Fatal Helicopter Crash

Thursday, July 18, 2013
By George Hatcher

On July 16, 2013, a Bell UH-1H Iroquois #N775AR flying for Kinder Morgan piloted by A.J. Blain was on a seismic testing mission when it crashed in Delores county in rolling hill country.

The helicopter coordinates with a ground crew to position seismic sensors looking for oil and gas deposits

The Bell UH-1H Iroquois belonged to Billings Flying Service.

The pilot died in the crash, and debris hit and injured a person on the ground. There was no fire, but the helicopter is a total loss.

The crash is under investigation by the Dolores County Sheriff’s office, the BLM, the FAA and the NTSB.

The preliminary data states that during a lift operation, N775AR BELL UH-1H ROTORCRAFT went on its side and crashed. The one person on board was fatally injured near Dove Creek Colorado.

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