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NTSB begins investigation into fatal Wood County helicopter crash

The Blade, Toledo, Ohio • Jan 16, 2018 at 5:00 PM

TROY TOWNSHIP (TNS) — The National Transportation Safety Bureau announced it has started its investigation into the cause of a Monday helicopter crash in Wood County that killed two people and plans to release a preliminary report in about a week.

The helicopter pilot, Tyson Snyder, 32, of Wooster and his passenger Jeffery Fluharty, 62, of West Virginia, both died at the scene of the crash, which was reported just before noon on Monday. Both were contracted to do utility work for Toledo Edison.

The helicopter crashed into a field near Ohio 163 and Pemberville Road in Troy Township.

The NTSB will recover the helicopter later Tuesday evening, and its full investigation could take up to a year, Jennifer Rodi, a senior air safety investigator with the NTSB, said Tuesday during a press conference.

“We do not rush our process,” Rodi said.

A preliminary report should be issued within five to seven days, she said, at which point an advisory could be issued for other helicopter pilots, if necessary. She did not speculate on any potential cause for the crash.

Rodi said the pilot had between one and 1.5 miles of visibility at the time of the crash and there was noticeable fuel at the scene of the crash.

The helicopter, manufactured in 1971, was owned by Vista I, Inc., a Smithville, company that has five other aircraft registered with the Federal Aviation Administration. A call to the company was not immediately returned on Tuesday.

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