Probe Seeks Cause of Helicopter Crash into Power Lines in New York

November 7, 2018

Federal transportation safety investigators will try to determine what caused a helicopter to crash into power lines during an inspection flight in northern New York, killing two people on board and injuring two others.

The National Transportation Safety Board says investigators headed to Beekmantown Tuesday, a day after the helicopter hit power lines and burst into flames over a plowed farm field along a rural road.

Local media report that all four people jumped from the burning aircraft. Cellphone video taken at the scene showed flaming wreckage dangling from the wires before falling about 40 feet to the ground.

The names of the dead and injured haven’t been released.

Tuesday afternoon’s crash occurred while contract workers inspected power lines about 20 miles south of the Canadian border.

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