PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The pilot of a helicopter that was spraying a Christmas tree field in Marion County died when it crashed into a field north of Mehama.
Terry Harchenko was at the controls of a 1960 Hiller when it crashed in the 21000 block of Fern Ridge Road SE, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office tweeted. The 65-year-old Salem resident died at the scene. He was the only person aboard.
The cause of the crash is not known at this time. Both the FAA and NTSB have been contacted by the on-scene investigators.
Mehama is located along OR-22 and the North Santiam River.
KOIN 6 News will have more information as it develops.