Update in DEA helicopter crash--names released
UPDATE (1:00 p.m.):
Q95 News has learned the identity of two men involved in a DEA helicopter crash on Monday in Breathitt County.
Sergeant Richard Blancard with the Kentucky State Police media relations in Frankfort, spoke with Q95 News this afternoon, releasing the names of the two men involved. The pilot involved was Special Agent Croddy. No first name was given, but Croddy is from the state of California.
The Kentucky State Trooper injured was Erwin Eiserman, a trooper stationed out of KSP Post 13.
Blancard also reported the latest update on the conditions of the men. Trooper Eiserman was listed in critical but stable condition with serious burns and fractured ribs. Special Agent Croddy was listed in stable condition with burn injuries.
The NTSB is at the site of the crash today, searching for answers as to what may have caused the crash. Early reports indicate the chopper may have clipped an abandoned power line. Q95 News will continue to follow this story.
A DEA helicopter crashed on Monday morning in Breathitt County.
A DEA team was conducting an investigation with Kentucky State Police in the Evanston community near Kentucky Route 542 and Big Lovely Road. Eyewitness reports tell Q95 News that the helicopter clipped a power line and was essentially pulled to the ground by the line.
Reports indicate two people were inside the chopper and both were able to make it out of the wreckage. The pilot and co-pilot suffered burns as well as possible broken bones. The two men were taken to Cabell Huntington Hospital after the accident.
Officials with the Kentucky State Police and other agencies remained on the scene Monday evening. Police are withholding the release of the two men's identities pending notification of family.
Stay tuned to Q95 News for further updates on this developing story.