Classic Aviation air ambulance crashes east of Riverton; only minor injuries reported

(Fremont County, Wyo.) – Fremont County Sheriff’s Capt. Ryan Lee released this statement at 1:44 p.m., Nov. 15 about a helicopter crash this that occurred early in the morning. Additional details are not available at this time.

“The Fremont County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a downed aircraft approximately 43 miles east of Riverton near the Lucky Mac Uranium District at approximately 8 a.m. Thursday morning.

“A 1996 Bell407 Helicopter was found to have crash landed north of the Gas Hills Highway along the Dry Creek Road. At the time the aircraft was occupied by three personnel, all three survived the crash, and only minor injuries were reported. The Bell407 is owned and operated by Classic Aviation out of Wood Cross, Utah; the company operates an air ambulance service based out of Riverton.

“‘It is my understanding that the aircraft was en-route back to Riverton from the Casper area when the collision occurred; there was not a patient on board during the return flight.’

“‘It appears that the aircraft struck a set of power lines causing significant damage to the helicopter, the pilot was able to keep the aircraft under control and land upright a short distance away from the collision site.’

“Technicians with High Plains Power were on scene Thursday afternoon repairing the lines.

“The Sheriff’s Office will be working with the FAA and NTSB in the next couple of days to complete the investigation.”