Pilot, passenger avoid serious injury in Skagit Co. chopper crash

SEDRO-WOOLLEY, Wash. -- A man and woman suffered only bumps and bruises Thursday night when they crash landed their helicopter in a field north of Sedro-Woolley.

The chopper had been in the air for roughly half a mile when it hit a thick patch of fog and crashed into a tree at about 9:30 p.m., according to a representative from the Federal Aviation Administration.

The helicopter made a "hard landing" in a field on Prairie Road, but neither the pilot nor the passenger were seriously injured and both refused medical attention, according to Sgt. Annette Lindquist with the Skagit County Sheriff's Office.

Representatives from the Skagit County Sheriff's Office and Skagit County Fire Department responded to the scene Thursday night. The FAA will begin its own investigation on Friday.