Pilot survives helicopter crash near Prescott

COLUMBIA COUNTY, Wash. – There were some scary moments for a pilot Friday afternoon as his helicopter crashed about 15 miles northeast of Prescott.

The pilot, 61-year-old Tom Archer, was taking off around 3:30 p.m. in his Bell UH-1H “Huey” when it unexpectedly went down, according to his wife, Carol.

Carol adds that her husband, Tom, hadn’t flown the helicopter in about a month and was lifting off from their property, located on the 300 block of Shea Road, when it crashed.

Tom suffered only a few bumps and bruises and did not require medical transport to a hospital.

Tom was flying alone as this particular helicopter is not equipped to carry any other passengers and nobody on the ground was injured.

Tom and Carol own Archer Aviation and specialize in agricultural spraying, cherry drying and firefighting operations.

The FAA will be investigating what happened.