Pilot Brandon Ricks, 40, and Steven W. Cobbs, 55, dead, and Brendan Mullen critically injured after helicopter crash during controlled burn in the Desoto National Forest in Harrison County, Mississippi
The National Transportation Safety Board concluded the helicopter experienced a “loss of engine power for reasons that could not be determined”. The helicopter did not catch fire when it hit the ground, but it was soon ignited by the spreading prescribed fire, hampering the NTSB investigation.
The U.S. Forest Service was set to burn 800 acres of forest in the Desoto National Forest. One of the helicopters working with crews during this time crashed, resulting in at two deaths and one injury. The injured person was airlifted to USA Medical Center in Mobile, Alabama. No more information is known. Check back for updates.