Helicopter goes down in remote areaA helicopter contracted to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources made an emergency landing in Lake County Saturday. No one was injured.
A helicopter contracted to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources made an emergency landing in Lake County Saturday. No one was injured.
The Bell 47 light helicopter was being used for aerial seeding — reseeding large tracts of forest land — when it experienced a mechanical failure between 7 and 7:30 a.m., according to the Minnesota Interagency Fire Center. The pilot, who was the only person on board, landed in a remote area about three miles west of Sand Lake and Highway 2, Lake County Sheriff Carey Johnson said.
Emergency medical personnel from Two Harbors and the search and rescue team responded, but the pilot suffered no apparent injuries.
The helicopter is owned and operated by Scott’s Helicopters of LeSueur. The accident has been reported to the Federal Aviation Administration and it is investigating. The helicopter was retrieved Tuesday morning, Johnson said. It was lifted out of the swampy area by a larger helicopter and carried to a gravel pit area near Sand Lake, where it was placed on trailer.