Helicopter crashes in Twin Cities suburb

Published 10:29 am Wednesday, June 19, 2013

MAPLEWOOD, Minn. — A helicopter has crashed in a neighborhood in a Twin Cities suburb.

Police say the small helicopter crashed in the backyard of a home in Maplewood, just east of St. Paul, igniting the chopper and a detached garage. Maplewood Lt. Kerry Crotty says no one was in the house or garage when the helicopter went down shortly after 8 a.m. Police declined to say if anyone was hurt.

Donna Basler lives four houses from the crash site and says she heard a “big rattling type noise” but didn’t know what it was. Basler says she didn’t hear a crash, but saw smoke billowing from the neighbor’s garage.

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The Star Tribune reports the helicopter may have been doing mosquito control spraying, and that the head of the Metropolitan Mosquito Control District was headed to the scene.