UPDATED: Helicopter Pilot Killed

By: Rob Pratt Email
By: Rob Pratt Email

Morristown (WVLT) - A helicopter pilot has died after being hit by the rotor after landing in Morristown.

The pilot is a 64 year-old Harold E. "Gene" Jones, a retired Army pilot from Princeton, West Virginia.

The Morristown Police Department says Jones stopped at the Moore-Murrell Airport to refuel the helicopter, a Bell 407 like the one pictured above, just after 3:00 p.m. Friday.

They say he was returning to the aircraft and was somehow hit by the main rotor at the rear of the helicopter and killed.

The two passengers riding with the pilot were not in the helicopter at the time of the accident and were not hurt.

Hamblen County Coroner Eddie Davis confirmed that the pilot was killed instantly.

Logan & Kanawha Coal issued a release about the accident, saying Logan had been employed with them and its affiliated companies since July 12, 1982.

"Mr. Jones was an accomplished pilot having served as both a military and private pilot," said John Earles with Logan & Kanawha.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the accident.

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  • by michael Location: So Cal on Nov 13, 2007 at 12:17 PM
    That is a tragic ending to what I am sure was a good guy and a good pilot. Should have never happened though. Me being only a 200 hour pilot myself, stories like these pound into your head that you are the pilot of the aircraft until everything stops moving. I hope everybody learns from Gene's grave mistake so that his lesson can save other pilots from this fate. Godspeed Gene and my thoughts go out to his family.....
  • by John Location: Austin TX on Nov 9, 2007 at 09:25 PM
    Gene was a very good friend of mine, and fellow pilot. He was one of the best helicopter pilots I've ever known. I will miss him greatly.


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