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Broadcaster’s Son Among Two Killed in Helicopter Crash

January 20, 1994 GMT

FORT TEJON, Calif. (AP) _ Two men, including the son of sports broadcaster Vin Scully, died in a fiery helicopter crash as they patrolled an oil pipeline Thursday checking for earthquake damage.

Killed was Michael A. Scully of Bakersfield, an engineering supervisor for Four Corners Pipe Line Inc., a subsidiary of Arco Oil Co., said Arco spokesman Al Greenstein. Scully, whose father is the play-by-play announcer for the Los Angeles Dodgers, was 33.

The pilot was not immediately identified pending notification of next of kin.

The pipeline they were inspecting was shut down as a precaution after Monday’s 6.6-magnitude quake centered in Northridge, about 50 miles south of the crash site.

The helicopter apparently was trying to land at an Arco pumping facility west of Interstate 5 and northwest of Fort Tejon, he said.

Robert Preston, who lives near the crash site, said the helicopter didn’t sound right as it came over his house and slammed into a hillside near the pumping plant.

″What tipped me off that something was wrong was it didn’t have a normal helicopter sound,″ Preston said. ″It had sort of a whining sound like an engine revving and unrevving.″

The helicopter was owned by J.L. Denio Excavating, Trucking and Pipeline of Bakersfield, Calif. and was flying under contract for Four Corners Pipe Line.

The pipeline through the Tehachapi Mountains was scheduled to reopen Saturday, Greenstein said.