Helicopter Crash In Merced Friday Morning

The FAA is trying to find out why a pilot crashed his helicopter in Merced Friday morning.

The crash happened before 8:00 a.m. at Thornton and Lopes near the Merced Regional Airport.

The downed aircraft was found in a nearby watermelon field.

Deputies say that a crop duster crashed and started a fire.

Two people who were driving by pulled the pilot out of the aircraft and got him to safety.

He was airlifted to the hospital.

Cal/OSHA and the FAA are expected to be on the scene soon, to find out the reason for this crash.