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2 dead after helicopter crash in Wood Co.

The crash occurred on Bradner Road east of Pemberville just south of the Ohio Turnpike
(Source: WTOL)

GENOA, OH (WTOL) - Two people are dead after a helicopter crash in Wood County Monday.

Deputies were called to the scene of the crash a little before noon Monday near the Turnpike on Bradner Road. The call said that the helicopter went down suddenly.

The Sheriff's deputies and the Troy Township Fire Department responded to the crash. The two men were pronounced dead at the scene.

The AP is reporting the pilot was 32-year-old Tyson Snyder of Wooster and his passenger was 62-year-old Jeffery Fluharty from West Virginia.

The Sheriff's Office says the helicopter was contracted to patrol the power lines by.

Statement sent from FirstEnergy said both the pilot and the passenger who died in the crash, were FirstEnergy contractors doing transmission line inspection work.

"The two men who were tragically killed today in a helicopter crash were FirstEnergy contractors doing transmission line inspection work. Their employer is still in the process of notifying family members. FirstEnergy would like to express our sincere condolences to their families and fellow workers."

Police say neither pilot or the passenger were from our areal.

Sheriff Mark Wasylyshyn says the helicopter never caught fire but the damage was extensive.

NTSB says every inch of the helicopter will be investigated at an out-of-state facility. Investigators will look into the health and experience of the pilot, as well as go over the coroner's report to try to piece together what may have happened before the crash.

Sheriff Wasylyshyn says his department will do whatever it takes to preserve the scene so investigators can determine a cause.

"As least one deputy on scene 24/7 until they come and remove the helicopter," Sheriff Wasylyshyn explained. "They will take it into a building somewhere and completely disect it and try to find out if it was human error or mechanical failure but it will be many months before we know the actual cause of the crash."

NTSB said they will take their time with the investigation. Their preliminary report will take five to seven days to complete, while the probable cause report could take up to a year.

Below are 911 calls from the crash: