Pilot Killed in Oregon Crash Appeared on ‘Ax Men’

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SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A pilot killed this week when his helicopter crashed while attempting to lift logs in an Oregon forest has been identified as a former cast member of the History Channel series “Ax Men.”

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Portland TV station KPTV reports William Bart Colantuono appeared in season three of the show. Producers issued a statement of condolences to the family and friends of the 54-year-old from Indialantic, Fla.

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Federal investigators are trying to determine the cause of Monday’s crash. Witnesses told Linn County deputies the pilot released the logs before crashing, indicating he knew of a problem. Witnesses said they also saw a rotor separate from the copter before it flipped and crashed upside down.

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