TVA mourns the loss of one of their pilots

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The TVA family is mourning the loss of one of their own. Helicopter pilot Randy Love died in a chopper crash in Kentucky Monday while on the job. Local 8 News Anchor Lauren Davis shows us that this pilot was loved and well respected.

Randy Love flew high above the Tennessee Valley for 17 years making sure we all had electricity. Jim Hopson with TVA says, "He was one of our most experienced pilots at TVA."

The Maryville man took his final flight Monday afternoon when his helicopter crashed unexpectedly on his way to pick up a line person. Hopson says, "Of course all of us are in shock trying to comprehend this tragedy."

Now the flags at TVA in downtown Knoxville fly at half staff in honor of his service. Hopson says, "He understood the risks, but he was behind the stick because he knew what was necessary to keep lights on."

In April, Randy Love took us high above East Tennessee as they looked for problems like bird nests and woodpeckers. He couldn't stop talking about his job. Love says, "We stay pretty busy doing line patrols and keeping our system up just fly that helicopter and try to put him in a place where he can see everything that's broke or in bad shape."

His coworkers at TVA said he loved his job, he loved taking the media flying, and he loved East Tennessee. He also helped recruit future businesses flying business owners around. So a big loss for TVA today. Hopson says, "I just think of his smile. There's no doubt he loved doing what he did. He was in cockpit he always had a smile on his face."

Although randy love will no longer take to the skies, the respect and honor he gained from coworkers and friends will always fly high.

NTSB is investigating the cause of the crash.