Fans of “Ax Men” were sad to learn that William Bart Colantuono died when his helicopter crashed. The reason for the crash is unknown, and the authorities are still investigating to determine the cause.
According to People, William’s helicopter crashed while he attempted to transport logs from an Oregon forest to a log deck in Idanha, Oregon. Witnesses who saw the accident said that William released the logs. This suggests that he realized there was a problem with the helicopter. They said that the rotor separated from the helicopter, and then the helicopter flipped and crashed upside down.
William, 54, was an experienced pilot having over 15,000 flying hours. He appeared on the History channel, “Ax Men” in Seasons 2 and 3. William’s bio on the “Ax Men” website said, "He's been flying for a long time and views helicopter logging as a competitive sport. He competes against himself, against the machine, and against the weather...Bart has a lot riding on his shoulders, and he believes he's ready for the challenge."
The History channel issued this statement on the "Ax Men" webpage, "September 18, 2013: We are extremely saddened to learn that a member of the Ax Men family, Bart Colantuono, has passed away. All of us at HISTORY and Original Productions, along with our Ax Men team, would like to extend our heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Bart. He was an important part of Ax Men when he appeared in Seasons 2 and 3 and his talents will be greatly missed."
Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends during this time.