This submission for #TrainingMondays comes from Ryan Mason, publisher of Heliweb Magazine.
A healthy reminder to first responders about the dangers of landing zone security happened in the early hours of Monday morning in McKinley County, New Mexico. Glenn Livingstone, 26, drove around barriers set up to deal with a rollover crash that had occurred earlier on state road 266.
An Airbus helicopters AS-350 and a fire truck were in the path of Livingstone, which refused to yield, the AS-350 taking the brunt of the oncoming vehicle which then hit the fire truck.
Livingstone was preliminarily charged with aggravated DUI, resisting, evading and obstructing an officer and a slew of other charges. He was taken into custody and remains at the McKinley County detention center.
This incident, although rare, highlights the need for all first responders to take a landing zone safety course, to understand the complexities of setting up a correct landing zone and the dangers of using roads in transit areas as LZ’s.
Ryan Mason has worked in the aviation media field for the last nine years. Providing video, photographic and written content for the US and international aviation publications. Also a former police officer, Ryan has written for numerous Law Enforcement publications, specializing in technology, tactics, police equipment, and airborne law enforcement. Ryan purchased Heliweb Magazine with a goal of providing real stories on real issues in the industry and giving back to the industry through efforts to promote safety in helicopter operations.