Seattle man injured in Oregon helicopter crash

Seattle man injured in Oregon helicopter crash
Photo courtesy Marion County Sheriff's Office

WOODBURN, Ore. - A helicopter pilot was injured when his aircraft crashed in a Christmas tree field north of Woodburn on Monday afternoon.

The 39-year-old Seattle man was piloting a helicopter that was shuttling Christmas trees.

The crash happened in an area that is difficult to access. Medics from the Woodburn Fire Department had to park and hike into the area.

The call reporting the crash at 10789 Crosby Road NE came in around 2:40 p.m. Deputies first arrived to find the Bell 206 helicopter lying on its side.

There is no word yet on the identity of the man. He was flown by LifeFlight to a Portland hospital. It's not known how badly he was hurt, although witnesses said he was able to climb out of the helicopter under his own power.

They said the aircraft was hauling trees when it suddenly came crashing down.

There was nobody else in the helicopter and people on the ground were not hurt.

The cause of the crash is unknown at this time. Federal Aviation Administration investigators are working to figure out what went wrong.