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Helicopter crashes in San Juan County

A helicopter conducting a survey for an energy company crashed Thursday in northern San Juan County, injuring the pilot.
A helicopter conducting a survey for an energy company crashed Thursday in northern San Juan County, injuring the pilot.
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MONTICELLO, San Juan County — A helicopter conducting a survey for an energy company crashed Thursday in northern San Juan County, injuring the pilot.

The helicopter, owned by Minuteman Aviation, crashed about 11:30 a.m. near the Anticline Overlook area of Lockheart Basin, according to a post from San Juan County Sheriff Rick Eldredge on his department's Facebook page.

"The crash was not severe and it is believed that the pilot, who was the sole occupant, sustained non-life-threatening injuries," Eldredge wrote. "The helicopter did not come apart or catch fire."

A second helicopter in the area was able to land near the crash site and fly the injured pilot to Moab Regional Hospital.

"At this time it is unknown what caused the accident," the sheriff wrote, adding that the helicopters were in the area doing survey work under a contract with Green River Energy.

The crash investigation will be handled by the Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board, according to Eldredge.

— Geoff Liesik