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UPDATE 2: Helicopter crash in Middle Valley

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HAMILTON COUNTY, TN. (WRCB) -- Hamilton County emergency crews found themselves on the scene of a fiery helicopter crash in Middle Valley Tuesday.

Hamilton EMS Spokeswoman Amy Maxwell says it happened in a field off Barker Road around 6:49 p.m.

Maxwell says the Experimental Safari Helicopter lost power during take-off and the pilot, Steve Michael was unable to steer the chopper away from a wooded area.

It caught fire after landing on its side around a nearby creek.

Maxwell says Michael and the passenger, 91-year-old Ivan Vernon, walked away from the crash.

Vernon, who owns the property where the crash happened, was taken to a local hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

Maxwell says the FAA will begin investigating the incident Wednesday.

The choppers is a loss, estimated at $100,000.

Stay with WRCBtv.com for updates to this developing story.

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