(ABC 6 News) – One person is dead after a crop-dusting helicopter crashed Monday evening near Elgin.
A Robinson R-44 helicopter crashed just before 4 p.m. in a field near the intersection of 75th Street and 275th Avenue Northeast, southeast of Elgin.
The pilot, who was alone, is from out of state, which is making it difficult to notify the family.
Authorities said they first thought was a ‘major malfunction’, but when crews arrived they did notice there were several power lines down and wreckage of a helicopter.
When emergency crews arrived at the scene, the helicopter was on fire and fire crews worked to extinguish the fire.
“We didn’t extricate but fire crews were out here putting the fire out there was a fire with the crash I assume the fuel ignited and so yeah it was a scene that involved Elgin fire, Wabasha County Sheriff’s office, first responders, and now, of course, the FAA,” said Jim Warren, Chief Deputy, Wabasha County Sheriff’s office.
Two people witnessed the crash and alerted authorities. Authorities said the pilot, who was alone, was out of Texas.
The National Transportation Safety Board and the Flight Aviation Administration are investigating the crash, and the road will be closed off until 11 a.m. on Tuesday.