ASOTIN COUNTY, WA (KLEW) — The National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration are investigating the crash that left a helicopter at the bottom of the Snake River on Saturday.
Local authorities said Tuesday there is nothing else they can do without talking to the two men who were inside and at least one of them is refusing to talk to law enforcement.
The NTSB is now leading the investigation after the Asotin County Sheriff's Office says they took over for Nez Perce County. The pilot, Alex Jobe of Sammamish and Lewis Weiss of Duval, where able to escape the sinking helicopter but drove off without talking to law enforcement.
Asotin County Undersheriff Jody Brown says an Asotin city police officer pulled over Jobe on Monday. Other than assuring law enforcement he was not hurt, Undersheriff Brown described Jobe as uncooperative.
Authorities say Jobe told them to contact his lawyer for further questions.
"It just kind of leaves us wondering, ‘What happened? Why'd it happen? Is this the actual story? Was it just a misguided attempt at some fun? Who knows,’” Undersheriff Brown says. “It seems like we're not going to be able to get the whole puzzle pieces put together."
No charges have been filed at this time and neither Jobe nor Weiss are under any obligation to speak with law enforcement.
The crash that brought the helicopter down was reportedly a mechanical issue but officials have not been able to confirm it at this time. The aircraft was pulled out of the river on Sunday.
On Tuesday, KLEW called a King County, Washington number belonging to a man named Alex Jobe. The person who answered said “no comment” before hanging up.