Man survives helicopter crash, fire in Corcoran

2:45 PM, Dec 24, 2012   |    comments
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CORCORAN, Minn. (AP) - The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating after a helicopter caught fire after landing at a private home in Corcoran.

Maj. Tracey Martin says the pilot had just landed on a helipad at his son's home around 10:30 a.m. Sunday when the helicopter started to spin and then collided with a nearby unoccupied trailer. The helicopter then caught fire.

The son says he heard the crash and ran out to his backyard. He used a fire extinguisher to put out the flames on his father's clothing . The helicopter fire was too large to contain and was left to burn.

Sheriff's officials say no other structures were damaged.

No one else was on board.

The pilot was examined by a paramedic at the scene for minor injuries.

The Star Tribune says the pilot is a 68-year-old Minneapolis grandfather who had flown to see his grandchildren.

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