The victims in the Thursday, Sept. 16 helicopter crash have been identified as Robert Durham (pilot) and Nadine Durham (passenger).
The crash took place at approximately 6:25 p.m. The Mono County Sheriff’s Department was informed by the Inyo National Forest dispatch center of a large black plume of smoke in the Glass Mountain Range. The smoke was believed to possibly be from a reported overdue aircraft enroute to Truckee, Calif., via Bishop. Units from the Mono County Sheriff’s Department, Inyo National Forest, and the Mono County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Team responded to the area and a ground search was initiated.
At approximately 10:50 p.m., Robert Durham of the downed helicopter walked into the Benton Fire Department after hiking out of Taylor Canyon from the crash site. He advised the fire department that his passenger was still at the crash site and was suffering from extensive injuries. Mono County Paramedics and Care Flight were dispatched to the Taylor Canyon area. Nadine Durham and the aircraft wreckage were located in the McLaughlin Springs area. The Durhams were flown by Care Flight to Renown Medical Center in Reno for treatment.
The accident investigation is being conducted by the NTSB and FAA. –Press Release