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Robinson R44 II, N124LA: Accident occurred July 16, 2019 near Council Bluffs Municipal Airport (KCBF), Pottawattamie County, Iowa

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Des Moines, Iowa

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NTSB Identification: GAA19CA428
14 CFR Part 137: Agricultural
Accident occurred Tuesday, July 16, 2019 in Council Bluff, IA
Aircraft: Robinson R44, registration: N124LA

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.

Aircraft went off the right side of the replenishing vehicle.

Date: 16-JUL-19
Time: 22:50:00Z
Regis#: N124LA
Aircraft Make: ROBINSON
Aircraft Model: R44
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: MINOR
Aircraft Missing: No
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 137
State: IOWA

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (WOWT) -- A helicopter used for commercial crop-dusting crashed Tuesday evening a rural area just south of the Council Bluffs Airport, authorities said.

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.
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.

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