FAA: Pilot killed in crash of helicopter in Manitowoc County

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Helicopter crash in Manitowoc County

TOWN OF MAPLE GROVE — Federal aviation officials say a pilot has died in the crash of a helicopter in Manitowoc County.

The Federal Aviation Administration says the MD-369E chopper crashed under unknown circumstances near Reedsville Wednesday morning, May 4th. The Manitowoc County Sheriff’s Department says dispatchers received a call about 10 a.m. Sheriff’s authorities say the pilot was the only one on board.

The FAA says the National Transportation Safety Board will lead the investigation into what caused the helicopter to go down.

American Transmission Company says the helicopter was involved in stringing wire along an ATC electrical transmission line between the Point Beach Nuclear Plant and the Forest Junction Substation.

American Transmission Co. released the following statement on the crash:

American Transmission Co. has received word of a helicopter crash near the intersection of Marquette Road and Sandy Road near Reedsville, Wis. The helicopter was involved in stringing wire along an ATC transmission line between the Point Beach Nuclear Plant and the Forest Junction Substation.

The helicopter is owned by Rotor Blade,LLC, which is a subcontractor for Henkels & McCoy. Rotor Blade is a South Carolina-based company that provides helicopter services to the utilities industry.

An internal team has been assembled to respond to the emergency at the scene and to investigate the accident.

We will provide updates throughout the day as information becomes available.

Helicopter crash in Manitowoc County

Helicopter crash in Manitowoc County

2 comments

  • Horrible Reporting

    Horrible reporting! I just found out about this story through the grapevine. There is a story behind this besides a helicopter crashing and a pilot dying! Did anybody talk to the men that he was working with? No! Did anyone ask about exactly how the accident happened? That the pilot may have deliberately steered the helicopter away in order to save the lives of linesmen who were just feet away on the towers? Apparently not. You guys are “news presenters” not reporters. Lazy!

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