DAGSBORO, Del. -- A real estate developer with a small stake
in the Washington Capitals and a pilot were killed when their
helicopter crashed in a soybean field shortly after taking off in
fog, authorities said.
Joshua Freeman, 42, was on his way from a holiday party at a
golf club his company owned to another event in Washington when the
1998 Bell 407 helicopter went down Thursday night in the southern
Delaware field, state police said.
It was not immediately clear whether the fog played a role in
the crash about a quarter mile from where the chopper took off.
Federal and state investigators were on the scene.
The helicopter was registered to Full Service LLC, of
Washington. Authorities identified the pilot as Danielle Howell,
30, of Richmond, Va.
Freeman was president and chief executive officer of Carl M.
Freeman Associates, a development company founded by his father.
The younger Freeman owned a small share of the National Hockey
League's Capitals through a company called Lincoln Holdings LLC.
"We are truly shocked and saddened by the sudden, tragic loss
of Josh Freeman, a good friend and partner in Lincoln Holdings,"
Capitals majority owner Ted Leonsis said in a news release. "All
of us associated with the Capitals organization will lend our
thoughts and prayers to the Freeman family."
Lincoln Holdings owns the Capitals, the WNBA's Washington
Mystics and about 44 percent of Washington Sports and Entertainment
Limited Partnership, which in turn owns the NBA's Washington
Wizards, the Verizon Center and the Baltimore-Washington
Ticketmaster franchise, according to Lincoln Holdings' Web site.