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Helicopter crash injures pilot, state police say

June 1 – A pilot was injured after the helicopter he was flying crashed near a Danbury home Saturday, officials said.

About 12:45 p.m., state troopers and members of the Danbury Police and Fire Departments responded to the reported crash at 208 Dean Road, state police said in a Saturday news release.

The initial investigation revealed that the helicopter pilot lost control near a landing site and crashed into the wooded edge of the home, reports said. The pilot, the sole occupant, suffered injuries but was conscious, breathing and alert when found, police said, adding that he was taken by ambulance to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center for treatment.

Initial reports of the crash described the fire spreading from the helicopter into the forest, and a photo included in the release showed charred wreckage and a helicopter rotor among several fallen trees.

The pilot’s name had not yet been released Saturday evening.

Anyone who may have witnessed the crash or who has additional information is asked to contact Danbury police. The circumstances of the crash are being investigated by the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board.

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