Helicopter Crashes off State Road 82
LABELLE, FL. -- On September 29, 2013, at approximately 11:10 am Hendry County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the area of Lazy Springs ATV Park, off of State Road 82 in southwestern Hendry County near the Lee-Hendry border, after receiving reports that a helicopter had crashed.
When deputies arrived on scene they found the pilot, 60 year old Donald Purden of Fort Myers, conscious and alert. Purden appeared to be suffering from what was believed to be non-life threatening injuries and was taken to a local hospital.
Witnesses reported the pilot had attempted to land when it began to auto-rotate. The helicopter lifted approximately 30-40 feet into the air and after losing power, the aircraft dropped to the ground.
The reported crash is being investigated by FAA.