2 utility workers killed in helicopter crash in northern NY

BEEKMANTOWN, N.Y.  — State police say two utility workers were killed and two others were hurt when their maintenance helicopter got caught on power lines and crashed in rural northeastern New York.

Pieces of the aircraft dangled from power lines late Tuesday afternoon before falling beside cornfields in Beekmantown, about 20 miles (32 kilometers) south of the Canadian border near Lake Champlain.

The Federal Aviation Administration says the Aerospatiale AS355F2 helicopter came in contact with power lines and caught fire at 4:16 p.m. The agency will investigate.

State police say the injured occupants were treated and released. Police said the helicopter is owned by Catalyst Aviation, LLC of Hammonton, New Jersey.

A New York Power Authority spokesman says the injured worked for Northline Utilities, a contractor that inspects and maintains power lines.

A witness tells the Plattsburgh Press-Republican that a crew on the helicopter was apparently working on the power lines when the aircraft got tangled and caught fire.