Erickson pilot dies in crash in Malaysia

Updated: 4:20 p.m.
An Erickson Air-Crane helicopter crashed today in Malaysia, killing the pilot and injuring the co-pilot.

An Erickson spokeswoman said the company would issue a statement about the accident late this afternoon.

Erickson manufactures helicopters in Central Point. The company moved its headquarters to Portland last year.

Erickson has been involved in logging operations in Malaysia for several decades.

The most recent fatal crash involving an Erickson aircraft was in July 2005. A Rogue River man was killed in a crash at Fiumicino Airport in Rome airport during takeoff. An Eagle Point resident and two others on board were injured.

The previous year, on Aug. 26, 2004, a British Columbia pilot and his French co-pilot died when the S-64E Air-Crane they were flying crashed near Solenzara Air Force Base near the village of Ventiseri. It had been fighting a fire and broke away from that because of a technical problem. The aircraft was owned by Erickson and chartered by the French Interior Ministry to battle fires on the French Mediterranean island.

More recently, in October 2006, two Erickson pilots escaped serious injury when their S-64E Aircrane Helitanker crash-landed while fighting a fire in California‘s Ventura County.

— Greg Stiles

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