Helicopter crashes in Maplewood [PHOTOS]
This morning, a helicopter reportedly doing mosquito-control spraying in the area of the Maplewood Nature Center crashed into a detached garage.
The condition of the pilot is unknown, but a vehicle from the Ramsey County medical examiner's office is on the scene (UPDATE: The pilot is confirmed to have died). Reports indicate nobody was in the garage at the time of the crash.
The Star Tribune spoke with Rod Wilson, who works at a nearby business.
"It was sputtering around. I heard a whumph, then a big whumph, then it nose-dived," Wilson said, adding that he doesn't think the pilot "will be walking away from this one."
Fox reports that moments after the crash, neighborhood residents arrived on the scene and tried to put the fire out with garden hoses. Here's a photo:
Scene of fatal helicopter crash in Maplewood as neighbors use garden hoses to attack fire. pic.twitter.com/dCo20a9uQO-- Rob Olson (@RobOlsonFOX9) June 19, 2013
And here's another image from the scene after the fire had been extinguished:
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