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'Ax Men' Pilot

Killed in Freak

'Copter Crash

9/18/2013 3:12 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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The badass log-slinging helicopter pilot from Season 3 of History Channel's "Ax Men" has been killed in a bizarre chopper accident ... and authorities are still not sure exactly what went wrong.

54-year-old William Bart Colantuono -- who flew a logging helicopter for a company called R&R Logging -- died while piloting his 'copter in an Oregon forest Tuesday. As usual, he had been using the helicopter to haul logs out of the forest.

Witnesses told police they saw William release his logs shortly before impact, indicating he knew there was a problem.

Witnesses said they also saw the rotor separate from the helicopter before the aircraft flipped and crashed upside down. The accident is still under investigation.

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tgrfan42069    

ax men sucks.its nothing but a bunch of men fighting,show something breaking,more fighting,something broke again.o yeah another fight.wash rinse repeat

313 days ago
2.

Burgos25    

R.I.P

313 days ago
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kate    

That's awful. R.I.P. Bart.

313 days ago
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jimchi92    

Who? from what?

313 days ago
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Ozzie X    

It's a human life lost regardless of whatever show that I have never heard of. Now comes the investigation and lawyer discovery phase, respectively.

313 days ago
6.

Truth    

1963 HUEY CHOPPER??? WTF... YOU KNOW SOME SH*T IS GONNA HAPPEN. POINT BLANK. #TRUTH!!

313 days ago
7.

Jdest    

See, Britney Spears had good reason to get sick on her helicopter ride, those things are terrifying! What a tragedy for this man's family RIP :(

313 days ago
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Dead account Delete at will    

Sorry such and such is dead.
These shows are the dumbing down of America. People now sit at home and watch people work on tv all day for entertainment. If its that damn entertaining. Go get f**king job and just go do it!!!!

313 days ago
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smurfya    

Sad yes, but logging is a very dangerous job.

313 days ago
10.

moniquev    

now he knows how it feels to be chopped down

313 days ago
11.

Wow ...    

May he RIP. Condolences to his family and friends.

313 days ago
12.

Nostradamus    

Riding in a helicopter isn't nearly as fun or exciting as you would think.
Risk outweighs reward, big time.

313 days ago
13.

LDB    

very sad

313 days ago
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mdonaldson1957    

A friend on mine, Dorcey Alan Wingo (Twilight Zone Chopper Pilot) worked with him, said he was a good dude...even wrote a chapter in his new book about him. R.I.P. Bart

313 days ago
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Cj    

He probably almost crashed into the plane that made the chemtrail behind him and it caused him to crash to the ground.

313 days ago
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