NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — An Air Force report says a California man who led volunteers through the Sierra Nevada mountains to repair trails and search for illegal marijuana plots wasn't properly secured to his harness when he fell to his death from a helicopter last year.
Shane Krogen was the 57-year-old founder of the High Sierra Volunteer Trail Crew. He was being lowered to a remote cleanup site in Sequoia National Forest when he fell about 40 feet from a California National Guard helicopter last September.
An accident investigation report released by Air Combat Command in Virginia last week says Krogen mistakenly attached the aircraft's hoist to his own D-ring connector rather than a government-issued, load-bearing, metal D-ring.
The report says Krogen's D-ring snapped, causing the fall.