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Chico resident among the 3 killed in Solano County helicopter crash

UPDATE: 11:14 a.m. Wednesday, June 3, 2020 - Authorities have identified the three killed in a helicopter crash Tuesday afternoon in Fairfield.

Posted: Jun 3, 2020 10:32 AM
Updated: Jun 3, 2020 3:35 PM

UPDATE: 11:14 a.m. Wednesday, June 3, 2020 - Authorities have identified the three killed in a helicopter crash Tuesday afternoon in Fairfield.

Travis Shull, 29, of Chico, Roscoe Gray, 38, of Sonora, and Jimmy Wasdin, 41, his residence is unknown at this time, according to the Salono County Coroner's Office.

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FAIRFIELD, Calif. — Three people were killed in a helicopter crash Tuesday in Fairfield, according to the Solano County Sheriff's Office.

The people were in a contractor helicopter and working for PG&E when the helicopter came into contact with a power line and crashed around 1 p.m., according to PG&E officials.

The company, PJ Helicopter Inc. in Red Bluff confirmed with Action News Now that the helicopter was based out of Red Bluff.

The Federal Aviation Administration said the Bell 206 helicopter crashed near Lyon Road and Soda Springs Road in Fairfield.

The crash caused a large scale power outage impacting over 38,000 PG&E customers for several hours. 

When the helicopter crashed, it also sparked a fire and Cal Fire quickly responded to the scene. The fire spread to surrounding vegetation, igniting a seven-acre grass fire. The grass fire has since been contained, Cal Fire crews said.

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