Loudon pilot dies in Croydon helicopter crash

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CROYDON –– A Loudon pilot died in a helicopter crash late Sunday night, according to the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department. The crash took place in Croydon and the pilot was the only occupant of the aircraft.

Carl Svenson, 73, a veteran pilot with around 50 years of experience, was found dead by a ground search crew at about 1:50 a.m. Monday, October 9.

The helicopter had sustained substantial damage.

Svenson, who had been working with JBI Helicopter Services since the 1980s, departed from Croydon at approximately 7:30 p.m. Sunday, October 8.

The helicopter was scheduled to head to a job site in Quonset, Rhode Island later that evening.

Shortly after take-off, the helicopter could no longer be tracked on radar, prompting JBI Helicopter Services to contact the NH Fish and Game Department.

The search for the missing helicopter involved the NH Fish and Game Conservation Officers, the NH State Police Helicopter Unit, and members of the Croydon Fire Department.

The downed aircraft was eventually located in the woods off Pine Hill Road.

Members of the Croydon, Springfield and Grantham Fire Departments assisted in the short carry-out to transport Svenson’s body from the crash site.

Newton-Bartlett Funeral Home handled the transportation.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation and no further information is available at this time.

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