BREATHITT COUNTY, Ky (WKYT/WYMT) - A pilot for the DEA and a state trooper are recovering after surviving a fiery helicopter crash in Eastern Kentucky.
It happened around 11 a.m Monday morning in a rural area in Breathitt County near the Magoffin County line.
The DEA helicopter was flying a mission as part of the Kentucky State Police marijuana eradication team. We're told the chopper was up in the air looking for marijuana plants.
An eyewitness tells WKYT it appears the tail of the helicopter hit a wire causing it to plummet to the ground in flames.
The witness says the pilot was able to get out of the chopper and pull the state trooper to safety.
Both men were air lifted to a Huntington, West Virginia hospital. We're told they both have injuries including burns, but the injuries are non-life threatening.
Nearly all of the wreckage burned leaving only a scorched patch of earth. State police tell us they will guard the crash site overnight, the NTSB is expected to arrive on scene Tuesday morning to begin its investigation.