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Pilot rescued after crashing small helicopter on property in Orchard Lake

Man lost control of helicopter while trying to land on his property

A helicopter that was crashed in Orchard Lake on Sept. 3, 2018. (WDIV)

ORCHARD LAKE, Mich. – A pilot was rescued Monday after crashing a small helicopter on his property in Orchard Lake, according to officials.

The crash happened around 2:40 p.m. Monday in the 5600 block of Pontiac Trail near Orchard Lake Road, officials said.

The pilot is a man in his early 80s. Officials said he's in good shape and was conscious and alert when first responders rescued him.

He was jammed in the cockpit when he was rescued, officials said.

The man was alone in the helicopter. He said he was preparing to land on his large property when he lost control and went into a tailspin.

"The gentleman, the lone person and pilot in the plane, was cramped into the cockpit area," Orchard Lake police Chief Joe George said. "They were able to work on him and get him out of the cockpit, and he appeared to be conscious and alert."

Officials said it was sunny and humid at the time of the crash, so it's unknown what caused the pilot to lose control of the helicopter.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the incident.

A pilot crashed his plane on his property in Orchard Lake. (WDIV)
Officials in Orchard Lake are at the scene of a small helicopter crash. (WDIV)
Officials said a man crashed his helicopter on his property in Orchard Lake. (WDIV)

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