Helicopter crashes in Michigan neighborhood

Courtesy: Carla Gill/WBAY

MENOMINEE, Mich. (WBAY) – A helicopter crashed in the middle of a street in Menominee, Michigan, Friday morning.

The Enstrom helicopter came down in a residential area of 18th Street and 15th Avenue just before 11:30.

Menominee-based Enstrom Helicopter Corporation describes it as an emergency hard landing.

Police say the Enstrom helicopter lost power and hit treetips and a power pole on its way down.

No one on the ground was hurt. The company says the pilot was able to walk away. Witness Joe Bulin tells Action 2 News he saw the pilot walk from the helicopter to an ambulance. Menominee police say the pilot did have some injuries but they didn’t appear life-threatening.

Enstrom says the helicopter was an experimental TH-180 model. Its workers are helping to remove the damaged helicopter and investigate what happened.

Michigan State Police accident investigators were also called, and the FAA was notified, police said.

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