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Helicopter crashes during Christmas tree harvest in Polk Co., pilot uninjured

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(Photo: Polk Co. Sheriff's Office) (Photo: Polk Co. Sheriff's Office)

A helicopter crashed during a Christmas tree harvest in Polk County on Monday and the pilot was able to walk away.

The crash happened off Highway 22 in Sheridan.

Deputies said engine failure caused the pilot, Blane Hayes of Applebee Aviation, to lose control. The helicopter spun around as it went to the ground coming to rest.

The rear tail section and the landing skids were damaged in the crash.

When medics and fire personnel arrived, Hayes told medics he wasn't hurt and refused any medical help.

Investigators said Applebee Aviation workers took Hayes away before deputies arrived.

The FAA is now investigating the crash. Applebee Aviation is cooperating with the investigation.

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