Eyewitnesses report helicopter fell to the ground suddenly from a 15ft hover. Pilot to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries
Dale Elio, 54, was crop-spraying herbicide on a bean field when main blades contacted power lines. Helicopter hit ground nose-first, then fell on its starboard side. Minor injuries. Brief power outage from broken power lines.
Precautionary stop after indication of mechanical problems, while en route from EAA AirVenture back to its base in Indiana.Â Landed at 9.45am and after being checked over and cleared to fly, departed 3.45pm