St. George man, son transported to hospitals after helicopter crash

A St. George man and his son were transported to two different hospitals following a helicopter crash, Garfield County, July 12, 2015 | Photo courtesy of Terrason Spinks, St. George News

GARFIELD COUNTY – A St. George man and his 14-year-old son were transported to two different hospitals Sunday following a helicopter crash near Escalante.

The man is hospitalized at Dixie Regional Medical Center in St. George, awaiting morning surgery for a fractured L-2 vertebrae suffered during the crash.

A St. George man and his son were transported to the hospital following a helicopter crash, Garfield County, July 12, 2015 | Reader submitted photo, St. George News
A St. George man and his son were transported to two different hospitals following a helicopter crash, Garfield County, July 12, 2015 | Photo courtesy of Terrason Spinks, St. George News

A friend of the man, Terrason Spinks, was with him in the hospital Sunday evening before he was sedated.

The man’s son was taken to Garfield Memorial Hospital in Panguitch, treated for minor cuts and bruises and released, Spinks said. He is back with his family in St. George.

The man, whose name is being withheld pending family notifications, said he was flying a Robinson Helicopter R22 with his son when he got caught in a downdraft, Spinks said, that overpowered the aircraft and took it down.

The R22 is the same type of aircraft involved in an April 2014 crash on the west side of Desolation Canyon in Emery County that killed Washington City resident Robin Venuti and Beaver resident Albert Munoz Rubio.

As this story is published, Garfield County officials have not released any comments on the incident.

This is a developing story.

St. George News Editor-in-Chief Joyce Kuzmanic contributed to this report.

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1 Comment

  • Bender July 13, 2015 at 11:03 am

    Spinks is named as a defendant in the FTC lawsuit along with Jeremy Johnson. Whoever was flying this aircraft was likely paying the $300/hourly cost with money stolen by Internet scamming and hidden from FTC.

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