About 5 p.m. on June 19, 2010, a Robinson R44 helicopter crashed on a cattle ranch in the Aleutian Islands, killing the 48-year-old commercial pilot. The NTSB described the location on Umnak Island as ?62 miles southwest of Unalaska.?
One of the ranch employees who witnessed the accident told the investigator in charge in a written statement ?that he and another employee were in the helicopter with the pilot, surveying the ranch property, when they spotted a bull that had become entangled in plastic wrapping material,? the NTSB report said. ?He said he and the other employee got out of the helicopter, and the pilot attempted to herd the bull toward them so they could cut the plastic off. The witness said the bull would not cooperate, and the pilot tried to land on the trailing plastic so they could tackle the bull. The witness also reported that the pilot tried to knock the bull down with the helicopter. He said eventually the pilot got the helicopter's right landing gear skid under the plastic and tried to pick the bull up, but the plastic broke. He said the pilot hooked the skid under the plastic again, but this time the plastic did not break, and as the helicopter lifted the bull off the ground the helicopter moved forward and to the right, and impacted the ground.