Thieves attempted to steal a helicopter but crashed it, damaging other aircraft at Sacramento Executive Airport, the FBI announced Wednesday.
Sacramento police officers responded to reports of helicopters being broken into at the airport early Wednesday morning. Officers found one helicopter that appeared to have been flown and crashed and multiple damaged aircraft.
HAPPENING NOW:— Michelle Bandur KCRA (@MBandurKCRA) March 15, 2023
Chopper down at Sac Executive Airport. @SacPolice says someone tried to steal the helicopter but crashed it. Chopper culprit on the loose as FBI, FAA investigate. @kcranews pic.twitter.com/028ipbR294
Three helicopters were broken into, and the collision occurred between 4 and 6 a.m. Wednesday, according to Sacramento County Department of Airports spokesperson Scott Johnston.
"I would say there's major damage," Johnston said, referring to the helicopter that was apparently flown.
The airport and the FBI did not provide further details about any of the aircraft damaged in the crash, the suspects or the number of suspects involved. The incident was first reported by KCRA.
The FBI and the Sacramento Police Department say they are currently searching for the suspects.
A thief crashed a chopper at Sacramento Executive Airport after breaking into multiple helicopters overnight, police said. Here's a look at the wreckage.— kcranews (@kcranews) March 15, 2023
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