Helicopter crash causes 50-acre wildfire in Orient, Washington

Modified Date: 
Sun, 06/23/2019 - 12:28pm
Accident Date: 
Friday, May 8, 2015

Helicopter crashes in NE Wash.; pilot survives; fire starts

About 100 firefighters are battling a 50-acre wildfire near the town of Orient in northeast Washington that was ignited when a logging helicopter crashed.

Pilot survives helicopter crash in NE Wash.

The Forest Service says the 30-year-old pilot was rescued after Thursday evening's crash and is in good condition in a Colville hospital.

A 30-year-old pilot flying a logging helicopter had just lifted off with a load of logs when a loud popping noise was heard and the machine crashed. The helicopter caught fire, sparking a wildfire that spread to 50-acres. As many as 100 firefighters were called in to battle the blaze. The pilot was rescued and is in good condition at a hospital in Colville.

Orient, WA

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