Firefighting Pilot, Firefighter Die in Mississippi Helicopter Crash

A United States Forest Service pilot and firefighter died in a helicopter crash earlier this week in Mississippi.

The U.S. Fire Administration reported that Pilot Brandon Ricks, 40, and Forest Service Engineering Technician Steve Cobb, 55, died in the March 30 crash, which occurred in the vicinity of Airey Tower and Martha Redmond roads.

The pilot and one firefighter died of injuries sustained and one firefighter was seriously injured when their U.S. Forest Service helicopter crashed while monitoring a controlled burn of about 800 acres in the Desoto National Forest.

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