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Police identify pilot injured in helicopter crash

September 29, 2019 GMT

SANFORD, Maine (AP) — Police say the victim of a helicopter crash had flown to multiple Maine and New Hampshire locations on Saturday as part of a licensing process before the accident at the Sanford Seacoast Regional Airport.

The pilot, who was the only occupant of the aircraft, suffered severe injuries when the helicopter crashed in the grass next to a runway in Saturday morning. He’s been identified 50-year-old Jack White of Bowdoinham, Maine.

Witnesses told police that the pilot appeared to be practicing landing or near-ground maneuvers when the helicopter started rotating in an uncontrolled spin. Police say it eventually hit the ground and became incapacitated on the grass. White was taken to Maine Medical Center in Portland.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the crash.