With bumps and bruises, a Tennessee helicopter pilot has returned home, two weeks after plummeting to the ground in a Greenville cornfield while flying a helicopter equipped to trim trees near electrical lines.|
His return to a Memphis suburb came as the National Transportation Safety Board published a preliminary crash report with new details about the engine failure that made for his hard landing just after 11 a.m. June 2.
“I’ll be back in the air in a few more months,” pilot Brian K. Lacks, 41, said by phone Friday, a day after getting home. “I want to thank all the local people ... for their thoughts and their prayers ... the EMS workers for their quick and timely response."
Lacks, working for Aerial Solutions Inc., was flying a helicopter carrying a unique 10-blade dangling saw to trim trees for Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative.
After about 55 minutes, Lacks was preparing to land to refuel in an open cornfield near two homes on Cold Springs Road when he “heard a loud sound from the engine ...
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