WENATCHEE, Wash. -- A pilot died after a helicopter crashed near Pangborn Airport in Wenatchee Wednesday afternoon, according to the Chelan County Sheriff's Office.

The crash happened just before 2:30 p.m. on Stermilt Hill Road. Allen Kenitzer of the Federal Aviation Administration in Renton says the helicopter was a Bell 206A Jet Ranger.

Chelan County Fire District spokesman Rick Eissacson said the helicopter was not a firefighting helicopter but an orchard helicopter used for drying rain water off cherry trees.

There was no information available about the pilot.

Both the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the crash.

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