Helicopter landed at a manufacturing business, severing powerline. After brief stop on the ground – and “the authorities had arrived at the scene“, the helicopter took off again and departed the area
Emergency situation led pilot Ken Wilson to put the helicopter down into trees – and it came to rest in the branches 40 feet from the ground. Wilson and passenger Raymond Osan III – working on low level powerlines – were able to get out of the helicopter into the trees, from which they were rescued. The pilot, during a TV interview, said it was an operational emergency and nothing to do with the helicopter itself.
Flying from Traverse City to Lansing for maintenance of a compass malfunction when it developed mechanical problems requiring the emergency landing. Roaded out.
Wooded area of Alcona County.Â Fatalities listed as owner Dan Logghe, 46, and an employee of his, Mark May aged 33.Â Failed to return on 23-Sep, hence listed as date.Â But they had been away and potentially out of contact for a few days, so this may not have been the actual accident day.