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Report: Loud ‘snap’ preceded helicopter crash near Kindred

Emergency crews responded to a helicopter crash south of Fargo on Aug. 16. Forum file photo.

KINDRED, N.D. — A preliminary report indicates the pilot of a helicopter that crashed Aug. 16 near Kindred heard a loud “snap” before he partially lost control of the aircraft and made an emergency landing in a wheat field.

The helicopter was enroute from McLeod to Fargo’s Hector International Airport and flying at about 1,000 feet when the ominous sound was heard at about 10:30 a.m. Aug. 16, according to a report from the National Transportation Safety Board.

Although some control of the aircraft was lost, the pilot managed to land the craft on its skids.

However, because of speeds involved the helicopter tipped over upon landing, the report said.

The pilot reported that he was able to get out of the helicopter without injury, but it started on fire shortly afterward and the aircraft was largely destroyed by flames, the report said.

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