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Fatal Helicopter Crash

Posted on: 4:36 am, October 10, 2012, by , updated on: 06:14am, October 10, 2012

COOLBAUGH TOWNSHIP — Two people are dead after a helicopter crash in Monroe County

State police tell Newswatch 16 the helicopter went down around 8 p.m. Tuesday off Interstate 380 in Coolbaugh Township.

Authorities said they located the chopper before 3 a.m. Wednesday using G.P.S. devices.

“I think the police were fortunate enough to have the federal government ping the phones, that they had cell phones and they were able to ping the phones and come up with this location,” said Monroe County coroner Bob Allen.

Authorities believe the helicopter took off from upstate New York and was possibly heading to New Jersey.

One person survived the crash and was taken to the hospital.

People in the area said there was heavy fog in the area Tuesday night. It is not known if that was a factor in the crash.

FAA investigators are at the crash scene conducting the investigation.

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