Helicopter Pilot ID'd in Fatal Crash Near Ely

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ELY, Nev. (AP) - Authorities have identified a pilot killed in the crash of a helicopter during an aerial seeding operation west of the Nevada city of Ely.

White Pine County sheriff's Capt. Scott Henriod (HEN'-royd) said Tuesday that 74-year-old Teddy R. McBride was the only person aboard the Bell 206B aircraft when it crashed about 3 p.m. Monday.
Henriod says investigators think a helicopter rotor blade clipped a power line before the aircraft went down in a remote part of White Pine County near Pinto Creek Ranch. That's about 50 miles west of Ely.

McBride lived in Lamoille, near Elko.

The aircraft was registered to El Aero Services in Elko, where company officials didn't immediately comment.

The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the crash.The FAA and NTSB are investigating the accident.