Lamoille pilot killed in crash near Ely

2013-02-19T09:49:00Z Lamoille pilot killed in crash near ElyBy HEATHER KENNISON — hkennison@elkodaily.com Elko Daily Free Press

10:54 a.m.

Reyes confirmed that an investigation is being done National Transportation Safety Board.

“I don’t know how long this investigation will take," Reyes said. "I don’t anticipate it will be a very long investigation”

McBride had been experienced with seeding operations, which is done in areas after a fire, she said.

"Ted was very familiar with the process," she said.

No information was available as to whether El Aero will be hosting any services for McBride in the near future.

10:39 a.m.

Ginna Reyes, President of El Aero Services, told the Elko Daily Free Press the news of his death came as a shock to the company.

"We will all miss Ted to the depths of our soul," Reyes said. "Our company was devastated."

McBride was working part-time for El Aero at the time of his death, Reyes said.

"He loved flying and wanted to continue to fly ... He's been one of our main helicopter pilots for 40 years and has flown literally thousands and thousands of hours for us."

10:19 a.m.

In 1994, the Deseret News reported McBride rescued two survivors of a helicopter crash that killed two others, including the president and chief executive officer of Walt Disney Co., Frank Wells.

“This is the most dangerous flying in the world,” then-Sheriff Neil Harris said about the incident. “We got two people out still alive, which is a miracle in itself.”

10:09 a.m.

ELY — A long-time pilot from Lamoille was killed Monday afternoon in a helicopter accident near Ely.

Teddy R. McBride, 74, was the only person aboard a Bell 2068 aircraft registered to El Aero Services in Elko.

White Pine County sheriff’s Capt. Scott Henriod told the Associated Press that investigators think a rotor blade on the helicopter clipped a power line before the aircraft went down around 3 p.m. Monday. The pilot was doing an aerial seeding operation 50 miles west of Ely when he crashed.

McBride joined El Aero in 1972. He received several awards, including a Pilot Safety Award in 2005 and a Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award in 2006. He had flown well over 20,000 hours with more than 50 years of service in aviation safety.

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

This story will be updated as more information becomes available. Free Press Staff Writer Heather Kennison contributed to this report.

9:50 a.m.

ELY (AP) — Authorities have identified a pilot killed in the crash of a helicopter during an aerial seeding operation west of the Nevada city of Ely.

White Pine County sheriff’s Capt. Scott Henriod said Tuesday that 74-year-old Teddy R. McBride was the only person aboard the Bell 206B aircraft when it crashed about 3 p.m. Monday.

Henriod says investigators think a helicopter rotor blade clipped a power line before the aircraft went down in a remote part of White Pine County near Pinto Creek Ranch. That’s about 50 miles west of Ely.

McBride lived in Lamoille, near Elko.

The aircraft was registered to El Aero Services in Elko, where company officials didn’t immediately comment.

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

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  1. Mike Laughlin
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    Mike Laughlin - February 21, 2013 6:16 am
    I flew several hundred hours with Ted McBride in a super cub fixed wing aircraf, shooting coyotes and protecting Elko Co livestock.He was the best mountain pilot I ever flew with!! Hair on you Ted McBride you were the best!!
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