NTSB leads investigation into deadly Spring Branch helicopter crash, says aircraft was an ‘amateur build’

One neighbor who lives near the crash site says she’s heartbroken and devastated. She’s now praying for the families of the two men who died.

SPRING BRANCH, Texas — A federal investigation is now underway into Monday afternoon’s helicopter crash that claimed the lives of two people in Spring Branch, located about 30 miles north of San Antonio. 

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has opened an investigation into the crash involving a Hummingbird 260L, deemed an “experimental, amateur-build helicopter.”

Investigators deployed to the crash site Tuesday where wreckage could be seen in the front yard of a home along the 600 block of Lantana Ridge. The wreckage will be recovered and moved to a secure facility, NTSB officials told KENS 5 in an emailed statement.  

The federal investigation will focus on gathering flight track data, recorded air traffic control communications, weather conditions the day of the crash, and delving into the history of the pilot’s flight history and credentials. 

Witnesses to the crash and those who have video of what happened are urged to contact the NTSB at witness@ntsb.gov.

While Alice Sweany didn’t witness the crash herself, she’s still devastated by the destruction and loss of life. 

“I’m heartbroken for such a tragic incident,” said Sweany, who’s lived in the neighborhood since 2009. “The two lives that were lost, it’s just hard to imagine. It’s devastating to have this happen in our neighborhood or any neighborhood.”

A preliminary report is expected to be released within 30 days of the crash. The NTSB’s full report will be completed within 12 to 24 months.

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