Two Men Killed in Helicopter Crash

By Matt Hicks

November 16, 2012 Updated Nov 16, 2012 at 12:47 AM EDT

Update: Coring Fire Chief John Tighe said one of the men killed in the Corning helicopter crash is an employee out of NYSEG's office in Horseheads. The pilot was a man from Eugene, Oregon, who was working for a contractor out of Gettysburg, Pa.

Citing nearly a half-dozen eye witness accounts, Tighe said the helicopter became entangled in power lines near the end of Corning Boulevard. When crews arrived on scene, the helicopter was fully engulfed in flames.


Corning, NY (WBNG Binghamton) A helicopter crash in Corning kills two passengers near a high school football field.

The crash happened earlier this afternoon near the East Corning High School football field.

According to our media partner WENY-TV, investigators have not yet released the names of the two men pending family notification.

In a statement, Clay Ellis of NSYSEG said the company was using the helicopter to inspect power lines. He added that NYSEG doesn't own the helicopter; it was being used through a contracted service.

"NYSEG is deeply saddened by this tragic accident. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families, friends and co-workers of the two men who were killed in today’s crash," said Ellis in a statement.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the crash.

Stay tuned to WBNG and WBNG.com throughout the evening. We'll bring you more details as they become available.