A man was able to walk away under his own free will after his helicopter crashed at Washington Island Airport Sunday afternoon. The crash occurred just after 2:00 p.m. as it was trying to take off. The pilot, who was the sole occupant of the helicopter, was not injured as a result. Washington Island Police Officer Gary Schultz says the cause of the crash is under investigation by the Federal Aviation Administration but added the pilot reported there were some wind gusts.
Schultz says most emergency personnel left the scene after about 25 minutes, though he stayed back until the helicopter was removed from the scene. The name and other details about the crash are being withheld until the FAA concludes its investigation.