UPDATE: 3 killed In Idaho Helicopter Crash
BOISE, Idaho (AP) - A Belgrade, Mont., helicopter pilot was one of three people killed in a crash in the small Idaho town of Kamiah.
Officials suspect mechanical failure caused the aircraft to flip over before it crashed into a travel trailer on a downtown street Tuesday.
The Idaho Department of Fish and Game had chartered the aircraft from Clarkston, Wash.-based Leading Edge Aviation to count salmon spawning nests on the Selway River.
Officials identified the victims as 43-year-old Perry J. Krinitt of Belgrade, along with Fish and Game Biologists Larry Barrett and Danielle Schiff.
Florence Krinitt says her son got his pilot's license more than 20 years ago and began flying for Leading Edge last November. She says he was also a trained aircraft mechanic.
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