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Julianne “Juli” Wagner, Dies in a Helicopter Crash in Tennessee

Julianne “Juli” Wagner Cause of Death – 36-year-old Julianne “Juli” Wagner, of Utah, was killed in a leased Robinson R-44 helicopter crash in Tennessee on Dec. 29. Police say the pilot was Matthew Jones who was not allowed to fly under conditions of a pre-trial release in Utah. The helicopter went down on a ridge at about 2,000 feet near the Sevier-Cocke county line in overcast, drizzly and foggy conditions around 12 minutes after taking off shortly before 2:15 p.m..

On Wednesday, a judge remanded Matthew Jones, 35, into the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service for transportation to Utah to face previously-filed charges of mail fraud and “operating as an airman without an airman’s certificate”. Jones used to be hospitalized in Tennessee with undisclosed accidents suffered within the crash, in keeping with the opening. Multiple people at the Gatlinburg-Pigeon Forge Airport warned Jones against flying on the day of the crash, a preliminary NTSB analysis showed.

When one cautioned him of the dangers of flying in the Smoky Mountains in poor weather conditions, the report said Jones replied, “those are hills”. Jones told a LifeStar pilot he planned to fly along I-40 past Asheville, North Carolina to Raleigh to visit relatives. The report said the pilot replied, “there was no way he would make it there.”

The Lifestar pilot told Jones the mountains were 6,000 feet in elevation and there were powerlines above the I-40 gorge, the report said.

Julianne “Juli” Wagner obituary and funeral service will be released by his family, our prayers and thoughts are with the family of the deceased.

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