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A Walla Walla man is dead after a helicopter crash.

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WALLA WALLA, Wash. - A Walla Walla man died after a helicopter crash.  Authorities are investigating what caused the crash. 

 24-year-old Bret Ahler was pronounced dead at the scene.

The crash happened yesterday afternoon around four o'clock.

The Pend Oreille County Sheriff's office reports Ahler was flying alone about 15 miles Northeast of Ione, Washington near Sullivan Lake.

Witnesses heard popping noises before the helicopter went down.  Federal Aviation Administrators are conducting an investigation.

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