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Pilot killed in Birch Hill crash


October 31, 2018

Ralph Ansami/Daily Globe

YELLOW POLICE tape blocks access to a woods road that leads to the site of a helicopter crash Tuesday near Birch Hill on the Bad River Indian Reservation. The National Transportation Safety Board was conducting an investigation of the fatal crash. Ashland Daily Press reporter Rick Olivo files a report at the scene.


ODANAH, Wis. - The National Transportation Safety Board said the pilot of a helicopter was killed in a crash reported early Tuesday in the Birch Hill area of the Bad River Indian Reservation.

The pilot was identified as Dean Bass, 64, of Ontario, Canada.

Numerous agencies had been looking for the Enbridge Energy helicopter since it failed to arrive at the Duluth International Airport Monday evening for a brief stop before heading to its destination in Madison. Searches of local airports failed to turn up the missing aircraft.

The helicopter had be...

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