Published Aug 31, 2018 at 2:30 PM | Updated at 2:31 PM PDT on Aug 31, 2018
A $17-million firefighting helicopter damaged during the La Tuna fire a year ago has been returned to service and the Los Angeles City Fire Department says its fleet of aircraft is now fully prepared for the peak of the brush fire season.
LAFD's "Fire 4," an Agusta-Westland AW-139, had part of its tail torn away, its fuselage damaged, and the tip of a main rotor blade broken-off during the mishap on September 2, 2017 when the pilot said he experienced a sudden loss of control during a water drop, according to federal accident investigation documents obtained by NBC4.
"The pilot in command of N304FD stated that while he was descending and slowing the aircraft airspeed to a fire target, the aircraft started to lose altitude and yaw to the right," an investigator wrote in an FAA Accident Report filed 4 days after the incident.
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