One killed in Chelan County helicopter crash

WENATCHEE, Wash. -- One person was killed in a Wednesday afternoon helicopter crash in Chelan County.

The crash happened at around 2 p.m. near a cherry orchard owned by a Chelan County fruit company called Stemilt Growers, according to the Chelan County Sheriff's Office.

Stemilt's Roger Pepperl said the chopper was flying above the orchard to dry the cherries when it crashed, killing the pilot. The pilot was alone in the chopper at the time and no one on the ground was injured, according to Chelan County Sheriff's Deputy John Wisemore.

Allen Kenitzer of the Federal Aviation Administration in Renton said the helicopter was a Bell 206A Jet Ranger.

Pepperl said Stemilt does not own the helicopter and it was being flown by an independent contractor.

Both the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the crash.