FRESNO COUNTY (CBS SF) — A helicopter pilot called in to assist firefighting efforts near Fresno County died when the vehicle crashed Wednesday.
Cal Fire officials said the pilot was hired on a Call When Needed (CWN) basis and was assigned to a water-dropping mission on the Hills Fire, approximately nine miles south of Coalinga.READ MORE: Film Fans Tell New Castro Theatre Managers To Keep It Reel
After the pilot’s Bell UH-1H helicopter crashed, ground crews responded immediately.READ MORE: Health Experts, Parents, Teachers Call for Lifting Mask Mandates Post-Omicron
The pilot, who Cal Fire officials did not identify, was the only person in the helicopter during the crash.MORE NEWS: Niners Faithful Return From Green Bay With Cherished Memories of Epic Win
Cal Fire said that the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) started an investigation into the crash Wednesday, with Cal Fire assisting.