FAA investigating after deadly Midland County helicopter crash - WNEM TV 5

FAA investigating after deadly Midland County helicopter crash

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Federal authorities are investigating what caused a helicopter to suddenly malfunction and crash in Mid-Michigan.

It happened about 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 1 near 11 Mile Road in Midland County’s Lee Township.

Officials said 76-year-old Paul Pangborn took his 16-year-old grandson, Devon Schweinsberg, for a ride on a vintage Branty Hynes Model 2B helicopter for his birthday. 

Investigators said Pangborn took off in a field to the west of the 300 block of N. 11 Mile Road. He then flew east towards N. 11 Mile Road and then north toward W. Olson Road. 

Pangborn started to head west when the 1965 helicopter rotated for an unknown reason and started to slowly descend where it crash landed, officials said. 

Both Pangborn and his grandson were taken to Mid-Michigan Medical Center in Midland by ambulance. Pangborn was later pronounced dead from his injuries. His grandson was treated for minor injuries and released from the hospital.

The investigation has been turned over to the Federal Aviation Administration. 

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