Helicopter goes down after takeoff in Monroe Co.; pilot injured

TUNNEL CITY, Wis. (WEAU) -- A helicopter pilot ended up with minor injuries after crashing shortly after takeoff.

Monroe County Sheriff Pete Quirin said the man was able to clear the wreckage himself, and went to the hospital with back and leg injuries. Quirin said the injuries were "nothing serious," and expected the man to be released from the hospital soon. His office got the call between 10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Thursday. The helicopter was being used as a crop duster. Quirin did not know exactly how high the helicopter was when it went down, but he said that it did not come down from a "significant height." Fort McCoy had a military helicopter in the area for training. That pilot was the first to spot the wreckage in a corn field near Tunnel City, which is east of Fort McCoy. That person told the sheriff's office.

Quirin said the helicopter that went down lost 40 gallons of pesticide, which had investigators worried about contamination. The Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection was contacted, and Quirin said the Federal Aviation Administration was also trying to get to the scene. Crews were still at the scene around 12:40 p.m. Thursday. There's no immediate word on the pilot's name, or what caused the helicopter to go down.


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