Failed Rear Rotor May Have Caused Fatal Rescue Bell Helicopter Crash

A helicopter operated by Teton County Search and Rescue crashed on Wednesday, killing two people and injuring another two. The fatal crash occurred in the Wyoming mountains roughly 50 miles northeast of Jackson. Authorities say Ray Shriver, a volunteer with the Teton Search and Rescue organization was killed along with Steve Anderson, an injured snowmobiler that Shriver was attempting to help. Mr. Shriver was a longtime resident of Jackson and one of the original founders of the Teton Search and Rescue organization. The pilot of the helicopter and another member of the rescue squad were injured in the crash and taken to St. John's Medical Center.  

Investigators are still piecing together what caused the fatal crash, though local sheriff's officials have said that a failed rear rotor may have caused the Bell 407 helicopter to go down. The helicopter, built in 2008, is registered to Hillsboro Aviation out of Hillsboro, Washington. Authorities from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will be investigating the helicopter crash. News Source