Helicopter crashes near Hirschdale | SierraSun.com

Helicopter crashes near Hirschdale

A helicopter pilot is in satisfactory condition at Washoe Medical Center in Reno after his aircraft crash-landed south of Interstate 80 near Hirschdale.

Working for the White City, Ore.-based logging company Croman Corp., Steven Cantrell crashed after a steel cable hanging from the Hiller UH12 helicopter he was flying apparently snagged a tree, according to Nevada County Sheriff’s Sgt. Bill Evans, incident commander at the scene.

The accident occurred just after noon May 14.

The helicopter crashed from a low altitude in Gray Canyon and remained almost entirely intact, Evans said.

Cantrell crawled 30 feet to safety from the wreckage and waited about four hours for help.

Evans said Cantrell was supposed to picked up a group of loggers, but when he didn’t arrive at the landing zone on time, they began searching.

After locating Cantrell and determining he couldn’t be moved, the team sent one logger for help.

Driving to Glenshire Drive, Alan Stewart contacted a resident and used that person’s cellular phone to alert authorities, Evans said.

Stewart described the crash area to Careflight crews, who were credited with locating the wreckage.

Cantrell was transported to Reno, where he is expected to be released this week after being treated for a pelvic fracture.

The crash is under investigation by the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board.

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