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A crop-spraying helicopter was left a pile of rubble after crashing in a field near Chamberlain Wednesday noon. (Sarah Smith / Enterprise)

UPDATED: Chopper pilot walks away from crash near Chamberlain

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UPDATED: Chopper pilot walks away from crash near Chamberlain
Park Rapids Minnesota PO Box 111 56470

A helicopter pilot walked away when his crop-spraying chopper crashed in a field Wednesday noon near Chamberlain.

"He was lucky," said a deputy on the scene in White Oak Township. All that was left of the helicopter was a pile of rubble.

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The unnamed pilot refused medical attention at the scene although a number of ambulance personnel and First Responders rushed to the scene.

Hubbard County deputies were awaiting the arrival of an FAA investigator to determine the cause of the crash off Highway 64.

The pilot was the only occupant.

Thursday the Hubbard County Sheriff's Department issued this release: Deputies arrived on scene and found the wreckage of a helicopter, owned by Scott's Helicopter Service of LeSueur, MN. The pilot was 41 year old, Brandon Edeal of Trulock CA. He received only minor injuries.

The pilot was spraying a potato field with a fungicide when he believed the rear rotor broke off causing the crash. The crash is being investigated by the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board.

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Sarah Smith
Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers courts, business and breaking news in addition to outdoors events.
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