03-Jun-17 N7091F Robinson R44 Dimmit, US-Texas (1F)

Date was recorded as 04-Jun-17 when helicopter wreckage was found, but as reports state the pilot’s family were looking “in the middle of the night” for him, and he was last seen on 03-Jun-17, we believe the accident date would most likely have been 03-Jun-17. NTSB also tweeted on 4th June that they were attending “investigating yesterday’s crash of a Robinson R-44 helicopter in Dimmit, TX”.  No details of the situation have been reported, bar that it was working low level checking on cattle.

The accident killed 68-year old Don Oppliger – whos company owns ranches and farms in Texas, New Mexico and Nebraska to support the feeding of 230,000 cattle in six large feedlots. More than 90,000 acres of the roughly 150,000 acres held by the company are in Nebraska, including properties near Paxton, Wallace, Atkinson, Tryon and Johnstown.

Date
June 3, 2017
Reg
N7091F
Make
Robinson
Model
R44
MSN
13910
Location
200 block of County Road 623, Dimmit
Country
US-Texas
CivilMilitary
Civil
Fatal
1
Link 1
http://amarillo.com/local-news/news/2017-06-05/amarillo-businessman-don-oppliger-dies-helicopter-crash
Link 2
http://www.nptelegraph.com/news/state/agribusiness-owner-don-oppliger-killed-in-helicopter-crash/article_d534faec-4a03-11e7-ab5b-03f527767365.html
Link 3
http://www.omaha.com/news/nebraska/owner-of-large-feedlot-operation-killed-in-texas-helicopter-crash/article_84a56d12-4a05-11e7-83fa-87da5422f145.html

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