Statement regarding helicopter crash in Manitowoc County, Wis.
DEPERE, Wis. – 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.
A pilot helping with the installation of transmission lines was killed when the helicopter crashed in Manitowoc County Wednesday morning. Tonight, investigators are trying to learn why the helicopter went down.
At about 10 a.m., the chopper went down in a “remote and swampy area” at 19420 Marquette Road in Maple Grove, near Reedsville, the sheriff’s office said.
The Federal Aviation Administration says the MD 369E helicopter “crashed under unknown circumstances.” It came to rest on its side in trees just feet from the tower the crew was working on.
The pilot was the only person on-board. So far the person hasn’t been publicly identified.
Video provided by local viewer Jesse Jossart taken shortly before the crash shows the helicopter hovering above a crew installing a communication line between the Point Beach nuclear plant and Forest Junction substation. The work was part of a project by the American Transmission Company. The video does not show the crash.
Neighbors say they’ve been watching this pilot and his crew for the past couple weeks and admiring the pilot’s skill as crews worked to install wires on transmission towers.
Steve Sorenson, who lives down the road, told us, “The helicopter pilot was able to hover in one spot and be able to drive guys in there and hold that helicopter steady, and then I saw him trimming the lines back and forth with a big pole trimmer, and he was able to go on both sides of that, and he was a very skilled pilot in my mind.”
“I’ve been watching the guy for a month working around here, and I was pretty impressed with his skills. It’s pretty sad news.”
Sorenson said the last time he saw the helicopter it had dropped off the crew and was hovering over a neighbor’s shed. He didn’t see it crash. “The next thing I know, the ambulances were showing up.”
American Transmission Company released a statement to Action 2 News, saying the helicopter is owned by Rotor Blade, a South Carolina-based company. Rotor Blade, a subcontractor for Henkels & McCoy, provides services to utilities.
“An internal team has been assembled to respond to the emergency at the scene and to investigate the accident,” reads a statement from ATC.
The FAA is responding to the scene to begin an investigation, which will be led by the National Transportation Safety Board. The NTSB says an investigator is en route from Denver and will be here by Thursday morning to start their investigation.
ATC says it’s assisting both agencies during this investigation.
“It’s a tragedy,” ATC spokesperson Jackie Olson said. “We take pride in our safety record at American Transmission Company. Even our office meetings begin with a safety briefing, so it’s a very high priority, and it’s a very sad day when something like this happens.”
Officials say the NTSB’s report will be made public within 10 days.
The Manitowoc County coroner was on the scene.
The Manitowoc County Sheriff’s Office received help at the scene from Reedsville Fire Department and First Responders, Collins Fire Department, Kellnersville Fire Department, Wayside Fire Department, and Valders Ambulance.
Original article can be found here: http://wbay.com
Authorities report that a pilot was killed when a helicopter owned by a Georgetown County-based business crashed while performing maintenance work in Manitowoc County, Wisconsin.
A release from the Manitowoc County Sheriff’s Office indicates the helicopter crashed in an area near 19420 Marquette Road in the town of Maple Grove at about 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 4.
In the release, Sheriff Robert C. Hermann said deputies were dispatched at 10:02 a.m. after receiving a call reporting the crash. When deputies arrived, Hermann said, they saw the crash occurred in a “remote and swampy area” near the aforementioned residence.
“They were stringing power lines from our nuclear plant ... over to Forest Junction,” Hermann said, in an interview with the Georgetown Times staff. “The helicopter company was subcontracted to assist.”
Hermann added there was no indication as to what may have caused the fatal crash.
“That’s still under investigation,” he said. “There were some witnesses, and it doesn’t look like he hit anything. But I can’t say for sure what it was.”
Representatives with the Federal Aviation Administration and National Travel Safety Board were en route to Manitowoc County to investigate the crash site. Although his department handled the initial investigation, Hermann said he thought it would continue through NTSB.
The pilot was identified only as a man. Hermann said his identity would be withheld pending notification of his next-of-kin.
Times staff left a message with Rotor Blade staff asking for a statement on Wednesday’s crash. That message was not immediately returned.
Original article can be found here: http://www.southstrandnews.com
MAPLE GROVE - A pilot is dead after the helicopter he was operating crashed in rural Manitowoc County just after 10 a.m. Wednesday.
The crash occurred in a swampy area at 19420 Marquette Road in the town of Maple Grove, according to the Manitowoc County Sheriff's Office. The pilot's identity has not been released, but he was the only occupant of the MD 369E helicopter.
The cause of the crash has not been determined. The National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration are investigating.
According to the American Transmission Co., the pilot was 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 utility industry.
The Manitowoc County Sheriff's Office was assisted by Reedsville Fire Department and First Responders, Collins Fire Department, Kellnersville Fire Department, Wayside Fire Department and the Valders Ambulance. Manitowoc County Coroner Curt Green was also on scene assisting.
Initial scanner reports also indicated power lines were down and fuel was leaking from the helicopter.
Original article can be found here: http://www.htrnews.com
The Manitowoc County Sheriff's Office says the crash happened just after 10 a.m. in a swampy area near 19420 Marquette Rd. in the Town of Maple Grove. The pilot was the only person in the helicopter.
Citing local law enforcement, the FAA says the crash is a fatality.
American Transmission Company says the helicopter was being used to help string wire along an ATC electrical transmission line between the Point Beach nuclear plant and the Forest Junction Substation.
ATC says the helicopter is owned by South Carolina-based Rotor Blade, LLC, which is working as a subcontractor for Henkels & McCoy. According to the FAA, the helicopter was an MD Helicopters model 369E. It's unknown what led to the crash.
The FAA says the National Transportation Safety Board will lead the investigation, and any further information will come from the NTSB.
Original article can be found here: http://fox11online.com
TOWN OF MAPLE GROVE -- -
A pilot was killed after crashing his helicopter north of Reedsville in Manitowoc County. The pilot was helping install transmission lines for American Transmission Co.
Neighbors reported seeing the helicopter earlier in the day and it's unclear what made the chopper crash "My heart goes out the families that were involved in this. what a terrible loss," said Steve Sorenson.
The NTSB is now leading an investigation into what happened. The helicopter is owned by the South Carolina company. But was contracted to help American Transmission Co. "We pride ourselves on our safety record at American Transmission Co. even our corporate office meetings begin with safety briefings so it's a tragic day," said Jackie Olson with American Transmission Co.
The pilots identity has not been released.
Original article can be found here: http://www.nbc26.com