Helicopter with 3 aboard crashes during wildlife survey

Helicopter with 3 aboard crashes during wildlife survey

A Hughes 500 helicopter

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by KTVB

NWCN.com

Posted on January 9, 2010 at 1:23 PM

BOISE -- A helicopter carrying two Idaho Fish and Game biologists and a pilot crashed around noon Friday in the Kelly Creek area on the North Fork of the Clearwater River.

Officials say none of the three people on board had life-threatening injuries.

The two research biologists were trapping and radio-collaring elk, moose and wolves.

The pilot and the biologists were in a Hughes 500 helicopter operated by Quicksilver Air.

Fish and Game biologists routinely fly in aerial surveys, wildlife counts and capturing wildlife for research.

The last incident of this type involved a wildlife biologist that was killed in Dec. 2000 when the helicopter he was in crashed while on a wildlife count in northern Idaho.

Fish and Game flights have been suspended until Monday, pending review of safety procedures. 

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