Elk crashes he­li­copter

The Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS -

AN elk leapt into a re­search he­li­copter that was try­ing to cap­ture it and brought down the he­li­copter in a col­li­sion that also killed the elk, au­thor­i­ties said on Tues­day.

The elk jumped into the chop­per’s tail ro­tor as the air­craft flew about 3m above ground in a moun­tain­ous part of east­ern Utah, with its crew try­ing to drop a net on the elk, said Jared Rigby of the Wasatch County Sher­iff’s Of­fice. The two peo­ple on board weren’t se­ri­ously hurt, but the elk died of its in­juries on Mon­day af­ter­noon.

The crew was try­ing to cap­ture and se­date the elk and give it a track­ing col­lar.

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