Missing Helicopter Pilot Identified
The search for the Davis Islands man continues today.
The pilot in yesterday’s helicopter crash off Apollo Beach has been identified as John Lawrence Ward, 60, of Davis Islands.
Hillsborough County Sheriff’s deputies say Ward's Robinson R-22 helicopter crashed in shallow waters off Apollo Beach around 3 p.m. yesterday, Nov. 30. The flight originated from Clearwater’s Tampa Bay Aviation. The Federal Aviation Administration has been assisting the sheriff’s office in its investigation. No cause for the crash has been determined yet.
A search for Ward was called off last night, but will resume today, a sheriff’s office media release says.
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