Helicopter Crashes Into Florida Home

Helicopter crashes into Odessa house, pilot in critical condition

ODESSA, Fla. -- A pilot is in stable condition after his helicopter crashed into a home Monday afternoon.

The home-made helicopter crashed through the roof of 9450 Roberts Rd. at about 5:30 p.m., the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said. The home is located near Lake Gibson., west of Gunn Highway and north of North Mobley Road.

The pilot, Bradley John Bates, 51, of Lake Grove Drive in Odessa, was the only person in the helicopter. No one was home at the time of the crash.

Bates was conscious and alert following the crash, Hillsborough County Fire Rescue said.

"At this time, county fire has cut power to the residence, and code enforcement will determine the damage to the structure," the sheriff's office said in a statement. "The helicopter will remain in place until such time as NTSB makes the decision to remove it and NTSB and FAA conduct their investigation."

The crash happened just over two miles from Bates' home.

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