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A helicopter spraying crops with water crashed into a lettuce field in rural Watsonville last Wednesday morning, but no one was hurt, Cal Fire reported.
The crop dusters went down near Murphy Crossing and Riverside roads about 10:50 a.m., according to Cal Fire Capt. Loree Borelli. She said the pilot—the sole occupant of the aircraft—got out immediately and was unhurt.
“It was really good to see him walk away from it,” Cal Fire Battalion Chief Jake Hess said.
The pilot, a Watsonville-area man, was contracted to spray the Pajaro Valley fields Wednesday morning. The blades of his chopper clipped a power line that ran across the south edge of the field, according to Hess.
“He was able to make a real hard landing and he miraculously walked away,” Hess said.
The helicopter didn’t catch on fire. The sliced power lines caused three residences to lose power, according to a PG&E spokeswoman.
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