Home-made helicopter crashes in Halifax

Pilot seriously injured, Medflight called

Remains of helicopter crash off of Twin Lakes Drive in Halifax, Massachusetts Sunday afternoon (09-19-10).  (Mandatory Photo Credit: Sgt. Ted Broderick/ Halifax PD via SatelliteNewsService.com)

Firefighters transport a helicopter accident victim to an awaiting medical helicopter Sunday (09-19-10) afternoon.  The helicopter crashed near Twin Lakes Drive in Halifax, Massachusetts.  The occupant of the helicopter was critically injured.  (Photo by David G. Curran)

One man critally injured

HALIFAX -- The lone occupant was seriously injured when an "experimental" helicopter crashed in woods near Route 36 in Halifax around noon today according to authorities. Halifax Fire Chief Bill Carrico said the aircraft, believed to be some kind of "experimental helicopter," crashed about a half mile into the woods off Twin Lakes Drive.

Bruce M. Shulman, 67, of East Boston is the pilot who crashed his home-made helicopter in Halifax on Sunday. He's in Brigham and Women's Hospital in critical condition.

He said it took rescuers about an hour to get the injured pilot because of the rough terrain. The pilot has suffered burns on 30 percent of his body and broken bones.

Chief Carrico said the man was conscious at the time of the rescue, and he was taken to Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. The man, believed to weigh about 180 pounds, was the sole occupant of the aircraft according to the chief who also said that there were reports of similar aircrafts in the area at the time of the crash. It was speculated that the crashed copter was flying with a group.

There are preliminary reports of possible engine trouble with the man's helicopter, Carrico said.

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