Helicopter pilot in critical condition after Little Falls crash - KMSP-TV

Helicopter pilot in critical condition after Little Falls crash

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A helicopter crashed into the roof of a barn in Ripley Township on Thursday. The pilot, 71-year old Gary Oleen of St. Cloud, is listed in critical condition at St. Cloud Hospital.

According to Morrison County Sheriff Michel Wetzel, rescuing Oleen was challenging.

“This was an extremely difficult and challenging rescue with the precarious position of the victim and his helicopter,” Sheriff Wetzel said. “Firefighters and personnel from both Gold Cross and North Memorial Ambulance along with Morrison County deputies did an outstanding job of quickly and safely removing the victim from the wreckage under extremely dangerous and challenging conditions.”

According to the Morrison County Sheriff’s Office, the FAA is assisting the investigation and the cause of the crash has not yet been determined.

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