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Pilot and passenger escape injury during helicopter crash in Qunicy

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Pilot and passenger escape injury during helicopter crash in Qunicy

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July 5, 2012

(Quincy, WA) A helicopter pilot and his passenger were unhurt when their experimental helicopter crashed Wednesday afternoon near Quincy.

Around 5 p.m. July 4, Robert Omlin, 61 of Quincy, and his wife, Gail Omlin, 61 of Quincy, were flying a 2010 Exec162F experimental helicopter and testing the attachment of a U.S. flag secured to the skids of the aircraft. Robert Omlin told deputies he believes the flag came loose and became caught in the tail rotor. The helicopter, traveling about 65 mph at an altitude of 200 feet, began the lose power and shudder violently. Robert Omlin guided the aircraft and was forced to make a hard landing in a wheat field near the 8400 block of County Road P-Northwest, just east of Quincy.

Neither Robert nor Gail Omlin was injured. The helicopter sustained moderate damage. The FAA is investigating.

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