NTSB Releases Preliminary Report on Oshkosh Helicopter Crash

The National Transportation Safety Board released a preliminary report on the June 9th helicopter crash in the Fox River. The report gives mostly facts that are already known – but don’t identify or speculate the cause of the crash. The NTSB says the helicopter was being used for aerial photography during the Four Horseman Poker Run – and had been flying for about an hour and a half at low altitudes around Lake Winnebago. The pilot dropped the photographer off in a field near Dockside Tavern around 12:30 in the afternoon, then left to refuel. Moments later, the helicopter hit utility lines, including a fiber optic cable – and crashed into the river. The pilot, 27-year old Jonathan Bahr of Platteville was killed. A final report detailing what exactly happened could take at least a year.