2012-05-03 / Police Reports

Helicopter Crashes While Spraying Pa. Field

PALMYRA, Pa. (AP) – Authorities say a helicopter spraying herbicide on a wheat field in central Pennsylvania crashed when a wind gust caused the pilot to lose control.

South Londonderry Township police Chief Jeffrey Arnold says the pilot walked away, although the helicopter sustained major damage.

Police say 59-year-old pilot Thomas Green of Gettysburg told them he was flying too close to the ground when the helicopter was hit by a wind gust Friday morning .

Police say that caused the right skid of the helicopter to catch on the ground, flipping the aircraft.

Green was taken to a hospital and was listed in good condition Friday afternoon.

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