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CASS COUNTY (WCCO) — A helicopter crashed in Cass County Thursday night, according to the Cass County Sheriff’s Office.

The crash happened around 7 p.m. in Ten Mile Lake, which is just north of Hackensack, Minn.

Authorities haven’t released any more information, but the Cass County Dispatcher said they expect to release more information in the morning

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A helicopter crashed into a lake in north central Minnesota Thursday night and the pilot is missing, while a passenger survived, according to authorities.

The helicopter went into Ten Mile Lake north of Hackensack, Minn., around 7 p.m. Thursday, the Cass County Sheriff's office said.

The sheriff's office received a 911 call from a passenger who was able to make it to shore.

The pilot and the helicopter had not been located as of 8:30 a.m. Friday.

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Unfortunately this was a private R44 aircraft owner based out of Walker, MN. This person learned to fly helicopters back in the mid 90's at HFI Helicopter Flight Incorporated which use to be based at the Crystal airport KMIC and they went out of business a few years after 9/11.

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This was a very tragic accident in our small helicopter community here in MN. John worked hard on being a very proficient pilot. He also kept up on all service needs as required on his Robbie and was even anal about only one brand of oil was ever used. I suspect that this may be a mechanical related issue. Hopefully more information will become available from the passenger and the NTSB accident report. This was a huge loss regardless of it being a forum member or not!

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