COLESTIN VALLEY, Ore. — UPDATE 12:30 PM:
The man who died in a helicopter crash near Ashland Wednesday has been identified as Timothy Lyons, 69, of Port Bolivar, Texas, according to the Jackson County Sheriff's Office medical examiner. Lyons was the pilot and only occupant of the Bell 206 helicopter.
An autopsy has not yet been scheduled.
The crash is under investigation by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).
UPDATE 11:35 AM:
News 10's Mike Marut spoke with Erickson this morning about yesterday's fatal crash.
"A pilot has minimum flight hours in order to get their license to perform missions and to operate an aircraft," Chris Schuldt, Chief of Staff and Director of Marketing & Communications for Erickson, said. "This particular pilot was very experienced in all those categories."
Schuldt added Erickson provided the last known location of the aircraft to local agencies who were able to find it.
UPDATE 10:37 PM: Jackson County Sheriff's Office confirms that one person died in a helicopter crash south of Ashland on Wednesday.
Dispatch was alerted at 3 p.m. with a request for JCSO Search and Rescue personnel to search for a downed aircraft in a heavily wooded area near exit 6 of Interstate 5.
SAR crews located the site and confirmed one fatality.
The Federal Aviation Administration will continue to investigate the incident.
FAA confirmed to News 10, the helicopter was a 'Bell 206' which 'crashed under unknown circumstances' and that the pilot was the only person on board. Per the FAA, the helicopter departed from the Rogue Valley International - Medford airport around 8:45 a.m. and crashed at sometime during the morning hours.
Information regarding the decedent's identity is currently being withheld to allow time for family members to be notified.
Emergency crews are searching for a downed Erickson helicopter near the Colestin Valley area.
Colestin Rural Fire District says the helicopter is green and white and there was one pilot on-board.
Jackson County Sheriff's Office Search & Rescue is assisting with the recovery efforts.
If you have any information that may help the search, please contact Jackson County Sheriff's Office: 541-776-7206.