Yellowstone County Assistant Coroner Deputy Richard Hoffman identifies the victim of aircraft crash yesterday as 74-year-old Robert Coons of Billings. The aircraft was not a helicopter, as previously reported, but an experimental gyrocopter.
Kevin Ploehn, Director of Aviation & Trust for Billings Logan International Airport, says the gyrocopter crashed into a hangar facility. Coons was the pilot and sole occupant of the gyrocopter. Coons was also the owner and manufacturer of the aircraft. There were no witnesses to the incident.
Deputy Hoffman says Coons died of multiple blunt force injuries as a result of the crash, most of which were internal. No alcohol or drugs are suspected.
According to Billings Police, a 74-year-old man who was piloting a helicopter when it crashed has died. It is unknown if he died as a result of the crash.
We will continue to update this story with the latest information.
The Billings Logan International Airport has confirmed reports of a helicopter crash.
According to the airport, the call came out around 12:45 pm at the T-hangers.
The call was reported as a Code 1. Which typically means no injuries.
This is a developing story. Stay tuned to KULR-8 for more information as we have it.