Pilot dead after civilian helicopter crashes into reservoir in Pocheon

Bomi Yoon

Emergency personnel conduct a search and rescue operation after a helicopter crashed into a reservoir in Pocheon, Gyeonggi Province, Oct. 3. Yonhap

The pilot of a civilian helicopter, who was the sole occupant, was killed after the chopper crashed into a reservoir in a northern city, Tuesday, rescue officials said.

The aircraft, carrying the 60-something pilot, crashed into the reservoir in Pocheon, 52 kilometers northeast of Seoul, at 11:08 a.m., according to the officials.

Rescue workers found the pilot dead inside the submerged aircraft at about 3 p.m. after mobilizing divers and rescue boats for the search operation in the reservoir, estimated to be around 10-13 meters deep.

The operation had experienced difficulty due to the reservoir’s depth and murky water.

The AS-350 helicopter crashed during an inspection of its equipment ahead of being deployed Wednesday for the seasonal fire prevention period.

Video footage taken by people near the scene showed the helicopter descending a bucket suspended by a cable into the reservoir before the aircraft went down vertically and became partially submerged.

The helicopter then rose into the air before spinning out of control and crashing into the water. (Yonhap)

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