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UPDATE: Pilot in Serious Condition Following Helicopter Crash

LOGAN COUNTY -- A helicopter crash north of West Liberty sends the pilot to the hospital. The crash happened Tuesday on Twp Road 188 near the Liberty Hills Golf Club.

In the afternoon the entire town had their eyes on the sky, watching the helicopter work more than 100 feet in the air. The friendly pilot clearing brush and waving to onlookers crashed suddenly.

"We weren't expecting anything like this, we were just having fun watching him and watching him cut down trees and looking forward to the bike path," West Liberty resident Elaine Newcomer said at the scene.

This is the second day seasoned pilot Leo Boucher was using an aerial chainsaw to clear trees for a planned bike path.

"For some reason, the blade caught, maybe, and just brought the chopper nose first into the ground," West Liberty Fire Chief Conrad Hostetler explained.

"It seemed pretty dangerous what he was doing. Especially with the rail cars the way they were," West Liberty's James Bowling added.

Witnesses pulled the pilot out of the wreckage. He was conscious at the time but unable to move his arms or legs.

"It's really emotional," Chief Hostetler explained, teary eyed. "Best thing was when they got the pilot out, that was the first concern and he was breathing, that made a huge difference."

Now, the West Liberty community is praying for Boucher's recovery.

The latest report from the Clark Hospital in Columbus is that Boucher is responsive and speaking.

The FAA is investigating the cause of the crash.



Earlier coverage:

WEST LIBERTY -- Emergency crews are responding to the area of Liberty Hills Golf Course after a helicopter crashed.

Officials say only the pilot was inside the chopper, and he was trapped inside by the harnesses.

Nearby good Samaritans helped the man out of the helicopter where he was then transported to the hospital.  His condition is unknown at this time.  The Federal Aviation Administration is on the way.

The pilot is listed in serious condition at Grandview Medical Center in Columbus.

 
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