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A firefighter sprays water on burning material at the scene of a fatal helicopter crash on Thursday.
A firefighter sprays water on burning material at the scene of a fatal helicopter crash on Thursday.
**Update** Fatal Helicopter Crash (Photo) - 05/29/20

*** UPDATED RELEASE 05/29/2020 5:30 PM ***

ROSEBURG, Ore. - The Douglas County Medical Examiner's Office has presumptively identified the pilot from Thursday's aircraft accident as 77-year-old Lee Pauling of Olympia, Washington. Pauling was operating a maroon Cavalon gyroplane when the aircraft crashed around 2:13 pm on private property Thursday in the 2300-block of Glengary Loop Road in Roseburg. Pauling was declared deceased at the scene. He was the only occupant on board at the time of the incident.

The Sheriff's Office is working with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on the investigation. No further information is expected to be released. 

Next of kin has been notified.

*** ORIGINAL RELEASE 05/28/2020 5:05 PM ***

ROSEBURG, Ore. - Deputies are investigating a fatal aircraft accident which occurred on Thursday afternoon. 

Around 2:13 pm, 9-1-1 dispatchers received reports of a small aircraft which crashed near the 2300-block of Glengary Loop Road. 

Deputies along with the Winston Police Department, Douglas County Fire District #2 responded and located a downed burning helicopter on private property. It was determined that at least one individual died in the crash. 

The Douglas County Medical Examiner's Office and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) have been notified and are working with the Sheriff's Office. 

No additional details are available at this time.  

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