22-Jul-13 N233JP Bell UH-1H Mount Clarleston, US-Nevada (1F)

According to a LVMPD press release, David Vanbuskirk “somehow became detached from the hoist line, falling into the canyon below.” The distance that the man fell is under investigation, but Sheriff Doug Gillespie later stated in a press conference that “it is clear that this was a non-survivable fall and he died on impact.” The victim was able to remain on the cable and was safely lifted onto the aircraft.

Date
July 22, 2013
Reg
N233JP
Make
Bell
Model
UH-1
MSN
70-2478
Location
Mount Clarleston, 30 miles from Las Vegas
Country
US-Nevada
CivilMilitary
Civil
Fatal
1
Operator
Las-Vegas-Metro-Police
Link 1
http://www.asias.faa.gov/pls/apex/f?p=100:96:::::P96_ENTRY_DATE,P96_MAKE_NAME,P96_FATAL_FLG:24-JUL-13,BELL
Link 2
http://edition.cnn.com/2013/07/24/us/nevada-officer-rescue-death
Link 3
http://www.thecourierexpress.com/news/national/article_8a2a8161-7234-511d-bd20-c2a760541e6d.html

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