- CAMDEN, Ohio - The Butler County Sheriff's Office received a report
late Tuesday night of a helicopter downed in a cornfield along U.S. 127,
but no wreckage was discovered despite an extensive search.
- At about 11:30 p.m. Tuesday a truck driver
received a CB message from the apparent pilot of a helicopter, who said
he had crash-landed and was injured, Capt. Mike Grimes of the sheriff's
- The pilot gave his location as two miles
south of Camden near U.S. 127 and asked the truck driver to contact Wright-Patterson
Air Force Base. The truck driver also called the sheriff's office and an
aerial search was launched Tuesday night, continuing into early Wednesday
- According to the sheriff's office, Wright-Patterson
will neither confirm nor deny the existence of a helicopter in the area,
but Dayton International Airport detected an emergency distress signal
at about 10:15 p.m. that lasted almost 10 minutes.
- Grimes said a farmer in Preble County
also reported hearing a low- flying plane or helicopter at about 11 p.m.
- At about 9 a.m. Wednesday, the Butler
County Sheriff's helicopter and ground crews searched the area along the
Butler-Preble County border. Authorities also searched a 10-mile radius
between Camden and Somerville, but called off the search Wednesday afternoon.
- End of article
- Additional Investigations and Comment
- The fire department for the city of Eaton
(937) 456-5361 in Preble County was contacted, and the receptionist explained
that the initial reports of a downed helicopter were erroneous.
- The receptionist informed that the Eaton
fire department was never notified of the event, nor was their assistance
requested in the search and rescue operation. The receptionist said that
the search and rescue operation was conducted by the Preble County Sheriff's
- The search and rescue operation was reported
on WKRC Channel 12 News in Cincinnati, but no mention of this event appeared
in any other Cincinnati or Dayton, Ohio news media.
- This report is strangely similar to a
bizarre event which happened on November 29, 1996 in areas near Springboro,
Ohio, 24-miles due East of Camden. The November, 1996 incident dealt with
several interesting similarities to the Camden mystery copter mishap, including
an ELT distress signal, audible sounds of a low-flying aircraft/crash and
no trace of wreckage. The November, 1996 report also included an eyewitness
description of a 'red circular light' which was seen near the time of an
ELT signal announced to Dayton International Airport from headquarters
in Langley, Virginia. For details on this incident, see: http://home.fuse.net/task/POST83.htm
- In the most recent case, the account
is further mystified by the plea from a helicopter pilot over the CB radio
for the trucker to alert Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio
- Sept. 10, 1998 Kenny Young UFO Research