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Movie Helicopter Hits Power Line and Crashes

Movie Helicopter Hits Power Line and Crashes

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A helicopter being used in a movie production hit a power line and crashed near Vernon in western Utah this weekend. No injuries were reported.

The helicopter was carrying the pilot and at least one other passenger when it flew over a knoll about 3:30 p.m. Saturday and into the power line, Tooele County Sheriff's Sgt. Brad Patch said.

The windshield struck the power line first, setting the helicopter down hard on State Route 36 about 10 miles south of Vernon, which is 54 miles southwest of Salt Lake City.

The rotors came come off, but the aircraft remained upright. "He made a very good crash landing," Patch said.

The pilot apparently didn't see the power line, which runs about 40 feet above the ground and 200 yards from pole to pole, Patch said.

The helicopter was being used to scout areas near Vernon to shoot a scene in the movie, "The Fastest Indian."

The movie stars Anthony Hopkins as New Zealand motorcycle legend Burt Munro, who, in 1962, raced his modified 1920 Indian Scout motorcycle across the Bonneville Salt Flats for a world speed record.

Hopkins was not on the film set when the crash occurred, Patch said.

WFI Productions, which is making the film, rented the helicopter from Park City Helicopter, he said.

Crews from Park City Helicopter were called to remove the helicopter from the road.

The production company has been shooting in Tooele County, including Wendover, on the Nevada border just west of the Bonneville Salt Flats, for about a month.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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