A Turlock man working as a line inspector in Texas died Monday when the helicopter cable he was tethered to snapped.
David Edward Oliveira, 26, of Turlock and Christopher Geoffrey Breed, 27, of Moscow, Idaho, were killed in the accident in Martin County, Texas.
Both men were attached to a cable that was suspended from a helicopter that was flying over a rural section of Texas to do line inspections. The men fell more than 100 feet to their death when the cable struck a power line, according to the Martin County Sheriff’s Office.
Oliveira and Breed were employed with Haverfield Aviation, based in Pennsylvania. The two men were conducting an aerial inspection of power lines that transfer windmill energy for Wind Energy Transmission Texas.
The helicopter pilot was able to land nearby and was taken to an area hospital with an unspecified injury.
The accident is under investigation by the Federal Aviation Administration, the National Transportation Safety Board and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.