SKAGIT COUNTY, Wash. -
- 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.
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.