American Copter Smashes Into Voltage Power Lines, Sinks in River, Kills One Man

Published June 11th, 2018 - 07:48 GMT
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A helicopter hit electric high-voltage power lines and sank into a river, killing one man in Oshkosh, Wis., authorities said.

About 12:30 p.m. Saturday, the Robinson R-44 crashed in the Fox River, the Winnebago County Sheriff's Office said in a report by WISN-TV. Oshkosh is 70 miles north of Milwaukee.

The Winnebago County coroner said the victim is believed to be the pilot.

The body was recovered aorund 7 p.m. after the power was turned off and divers went into the water.

"It was horrifying to watch," said Brody Snood, a witness, told WITI-TV. "I was blank-minded. I was like 'Oh my God, someone just died.' ... It was like a movie scene.


Witnesses told the Oshkosh Northwestern the helicopter went down just west of the Jackson Street bridge and quickly sank.

"Other than it is a helicopter, we don't know where it came from or anything else at this point," Winnebago County Sheriff's Capt. Lara Vendola-Messer said in a news conference.

And after power lines were restrung, the Fox River was open to boat traffic, the sheriff's office posted on Twitter late Saturday.


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