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    Default Idaho Helicopter Crash

    Does anyone have more information about the helicopter crash in Idaho.
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    Default Helicopter Crash

    Information on incident has been released.
    http://www.idahostatesman.com/apps/p...EWS01/60814020

    Thoughts and prayers go to the families, fellow employees, communities, and friends of these individuals.
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    Thanks, our thoughts and prayers are with the families.
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    This is the second crash this month, a Skycrane, 790 went down in Northern California about 2 weeks ago killing both pilots.

    It had been a pretty good year for wildland as far as accidents until August, I hope this is the last.

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    Default 4th Victim Identified

    McCALL, Idaho (AP) - The fourth victim of a helicopter crash
    that killed three Payette National Forest firefighters and their
    pilot has been identified.
    Lillian M. Patten, 34, of Olympia, Wash., was killed in the
    crash Sunday along with Michael Gene Lewis, 37, of Cascade; Monica
    Lee Zajanc, 27, of Boise; and pilot Quin R. Stone, 42, of Emmett.
    U.S. Forest Service Chief Dale Bosworth on Tuesday extended
    sympathy to family and friends of the four killed.
    "As fires continue to rage throughout the western states, we
    are reminded that firefighting is a dangerous business," Bosworth
    said. "No piece of land or anyone's home is worth the loss of
    life. Our firefighters' and the public's safety is and always will
    be our first priority."
    A representative of the National Transportation Safety board and
    a U.S. Forest Service accident investigation team are examining the
    crash site.
    "Helicopters are sort of a way of life for firefighters, but it
    certainly doesn't make it easier when someone dies," Denise Cobb
    told The Idaho Statesman.
    Cobb works in the Payette National Forest's Council station and
    drove to McCall to help answer phone calls about the crash.
    "We're a family; people are really close," she said.
    Boyd Hartwig, a spokesman for the Payette National Forest, said
    the single-engine A Star helicopter crashed 18 miles west of Yellow
    Pine near the confluence of the Secesh River and the South Fork of
    the Salmon River.
    Stone was flying for Oregon-based Evergreen Helicopter and
    transporting the firefighters to the area that has a number of
    active fires.
    "It's been pretty painful," said Bryan Stone, Quin Stone's
    father. "A lot of tears. When you lose your son, you just want to
    hold him."
    He said his son had been a pilot for about 15 years, and that
    this was his second year working with rappelling crews during the
    fire season.
    Lewis had worked for the Payette National Forest since 1988
    fighting fires. Zajanc worked for the U.S. Forest Service since
    1999, and in 2004 moved to Krassel.
    Rose Davis, a spokeswoman for the National Interagency Fire
    Center in Boise, said Sunday's crash was the first aviation
    accident this year in Idaho that was related to firefighting.
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