Cameraman hurt in April Indiana helicopter crash dies
A television cameraman died Monday at Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center in Johnstown from complications of injuries he sustained in a helicopter crash in Indiana Borough.
Greg Jacobsen, 33, of Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada, died of respiratory failure about 7 a.m. in the intensive care unit after suffering multiple internal injuries in the crash, Cambria County Coroner Dennis Kwiatkowski said.
The helicopter crashed about 8:30 p.m. April 30 into an apartment building at 725 Klondyke Ave. after circling over Indiana and the campus of Indiana University of Pennsylvania all day shooting video for the television show "Campus PD."
Jacobsen was a camerman with Toronto-based Cineflix Productions for four seasons of "Campus PD," which airs on the G4 network, and worked as a freelance cameraman.
Jane Lloyd, head of production at Cineflix, read a statement from the crew saying that Jacobsen was always busy with a film project or the bar he owned in Thunder Bay.
"Greg was kind, considerate and truly cared about the people he worked with," she read. "He was creative, professional and would find fun in just about everything. He never seemed to rest and was always ready and willing to leave for another shoot at a moment's notice."
Pilot Robert Trent, 56, of Friedens in Somerset County, was admitted to Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh the night of the crash in critical condition. He has since been released.
He is the manager of Penn Helicopters, based in Friedens, which had registered the Robinson R44 II helicopter. A licensed commercial pilot, Trent is instrument-rated and flies single- and multiple-engine aircraft and helicopters, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.
The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the crash, which will be considered fatal because a death occurred as a result of the crash within 30 days, NTSB spokesman Peter Knudson said.
According to the agency's preliminary report, the chopper took off from Indiana County's Jimmy Stewart Airport about 7:30 p.m. April 30 with prevailing weather conditions.
Crew member Bartoz Sobolewski, 33, suffered a head wound and has recovered, Lloyd said.
A fourth, unidentified crew member returned to Toronto to recuperate, Lloyd said. She did not release his name at the request of his family.
Cineflix produces "Campus PD" for the G4 network, which focuses on drinking on college campus drinking, fights, rowdy house parties and student arrests by campus police, usually for alcohol-related behavior.
The company produces cable shows such as "COPS," "American Pickers," "Property Virgins," "Urban Legends" and "Nazi Hunters," according to its website.
Witnesses said the helicopter was following Indiana Borough officers to capture a traffic stop at South Seventh and Locust streets. The helicopter circled and dropped from the sky before its rotor tore through an apartment of an IUP student, who was not injured, witnesses said.