Indiana company hires helicopter to trim trees

Saw blades hanging from chopper do trimming work

PORTAGE, Mich. - A helicopter is being used to trim trees along power lines in several southwestern Michigan counties.

WWMT-TV and the Kalamazoo Gazette report Fort Wayne, Ind.-based Indiana Michigan Power hired another business to trim the trees.

Utility officials want at least 10 feet between trees and the large transmission lines, so motor-powered saw blades dangling from the helicopter are used to trims trees. Work is taking place this month in St. Joseph, Cass, Van Buren, Kalamazoo and Berrien counties.

The helicopter will fly at a speed of about 5 miles per hour just above the treetops.

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