OGDEN -- An investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board is under way after a helicopter crashed around 7 p.m. Thursday several miles northwest of the Ogden-Hinckley Airport.
Adam Wilkerson, the operations manager for Whirleybird Helicopters, said it is known the helicopter crash was not a result of a mechanical issue, but he could not provide a specific reason why the aircraft crashed, saying the accident was still under investigation.
Howard Plagons, an investigator for the National Transportation Safety Board based in California, said Friday that a local inspector from the Federal Aviation Administration office in Salt Lake City inspected the accident scene.
Plagons said he hasn't gotten that report yet, but should on Monday. The FAA office in Salt Lake City did not return a phone call Friday.
Wilkerson said Whirleybird, which operates out of the Ogden-Hinckley Airport, owns the helicopter that crashed. He said two licensed pilots took the helicopter on a ride from the Ogden airport and crashed in the salt flats area nine miles from the airport.
"It's pretty far away from the airport," he said. "It's out in the middle of nowhere."
Neither of the pilots was hurt, Wilkerson said, and there was nothing in the area that they hit that could have been damaged. He said he had not personally seen the helicopter, but said he didn't think the helicopter was seriously damaged.
"It wasn't horrible, as far as I know."