Pilot Killed In Helicopter Crash

PIKEVILLE – A helicopter pilot was killed in a crash around 5:30pm Thursday in Wayne County. The accident occurred at 320 Daw Pate Road in Pikeville.

Initial indications are that a Robinson R66 Helicopter was spraying crops in the area and came into contact with a power line that resulted in the helicopter crashing. The pilot of the helicopter died as a result of the crash.  The pilot has been identified as Eugene John Kritter III of Culpepper, VA.  No one else was on board.

The State Highway Patrol has contacted the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) who will oversee the investigation.