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August 27, 2014
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Two survive Pine Nut helicopter crash landing

The pilot of a helicopter that crashed Wednesday afternoon in the Pine Nut Mountains was able to seek care on his own.

The small, private helicopter crashed near Horseshoe Bend along the East Fork of the Carson River.

Douglas County Sheriff’s Sgt. Pat Brooks said the pilot, Doyle Holden, advised that he and a friend, Karen Cole, had taken the Rohinson R22 Beta II helicopter to fly in to fish the Carson River.

After fishing, they lifted off of the ground and experienced a malfunction, causing a crash landing.

Holden and Cole suffered minor injuries, and contacted another pilot, who flew in and transported them out of the area to Carson Valley Medical Center.

Emergency units determined there was no spill requiring a hazardous materials response.

The exact time of the crash was not available, but medics were called to the Gardnerville hospital at 4:15 p.m.

The investigation into the crash will be conducted by the National Transportation Safety Board.

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The Record Courier Updated Aug 29, 2014 05:04PM Published Aug 29, 2014 09:47PM Copyright 2014 The Record Courier. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.