Helicopter crashes in Moore County, pilot injured

(Frank Staples | Cypress Pointe Fire)
(Frank Staples | Cypress Pointe Fire)

CAMERON, N.C. (WNCN) — A helicopter crashed Tuesday in Moore County, injuring the pilot.

The chopper was an agricultural helicopter that was spraying the area. Helicopters of that type actually land on service trucks to load fuel and chemicals, said Frank Staples of Cypress Pointe Fire.

“I was told that it had just taken on a load of chemical and circled off the truck and apparently had a mechanical malfunction and crashed about three hundred feet from the road in a field that was a cutover with broken limbs and pieces of trees,” he said.

Click here for more photos from the scene.
Click here for more photos from the scene.

The craft was about 30 feet in the air when the problem happened, the pilot said.

“Crash, bang, boom, the thing just came apart,” said Andrew Stephen, the pilot. “They’re looking it right now, trying to figure out what happened, but I don’t know, I can’t say what happened to it right now.”

He said it was a marvel he was able to walk away from the wreck.

“I got lucky, plain and simple,” he said.

The pilot suffered only a few bruises and is doing fine. He was the only person on board the helicopter, a 1971 Bell OH-58C the Federal Aviation Administration said.

The helicopter is registered to Helicopter Applicators Inc. of Gettysburg, Pa.

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