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Helicopter Lifting Christmas Trees CrashesSalem-News.com
The pilot was the only person on board, and came through without injury
(LYONS) - The Marion County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a helicopter crash outside of Lyons on Wednesday.
The pilot, 41-year old Daniel Arenson, from North Bend, Oregon was hoisting trees for Sublimity Tree Farms at 10214 Wagner Rd SE, Lyons. The helicopter he was operating was a 1989 McDonald Douglas Model MD 369E.
Officials say that Arenson was hoisting a bundle of Christmas trees when the rope broke that was secured to the sling. The rope then rebounded into the rotor blades of the helicopter, causing the motor to stall.
The helicopter fell approximately 100 feet to the ground. Arenson was not injured and refused any medical treatment. He was the only occupant in the aircraft. No one else was injured.
The FAA was notified and will be conducting any further investigation into the crash.
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