The aircraft was being used by New York State Electric & Gas to inspect transmission lines when, its believed,got caught in those wires. The helicopter is a contracted service and not owned by owned by NYSEG. The pilot, who worked for the company that owned the chopper, was a 24 year old from Eugene, Oregon. The passenger was a local NYSEG employee based out of the Horseheads office.
NYSEG officials are working with the authorities investigating the crash.
NYSEG released a statement saying they are, “Deeply saddened by this tragic accident. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families, friends and co-workers of the two men who were killed in today’s crash.”
NYSEG has brought in crews from outside the area to help fix the downed wires.