Helicopter crashes in forest south of Oakridge

The pilot was able to make his way to a forest service road, where he met with emergency responders.

Posted: Apr 26, 2019 8:48 AM
Updated: Apr 26, 2019 12:54 PM

OAKRIDGE, Ore. – A helicopter went down in a forested area south of Oakridge Friday morning, and the pilot was able to make his way to a forest service road, where he was evaluated by medics but not transported.

Carrie Carver of the Lane County Sheriff’s Office said the pilot, a 35-year-old man, was the only person on board the helicopter. The 911 call reporting a helicopter had gone down came in at 7:33 a.m., Carver said.

The Federal Aviation Administration said the helicopter crashed while the pilot was spraying herbicides during a logging operation. The helicopter audo-rotated into the trees and crashed, FAA spokesman Allen Kenitzer said. The helicopter sustained substantial damage and the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate, he said.

Because the area is so remote, communication with emergency responders was limited initially, Carver said.

Crews making their way to the helicopter were also delayed by a tree blocking the road, Carver said.

Agencies responding to the crash included the Lane County Sheriff's Office, Oakridge Fire and Oregon State Police.

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