Posted: Jul 29, 2013 11:56 AM by MTN News
Updated: Jul 29, 2013 9:34 PM
MISSOULA - A Bozeman pilot was killed when his helicopter crashed in Sanders County over the weekend.
Todd Hanawalt, a Summit Air Ambulance employee, died when the helicopter he was piloting went down outside of Thompson Falls at around 1:15 p.m. Saturday. Hanawalt worked at Summit's Bozeman facility for the past year. He was not flying a Summit chopper at the time of the crash.
He was one of three people on board surveying power lines in the area. Another man on board was seriously hurt and flown to a Seattle hospital. A third person in the back seat wasn't seriously injured in the crash.
The Federal Aviation Administration and recovery crews are on the scene trying to recover the wreckage and take it to Bozeman to determine what went wrong with the Robinson R-44 helicopter.
"We are greatly saddened by Todd's loss and above all else, our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and fellow crew members. Todd was truly loved by all who knew him and he will forever be honored and remembered for his selfless dedication to serving people in need. We are heartbroken and we will miss him deeply," the company's Greg Klick said in a statement.