UPDATE: Pilot released from hospital after SLED helicopter crash at Summerville Airport

Dorchester County News

DORCHESTER COUNTY, S.C. (WCBD) – The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) has confirmed that the pilot, and only occupant, in a helicopter crash that happened on Wednesday at Summerville Airport has been released from the hospital.

SLED spokesman Thom Berry said the pilot was treated for what appeared to be non-life threatening injuries.

According to Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Arlene Salac, the crash involved a McDonald Douglas 369E helicopter. It occurred at 3:37 p.m. at the airport, located on Greyback Road in Dorchester County.

Berry told News 2 the helicopter was flying a mission for Dorchester County authorities when it crashed.

The agency was conducting marijuana eradication flights with the Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office and the South Carolina National Guard Governor’s Counter-Drug Task Force on Wednesday.

This is the first crash of a SLED helicopter in the agency’s history.

The helicopter was seen being hauled away from the crash site on Thursday afternoon.

The FAA will investigate the crash and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will determine the cause of the accident.

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