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Updated Information: The occupants of the helicopter crash have been identified as Jay Schrank, 42, of Rathdrum, and Jim Charbonneau, 78, of Spokane. Both were initially transported to Kootenai Health, but were later transferred to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, with serious but at this time non-life threatening injuries.
Rathdrum, Idaho: On June 23rd 2020, at approximately 5:00 PM, the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Division, Northern Lakes Fire/EMS, and Kootenai County Fire/EMS personnel responded to an aircraft incident in a field in the northwest corner of Highway 41 and Wyoming Ave in Rathdrum. Upon arrival, the two flight occupants were transported immediately for serious but non-life threatening injuries after initial aid was rendered by civilians who witnessed the collision.
Based on initial investigation, it appeared the aircraft had collided into the field from a low level altitude. Though alcohol/drugs do not appear to be a factor at this time, the investigation is ongoing regarding the exact circumstances of the crash. Due to aviation involvement, the Federal Aviation Administration has been notified and is conducting an investigation as well.
No other information is available at this time. The names of the occupants will be released once the family is notified.
Ben Wolfinger, Sheriff
By: Lead Deputy J. Leyk 2369