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Helicopter pilot survives crash in Florida park

Sky 10 over the scene of a helicopter that crashed in Coconut Creek.
Sky 10 over the scene of a helicopter that crashed in Coconut Creek. (WPLG)

COCONUT CREEK, Fla. – Authorities say a helicopter pilot transporting building materials survived a crash near a Florida park.

Police in Coconut Creek said the helicopter went down Thursday afternoon in a wooded area adjacent to Tradewinds Park, in Broward County. No one else was aboard the aircraft.

Sgt. Scotty Leamon, spokesman for the Coconut Creek Police Department, said the pilot's injuries were not life-threatening. The pilot's name was not immediately released.

Authorities say the pilot was airlifted from the crash site by another helicopter with a rescue basket and taken to a local hospital.

The South Florida Sun Sentinel reports that the National Transportation Safety Board will determine the cause of the crash.