2 killed in Northern New York helicopter crash

BEEKMANTOWN, N.Y. (WCAX) FAA Investigators will be in the North Country Wednesday.

Investigators are trying to piece together what happened after two utility workers were killed when a helicopter crashed Tuesday afternoon in Northern New York.

It happened on Burke Road in Beekmantown, about 10 miles north of Plattsburgh, shortly after 4 p.m.

Authorities say the helicopter was flying low-- between 65 and 80 feet off the ground-- as a utility crew onboard worked on the power lines when the chopper got tangled in the wires and caught fire.

New York State Police say four people were on board the helicopter. Two were killed and two others were treated at the hospital and released.

A New York Power Authority spokesman says the injured crew members worked for Northline Utilities, a contractor that inspects and maintains power lines. Police say the helicopter is owned by Catalyst Aviation, LLC of Hammonton, New Jersey.

Police say the investigation will continue overnight. They say there is no danger to people in the area.


Courtesy: Kayla LaVoie