Were Searching For Man Who Ran After Traffic Stop
A Chelsea, MI police chief searching for a man who ran following
a traffic stop, as well as a fire department official who
volunteered the use of his private helicopter to help with that
search, both died Thursday when their Robinson R22 went down after
a suspected engine failure.
Police Chief Scott Sumner, 42, and fire Captain Matt Tuttle, 28,
were aboard Tuttle's private helicopter (file photo of type, above)
when it went down shortly after 3 pm about five miles west of Ann
Arbor, authorities told the Associated Press.
"It's a loss that's going to be felt for a long time," said
Chelsea Mayor Ann Feeney. "Since they've been here their whole
lives, they're like our kids."
It was not the first time Tuttle, who was also a reserve police
officer for the Chelsea department, had volunteered to use his
helicopter in similar situations, sheriff's spokesman David Egeler
told the AP.
A police officer searching for the man -- who ran into the woods
after being stopped by police -- saw the helicopter go down, and
tried to perform CPR at the scene -- but it was too late.
The FAA and NTSB will investigate the accident. The FAA's
Preliminary Report cites engine failure in the accident, although
it is not yet known why the helicopter's engine quit.
** Report created 4/14/2006 Record
Make/Model: R22 Description:
Date: 04/13/2006 Time: 1930
Event Type: Accident Highest Injury:
Fatal Mid Air: N Missing:
City: ANN ARBOR State: MI Country:
N887BC, A ROBINSON R22 ROTORCRAFT CRASHED WHEN ITS ENGINE
FAILED, THE TWO
PERSONS ON BOARD WERE FATALLY INJURED, ANN ARBOR, MI
INJURY DATA Total
# Crew: 2 Fat:
# Pass: 0 Fat:
Fat: 0 Ser:
WEATHER: METAR KARB 131953Z 26014KT 10SM FEW080 23/07 A3000
Departed: ANN ARBOR,
Dep Date: Dep.
Destination: ANN ARBOR,
Last Radio Cont:
FAA FSDO: DETROIT, MI
Entry date: 04/14/2006