The pilot of last month’s fatal helicopter crash has been identified.
Lora Trout, 31, was the certified flight instructor on board the helicopter when the plane separated mid-air and fell to the ground above Rowlett on Friday March 25.
Trout and 42-year-old student pilot Ty Wallis were killed in the accident.
Trout worked for the US Forest Service as a firefighter and also worked at Whirly-Girls International as a communications manager.
The organization released a statement saying it was saddened by the sudden loss and added that Trout was an inspiration to so many.
Trout’s family said in a Facebook post that they plan to start a scholarship in his name at Whirly-Girls.
The US Forest Service said Trout worked in the Bridger-Teton National Forest from 2016 to 2021 as an aerial firefighter with the Teton Interagency Helitack crew. Prior to that, she also worked as a forest firefighter in the White River National Forest and the Boise National Forest. Trout then left the helitack crew to pursue his dream of flying helicopters full time, with the goal of returning to gunnery and SAR as a pilot.
“Lora was a dear friend, a dedicated colleague, a fitness manager and an immediate positive influence on all that she knew. Her charismatic spirit and strength were evident in everything she did, especially in her passion for aviation and fighting forest fires. To those who knew her, she was a go-to person for advice, help and humor,” a national forest representative said. of Bridger-Teton in a Facebook post. “The Bridger-Teton sends condolences to Lora’s friends, family and co-workers. She will be greatly missed.”
A memorial is planned for Trout later this month in Colorado for friends and family.
The FAA and NTSB are investigating the crash. The helicopter belonged to Sky Helicopters. NBC 5 signs a contract with Sky to fly our helicopter, the Texas Sky Ranger.