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Helicopter crash victims upgraded to stable condition

Two men have been upgraded to stable condition following an early Thursday afternoon helicopter crash on the border of Delaware and Union counties.

Sgt. Robert Curry of the Delaware post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol said a kit helicopter crashed about 12:45 p.m. Thursday, April 24, in Leesburg Township in Union County.

Two men survived the crash and were flown by medical helicopter to Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in Columbus.

The survivors were identified by the patrol as Henry H. Brecher, 81, of Columbus and Todd M. Cramer, 50, of Dublin. Authorities say they do not know which man was piloting the helicopter at the time of the crash.

The crash ignited a fire in a nearby field that quickly was extinguished by multiple fire departments, officials said.

The crash occurred near the intersection of Neel and Welch roads in Union County, at the Delaware County line. Initially, investigators believed the crash occurred in Thompson Township, a northwest Delaware County township that borders Leesburg Township.

-- Tom Gallick/ThisWeekNEWS

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Two men are in critical condition after a helicopter crashed early Thursday afternoon in northwest Delaware county.

The helicopter crashed about 1 p.m. near the intersection of Neel and Welch roads in Thompson Township, just east of Union County.
Delaware County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Tracy Whithed said two men were taken from the scene by medical helicopter following the crash. She said authorities do not know if the pilot was attempting an emergency landing when the helicopter went down.

Whithed said the crash ignited a fire in field near the site that was quickly extinguished by multiple responding fire departments.

-- Tom Gallick/ThisWeekNEWS