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Man killed by helicopter blade

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SELAH, Wash - A man trapping bighorn sheep is killed after he is hit by a helicopter propeller.

Washington Fish and Wildlife's, Rocky Spencer, 55, was trapping sheep using nets shot by a helicopter gun. After catching two sheep, Spencer was getting off the helicopter to load them inside the aircraft. He was making his way to the front of the cockpit when one of the propeller's hit him, instantly killing him.

Sherriff's Deputies say Spencer had been doing this for years and was considered one of the best in his field. After the accident, the pilot left a WSU veterinarian with the victim and went to get help.

It happened Saturday afternoon about 3pm, just North of Selah on the Mt. Baldy Ranch, near milepost 11 on Highway 821. The helicopter was a 1977 Hughes Model 369D Rotorcraft. The Kittitas County Sherriff's Office and County Coroner will continue the investigation.