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Helicopter crash at McMinnville Airport, no injuries reported

Police say the pilot and passenger were performing training exercises and lost speed.
Credit: McMinnville Police Department

MCMINNVILLE, Ore — McMinnville Police responded to a helicopter crash at the McMinnville Airport shortly after 5 p.m. on Friday. 

Both the pilot, identified as Lars Erik Mehlum, 21, and the passenger, Andy Stephen Moorhouse,51, were uninjured.

Officials say Mehlum and Moorhouse were performing training exercises and lost speed, causing the rotor to hit the ground. The helicopter came to rest on its side just north of the taxi-way at McMinnville Airport.

The incident was reported to the FAA and NTSB per protocol for investigation.