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:
22 July, 2013
Reg:
N233JP
Make:
Bell
Model:
UH-1
MSN:
70-2478
Location:
Mount Clarleston, 30 miles from Las Vegas
Country:
US-Nevada
Civil / Military:
Civil
Fatalities:
1
Operator:
Las-Vegas-Metro-Police
Link:
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:
http://edition.cnn.com/2013/07/24/us/nevada-officer-rescue-death
Link:
http://www.thecourierexpress.com/news/national/article_8a2a8161-7234-511d-bd20-c2a760541e6d.html

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