Connecticut Lawmaker in Helicopter Crash - NBC Connecticut

Connecticut Lawmaker in Helicopter Crash

The crash happened just before 7:00 p.m. Saturday evening.

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    Two people were injured in a helicopter crash in Farmington, according to police.

    State Rep. Bill Wadsworth, R-Farmington was piloting the small R22 helicopter that crash-landed just before 7:00 p.m. Saturday, according to a spokesman for the House of Republican caucus.

    Wadsworth, a licensed pilot, took off from his home with passenger Irene Vaughn. He was not hurt when the helicopter crashed in a lightly wooded area on the corner of Meadow Road and Meadow Lane.

    Fire officials said the roders from the small helicopter came inches away from hitting active power lines.

    "We' ve seen a lot of things, I've seen car accidents much worse than this. It was lucky it didn't hit power lines, " said Fire Chief Timothy Vibert.

    The state representative, a life long resident of Farmington, is a privately rated helicopter pilot. Officials at the scene said Wadsworth takes off and lands from his own home on Oak Hill Road often.

    Investigators from the Federal Aviation Administration were on scene performing a preliminary investigation.