Posted: Sun, October 7 2012 at 9:33 PM, Updated: Sun, October 7 2012 at 9:40 PM
The search lasted nearly 2 hours, ending just after 5 o'clock Sunday evening. At this point officials tell us the helicopter pilot is 30 years old and flies for the Columbia Basin Helicopter Company. The company was being contracted out by the Oregon Department of Forestry to contain two grass fires nearby, both of which at this hour are fully contained.
As you can imagine the pilot was a little shaken but escaped without injury. He was rescued by helicopter and officials tell us it could have been much much worse.
Jeff McGrath, a Deputy with the Jackson County Sheriffs' Office said "He looked pretty good, he said he was ok, he said he didn't hit that hard because surprisingly as he was going down he hit some trees first which took some of the impact and then flipped to it side and probably slowed the impact down."
Officials are now investigating what caused the "Bell UH1H Huey" helicopter to go down but at this point officials believe it to an engine failure. The NTSB will also be on scene investigating. The only way officials will be able to get to the scene will be by ATV.