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Helicopter crashes into lake, pilot swims to safety

A 48-year-old man from Laval, Que., walked away from a helicopter crash northeast of Ottawa with only minor injuries on Sunday afternoon.

Crash happened northeast of Ottawa in Quebec's Lac Britannique

A 48-year-old man from Laval, Que., suffered only minor injuries after the helicopter he was piloting crashed into Lac Britannique, northeast of Ottawa, on Sunday afternoon. (Google Maps)

A 48-year-old man from Laval, Que., walked away from a helicopter crash northeast of Ottawa with only minor injuries on Sunday afternoon.

It happened just before 1 p.m., according to Quebec provincial police.

The helicopter the man was piloting crashed into Lac Britannique for unknown reasons. He was the only occupant.

Lac Britannique is about 70 kilometres northeast of downtown Ottawa, near the small town of Saint-Sixte, Que.

The man managed to get out of the helicopter and swim to shore after the crash, police said.

Police and officials from the Transportation Safety Board are investigating.

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