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Four Injured in Sussex County Chopper Crash

Video still of the downed chopper. (Photo: WBOC Chopper 16) Video still of the downed chopper. (Photo: WBOC Chopper 16)

03/23/2007 5:01 PM; UPDATED 03/26/2007

REHOBOTH BEACH (WBOC/AP)- A Bell Jet Ranger III helicopter crashed Friday afternoon as it was taking off in a development that is under construction west of Lewes. The development, called The Ridings, is located off of Beaver Dam Road. 

Preliminary results of a Delaware State Police investigation revealed that at approximately 3:55 p.m., as the helicopter was taking off from inside the development, it apparently struck a power line and then crashed into a field inside the development.  The helicopter had just picked up three employees of Centex Homes and was preparing to fly them back to Virginia.  The employees had been in the area to survey jobsites.

The pilot of the helicopter, Kara Dewitt, 31, of Richmond, Va., refused medical treatment. Dewitt is employed by HeloAir out of Richmond. She is also a pilot for NBC 12 in Richmond and the helicopter that crashed wore the TV station's paint scheme. 

The three passengers were Robert K. Davis, 51, of Oakton, Va., Ronald Salameh, 37, of Rockville, Md., and Lionel Carter, 40, of Gainesville, Va.  Salameh and Carter were both transported to Beebe Medical Center where they were treated for minor injuries. Davis refused medical treatment.

The FAA is investigating the crash.


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