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Helicopter crashes in Newberg, occupants 'miraculously' unharmed

Newberg-Dundee Officer Brian Hagen said both occupants exited the helicopter on their own after the crash, "miraculously without injury," even though the helicopter sustained serious damage.
Credit: Newberg-Dundee Police Department
A helicopter crashed in Newberg, Oregon on Sunday, March 17, 2019. Both occupants of the helicopter were unharmed.

NEWBERG, Ore. — Two people survived a helicopter crash Sunday afternoon in Newberg, police said.

The crash happened about 4:12 p.m. in a field near Highway 219 and Northeast Bell Road. 

Newberg-Dundee Officer Brian Hagen said both occupants exited the helicopter on their own after the crash, "miraculously without injury," even though the helicopter sustained serious damage.

The pilot, 46-year-old Robert Taylor, from Washington, and his brother, 43-year-old Aaron Taylor, from Beaverton, were flying from Beaverton to McMinnville when the helicopter lost power, forcing Robert to maneuver and emergency landing.

Credit: Newberg-Dundee Police Department
A helicopter crashed in Newberg, Oregon on Sunday, March 17, 2019. Both occupants of the helicopter were unharmed.
Credit: Newberg-Dundee Police Department
A helicopter crashed in Newberg, Oregon on Sunday, March 17, 2019. Both occupants of the helicopter were unharmed.

"The pilot's quick thinking and extensive flying background can be credited for their survival of this crash," Hagen said.

There were no fuel leaks from the crash.