A pilot who starred in the History Channel show Ax Men died when his logging helicopter crashed near Oregon’s Detroit Lake on Monday afternoon. Witnesses said Bart Colantuono, of Indialantic, FL, had been transporting logs from a cutting area to a log deck in the town of Idanha. After taking a 45-minute break, Colantuono returned to pick up a load of logs at a logging site on National Forest land near Forest Service Road 1003, about two miles from Highway 22.
Witnesses said they heard a snapping sound, followed by logs hitting the ground. They then saw a rotor separate from the helicopter, followed by it turning upside down and falling to the ground. Colantuono was pronounced dead at the scene. He was the only person in the helicopter at the time.