Pilot survives Pine Nut helicopter crash
The pilot of a helicopter that crashed Wednesday afternoon in the Pine Nut Mountains was able to seek care on his own.
The small, private helicopter crashed near Horseshoe Bend along the East Fork of the Carson River.
Douglas County Sheriff’s Sgt. Pat Brooks said the pilot, Doyle Holden, advised he and a friend, Karen Cole, had used the Rohinson R22 Beta II to fly in to fish the Carson River.
After fishing, they lifted off of the ground and experienced a malfunction, causing a crash landing.
Holden and Cole suffered minor injuries, and contacted another pilot, who flew in and transported them out of the area to Carson Valley Medical Center.
Emergency units determined there was no spill requiring a hazardous materials response.
The exact time of the crash was not available, but medics were called to the Gardnerville hospital at 4:15 p.m.
The investigation into the crash will be conducted by the National Transportation Safety Board.