Wreckage from helicopter crash near Ashland cleared

An Erickson aircrane brought back a shipping container filled with the wreckage from a helicopter crash that happened near Ashland on Wednesday, January 23rd, 2019. (Courtesy of Allen Walters)

The wreckage from last week's helicopter crash, where a Texas man died after the Bell 206 helicopter he was piloting crashed in Colestin Valley near Ashland, has been cleared Wednesday.

Chris Schuldt, Chief of Staff and Director of Marketing and Communications for Erickson, confirmed that the recovery of the helicopter is completed.

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Last Wednesday, the Jackson County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue team was deployed to search for a downed aircraft in a heavily wooded area south of Ashland. When crews located the site later that day near exit 6 of Interstate 5, they confirmed one fatality from the crash.

The Federal Aviation Administration confirmed that the helicopter was a Bell 206 that had taken off from Rogue Valley International - Medford airport around 8:45 a.m. and crashed at sometime during the morning hours.

The following day, the Jackson County Sheriff's Office medical examiner identified the deceased pilot as Timothy Lyons, 69, of Port Bolivar, Texas.

The crash is under investigation by the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).

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