An eastern Iowa helicopter crash has claimed one life. The pilot died Monday morning when his crop-spraying helicopter clipped some trees and crashed into a corn field in Cedar County, about two miles north of Wilton.
The pilot, whose name had not yet been released as of Monday night, was the only one on board. No one on the ground was hurt. The helicopter was a 1960s-era Sikorsky registered to U.S. Helicopter in Spokane, Washington. The crash also caused a fish kill.
The Iowa D.N.R. says the chopper was carrying 5 gallons of a corn fungicide mixed with about 250 gallons of water. The chemical ran into an underground tile line and into a stream that flows into a creek.
By Phil Roberts, Davenport