Department of Fish and Game chartered helicopter crash kills 3 in Idaho

Two biologists with the Department of Fish and Game, Larry Barrett, 47, and Danielle Schiff, 34, and a pilot were killed in a helicopter crash in Kamiah, Idaho reports The Seattle Times. Kamiah is approximately 65 miles south-east of Lewiston which is a city bordering Washington state.

The helicopter crash occurred on Tuesday on a downtown street in the small town of approximately 1,160. Luckily, no one on the ground was injured in the accident.

The helicopter had been chartered by the Fish and Game to use on a trip to count salmon spawning nests on the Selway river, according to the report.

The cause of the helicopter accident may have been mechanical problems because witnesses reported hearing metal grinding and saw the helicopter flip upside down before the pilot was able to right it again immediately before the crash.

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