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South Jersey pilot among two dead after jumping from burning helicopter


Police on Wednesday identified the South Jersey man who was among two people killed after the helicopter he was piloting hit overhead power lines, caught fire and crashed while doing utility work in upstate New York.

Robert T. Hoban Jr., 56, of Shamong, and a passenger in the aircraft, Jeremy P. Kearns, 30, of Massena, New York, died at an area hospital following the fiery wreck Tuesday afternoon, according to authorities.

Benjamin McAllister, 30, of Hopkinton, New York, and co-pilot Scott Fabia, 34, of Hyde Park, New York, were hospitalized, the New York State Police said in a statement. The 1981 Aerospatiale AS355F2 helicopter was owned by Hammonton-based Catalyst Aviation, LLC, which provides aircraft to work on utility lines.

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