Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Robinson R44 Raven II, N44BJ: Fatal accident occurred July 19, 2021 in Elgin, Wabasha County, Minnesota

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Minneapolis, Minnesota

Rotorcraft crashed under unknown circumstances after striking a power line and caught on fire. 

Date: 19-JUL-21
Time: 21:00:00Z
Regis#: N44BJ
Aircraft Make: ROBINSON
Aircraft Model: R44
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: FATAL
Total Fatal: 1
Flight Crew: 1
Operation: 137
Aircraft Missing: No

Those who may have information that might be relevant to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigation may contact them by email witness@ntsb.gov, and any friends and family who want to contact investigators about the accident should email assistance@ntsb.gov. You can also call the NTSB Response Operations Center at 844-373-9922 or 202-314-6290.

Corey James Adcock

VICTORIA — Corey James Adcock, 40, passed away July 19, 2021 in Minnesota. Corey was born April 29, 1981 in Victoria to Helen Rose Charbula and James Patrick Adcock.

Corey graduated from Stroman High School, Class of 1999. He went on to receive his Bachelors of Science in Criminal Justice from UHV in 2009, cum laude. Corey then received his rotary wing license followed by his fixed wing license in pursuit of his passion for flying. He was honored to be a life flight pilot.

Corey was a proud father and family man all around. He touched so many lives whether it be through kindness, laughter, or playful and often times entertaining antics. Believe you me, if you knew Corey you knew this was true. There was never a dull moment when he was around. Corey was a creative soul who could conquer anything he put his mind to. He had the biggest heart and a great love for popcorn, music, and flying.

Corey is survived by his parents, son, Caden James Adcock; daughter, Emry Reese Adcock; brother, Justin Adcock (fiance’, Alana Barfield) of Fannin; sister, Megan Groll (Matthew) of Victoria and the mother of his children, Jennifer Martinez Adcock of Victoria. He is preceded in death by his grandparents, Joseph and Winnie Charbula and Raymond Adcock and Georgia Adcock Daws.

Visitation for family and friends will be Sunday, July 25, 2021 from 4-6 PM at Rosewood Funeral Chapel followed by a rosary to be recited at 6 PM.

Mass of Christian Burial will be Monday, July 26, 2021 at 10 am at St. Mary’s Catholic Church with burial to immediately follow at Memorial Park Cemetery.

Pallbearers are Michael Charbula, Nicky Calcote, Duane Pilat, Nolan Proff, John Morris, Matthew Bernhard, Phillip Bernhard, and Brian DeWees.

Honorary pallbearers are Anthony Arnold, Tres Van Dusen, Carlos Luna, Damian Fanelli, John Buzzell, Chris Tellez, Taylor Johnson, Robert Serrata, Jason Smith, Ricky Cruz, Casey Zamzow, Matt Groll, Michael Martinez, Ryan Ashcroft, Buddy Olsen and Austin Boscamp.

Memorial donations may be made to Dorothy O’Connor Pet Adoption Center.

We love you, Corey. Nothing but blue skies from here on out.

Words of comfort may be shared at www.rosewoodfuneralchapel.com.

ELGIN, Minnesota (KTTC) -- 10:15 P.M. UPDATE: The Wabasha County Sheriff's Office has identified the deceased pilot in a crop-dusting helicopter crash near Elgin. Corey James Adcock, 40, from Victoria County Texas was flying the chopper. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board is investigating.

Witnesses say the aircraft had been in the area most of the day, spraying crops, when the chopper blades got caught up in some power lines, causing the helicopter to crash and start on fire. According to Wabasha County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Jim Warren it happened at 3:50 p.m.

According to Wabasha County authorities, accidents like this are incredibly rare.

"2nd one in 23 years, I'm just glad it hadn't happened more often," said Chief Deputy Jim Warren of Wabasha County.

Though his name has not yet been disclosed, police say the pilot is from Texas. Authorities are still investigating what caused the helicopter to crash.

The crash happened on 75th street, just south of Elgin.

"Some accidents you would think would happen more often because of the dangerousness of the job, but you know these pilots are very skilled, and these accidents are still gonna happen no matter how skilled of a pilot you're gonna be," said Warren.

In spite of the power lines being down, authorities say very few in the area lost power.

"We did some door checks, and they had power still, so that told us we still had two live lines on the ground. But we did get one report of an outage in Plainview and it was from an off-duty deputy," said Warren.

One farmer in the area claimed he did not see the crash happen, but he heard it. By the time he got to the scene, the helicopter was already engulfed in flames.

Multiple agencies are working to figure out the cause.

"The NTSB and the FAA, they're coming out," said Warren.

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