Mark Bartlett of Mint Hill died in helicopter crash this morning. According to published reports, the helicopter clipped a power line and crashed in Monroe. Bartlett was 46 years old. A second man, Justin Travis, was also involved in the crash and was taken to a nearby hospital. He was awake and conscious. Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen said Bartlett was the pilot and that the helicopter crashed at 10:35 am. According to the Monroe Enquirer Journal:

“It was just a big explosion,” said Charles Sturgis, who lives at 1402 Woodland Ave., near the crash site. “It shook my whole house.”