The Washington Post

2 die after firefighti­ng helicopter crashes

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Both pilots of a firefighti­ng helicopter that crashed in Idaho have died, the U.S. Forest Service said Friday.

Mary Cernicek with the Salmon- Challis National Forest said Thomas Hayes, 41, of Post Falls, Idaho, and Jared Bird, 36, of Anchorage died of injuries they sustained when their CH47D Series Chinook crashed in the Salmon River about 3:30 p.m. Thursday.

The pilots were employees of the Anchorage-based Rotak Helicopter Services, which was contracted to help fight the Moose Fire burning nearby.

Both pilots were “highly experience­d” and military veterans, Cernicek said. Emergency crews responding to the crash were able to extricate the men and transport them to medical facilities but they did not survive, she said.

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