ELGIN, Minnesota (KTTC) – UPDATE at 10:15 p.m.: The Wabasha County Sheriff’s Office has identified the pilot who died in a dusting helicopter crash near Elgin. Corey James Adcock, 40, of Victoria County, Texas, flew the helicopter. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
The Federal Aviation Agency and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating.
Witnesses said the plane spent most of the day in the area spraying crops when the helicopter’s blades got stuck in some power lines causing the helicopter to crash and fire . According to Wabasha County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Chief Jim Warren, this happened at 3:50 p.m.
According to Wabasha County authorities, accidents like this are incredibly rare.
“The second in 23 years, I’m just glad it hasn’t happened more often,” Wabasha County Deputy Chief Jim Warren said.
Although his name has not yet been released, police say the pilot is from Texas. Authorities are still investigating the causes of the helicopter crash.
The accident happened on 75th Street just south of Elgin.
“You think some accidents would happen more often because of the dangerousness of the job, but you know these pilots are very skilled, and those accidents will always happen no matter how skilled you are,” Warren said. .
Despite the failure of power lines, authorities say very few people in the region have lost power.
“We checked the doors and they still had power, which told us we still had two live lines on the ground. But we got a fault report at Plainview and it was from an assistant on leave,” Garenne said.
A farmer in the area said he did not see the accident happen, but heard it. By the time he arrived at the scene, the helicopter was already in flames.
Several agencies are trying to find the cause.
“The NTSB and the FAA, they’re going out,” Warren said.