Helicopter Crashes into Roof of Odessa Home
The pilot was taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital.
ODESSA – A helicopter crashed into an Odessa home Monday afternoon, Hillsborough County Fire Rescue said.
Bradley John Bates, 51, of Odessa, the pilot, was taken by ambulance to St. Joesph’s Hospital in Tampa. He is listed in stable condition.
Firefighters were called to a home in the 9400 block of Roberts Road about 5:30 p.m. When firefighters arrived, they saw a small single engine helicopter that had crashed through the roof.
Firefighters said Bates was alert and talking to rescuers. He was placed on a backboard and brought off of the roof then was taken by ambulance to St. Joesph’s. Bates was the only one in the helicopter, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.
The helicopter appeared to be homemade from a kit, deputies said.
The home was searched and only a dog was found inside the home. The dog was not hurt and was turned back over to its owner.
For information about Hillsborough Fire Rescue, go to hillsboroughcounty.org.
Photos are screen grabs from a video courtesy of Hillsborough Fire Rescue.
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