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  • Idaho Helicopter Crash

    Does anyone have more information about the helicopter crash in Idaho.
    "Hard work spotlights the character of people: some turn up their sleeves, some turn up their noses, and some don't turn up at all"

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    Helicopter Crash

    Information on incident has been released.
    http://www.idahostatesman.com/apps/p...EWS01/60814020

    Thoughts and prayers go to the families, fellow employees, communities, and friends of these individuals.
    "If it ain't broke, don't fix it...but, maybe we had better take a closer look at it."

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    • #3
      Thanks, our thoughts and prayers are with the families.
      "Hard work spotlights the character of people: some turn up their sleeves, some turn up their noses, and some don't turn up at all"

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      • #4
        This is the second crash this month, a Skycrane, 790 went down in Northern California about 2 weeks ago killing both pilots.

        It had been a pretty good year for wildland as far as accidents until August, I hope this is the last.

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        • #5
          4th Victim Identified

          McCALL, Idaho (AP) - The fourth victim of a helicopter crash
          that killed three Payette National Forest firefighters and their
          pilot has been identified.
          Lillian M. Patten, 34, of Olympia, Wash., was killed in the
          crash Sunday along with Michael Gene Lewis, 37, of Cascade; Monica
          Lee Zajanc, 27, of Boise; and pilot Quin R. Stone, 42, of Emmett.
          U.S. Forest Service Chief Dale Bosworth on Tuesday extended
          sympathy to family and friends of the four killed.
          "As fires continue to rage throughout the western states, we
          are reminded that firefighting is a dangerous business," Bosworth
          said. "No piece of land or anyone's home is worth the loss of
          life. Our firefighters' and the public's safety is and always will
          be our first priority."
          A representative of the National Transportation Safety board and
          a U.S. Forest Service accident investigation team are examining the
          crash site.
          "Helicopters are sort of a way of life for firefighters, but it
          certainly doesn't make it easier when someone dies," Denise Cobb
          told The Idaho Statesman.
          Cobb works in the Payette National Forest's Council station and
          drove to McCall to help answer phone calls about the crash.
          "We're a family; people are really close," she said.
          Boyd Hartwig, a spokesman for the Payette National Forest, said
          the single-engine A Star helicopter crashed 18 miles west of Yellow
          Pine near the confluence of the Secesh River and the South Fork of
          the Salmon River.
          Stone was flying for Oregon-based Evergreen Helicopter and
          transporting the firefighters to the area that has a number of
          active fires.
          "It's been pretty painful," said Bryan Stone, Quin Stone's
          father. "A lot of tears. When you lose your son, you just want to
          hold him."
          He said his son had been a pilot for about 15 years, and that
          this was his second year working with rappelling crews during the
          fire season.
          Lewis had worked for the Payette National Forest since 1988
          fighting fires. Zajanc worked for the U.S. Forest Service since
          1999, and in 2004 moved to Krassel.
          Rose Davis, a spokeswoman for the National Interagency Fire
          Center in Boise, said Sunday's crash was the first aviation
          accident this year in Idaho that was related to firefighting.
          ---
          Information from: The Idaho Statesman,
          http://www.idahostatesman.com

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