Helicopter crash lands near Willows

Sep 2, 2014 3:39 PM by News Staff

According to the Glenn County Sheriff's Office a helicopter, operated by PJ's Helicopters Inc., out of Red Bluff crash landed in a field near Willows a little after 1 p.m. Tuesday.

The pilot, 67-year-old Ron Chaplin, a former Butte County Sheriff's Office pilot, was on his way to pick up two PG&E workers who were scheduled to do powerline work this afternoon while rappeling from the helicopter. Chaplin suffered moderate injuries and was transported to Enloe Medical Center, he is expected to survive.

The National Transportation Safety Board has given PJ's permission to begin clearing the scene and conductuing an internal investigation, and Sheriff Jones told Action News Now that Federal Aviation Administration officials will be on scene tomorrow conducting an investigation of their own.

Stay with Action News Now for updates on this developing story.

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