Two men unhurt after helicopter hits power line near Cowley, ignites field fire

By Bryce Forbes, Calgary Herald September 20, 2012 7:36 AM

Both the pilot and passenger walked away with no injuries after their helicopter flew into a power line near the Cowley Glider landing strip in southern Alberta and crashed on Sept. 19, 2012. The downed power lines caused a fire in the field.

Photograph by: Courtesy , RCMP

Two men walked away injury-free after a fiery helicopter crash near Cowley, Alta.

RCMP say two Calgary friends took off from a field and made it about 500 metres before they struck a power line and crashed back into a pasture west of Lethbridge.

The downed power lines started a fire in the field.

The Pincher Creek fire department extinguished the fire quickly with the help of local residents and farmers.

The 60-year-old pilot was experienced, and was flying back to Calgary.

RCMP and Transport Canada continue to investigate.

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