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Pilot and Cameraman Die in Crash of Copter

May 5, 1985

SPOKANE, Wash., May 5 (UPI)—A pilot and television cameraman were killed today when their news helicopter struck a transmitting tower cable and crashed into flames behind a television station here.

The cameraman, an employee of KREM-TV, was identified as Gary Brown of Spokane. The pilot’s identity was withheld pending notification of relatives.

A police report said the Hughes 500 helicopter struck a support cable of the station’s transmitting tower at 8:35 A.M.

Lori Wagner, assignment editor at KREM, said neither the pilot nor the helicopter was normally used by the station. The pilot had been hired to replace the station’s regular pilot, she said.

“Our normal pilot was sick and on medication, so I found out last week that we would have to charter another helicopter,” she said. “We land in the parking lot all the time; we have a landing place there.”

The helicopter was taking off to photograph the Bloomsday Run, the country’s second largest long-distance foot race.

Keith Kirkman of the Federal Aviation Administration in Seattle said an F.A.A. official was investigating the crash and an official with the National Transportation Safety Board in Seattle was dispatched to Spokane.

Sunday, May 5, 1985


From → KREM

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