This morning’s helicopter crash in Kamiah involved two Idaho Fish & Game fisheries biologists and a pilot; two people died, and one of the biologists was hospitalized in Orofino. Identification of the victims is being withheld pending notification of the families. Fish & Game reported this afternoon that the crash apparently was caused by a mechanical malfunction; it occurred near the Fish & Game office in Kamiah. The biologists were taking salmon redd counts on the nearby Selway River; the helicopter belongs to a Clarkston, Wash. company that contracts services to Idaho Fish & Game.
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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