Neither man was injured in the helicopter crash which occurred at 1:30 p.m. Thursday.
“We weren’t hurt in the crash. The copter got caught in a draft and we started to go down. The chopper’s blades were moving slowly and we landed in some brush,” Mr. Bagnardi said.
Fortunately the pair were in contact with Oneonta Video Inc. in Oneonta.
The downed duo told Video they were unhurt.
Because there was no personal injury, Air Force personnel and State Troopers were reluctant to send in a military helicopter. Instead, troopers from the Margaretville substation began rescue operations early Friday morning.
The troopers rode as far as they could on a “sno-cat” and when this equipment bogged down they set out on snowshoes.
Drifts of up to four and five feet of snow isolated the pair from civilization.