Bystanders rescue pilot from helicopter crash in New Hampshire

DANBURY, New Hampshire: Quick-thinking bystanders rushed to the scene of a helicopter crash in central New Hampshire on June 1 to help remove the pilot from the burning wreckage, police reported.

The Hughes TH-55 helicopter, with only the pilot on board, crashed in a wooded area about 30 miles (48 kilometers) northwest of Concord, the state capital. The crash caused the fire to spread to surrounding woods before firefighters arrived.

Police said the pilot was taken to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center with serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

A spokesperson for the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) stated that the helicopter would be transported to an outside facility for detailed examination. The identity of the pilot has not been released.

The two-seat TH-55 Osage, which first flew in 1956, was initially used by the military as a training helicopter. Many of these helicopters have now been repurposed for civilian use.

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