Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Enstrom 280F, N280F: Fatal accident occurred October 26, 2019 in Adrian, Malheur County, Oregon

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Boise

Aircraft crashed under unknown circumstances.

Sundance Aviation Group LLC


Date: 25-OCT-19
Time: 22:00:00Z
Regis#: N280F
Aircraft Make: ENSTROM
Aircraft Model: 280
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: FATAL
Total Fatal: 1
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
Operation: 91

Those who may have information that might be relevant to the National Transportation Safety Board investigation may contact them by email eyewitnessreport@ntsb.gov, and any friends and family who want to contact investigators about the accident should email assistance@ntsb.gov. 

Jim F. Valentine, MD

BOISE, Idaho — A St. Luke's surgeon died in a helicopter crash Friday on the Idaho, Oregon border.

52-year-old Dr. Jim Valentine, of Eagle, died this weekend after his helicopter crashed. Dr. Valentine worked at St. Luke's Boise Clinic in Bariatrics and General Surgery.

A passenger, Valentine's daughter, was flown to a hospital by air ambulance. Malheur County Sheriff says she has severe injuries but is not believed to be life-threatening.

Authorities are praising the resilience of the 25-year-old Idaho woman who survived a frigid night in the high desert of southeastern Oregon.

Malheur County Undersheriff Travis Johnson said Monday that despite being injured herself, Jordan Valentine managed to crawl around the side of the wreck to get out of the wind after the helicopter went down in a remote area southeast of Succor Creek State Natural Area on Friday afternoon. She was lightly dressed and the temperature was in the 20s.

Johnson credited Jordan, saying it took "a very tough and determined person to be able to survive a crash like that and keep her composure through the night."

The helicopter is registered to Sundance Aviation out of Eagle.

According to The Civil Air Patrol's National Radar Analysis Team, the helicopter dropped off the radar at 4:40 p.m. Friday afternoon.

MCSO received the call around 2:30 a.m. Saturday. They activated the county's search and rescue team.

The pilot was killed in the crash, but his daughter was found alive. She managed to find shelter until help arrived, as temperatures dropped into the upper 20's overnight.

The father and daughter duo were sightseeing in the area and headed to the Owyhee Reservoir.

The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board are taking over the investigation.

Original article can be found here ➤ https://idahonews.com

ADRIAN – When Malheur County Sheriff’s Office search and rescue team members found Jordan Valentine on Saturday morning, she could barely move.

The 25-year-old woman from Eagle, Idaho, lay beside the wreckage of an Enstrom 280F helicopter on a secluded high desert hill south of Adrian. The crash, at about 4pm Friday, killed her father, Jim Valentine, 52, also of Eagle, who was piloting the helicopter.

Despite serious injuries, Valentine managed to crawl out of the wreckage and then took shelter out of the wind next to the rotorcraft. She was wearing light clothing.

“She was beat up pretty bad,” said Travis Johnson, Malheur County undersheriff.

Johnson said the sheriff’s office received the call of an overdue helicopter around 2 a.m. Saturday. From there, the sheriff’s office activated its search and rescue team.

“We called people in and got a plan together,” said Johnson.

Johnson said the last radar contact on the helicopter was near Succor Creek.

The area is remote, said Johnson.

“The roads in that area are not great but luckily it was not far from one of those roads and it was out in a flat area where it was fairly visible,” said Johnson.

The search kicked off just before dawn. Around 8 a.m., search and rescue personnel sighted the wreckage near Top Reservoir, southeast of Succor Creek State Park.

 “It takes a very tough and determined person to be able to survive a crash following by a long cold night,” said Johnson.

The temperature in the area dropped below freezing.

Valentine was flown by LifeFlight to a Boise-area hospital around 9:30 a.m. Saturday

Eric Weiss, a spokesman for the National Transportation Safety Board, said an investigator had been dispatched to the scene of the crash. He said the crash remains under investigation.

Original article ➤ https://www.malheurenterprise.com

MALHEUR COUNTY, Oregon — An Eagle man is dead following a weekend helicopter crash in a remote desert area of Malheur County.

The Malheur County Sheriff’s Office was notified about 2:00 a.m. Saturday of a helicopter that had not returned as expected.

“The last contact with radar showed it in the Succor Creek area, about 50 to 60 miles south of Ontario,” said Malheur County Undersheriff Travis Johnson. “We learned a helicopter had crashed on Friday, the 25th sometime around 4:00 p.m. near Top Reservoir, southeast of Succor Creek State Park.”

Malheur County Search and Rescue volunteers were called out and began searching at daylight.

“One of our UTV search teams located the crashed helicopter at 8:20 that morning. The two occupants were Identified as Jim Valentine, a 52-year-old man from Eagle, Idaho, and his daughter Jordan Valentine, a 25-year-old female also of Eagle,” Johnson said.

Jim Valentine was deceased. His daughter was transported by air ambulance to a Boise hospital with multiple injuries. She is currently listed in serious condition.

“She was wearing only light clothing at the time, but managed to make it through a very windy, cold night. Temperatures were around 28 degrees when we arrived on scene,” Johnson said. “Although badly injured, she had the wherewithal to crawl around the aircraft to get out of the wind. It takes a very tough and determined person be able to survive a crash followed by a long cold night.”

The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the crash.

Original article can be found here ➤ https://www.kivitv.com

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