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Authorities Investigating Orange County Helicopter Crash

Bell 222 Helicopter similar to the one that crashed in Orange County.
Bell 222 Helicopter similar to the one that crashed in Orange County.

Authorities are investigating a helicopter crash that happened Saturday afternoon in Orange County.

The chopper went down around 1 p.m. Saturday in the Town of Crawford, about 75 miles north of New York City.  The Harrison Daily Voice says five passengers aboard were celebrating a birthday.

There was a fuel leak but no fire. The paper describes injuries as minor. One person suffered a cut when exiting the downed craft.

Crawford police, State Troopers and the FAA are jointly investigating the crash.

Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.