Search Resumes For Victim Of Helicopter Crash

BROOKVILLE, Ind. (AP) - Divers resumed their search on Thursday for an Illinois man who was a passenger aboard a helicopter that crashed into a reservoir during a flight to Ohio.

Michael Jarski, 26, of Woodridge, Ill., has been missing since the helicopter crashed Wednesday afternoon into southeastern Indiana's Brookville Reservoir.

Authorities said the helicopter landed in water with zero visibility, making the task difficult for divers. Fuel also was leaking from the wreckage.

The search for Jarski was called off at dusk on Wednesday because of the danger to the divers. The search resumed Thursday morning for Jarski, who is presumed to have drowned.

The helicopter's pilot, Steve Myler, 36, of Robinson, N.C., and co-pilot Joseph Rukazina, 46, of Hinsdale, Ill., survived the crash.

Myler suffered back injuries and was taken to Fayette Memorial Hospital in Connersville. Rukazina was flown to University Hospital in Cincinnati in critical condition, Indiana State Police Cpl. Jim Carney said.

The helicopter was a 1963 Sikorsky model S58ET registered to Midwest Truxton International in Burr Ridge, Ill. It had been en route from Shelbyville, Ind., to Lebanon, Ohio, at the time of the accident.

Investigators believe the helicopter may have hit power lines.

Electricity went out in the area about the time of the crash.

The helicopter crashed in the west side of the lake near the dam, close to an area called Wolf Creek, in about 40 feet of water.

Brookville Reservoir is the heart of a complex of state parks and recreation areas in southeastern Indiana. The area draws fishermen, campers and boaters from Indiana and Ohio.

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