TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) – Two men were sent to the hospital early Friday morning after a Kansas Highway Patrol helicopter crashed.
KHP says Gregory Kyser, 54, was trying to land the helicopter at Billard Airport in Topeka around 12:30 a.m. when one of the tail rotor blades hit the hangar. This caused the helicopter to land incorrectly on the west ramp….a drop of about 20 feet, according to Lt. Adam Winters with the Kansas Highway Patrol. Winters said the helicopter was in the air at the request of the Douglas County Sheriff’s office to assist them in a search for a suspect.
Kyser was taken to St. Francis for possible injuries. Ryan Nolte, 36, was also in the helicopter at the time. He was taken to St. Francis with minor injuries. Both have since been released.
Kyser was also involved in a crash in January 2014 when his patrol car was struck by a semi while he was watching for people speeding through a construction zone on Highway 24, just west of Menoken Road.
The Federal Aviation Administration will investigate the incident.