Helicopter pilot dies after hitting tree, crashing in North Georgia

Authorities said the helicopter had saws attached and appeared to be trimming trees near a power line in Pickens County.

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Authorities said the helicopter had saws attached and appeared to be trimming trees near a power line in Pickens County.

A pilot died Tuesday after authorities said the helicopter he was flying hit a tree limb and crashed in a wooded area in North Georgia.

Pickens County sheriff’s deputies said the crash happened at 7866 Ellijay Road in Talking Rock. The pilot, Johnny Kent, was the only person on board, according to a statement from the Federal Aviation Administration.

 

Many of the details of the crash remain unclear, but Pickens sheriff’s spokesman Capt. Kris Stancil told AJC.com that it seems at one point the helicopter made contact with a tree.

Kent was airlifted from the scene, Stancil said. He was at Grady Memorial Hospital when he was pronounced dead at 5:44 p.m.

Authorities said the H369 helicopter had saws attached and appeared to be trimming trees near a power line.

The FAA will be investigating.

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