Thursday 21 June, 2018

Police helicopter back in service after striking kite

The reminder comes after an incident on Friday involving the police’s helicopter and a tethered kite.

According to reports from the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service (RCIPS), while on a task on Friday in the West Bay area, the police helicopter struck the line of a tethered kite.

A tethered kite, as described by RCIPS, has a “fishing line with a swivel attached.”

The helicopter crew reported that during the flight they had not seen the kite itself.

 However, the line had become entangled in the main rotor head and had snapped.

The crew of the helicopter were immediately aware of the encounter with the line and completed emergency checks in accordance with their training.   

They returned to the airport and landed without incident.

A subsequent inspection by the helicopter’s engineers revealed the aircraft was operational.

However, the body of the helicopter sustained multiple scratches during the ordeal; which will be subject to ongoing assessment and costing for repair. 

The helicopter was returned to service on Sunday.

RCIPS note that the kite appears to have been flown well over 400 feet high.  

 West Bay officers are investigating the incident to identify the kite’s owner. 

The Civil Aviation Authority of the Cayman Islands was notified of the incident and a mandatory Occurrence Report will be submitted as part of the investigation. 

The aviation authority revealed that no permission had been granted in relation to the flying of a kite over 100 feet.