Re: 2 WGN traffic helicopter crashes.
Date: July 21, 2015 01:26PM
I kind of remember that as Flying Officer Irv Hayden on WGN, and he was the one that died along with his pilot in a helicopter crash in Bellwood. I remember him on the radio for years.
According to the Chicago Tribune of May 3, 1960, the crash Officer Baldy was involved in happened on the CNW Right of Way, near Hubbard and Milwaukee. Apparently the rotor broke, the helicopter turned sideways, and hit the north parapet of the right of way just west of the Milwaukee Road overpass. Parts were scattered over a block square area, but the bulk of the helicopter fell into Union and Hubbard Streets. Not to get too graphic, but the poor officer was decapitated in the accident and his head was found in Milwaukee Ave., and his body sixty feet away on the CNW right of way. The pilot, H. G. Ferry was also killed in the crash.