Pilot Dies In Helicopter Crash In Titusville, Florida


Sunday, July 4, 2010
The pilot of a helicopter died Sunday afternoon after crashing in a heavily wooded area in Titusville, Florida. 

Police received multiple 911 calls from witnesses who saw a yellow helicopter crash behind 

a local shopping center.  Police officers and Titusville firefighters arrived and discovered the wrecked helicopter partially submerged in a marshy area. 

The pilot, Edgar Thompson of Rockledge, was pronounced dead at the scene. 

Because the helicopter was classified as an experimental aircraft, the Titusville police department is investigating the incident instead of the FAA. 

Weather conditions were clear and the pilot operated out of nearby Arthur Dunn Air Park, less than a mile away. 

The small helicopter crashed near the fringe of a large wooded tract bounded by Interstate 95 to the west, Singleton Avenue to the east, Garden Street to the north and State Road 405 to the south. 


After the crash, Florida Division of Forestry heavy equipment operators began clearing an access road to retrieve the wreckage. 

A Brevard County Sheriff’s Office helicopter first spotted the wreckage from the air.