FAA: Helicopter pilot killed in crash near Ely

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Updated: 2/19/2013 3:29 pm
UPDATE - According to our station in Elko, KENV, the pilot was 74-year-old Ted McBride. McBride lived in Elko, and was employed with El Aero since 1972. KENV says he retired two years ago and was flying part-time. According to Ginna Reyes, President & CEO El Aero Services, "he was an integral part of our operation, his loss will be felt tremendously."

KENV says McBride was a helicopter pilot in Vietnam as well.

He was in a Bell 306 Jet Ranger performing aerial reseeding for the BLM in White Pine County.

ELY, Nev. (AP) — A pilot is dead after the crash of a helicopter during an aerial seeding operation near the eastern Nevada city of Ely.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor says the pilot was the only person aboard the Bell 206B aircraft when it went down about 3 p.m. Monday about 50 miles west of Ely.

The name of the pilot wasn't immediately released.

The aircraft was registered to El Aero Services in Ely, where a company official wasn't immediately available Tuesday.

The cause of the crash is being investigated by the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board.

The White Pine County sheriff's office is also investigating.


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