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Pilot OK after Marshall County copter crash

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A Robinson R22 helicopter crashed in a farm field between Madill and Ardmore on March 20, 2019. (KTEN) A Robinson R22 helicopter crashed in a farm field between Madill and Ardmore on March 20, 2019. (KTEN)
The pilot was able to walk away after his Robinson R22 helicopter crashed in Marshall County on March 20, 2019. (KTEN) The pilot was able to walk away after his Robinson R22 helicopter crashed in Marshall County on March 20, 2019. (KTEN)

MARSHALL COUNTY, Okla. -- A pilot is lucky to be alive after his small helicopter crash-landed in Marshall County late Wednesday afternoon.

The call for help went out just after 5 p.m. when the pilot alerted the control tower to a problem. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported that the issue may have been related to a failed gear in the Robinson R22 Beta II copter.

The two-seat aircraft crashed in a farm field and overturned near the intersection of Simpson Road and Stowers Road, near US 70 between Madill and Ardmore. The impact snapped the tail from the cockpit.

"It's just kinda... you know... what are the odds? Is really all I can think," said Austin Hawkins, who owns the land. "A helicopter crashing in the backyard? So it's just kind of crazy."

The pilot was reported to be up and walking after the hard landing, but the chopper is considered to be a total loss.

The R22 helicopter was introduced in 1979 and the model remains in production.

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