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Helicopter crashes after hitting power lines in Orondo

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DOUGLAS COUNTY, Wash. -

Fire crews from Orondo and Chelan, along with Douglas County Sheriff's deputies responded to a helicopter crash in the area of Cascade Foothills in Orondo, about four miles south of Beebe Bridge.

When crews arrived they found a helicopter in the orchard sitting upright. The helicopter had heavy damage to the tail section and burn damage through the shell of the aircraft from impact with the high-tension electrical power lines.

The pilot told investigators she struck the high voltage power lines causing damage to the helicopter and bringing it to the ground. The high-tension power lines were broken and down on the ground.

Firefighters say the helicopter was in the area controlling moisture on cherry trees to prevent cherry damage from overnight rains. Cherries absorb moisture then split when exposed to warming sunlight.

There were no injuries, but there was damage to the orchard, power lines, and the helicopter. The crash caused a widespread power outage as well. 

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