JUST IN: Helicopter Crash in Oceana County Kills Pilot - Northern Michigan's News Leader

JUST IN: Helicopter Crash in Oceana County Kills Pilot

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A helicopter crash in Oceana County this afternoon took the life of the pilot and hospitalized his passenger.

The Oceana County Sheriff's Department tells us Thomas Slocum from Hart died at the scene.

His passenger, Matt Williams, also from Hart, is in a Grand Rapids hospital.

The crash happened in Leavitt Township in an area known as Tanner Swamp.

The helicopter crashed in a remote, swampy area and was partially in water. The nearest road was 2 miles away making the rescue difficult.

Deputies say Williams was able to call 9-1-1.

45 minutes later First Responders were able to make it through the rough terrain to the crash site. 

Investigators do not know the cause of the crash.

Stay with Northern Michigan's News Leader as we continue to learn new details.