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Pilot survives Fresno County helicopter crash

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) -- Authorities say the pilot of a crop-dusting helicopter suffered moderate injuries when his helicopter crashed in a field outside of Fresno Tuesday afternoon.

Fresno County sheriff's Deputy Chris Curtice says the helicopter went down around 12:45 p.m. in an open field east of the community of Riverdale.

The pilot was trapped inside the wreckage, but Curtice says rescue crews were able to extricate him and take him to a hospital. The name of the pilot has not been released.

Curtice says the helicopter was in the process of spraying the field with pesticide when the aircraft went down.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the crash.

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