More details of the hard landing at
The impact with the ground caused
The sheriff's helicopter first assisted with a
As the helicopter returned to its home base at
The helicopter returned to
It was past
Latapie and a fellow crew member, Deputy
Latapie told the
The aircraft left on the second mission with plenty of room in the fuel tanks, but an aviation crew does not "top off the tank," as is done by highway motorists, Sheriff
The "low fuel" light might not have come as a complete surprise when the mission exceeded the two-hour mark. The Bell 206's jet engine is said to consume about 35 gallons per hour.
Latapie, who retired in October after 21 years with the
"He made the search-and-rescue team what it is today," his mother said. "I don't think he is getting the recognition he deserves. He received many commendations and awards."
The county has insurance to cover repairs to the helicopter.
My guess is that search-and-rescue operations will increase, rather than decline, in a state with almost 40 million residents. Beside serving as a playground for
The rivers and reservoirs in
The 71-year-old woman who walked away from a campsite in
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