NTSB: Pilot error caused South Umpqua helicopter crash

NTSB: Pilot error caused South Umpqua helicopter crash »Play Video
A 1976 Bell Jet Ranger helicopter sits in the South Umpqua River after crashing near Days Creek on Monday.

ROSEBURG, Ore. - The National Transportation Safety Board says pilot error is what

caused a helicopter to crash over the South Umpqua River last fall.



Two biologists from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife were on board the helicopter conducting a survey of chinook salmon.

According to the report, the two biologists and a pilot were seriously injured when the helicopter flew into power lines.

"We're looking at ways right now to survey those population on the South Umpqua and Cow Creek without using our staff on any helicopters," said Tim Walters, Umpqua Watershed district manager.