for a period of not less than 24 hours for the pain and suffering endured by Magnolia residents as a result of the perp's exploits. Perhaps a caning should also be added for good measure — actually, scratch that, the perp would probably enjoy it.

    Seriously. Get a life people. The police were present and nothing was done. Why? Because no laws were broken…end of story…move on.

  • dfbil

    I think the perp should be located, tarred, feathered, and publicly flogged by an obese, bald-headed man dressed head-to-toe in black latex for a period of not less than 24 hours for the pain and suffering endured by Magnolia residents as a result of the perp's exploits. Perhaps a caning should also be added for good measure — actually, scratch that, the perp would probably enjoy it.

    Seriously. Get a life people. The police were present and nothing was done. Why? Because no laws were broken…end of story…move on.

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