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When a helicopter dropped down onto the tractor he was driving at his family’s cherry orchard in Washington state, a teenager found himself in a dangerous scenario.
Logan Schneider was “blowing cherries” last week, according to The New York Times, a procedure used to dry up the fruits after a recent downpour.
According to the publication, the 19-year-old was wearing noise canceling headphones when he heard “two thumps.”
“I looked up and that’s when I noticed it,” he explained to the New York Times. “As soon as I saw it coming at me, I thought, ‘Oh crap, this is definitely going to hit me.’”
Schneider told KING-TV he was “pressed up against the steering wheel… trapped with the nose of the chopper sitting exactly here,” indicating behind the driver’s seat.
Not only was the adolescent manage to remove himself from the collision, but he was also able to circle around and rescue the pilot, who was hanging upside down in his harness, according to the station…
Schneider told the channel, “I heard him screaming.” “I looked around and saw him… hanging upside down… flames was everywhere. I wasn’t thinking when I was in the moment. That’s all I was doing.”
The pilot, Cori Johnson, was the only person in the helicopter, according to the Federal Aviation Administration, the Times reported.
Orondo Fire responded to a complaint of a “aviation accident” around 9:20 a.m. on July 6, according to a Facebook post from the Orondo Firefighters Association.
The aircraft and tractor were both on fire when firefighters arrived at Schneider’s family farm.
According to the post, “firefighters’ early efforts were hampered by limited access and high voltage electrical lines.” According to KING-TV, the chopper first collided with electricity lines over Schneider before crashing…
“Once the electrical cables were de-energized, firefighters extinguished the fire on both the tractor and the helicopter,” according to Orondo Fire.
The Orondo Fire Department, Ballard Ambulance, and the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office also responded to the event, according to the association. According to KING-TV, the orchard is located roughly 12 miles north of Wenatchee in the state’s central region.
The helicopter involved, a Hiller UH-12E, crashed “after becoming tangled in power lines while doing agricultural operations” in the area, according to the FAA. The event will be investigated, according to the agency.
According to the Times, Schneider and Johnson were both taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Schneider told the newspaper that he received minor second-degree burns on his arms and muscle damage in his back, for which he is now wearing a back brace.
According to the Times, the degree of Johnson’s injuries was not immediately evident.
Schneider just graduated from high school and intends to attend Big Bend Community College in Moses Lake. He also wishes to become a commercial airline pilot.
His dream has not changed since the accident. “I still want to be a pilot,” he said to the New York Times.
According to the National Transportation Safety Board, the crash is being investigated.
According to a preliminary NTSB report acquired by Individuals, only two people were hurt in the crash. Their wounds were described as “severe.”
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