A helicopter crash reported in Brunswick County sent one man to the hospital on Wednesday morning.
According to Kathleen Bergan, spokeswoman with the Federal Aviation Administration, a Robinson R44 helicopter crashed in a grassy area at Cape Fear Regional Jetport/Howie Franklin Field, 4109 Long Beach Road, near Oak Island at about 11:30 a.m. Wednesday.
Along with emergency personnel, Oak Island Police, N.C. State Highway Patrol and Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, were among the local agencies that responded to the scene. According to John Clary, assistant manager at Cape Fear Regional Jetport, the pilot was training and is in the airport’s training school.
The pilot was taking off from the ground when it crashed from about 20 feet, Clary said. The pilot, whose identity has not been released, was taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center and was later released from the hospital on Wednesday with “scratches and bruises,” Clary said.
Local authorities will release the name and condition of the pilot, Bergan said. The pilot was the only person on board the helicopter. The FAA is investigating and the National Transportation Safety Board will determine probable cause, which according to Bergan could take months.