Tumwater man crashes helicopter near Grant County cherry orchard

June 24, 2013 

— A Tumwater man was in critical condition Monday after crashing his helicopter near a cherry orchard in Grant County.

Christopher Lezzoni, 31, was flying the Bell Jet Ranger helicopter around 7:45 a.m., when he hit some netting above the orchard used to control birds, said a release from the Grant County Sheriff’s Office.

Lezzoni crashed after hitting the netting and was able to climb out of the helicopter himself, the release said. He suffered injuries to his back and had difficulty breathing.

He was taken to the Quincy Valley Medical Center.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the crash.

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