NEW INFORMATION: Pilot killed in suburban St. Paul helicopter crash

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MAPLEWOOD, Minn. (AP) -- Authorities say the pilot of a helicopter that went down in a suburban neighborhood near St. Paul was killed in the crash.

Maplewood Acting Police Chief Dave Kvam says the pilot was the only one on board. The helicopter crashed in the backyard of a home, igniting the chopper and a detached garage. Police say no one was in the house or garage when the helicopter went down shortly after 8 a.m.

Donna Basler lives four houses from the crash site and says she heard a "big rattling type noise," didn't hear a crash, but saw smoke billowing from the neighbor's garage.

The Metropolitan Mosquito Control District says the plane was under contract to spray for mosquitoes. Kvam says the National Transportation Safety Board will lead the investigation
MAPLEWOOD, Minn. (KARE) - First responders are on the scene of a helicopter crash in Maplewood, MN Wednesday morning.

A Ramsey County Sheriff's Office spokesman confirmed that deputies are on the scene of the crash, reported on the 2700 block of East 7th in Maplewood.

Witnesses tell KARE-TV that the aircraft appears to be a mosquito spraying helicopter. The crash triggered a structure fire that has been put down.

Neighbor Tambra Thomas says she woke up to the loud noise of a helicopter engine. She looked out her bedroom window and saw the aircraft plunging straight down into the ground.

At this point there is no word about casualties or injuries.
MAPLEWOOD, Minn. (AP) -- A helicopter has crashed into a suburban neighborhood in the Twin Cities.

The Ramsey County Sheriff's Office tells WCCO-TV the helicopter crashed into a detached garage in Maplewood, which is just east of St. Paul.

The TV station reports it is unclear if anyone was injured.

The Star Tribune reports the helicopter may have been doing mosquito control spraying, and the head of the Metropolitan Mosquito Control District was headed to the scene. The crash happened about 8:15 a.m. Wednesday.

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