DETROIT, Ore. — A helicopter crashed in Linn County Monday afternoon, killing the pilot.
The crash site was about two miles off Highway 22, near Detroit. The pilot, William Colantuono, of Florida, was the only person in the helicopter. Officials say he was flying logs from a site in Mill City.
A witness said the aircraft had just picked up a load of logs, when the logs fell to the ground with a loud snap. The rotor separated from the helicopter and then fell to the ground.
A witness said it appeared the pilot had released the logs electronically, indicating the pilot knew of a problem prior to the crash.
The crash is under investigation.