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30 October 2018
Update: State Police investigate helicopter crash
NEW YORK STATE POLICE
Major Darrin S. Pitkin
Troop B Commander
UPDATE: On October 30, 2018, at approximately 4:16 p.m., Clinton County Dispatch received a report of a helicopter crash in a field adjacent to Burke Road in the town of Beekmantown. Local EMS, fire departments, the Clinton County Sheriff’s Office, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and New York State Police responded. Upon arrival, a helicopter was observed to be burning while partially suspended from the power lines. The four occupants were transported to the University of Vermont Health Network at Champlain Valley Physician's Hospital where one of the pilots, Robert T. Hoban Jr., 56 of Shamong, New Jersey, and a passenger, Jeremy P. Kearns, 30, of Massena, NY were pronounced deceased. Two additional occupants, Benjamin L. McAllister, 30, of Hopkinton, NY, and Scott E. Fabia, 34, of Hyde Park, NY, were kept at the hospital for further observation.
An investigation revealed the helicopter, a 1981 Aerospatiale, model AS355F2, owned by Catalyst Aviation LLC, was contracted by Northline Utilities for the New York Power Authority, to work on the power lines. Autopsies have been scheduled for Hoban on October 31, 2018, and Kearns on November 1, 2018.
The National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration are also assisting in the investigation. This investigation is ongoing.
Original release: New York State Police are investigating a helicopter crash on Burke Road in the town of Beekmantown. The helicopter is owned by Catalyst Aviation, LLC of Hammonton, New Jersey. Two occupants of the helicopter are deceased, and two occupants were treated and released. State Police are being assisted at the scene by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, the Clinton County Sheriff's Department, Clinton County Emergency Services, and local fire and rescue personnel. State Police have been in contact with the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board. The investigation is continuing.
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