Pilot Killed in Helicopter Crash
The Linn County Sheriff's office says the pilot knew he was in trouble before he crashed his helicopter near Detroit on Monday afternoon. They believe this because the pilot released his cargo just before his craft went down.
The pilot, 54-year-old William Colantuono of Indialantic, Florida was dead at the scene.
Colantuono was lifting logs from a site for Freres Lumber Company in Mill City. He was taking them to a log deck in Idanha.
The wreckage sits on National Forest land two miles off Highway 22 as the FAA investigates.