Helicopter Crash Occurs in Burke County, Georgia
SARDIS, GA – According to an online news report at wjbf.com, a helicopter crashed earlier this week in southeastern Burke County.*
According to accident investigators, the pilot, a male from Kite, Georgia, was the only individual aboard the helicopter at the time of the crash. He sustained injuries in the accident. Per a lieutenant with the Burke County Sheriff’s Office, the pilot was transported to an area hospital for treatment.
Following the accident, the lieutenant notes that “[w]e were met by the property owner just a couple miles down this driveway here. He allowed us access to the property, and we came to the area to make contact with the accident location.”
One property owner noted that as the helicopter was flying above her home, she noticed that the aircraft did not sound normal. She noted that “[w]ell, the helicopter was flying low. I mean it was not above my treetop. So it was flying low, and we have aircraft flying through here all of the time, so I know what aircraft sounds like.”
The pilot, a chemical contractor, was spraying chemicals to kill shrub oats right before the accident occurred.
According to the lieutenant, many types of aircraft take off from area rural airports. The Fall is when agricultural aircraft typically spray crops.
The lieutenant asserts that it is not common for aircraft crashes to occur, however, with two airports in the vicinity, there is a chance for them to happen.
The Federal Aviation Administration will be conducting an investigation of the accident. There are no further details on the crash at this time.
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