Fatal helicopter crash reported south of Ashland

Update 10:41 p.m. — Jackson County Sheriff’s Office reports that the downed helicopter was located, with one fatality. The Sheriff’s Office is not releasing the decedent’s name or the circumstances surrounding the crash. They did say the aircraft was found in a heavily wooded area near exit 6 on Interstate 5. The Federal Aviation Administration has been notified.

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COLESTIN VALLEY, Ore. — Jackson County Search and Rescue Crews are searching for a helicopter and pilot in the Colestin valley area.

According to Colestin Rural Fire District, they are searching for a single pilot, green and white Erikson Bell 206 helicopter – like the one pictured here.

Chief Steve Avgeris with Colestin Rural Fire District said people can expect the search to continue in the morning.

If you have any information, you are asked to contact the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office.

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