STONY RIDGE, Ohio – Federal investigators will try to determine what caused the fatal fall of a helicopter used to inspect power lines.
Both men on board died Monday. FirstEnergy said they were contractors doing transmission line inspection work in northwest Ohio.
The Wood County Sheriff's Office identified the pilot as Tyson Snyder, 32, of Wooster, Ohio, and his passenger, Jeffrey Fluharty, 62, of Fairmont, West Virginia.
The sheriff's office said a 911 caller reported at 11:41 a.m. that the helicopter suddenly fell, in a snow-covered crop field in the crash on Monday just south of the Ohio Turnpike. Both men were dead at the scene.
Sheriff Mark Wasylyshyn said there were no signs of fire or signs that the plane was coming to service lines.
Authorities said that the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate.  "They will take it to a building somewhere and dissect it completely and try to find out if it was human error or mechanical failure," Wasylyshyn told WTOL. "But it will be many months before we know the real cause of the accident."
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