men injured in helicopter crash – shooting coyotes

http://www.bluemountaineagle.com/Local_News/20160113/helicopter-crash-reported-in-grant-county

Blue Mountain Eagle

UPDATE: Monument, Pilot Rock men injured in Ritter helicopter crash

Published:January 13, 2016 10:19AM
Last changed:January 13, 2016 6:49PM

Photo courtesy of Grant County Sheriff Glenn Palmer
The wreckage of a 1988 Enstrom helicopter was found near Ritter Butte Lookout in northern Grant County. The crash was reported at 10:06 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 13.
Photo courtesy of Grant County Sheriff Glenn Palmer

Photo courtesy of Grant County Sheriff Glenn Palmer
The wreckage of a 1988 Enstrom helicopter was found near Ritter Butte Lookout in northern Grant County.

Photos courtesy of Sheriff Glenn Palmer
The wreckage of a 1988 Enstrom helicopter was found near Ritter Butte Lookout in northern Grant County.
The Eagle/Angel Carpenter

RITTER — A helicopter pilot and his passenger were injured in a crash near Ritter Butte Wednesday morning.

Grant County Sheriff Glenn Palmer said a helicopter being used to hunt coyotes ran out of fuel and crashed into several juniper trees on a rock outcropping on property owned by Paul Walton, Ritter, about a half-mile southwest of the Ritter Butte Lookout and one-and-a-half miles west of Highway 395 in northern Grant County.

The crash was reported at about 10:06 a.m. Jan. 13, and the sheriff’s office, along with ambulances from Long Creek and John Day, were dispatched to the scene.

Palmer said, when he arrived on the scene, members of the Long Creek Fire Department were packing the helicopter pilot, Cliff A. Hoeft, 60, Pilot Rock, several hundred yards to an awaiting ambulance.

The single passenger, Cody J. Cole, 34, Monument, walked away from the crash, Palmer said, but both men were transported to Blue Mountain Hospital in John Day. Hoeft was later transferred by aircraft to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend.

Palmer, who conducted the initial investigation, said the men were “lucky to be alive.” He said the 1988 Enstrom helicopter, registered to BRD Equipment in Adams, was heavily damaged and is considered a total loss.

Palmer said the helicopter and pilot were hired by a number of people who were hunting coyotes on adjoining properties in the area. He said different passengers were taking turns shooting from the helicopter, and the crash occurred within about 1,000 yards of where the aircraft had been landing near the group of hunters.

29 thoughts on “men injured in helicopter crash – shooting coyotes

  1. A type of karma, just not the exact type of karma we’re looking for but we’ll take it–some is better than none for those who do evil acts unto defenseless animals. I support the right to arm bears, or any other animal–only then will it be a FAIR fight.

  2. Dirty cowardly scum got a bit of what they deserved, too bad they walked away .. ‘men’ with helicopters and guns that set out to kill innocent beings who are minding their own business just trying to survive in their own habitats don’t deserve to walk away, they deserve to perish.. http://www.adaptt.org/hunting.html

  3. I’m more concerned about the juniper trees these idiots damaged. You’re right, it’s a form of karma, these creeps weren’t seriously hurt, but their mission was thwarted. Yay!!!!!

  4. Sort of shows the mentality of those who do this – helicopters have fuel gauges – apparently they were so into their killing they didn’t look at it…….

  5. I would care to have them serve restitution in rebuilding juniper and ground cover as they are at a safe distance away from their friend – NOT THEIR FOE. LET PEOPLE WEAR FAUX!

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