Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Robinson R44, N97UP, MF Helicopters LLC: Accident occurred August 14, 2017 in Westby, Vernon County, Wisconsin

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Milwaukee, Wisconsin

MF Helicopters LLC:  http://registry.faa.gov/N97UP

NTSB Identification: GAA17CA491
14 CFR Part 137: Agricultural
Accident occurred Monday, August 14, 2017 in Westby, WI
Aircraft: ROBINSON HELICOPTER R44, registration: N97UP

NTSB investigators will use data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator, and will not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

Rotorcraft during aerial application struck powerline and crashed in a field.

Date: 14-AUG-17
Time: 18:16:00Z
Regis#: N97UP
Aircraft Make: ROBINSON
Aircraft Model: R44
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: UNKNOWN
Aircraft Missing: No
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)

An Illinois man piloting a helicopter spraying crops near Westby escaped injury Monday when the aircraft crashed in a field.

The crash happened at about 1 p.m. just west of the Nordic Lanes bowling center, Westby police said.

The crash was the result of the rear tail rotor getting too close to a power line, with the rotor ripped away from the helicopter, causing the aircraft to spin and crash into the field.

Pilot Jonathan Wanda, 27, of Harvard, Illinois, wasn't hurt but was taken to a local hospital as a precaution.

Wanda was the only person in the helicopter. No one on the ground was injured.

The Federal Aviation Administration and Westby Police Department are investigating the crash.

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