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Helicopter pilot said crash was his fault

Posted at 6:13 AM, Oct 19, 2015
and last updated 2015-10-19 09:13:31-04

A mystery is solved after a pilot of a wrecked helicopter speaks to Action News. 

Authorities discovered the downed chopper but there were no reports of a crash and no pilot in sight.

"This one here is strictly pilot error, my fault," said pilot Richard Dick, 70, of Kansas.

The helicopter crashed in a field next to State Route 164 near Searchlight Sunday, said Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.

The 70-year-old said he had been hired as a contractor to remove cattle for the state.  He was rounding up two wild cows when strong winds downed his chopper.  

"The cows wouldn't move because of the wind blowing, I got in below the Joshua trees," said Dick.  

The pilot stated he didn't report the crash because he owns the Bell helicopter and no one was injured.

"I invested everything I had in this thing and it's upside down now," said Dick.

Dick tells Action News he's flown more than 16,000 hours, and has never had a close call like this.