On Thursday, Sept. 16, 2010, at approximately 6:25 p.m., the Mono County Sheriff’s Department was informed by the Inyo National Forest dispatch center of a large black plume of smoke in the Glass Mountain Range. The smoke was believed to possibly be from a reported overdue aircraft en route to Truckee, Calif., via Bishop. Units from the Mono County Sheriff’s Department, Inyo National Forest, and the Mono County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Team responded to the area and a ground search was initiated.
At approximately 10:50 p.m., the pilot of the downed helicopter walked into the Benton Fire Department after hiking out of Taylor Canyon from the crash site. The pilot advised the fire department that his passenger was still at the crash site and was suffering from extensive injuries. Mono County Pramedics and Care Flight were dispatched to the Taylor Canyon area. The female passenger and the aircraft wreckage were located in the McLaughlin Springs area. Both the pilot and his passenger were flown by Care Flight to Renown Medical Center in Reno for treatment.
The accident investigation is being conducted by the NTSB and FAA.