Federal officials look for cause of DEA helicopter crash

By: Morgan Lentes Email
By: Morgan Lentes Email

Federal officials are trying to piece together what caused a helicopter crash Monday morning in Breathitt County.

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JACKSON, Ky (WYMT) - Federal officials are trying to piece together what caused a helicopter crash Monday morning in Breathitt County.

Burned boots and melted metal, that is almost all that is left in the wreckage of a Drug Enforcement Agency helicopter.

Two men were inside the chopper when it went down.

One works for the DEA and the other is a Kentucky State Policemen.

Their names are not being released at this time to protect their identities when they return to work.

Shawn Johnson witnessed the crash yesterday.

"We was just standing on the front porch, just waiting, just killing time when we heard the helicopter coming," said Johnson.

He said that is when he watched the chopper fall from the sky.

"It was like just silence and then a pop," said Johnson.

Now, officials from the DEA and the Federal Aviation Administration are on site investigating the cause of the crash.

Chuck Holsclaw is with the FAA.

He said his team tries to look for every clue possible.

"We look at the pilot of course and also the aircraft and the weather. We take everything into account. You do not leave any stone unturned, you look at everything," said Holsclaw.

He said he hopes this will be a pretty easy case since there were witnesses and both men involved in the crash survived.

Still, he said it can take a long time to figure out what exactly caused the chopper to go down.

"Sometimes it can take up to a year or more to figure out what happened. So it just depends on what you find and when you start looking into everything what you come up with," said Holsclaw.

Holsclaw said the crash will be cleaned up when the National Transportation Safety Board gives the okay.


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