Fatal Helicopter Crash East of Fallon

The Bell 412 helicopter fell from the sky at about 4:40 p.m. The aircraft is owned by ERA Aviation Inc. of Reno, a private company under contract to the Bureau of Land Management to provide fire containment services.

The name of the pilot is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

The craft was was one of four helicopters involved in battling the blaze located north of U.S. 50 and about 60 miles east of Fallon. The fire has been burning since Aug. 1.

There were no passengers, and no one on the ground was injured said Mark Struble, public affairs officer for the Bureau of Land Management.

The cause of the crash is unknown.

Teams from the National Transportation and Safety Board and The Department of the Interior Office of Aviation Services will be conducting an investigation.

A critical stress team was sent from Carson-Tahoe Hospital to deal with those who witnessed the crash.

The Twin Peaks fire is burning in the Clan Alpine range. The helicopter went down on the east side of the fire near the community of Cold Springs in Churchill County. By Sunday evening the fire had burned about 38,000 acres and was 30 percent contained. Approximately 330 firefighters are assigned to the fire along 11 engines.

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