Helicopter crashes near Larch Lake in Skagit County

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SKAGIT COUNTY, Wash. -  

Quick Facts:

  • Pilot only person on board helicopter
  • Crash occurred in Larch Lake area of Skagit County
  • Victim appeared to be conscious 
  • Helicopter crashed while lifting cedar blocks

A survivor was pulled from the wreckage of a freight helicopter that crashed near Larch Lake in Skagit County.

Larch Lake is near Oso, which was devastated by a massive landslide that killed 43 people on March 22.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Allen Kenitzer said the helicopter, a Hughes 369, crashed Tuesday while lifting cedar blocks.  Only the 63-year-old pilot was on board.

See photos of the crash scene here.

The helicopter wasn't far off the ground when it hit a cable and crashed.

Video from Chopper 7 showed a man, who was alert and talking when deputies arrived, being pulled from the wreckage and put onto a backboard.

The helicopter is owned by Olympic Air, which provides air freight service out of Shelton and specializes in forestry-related operations.

The condition of the victim is not yet known.

The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating.  

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