Pilot identified in fatal White County helicopter crash

A helicopter crashed near the intersection of county roads East 700 South and South 150 East in White County, Indiana, Tuesday, March, 14, 2017. (WLFI Photo)

WHITE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — A helicopter crash in White County that killed a pilot remains under investigation.

The helicopter crashed just before 4 p.m. and landed in a field near the intersection of county roads East 700 South and South 150 East in White County, southeast of Chalmers.

Sgt. Kim Riley with Indiana State Police said the pilot, identified as Howard Y. Esterbrook, 53, of Hawaii, was the only one in the helicopter at the time of the crash. Crews tried giving him CPR, but he died from his injuries.

Riley said the helicopter was part of a utility crew with EC Source, working to string power lines in the area. He said Esterbrook was subcontracted through the company.

The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board were called in to assist with the investigation.

“We can find out the identification of the person that was flying the plane or the helicopter, in this case, and then we basically secure the situation until we can get the [NTSB] or the FAA here to start their own investigation and basically, we turn it over to them,” explained Riley.

It is unknown how long the investigation will take.

County Road East 700 South remained closed late Tuesday night.