UPDATE: 2 utility workers killed in helicopter crash in northern NY

Authorities have released the names of the two people killed and two injured when their helicopter hit power lines in northern New York while conducting installation work.

Posted: Oct 31, 2018 9:52 AM
Updated: Oct 31, 2018 1:33 PM

UPDATE:

BEEKMANTOWN, N.Y. (AP) - Authorities have released the names of the two people killed and two injured when their helicopter hit power lines in northern New York while conducting installation work.

State police on Wednesday identified the deceased as 56-year-old pilot Robert T. Hoban Jr., of Shamang, New Jersey, and 30-year-old Jeremy Kearns, of Massena, New York, one of three passengers.

Two other passengers were injured Tuesday afternoon when the helicopter hit power lines and burst into flames over a plowed farm field along a rural road in Beekmantown.

Troopers say 30-year-old Benjamin McAllister, of Hopkinton, New York, and 34-year-old Scott Fabia, of Hyde Park, New York, were kept at a hospital for observation.

Officials say the two injured men work for Northline Utilities, a contractor that inspects and maintains power lines.

The cause of the crash is being investigated.

ORIGINAL STORY:

BEEKMANTOWN, N.Y. (AP) - State police say two utility workers were killed and two others were hurt when their maintenance helicopter got caught on power lines and crashed in rural northeastern New York.

Pieces of the aircraft dangled from power lines late Tuesday afternoon before falling beside cornfields in Beekmantown, about 20 miles (32 kilometers) south of the Canadian border near Lake Champlain.

The Federal Aviation Administration says the Aerospatiale AS355F2 helicopter came in contact with power lines and caught fire at 4:16 p.m. The agency will investigate.

State police say the injured occupants were treated and released. Police said the helicopter is owned by Catalyst Aviation, LLC of Hammonton, New Jersey.

A New York Power Authority spokesman says the injured worked for Northline Utilities, a contractor that inspects and maintains power lines.

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