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Chartered helicopter damaged near Davies Creek

Posted: September 26, 2011 - 5:27pm

A helicopter chartered by the U.S. Forest Service was damaged but a Forest Service employee and a pilot from Coastal Helicopters avoided major injuries during an unspecified incident, the Forest Service announced Monday.

Spokesperson Wendy Zirngibl said details are still being gathered, so no more specific information could be released yet.

The incident happened at approximately 12:30 p.m. in the north end of Davies Creek drainage, approximately 33 miles north of Juneau. The two were taken to Bartlett Regional Hospital for evaluation. Two other Forest Service employees were also at the scene at the time of the incident.

The helicopter flight was intended for research work on the Heen Latinee Experimental Forest north of Juneau.

The National Transportation Safety Board has been notified. The Forest Service will conduct its own investigation.

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