helicopter crash

A helicopter crashed Wednesday into a Tulare County almond orchard on Avenue 80, east of Road 176, near Pixley.

TULARE — A helicopter crashed into an almond orchard near Pixley on Wednesday, leaving the pilot with minor injuries, Tulare County Sheriff’s officials said.

Just before 5:45 p.m., officials said sheriff’s deputies and other emergency personnel responded to a call of a helicopter crash on Avenue 80, east of Road 176, about six miles east of Pixley.

Authorities said they were able to make contact with the pilot, who advised them that he was OK and that no one else was inside the helicopter at the time of the crash.

When deputies arrived, they said they found the helicopter wreckage about 200 yards north of the road, in the middle of an almond orchard.

The pilot was able to crawl out of the aircraft and was not badly hurt, deputies said.

Authorities said the National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the crash, but there is no word yet on the cause.

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