Missing Helicopter Found; Pilot Dead

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

DELANO, Calif. (AP) - Sheriff's officials have located the wreckage of a helicopter that went missing in Central California, and they say the female pilot is dead.

Kern County Sheriff's Department spokesman Ray Pruitt said the crash site was found at 9:50 a.m. on Wednesday, about four hours after the helicopter went missing.

Pruitt told the Bakersfield Californian that a sheriff's air unit spotted the wreckage in a vineyard with the help of the pilot of another helicopter who had seen the aircraft go down.

Authorities have not released the victim's name, but said she was in her 40's.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor has said the helicopter was returning to Delano Airport in Kern County when it disappeared. It was among three helicopters that were conducting frost control on a local field.

Comments are posted from viewers like you and do not always reflect the views of this station.
powered by Disqus
KOLO-TV 4850 Ampere Drive Reno, NV 89502
Copyright © 2002-2015 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 185436532 - kolotv.com/a?a=185436532
Gray Television, Inc.