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UPDATE: Deadly Helicopter Crash In Chelan County

UPDATE: Sheriff Brian Burnett reports the identity of the pilot killed in the helicopter crash at 87 Purtteman Gulch Road, Chelan Washington as Stephen W. Nelson, 24-years-old, from Indianapolis, IN. 

Nelson was flying his helicopter in an attempt to dry cherries in the Apple Eye Orchard located on Purtteman Gulch, when the helicopter caught some power lines and crashed. Nelson was deceased at the scene and proof of identity was made through dental records.

Mr. Nelson was a helicopter pilot for the past four years. Nelson was employed by Golden Wings from Brewster, WA. Nelson flew last year for Golden Wings during cherry harvest.

 After the autopsy was concluded, Coroner Wayne Harris determined the cause of death was  due to  asphyxiation from smoke inhalation.

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WENATCHEE, Wash. (AP) - Chelan County sheriff's officers say a helicopter flying low to dry cherries in a north central Washington orchard hit power lines, crashed and burned, killing the pilot.

Lt. Maria Agnew says the pilot is believed to be a 24-year-old man but he was not immediately identified pending notification of relatives. Detective Sgt. Jerry Moore says the pilot was flying for
a Brewster, Wash., company called Golden Wings.

The helicopter crashed Monday afternoon between Chelan and Manson. Moore says a witness reports the aircraft had just flown over a block of cherry trees and was turning to fly back when it
hit power lines 40-50 feet above the ground. Helicopters hover low to dry the moisture off the cherries, which can split after hard rains in warm weather. The pilot was alone in the aircraft.
   

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