Elmira/Corning Regional Airport

News

Corning Helicopter Crash Update

More details emerge about the helicopter crash that killed two people in Corning yesterday. The investigation continues but most of the details have now come out.

Helicopter Crash Update
 

November 16, 2012

     Corning (WENY) - More details emerge about the helicopter crash that killed two people in Corning yesterday. The investigation continues but most of the details have now come out. Police say it happened in a matter of seconds when the helicopters rotor got caught in a cable near the Chemung River.
     Police and fire investigators were back out at the scene Friday, and broke down the events from Thursday's crash. As we reported Thursday, NYSEG contracted the helicopter to survey some power lines going over Corning.
As the helicopter was coming down the hill to the east of the Chemung River, it was following the power lines. Corning Fire Chief John Tighe says the helicopter's rotor got tangled up in a static wire which ran across the pilot's path. That sent the helicopter into a tailspin, and it crashed in a mater of seconds, killing the pilot and his passenger.
     The pilot was 24 year old Mackenzie Bleth from Oregon, his passenger was 41 year old Dale Crout from Watkins Glen. Local investigators have wrapped things up, but Chief Tighe says the case isn't closed.
   
“The FAA has been here and done a preliminary investigation. The company safety investigators are here and doing his investigation, and NTSB, the National Transportation Safety Board will be here tomorrow and do a more thorough investigation and take the debris and investigate it,” says Tighe. 
    
Crout was a long time employee of NYSEG and Bleth had recently started working for Haverfield Aviation.