Helicopter crashes in Michigan neighborhood

Photo courtesy: Carla Gill

MENOMINEE, MA helicopter crashed in the middle of a street in Menominee, Michigan.

The Enstrom helicopter came down in a residential area of 18th Street and 15th avenue, according to a post on the City of Menominee Facebook page.

Police say the Enstrom helicopter lost power and hit treetips and a power pole on its way down. Menominee-based Enstrom Helicopter Corporation describes it as an emergency hard landing.

No one on the ground was hurt. The company says the pilot was able to walk away. Witness Joe Bulin tells Action 2 News he saw the pilot walk from the helicopter to an ambulance. Menominee police say the pilot did have some injuries but they didn’t appear life-threatening.

Enstrom says the helicopter was an experimental TH-180 model. Its workers are helping to remove the damaged helicopter and investigate what happened.

Michigan State Police accident investigators were also called, and the FAA was notified, police said.

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