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Crop-dusting helicopter crashes in rural Pottawattamie County

A crop-dusting helicopter crashed Tuesday evening, July 16, 2019, in a rural area near the...
A crop-dusting helicopter crashed Tuesday evening, July 16, 2019, in a rural area near the Council Bluffs Airport, Pottawattamie County Sheriff Jeff Denker said. (WOWT)
Published: Jul. 16, 2019 at 6:43 PM CDT
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A helicopter used for commercial crop-dusting crashed Tuesday evening a rural area just south of the Council Bluffs Airport, authorities said.

Council Bluffs Police officers and Pott County Sheriff's deputies responded to the scene near 230th Street and Highway 92.

Pottawattamie County Sheriff Jeff Danker said the crash happened when the helicopter tried to land on the back of a truck, while trying to refill with chemicals.

Crash investigators are trying to figure out what caused the helicopter to end up on its side, Danker said.

He said the pilot, described as a man in his 50s who isn't a resident of the area, was transported to the hospital in Council Bluffs with minor injuries.

Danker said his office is working with federal authorities on the crash investigation and are working to move the helicopter off the road.

Correction: A previous version of this story misspelled the sheriff's name. 6 News regrets the error.