Thorpe Creek Canyon, NV Helicopter Crash, Apr 1994

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Elko, Nev. (AP) -- One of the top officials of the Walt Disney Co. was among three people killed Sunday when a helicopter crashed into a mountain in northeastern Nevada, authorities said.
FRANK WELLS, 62, who was president and chief operating officer for Disney since 1984, was pronounced dead at the scene. Also killed were the pilot DAVE WALTON, 46, of Idaho Falls, Idaho, and BEVERLY JOHNSON. Critically injured were MIKE HOOVER, husband of Beverly Johnson, and PAUL SCANNELL.
Elko County Sheriff Neil Harris said the helicopter was returning to Lamoille from a skiing outing in Nevada's Ruby Mountains when it experienced mechanical problems and hit a slope at about 7,500 feet.
The Disney company has prospered under the stewardship of WELLS and Chief Executive Officer Michael Eisner. The company's market value has jumped from $2 billion to $22 billion between 1989 and the end of 1992.

Syracuse Herald Journal New York 1994-04-04