Pilot survives helicopter crash in rural Washington

Pilot survives helicopter crash in rural Washington
Rescuers place the injured helicopter pilot on a gurney at the crash site.
LARCH LAKE, Wash. - A helicopter pilot is injured but conscious after crashing in a rural area of Snohomish County, officials said.

Rescuers and medics rushed to the scene, a clear-cut in the forest near Larch Lake, at about noon after receiving reports of an aircraft down.

The chopper was demolished in the crash. But it did not catch fire, and the pilot survived the impact.

Aerial footage shot by KOMO's Air 4 showed that the pilot was able to move his arms as medics placing him on a gurney. He was then airlifted to an Everett hospital.

FAA spokesman Allen Kenitzer says the 1979 Hughes helicopter crashed while lifting cedar blocks.

The aircraft is owned by Olympic Air Inc., based in Shelton.