UPDATE: Helicopter crash at Griffiss International Airport under investigation

Officials confirm that the National Transportation Safety Board and the military are investigating after a helicopter came into contact with a structure at Griffiss International Airport while it was taxiing.

Posted: Jun 14, 2018 11:42 PM
Updated: Jun 15, 2018 8:03 PM

UPDATE- 

Oneida County Executive, Anthony Picente said this is strictly a military investigation and the National Transportation Safety Board is not involved.

Griffiss International Airport Commissioner, Chad Lawrence said Debris from the helicopter damaged some of the buildings near where the helicopter hit the tower. He confirmed this military will pay for damages.

ROME –The U.S. military is investigating a crash after a helicopter came into contact with a tower at Griffiss International Airport late Thursday night.

Oneida County 911 first reported an aircraft crash at Griffiss International Airport just after 11 p.m. Thursday night. Multiple agencies were dispatched to the scene. Police had the area around 592 Hanger Road at Griffiss International Airport blocked off well into the night to ensure the security of the area.

Oneida County Executive and Griffiss Airport Commissioner confirmed to NEWSChannel 2 that the helicopter was not flying, but taxiing when it crashed into the tower. Six military personnel were on board the helicopter at the time of the crash. There was one minor injury and that person was taken to a local hospital for treatment. The tower had minimal damage and the helicopter, which is based out of Fort Drum, suffered most of the damage. 

Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente said there were no fuel issues or hazardous materials. He added that officials do not believe the cause of the crash is anything of concern. 

The airport is back open and operating normally. The cause of the crash remains under investigation. 

We will continue to follow this story and provide you with updates as soon as they become available.

New York Coronavirus Cases

County data is updated nightly.

Cases: 2110756

Reported Deaths: 53589
CountyCasesDeaths
Kings28067010460
Queens2773899962
Suffolk2011123400
Nassau1836973175
Bronx1836016585
New York1383374503
Westchester1296922291
Erie895951808
Richmond750081841
Monroe690121110
Orange48326843
Rockland46952963
Onondaga38954677
Dutchess29475445
Albany24703356
Oneida22632514
Niagara20041374
Broome18626366
Saratoga15376168
Ulster13912257
Schenectady13207205
Rensselaer11229142
Putnam1061692
Chautauqua8956145
Chemung7769136
Oswego762492
Ontario740693
Steuben6955145
Sullivan667476
St. Lawrence664297
Cayuga633892
Jefferson614968
Wayne578370
Cattaraugus572291
Genesee5436124
Herkimer5190109
Clinton483633
Madison456489
Livingston452360
Fulton442391
Tompkins434952
Montgomery4254127
Columbia4065104
Cortland392662
Tioga383063
Warren365957
Wyoming358353
Allegany355787
Chenango350376
Otsego346347
Greene340379
Washington316255
Orleans312083
Lewis280836
Franklin256312
Delaware238538
Seneca201156
Schoharie169217
Essex159326
Yates117926
Schuyler108014
Hamilton3132
Unassigned10619
Out of NY0250
Utica
Partly Cloudy
79° wxIcon
Hi: 79° Lo: 46°
Feels Like: 80°
Oneonta
Partly Cloudy
77° wxIcon
Hi: 78° Lo: 46°
Feels Like: 79°
Herkimer
Partly Cloudy
79° wxIcon
Hi: 81° Lo: 48°
Feels Like: 80°
Old Forge
Partly Cloudy
79° wxIcon
Hi: 74° Lo: 46°
Feels Like: 80°
WKTV Radar
WKTV Temperatures
WKTV Severe Weather
Senior Send-Off brought to you by Herkimer College
18 Facets of Summer Photo Contest brought to you by Herkimer Diamond Mines
Looking for work or looking to hire? Check out the WKTV Job Fair!
Alivana Ready for Summer Giveaway
Saluting Those Who Are Proud 2 Serve