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A helicopter pilot attempting to take off from the Glenwood Springs Municipal Airport Tuesday morning didn’t get off the ground before the chopper tipped over and wrecked.

Pilot Charles Cole, 51, of Basalt, suffered a bump on the head, but the helicopter’s rotor blades partly broke apart in the accident, said Glenwood Springs Police Chief Terry Wilson.

Although some debris was scattered, there were no injuries to the three or four people standing near the airport runway at the time, and no reported property damage.



“He had just fueled up with 45 gallons of fuel. He was beginning to take off when the helicopter tipped over on its side,” Wilson said.

Cole told officers that the helicopter never even left the ground, Wilson said.



The helicopter is registered to Cole’s company, 244 Charlie Delta LLC.

The deadline is this Friday, March 4, to submit nominations for the Garfield County Humanitarian Service Awards.

The annual awards event, now in its 22nd year, is sponsored by Garfield County, the Garfield County Human Service Commission, and the Glenwood Springs Post Independent.

The awards are divided into five categories: youth volunteer, adult volunteer, senior volunteer, couple volunteers, and staff member. A winner is chosen in each category, along with a grand prize for the Garfield County Humanitarian of the Year.

To nominate a humanitarian, visit the Garfield County website, http://www.garfield-county.com, click on “Humanitarian Service Awards” and then download the nomination form and rules. Each nomination package must include at least three letters from different people describing the person’s dedication to humanitarian service in Garfield County.

Past winners are not eligible for nomination.


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