Witnesses described a harrowing incident in which the Bell suddenly lost altitude and the pilot managed to avoid crashing into a convenience store before landing inches away from the wall of a gated community. None of the four occupants was seriously hurt.
Must’ve been a really, really hard landing, however, because here’s what the chopper looks like today – and it’s up for auction on the website govdeals.com.
Because of the accident, the cash-strapped, self-insured agency led by Sheriff Ric Bradshaw, and taxpayers who already shell out half a billion a year for PBSO, are out an estimated $3 million. That’s the cost of a used 2003 helicopter of that type.
And with a week to go in the auction, the highest bid so far is $101,000!
The website does list the aircraft as “damaged” but not as ”unusable.”
A PBSO spokeswoman has yet to return a call for comment.