Helicopter Crash Victims Identified (Update)
The five people who were killed when a helicopter that departed from Endicott’s Tri-Cities Airport crashed in Wyoming County, Pennsylvania are being identified as from Virginia and Maryland.
Authorities say the Robinson R-66 helicopter went down Saturday night in a heavily-wooded area of Noxen township, northwest of Scranton. The scene is about 40 miles south of the Tri-Cities Airport.
Thunderstorms were passing through the region at the time of the crash.
29 year old Carl Woodland and his three year old son, Noah McKain Woodland of Virginia and Maryland residents: 30 year old David Jenny Junior, 58 year old Bernark Kelly and his daughter, 27 year old Leanna Kelly died in the crash.
Air traffic controllers lost contact with the helicopter around 10:30 Saturday night. The wreckage was located around 1:50 Sunday afternoon.
The R-66 is made by Robinson Helicopter of Torrance, California.
The National Transportation Safety board database shows four fatal crashes involving R-66 helicopters over the past two years. Six people died in those crashes, which happened in South Dakota, New Zealand and Colombia.
Robinson Helicopter this month issues a safety notice for R-66 owners. It also released a service letter and four service bulletins in connection with the aircraft.