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South Kitsap man killed in helicopter crash
An Olalla man was killed Sunday afternoon while apparently trying to land his helicopter at his home, the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office reported.
Aadland Myron, 68, was identified by the Kitsap County Coroner’s Office after being declared dead at the scene of crash, which occurred on the 12600 block of Banner Road in South Kitsap.
Deputy Scott Wilson, spokesman for the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office, said authorities were notified when someone called 911 shortly before 3 p.m. Aug. 17 to report that a helicopter had crashed into nearby trees.
When emergency responders arrived on-scene, the deceased pilot was found to be the only occupant of the helicopter.
No injuries were reported by anyone on the ground.
The residence where the helicopter crashed was unoccupied at the time, with some of the property’s fencing and landscaping sustaining damage when the helicopter fell through a canopy of trees before plummeting to the ground.
Wilson said Myron took off from the Bremerton National Airport earlier in the day and had made several approaches to his own residence before crashing nearby.
No fire or explosions were reported in the area at the time of the incident, but Wilson said area residents did report hearing the helicopter’s engine “revving both high and low just before the crash.”
Wilson said it is believed the pilot experienced some type of “in-flight emergency.”
The coroner’s office could not confirm whether he experienced a medical emergency, explaining that as of Monday its investigation was ongoing and an autopsy had not yet been performed.
Myron’s aircraft was identified as a Robinson R22, which Wilson described as a small, light, two-seat helicopter manufactured by the Robinson Helicopter Company of Torrance, Calif.
It is often used for training, and for maintaining livestock.
Wilson said investigators from both the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) responded to the scene on Sunday to begin their investigation into the crash.
Investigators have removed the helicopter wreckage from the crash scene and transported it a facility in Maple Valley for further analysis.