KHP trooper, commander goes to hospital after early morning helicopter crash at Billard

Two Kansas Highway Patrol troopers, including the commander who oversees the agency’s aircraft operations, were taken Friday to a Topeka hospital after the tail rotor of the KHP’s only helicopter struck its hangar near the end of an early-morning flight.

The impact caused the helicopter to make a “hard landing” on the hangar’s west ramp at Philip Billard Municipal Airport, 3600 N.E. Sardou Ave., according to a highway patrol accident report.

Capt. Gregory S. Kyser, 54, and Trooper Ryan F. Nolte, 36, both of Topeka, were taken to St. Francis Health Center after the incident, which occurred at 12:35 a.m., the report indicated.

Nolte was reported injured and Kyser possibly injured, it said.

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