Two survive Pine Nut helicopter crash landing |

Two survive Pine Nut helicopter crash landing

by Kurt Hildebrand
Wreckage of a helicopter in the Pine Nut Mountains on Wednesday.
Jeff Grant |

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 mountains for medical treatment.

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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