Hats off to a hero teen who narrowly escaped death and then saved the pilot of a helicopter that crashed on top of his tractor!
Imagine the horror when he realized the sky was actually falling!
Hats off to nineteen year old, Logan Schneider from Washington State, who found himself in a nightmarish situation when a helicopter crashed down onto the tractor he was driving at his family’s cherry orchard.
According to The New York Times, Schneider was busy “blowing cherries” (which is a process to dry-off the cherries following a recent rain), when he luckily heard two thumps.
I say he ‘luckily’ heard two thumps, because he was wearing noise canceling headphones at the time!
He told the Times that he looked up and that’s when he saw the helicopter coming down on him. He was pinned against the steering wheel of the tractor with the nose of the crashed helicopter just inches away.
Not only was he able to free himself from the wreck, but the hero teen was then able to rescue the pilot, who was hanging upside down still in his harness. He told KING-TV, “I heard him screaming. I looked and I saw him upside down hanging. Fire was everywhere. When I was in the moment I really wasn’t thinking. I was just doing.”
When firefighters arrived at the Schneider family farm, they found the helicopter and tractor in flames but both Logan and the pilot were safe. Both were taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Ironically, after recently graduating, Logan had made plans to go to college to study to become a commercial airline pilot.
Believe it or not, He still wants to fly.
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