The pilot, from Leongatha, suffered minor injuries after the crash. Photo: Rob Fisher.

The pilot, from Leongatha, suffered minor injuries after the crash. Photo: Rob Fisher.

A LEONGATHA pilot was able to walk away, albeit slowly, after the helicopter he was flying crashed at Dumbalk on Tuesday afternoon.
The pilot, 42, was contract spraying when the helicopter clipped power lines and then hit the ground.
The craft came to rest on its left side, with tail assembly detached from the main body.
The pilot suffered minor injuries and was transported to Latrobe Hospital by road ambulance.
“He was upright and walking and talking at the scene,” Senior Constable Jeff Stephens from Mirboo North Police said.
AusNet Services was notified and crews attended the scene quickly to clear and repair the line, as nearby properties were affected by the loss of power.
WorkSafe was also notified of the incident and attended the following day to investigate
Dumbalk CFA attended the scene along with Mirboo North tanker and rescue.
A crew from Leongatha was turned back when it arrived as it was not required.
Captain of the Dumbalk Fire Brigade, Janet Auchterlonie said crews were there as a precaution.
“We were there if (the helicopter) had ignited, but there was no fire involved and no fuel leakage.”