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Elk causes helicopter to crash


Utah helicopter crash
Photo credit: Wasatch County Sheriff's Office 

During a routine trip into the Utah backcountry, an elk crashed into a helicopter, ending the flight. The incident occurred near Current Creek Reservoir in Wasatch County. The two-man helicopter crew, which was contracted by the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (UDWR), was in attempting to net a cow elk to collar it for research purposes when the elk jumped during the procedure and hit the tail rotor, reports.

The force of the elk’s jump caused the rotor to detach from the helicopter, causing it to crash. While both crew members emerged from the accident with minor cuts and bruises, the elk wasn’t as lucky. UDWR Northeast Utah Conservation Outreach Manager Tonya Kieffer confirmed that the elk was killed.

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While this crash is unusual and not a typical occurrence, Kieffer told that the agency plans to investigate the incident and make changes “to prevent it from happening again.”


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Capture M. - posted 8 months ago on 03-06-2018 04:14:20 am

Defiantly pilot error, nothing to do with the elk.

Gil B. - posted 9 months ago on 02-14-2018 06:33:51 pm
San Francisco, CA

conservation can be expensive. i'd love to be a fly on the wall at the aviation insurance company when they get the call.

Gary H. - posted 9 months ago on 02-13-2018 09:22:40 am

Thats going to be a hard one to explain to the boss...