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Pilot identified in deadly helicopter crash in White County

Posted: 4:48 PM, Mar 14, 2017
Updated: 2017-03-15 12:50:13-04

WHITE COUNTY, Ind. -- A pilot was killed in a helicopter crash while trying to help install electric towers in White County on Tuesday. 

The crash happened near the intersection of CR 700 South and CR 150 East sometime around 4 p.m.

Indiana State Police say the pilot was using the small helicopter to feed wires through the tower when the crash occurred. 

The pilot, Howard Y. Esterbrook, 53, was killed in the crash. Police say he was a subcontractor for EC Source out of Mesa, Arizona. 

The National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration will investigate the cause of the crash.