At approximately 11 AM this morning Washburn County Sheriff's Dispatch received a 911 call of a helicopter crash in Birchwood Township, on County B and Bobby Schmidt's Drive.

The operator of the helicopter, and the only occupant, tried to take off from his home on Long Lake. For reasons unknown to this office at this time, the helicopter hit a pine tree and the crashed on the owners property.

The pilot was taken to Spooner Hospital where he was treated and released. Stone Lake Fire and Ambulance were called to the scene.

The NTSB was notified and will have the responsibility for the investigation.

We are very thankful the pilot only suffered minor injuries and that the helicopter did not catch on fire.

Sheriff Dryden

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