On March 17, 2019 at 4:12pm, Newberg-Dundee Police Department responded to a helicopter crash in a field on the southwest corner of Hwy 219 and NE Bell Rd in the city limits of Newberg.
Upon arrival, both occupants of the aircraft had exited on their own, miraculously without injury. The helicopter sustained major damage.
The pilot, Robert Taylor (46 years, from Washington), was accompanied by his brother, Aaron Taylor (43 years, from Beaverton). While in flight from Beaverton to McMinnville, the aircraft lost power and an emergency landing was conducted. The pilot’s quick thinking and extensive flying background can be credited for their survival of this crash. Additionally, no property on the ground was damaged.
Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue responded and found the scene free of fire or fuel leaks. The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board was contacted. The aircraft was released back to the pilot at the scene.