Oakland Skycrane HVAC Lift; Drops Load @ 13:00
Siller Helicopters of Yuba City performing a HVAC lift onto the Elihu Harris State Building, 1515 Clay St., on Saturday January 9, 2021. The lift started out well enough at 0900h, using a Sikorsky S-64 Skycrane to lift accessory items and the lighter weight base sections. After a brief pause to return to Oakland Airport to refuel, the Skycrane returned at 1010h to lift the first of 4 or 5 heavier fan/condenser sections. While lifting the first unit, lifted to a height of about 40 feet, it appears the load was released -- whether intentionally or accidentally I don't know. Nobody was injured. The helicopter immediately returned to Oakland Airport and later that day packed up and left the area.