Chopper Crash Update

By: Jennifer Elmore
By: Jennifer Elmore

A family's front yard that became the scene of a helicopter crash Saturday is now all cleaned up, but the investigation is far from over.

Crews hauled away the wreckage Sunday. It was taken to an auto shop in Bonifay where investigators from the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board plan to take apart the engine.

They're trying to figure out what caused 55-year-old Roy Dorssey of Lakeland, Florida to crash around 6 a.m. Saturday.

He was in the Florida Panhandle doing eagle observations for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Dorssey had spent the night at his in-laws’ house and was attempting to fly back to Lakeland. His wife Melody planned to drive back. She waved goodbye from her family's front porch and watched the crash happen just moments later.

An autopsy will be performed in Panama City. Dorssey was a Vietnam veteran and received a Bronze Star for his military service.


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