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Helicopter Crash

NYS Helicopter Crash

Bath (WENY) -- A New York state helicopter assisting in this morning's Melissa Sherry search crashed a short time after leaving Campbell, but the pilot escaped with just minor injuries.
Around 10:30 a.m. Friday, New York State Trooper Pilot Thomas Shultz had to make an emergency landing on a hill just north of Bath.

Aviation Commander Charles Guess says Shultz experienced an in-flight emergency -- the exact cause is unknown at this time.

Shultz was forced to make a controlled crash landing which severely damaged the helicopter. Shultz, however, was able to walk off the aircraft with non-life-threatening injuries to his leg and was air lifted to Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester as a precaution.

"He did everything right to put this aircraft on the ground in a safe manner," said Guess. "I can't comment on the mechanism for the crash itself -- it is currently under investigation -- but it's a testament to his flying skills, his calm and courageous action under pressure that he put this thing down."

The F.A.A. and the N.T.S.B. are working with state police to investigate the cause of the crash, and they say it could take months to find answers.