Cable blamed for helicopter crash
September 3, 2014
An Aug. 27 helicopter crash was caused when a Robinson R22 helicopter snagged a cable 10 feet off the ground during takeoff, according to an initial Federal Aviation Administration report.
Douglas County Sheriff’s Sgt. Pat Brooks said the pilot, Doyle Holden, advised that he and a friend, Karen Cole, had flown into the area of Horseshoe Bend along the Carson River’s East Fork to fish.
Brooks reported Holden and Cole suffered minor injuries, and contacted another pilot, who flew in and transported them out of the area for treatment. Cole received the more serious injuries according to the FAA report.
Emergency units determined there was no spill requiring a hazardous materials response.
The exact time of the crash was not available, but medics responded to a report of the crash at 4:15 p.m.
The investigation into the crash will be conducted by the National Transportation Safety Board.