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Two men killed, female injured in helicopter crash at Wakulla Airport

HELICOPTER CRASH KILLS TWO AND INJURES ONE AT WAKULLA COUNTY AIRPORT

At approximately 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8 two Tallahassee men were killed in a helicopter crash at the Wakulla County Airport in Panacea. A Tallahassee woman was injured and transported to a Tallahassee hospital with unknown injuries by medical helicopter.

The pilot, Terry Bryan Ooten, 49, of Tallahassee and Curtis Robert Clfford, 53,of Tallahassee were killed at the scene. Sheri Noelle Devore, 45, of Tallahassee survived the crash.

The three individuals were on their way back to Tallahassee after eating at a local restaurant. The helicopter clipped a tree limb and crashed and landed on its top. The tree limb took down a power line which hampered emergency worker efforts until the line could be turned off. The helicopter landed in a wooded and marshy area near the airport.

The FAA and NTSB will be called to the scene to continue the investigation. The emergency call was answered by FHP, the Ochlockonee Bay VFD, Wakulla Firefighters and the Wakulla County Sheriff's Office.

The helicopter was owned by Tallahassee Helicopter and was used for video footage for news stories for WTXL Channel 27. The helicopter was not being used by WTXL at the time the accident took place. None of the people on the helicopter are employees of the television station. The National Tramsportation Safety Board (NTSB) is investigating in an attempt to determine the cause of the crash.

 

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