No Survivors In Helicopter Crash
WARTBURG, Tenn. (AP) _ The wreckage of a helicopter missing for three days was found on a mountaintop Saturday, and officials said the pilot and three government employees looking for illegal strip mines died in the crash.
The Bell Ranger helicopter had been leased by the U.S. Office of Surface Mining, said Maj. Adele Sparks of the Civil Air Patrol. The wreckage was found about 3 1/2 miles north of Wartburg on the western tip of Bird Mountain.
The copter, based in Knoxville and owned by Kentucky Air, was last seen Thursday morning when it picked up the government workers in Norris.
″It was a routine flight to look for illegal strip mine operations,″ Ms. Sparks said.
Killed in the crash were pilot Bryan Calder of Knoxville, and government employees James Byrd, Jerry Irwin and Danny Reed, all of Norris, Ms. Sparks said.