FAA Says 1 Dead In Helicopter Crash In Iowa, Spokane Connection - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

FAA Says 1 Dead In Helicopter Crash In Iowa, Spokane Connection

WILTON, Iowa (AP) - The Federal Aviation Administration says the pilot of a crop-spraying helicopter has died in a crash north of Wilton in eastern Iowa.

FAA spokesman Tony Molinaro confirmed the pilot's death. The pilot, whose name wasn't released, was the only one on board.

Officials say the helicopter was a 1960s-era Sikorsky helicopter refitted as a crop duster. Molinaro says FAA information shows the helicopter is registered to US Helicopter LLC in Spokane, Wash.
There is no telephone listing for the company.

Television station WQAD reports the crash happened about 11:30 a.m. Monday. The TV station says Iowa Highway 38 south of Interstate 80 was closed.

The Muscatine Journal says the helicopter clipped some trees before crashing into a corn field, then bursting into flames. No one on the ground was hurt.

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