Name released of deceased pilot from helicopter crash

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OSHKOSH, Wis. (WBAY) - The Winnebago County Sheriff's Office has identified the man who died in the helicopter crash on Saturday.

Officials say the man is 27-year-old Jonathan D. Bahr from Platteville, Wisconsin.

During the course of the crash, the helicopter hit a power line, causing a live wire to break and go into the water. The crash happened at about 12:30 p.m. near the Wisconsin Street bridge.

Boat traffic along the Fox River was shut down for about nine hours while the helicopter was removed from the river and the power lines repaired.

Wisconsin Public Service communications representative, Matthew Cullen said WPS customers did not experience an outage.

"WPS facilities (power lines, utility poles, etc.) were not involved or damaged during Saturday's incident in Oshkosh. Additionally, WPS customers did not experience an outage as a result of that incident. Our crews are continuing to assist the American Transmission Company (ATC), as the electric facilities involved in Saturday’s incident are owned and operated by them," said Cullen.

The investigation has been turned over to the NTSB and FAA.

Officials say several boaters tried to help any victims in the crash, but were unsuccessful.

Action 2 News was there as crews pulled the helicopter from the river just after 7 p.m. Saturday.

One witness said he saw two people in the helicopter taking pictures from above. Another tells Action 2 News that people from a nearby boat jumped into the water to help when it crashed and that it looked like a scene from a movie.

The DNR is on scene, along with the Winnebago County Sheriff's Office, Oshkosh Fire Department and Wisconsin Public Service. The NTSB is investigating.