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Minnesota State Patrol Helicopter Destroyed in Training Accident

On April 18, 2016, about 1224 central daylight time, Bell 206-L4 helicopter, N119SP, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Arden Hills, Minnesota. The pilot sustained minor injuries. The helicopter, registered to Minnesota Department of Public Safety, was operated as a public aircraft. According to the operator, the accident occurred during a Minnesota Aviation Rescue Team training mission that included the St. Paul Fire Department and Minnesota State Patrol personnel. The purpose of the training was to practice having the firemen mount and dismount the helicopter skids following a pinnacle approach and landing. The pinnacle landings were made to several Conex shipping containers located within the training site. One of the firefighters had a helmet camera that partially captured the accident sequence. The firefighter was positioned on top of a shipping container and was preparing to mount the helicopter when the accident occurred. His helmet camera footage