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Idaho Fish and Game biologists survive helicopter crash

January 11, 2010 |  9:39 am

On the heels of the tragic helicopter crash last Tuesday that killed three California Department of Fish and Game biologists and the pilot, Idaho Fish and Game reports that a helicopter carrying two of their department biologists went down Friday.

Luckily, none of the those onboard, including the pilot, sustained life-threatening injuries.

The Idaho Statesman reports that biologists George Pauley, of Kamiah, and Craig White, of Boise, suffered back and rib injuries, and that pilot Rick Swisher, of Fairbanks, Alaska, has back and arm injuries.

The biologists were flying along the North Fork of the Clearwater River in northeastern Idaho, attempting to dart wolves, moose and elk so that the animals could be radio-collared for a research project on wolf predation.

Idaho Fish and Game Deputy Director Jim Unsworth said that it was unclear what caused the crash. The agency suspended all flights until today to review safety procedures.

-- Kelly Burgess