Oceana Police Release Photos of Helicopter Crash

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

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

His passenger, Matt Williams, also from Hart, was sent to a Grand Rapids hospital.

The crash happened in Leavitt Township in an area known as Tanner Swamp December 1st.

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.