Pedestrian killed in Canadian helicopter crash

Tue May 13, 2008 7:14pm EDT
 
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VANCOUVER, British Columbia (Reuters) - A pedestrian was among four people killed when a helicopter crashed into a residential neighborhood of a town in Canada's Rocky Mountains on Tuesday.

The helicopter with three people on board appeared to hover as if looking for a landing spot before it crashed onto a street and burst into flames in Cranbrook, British Columbia, according to officials and witnesses.

Witnesses told local media the pedestrian appeared to have been dragged by the helicopter as it crashed to the ground, and bypassers attempted to pull the person from the flames but failed.

The cause of the crash was not immediately known, but the weather conditions were described as good.

The Bell 206 helicopter was working under contract for BC Hydro, the provincial electrical utility, according to the Transportation Safety Board, which was sending investigators to the community about 200 km (120 miles) southwest of Calgary, Alberta.

(Reporting Allan Dowd, editing by Rob Wilson)