5 Fatalities in Noxen, PA Helicopter Crash During Thunderstorm

Tuesday, July 30, 2013
By George Hatcher

A Robinson R66 #N646AG en route from Lehighton PA to Endecott NY with five aboard was en route when it disappeared from radar during conditions of severe thunderstorms and heavy fog. The last communication to ATC was a report around 10 pm Saturday that he was “losing altitude and would try to return to a nearby airfield.”

The fragmented wreckage was located at 1:50 p.m. in a heavily wooded area. There was no fire, and no witness.

Emergency response vehicles and personnel traveled an access road on the Mehoopany Wind Farm, a BP Wind Energy location, to the top of South Mountain. The unofficial guess at the cause of the crash is that the helicopter was caught in a thunderstorm.

Flight Manifest:
58-year-old Bernard Michael Kelly, of Ellicott City, Md.;
daughter, Leanna Mee Kelly, of Savage, Md.;
29-year-old Carl Robert Woodland, of Lovettsville, Va.;
3-year-old son, Noah Robert McKain Woodland, of Leesburg, Va.;
pilot 30-year-old David Ernest Jenny Jr., of Towson, Md.

* N646AG ROBINSON R66 ROTORCRAFT CRASHED INTO A WOODED RUGGED TERRAIN, THE 5 PERSONS ON BOARD WERE FATALLY INJURED, 8 MILES FROM SKYHAVEN AIRPORT, TUNKHANNOCK, PA

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