Helicopter Makes Emergency Landing in Vinton Field

A helicopter missing part of the tail sits in a field on W13th St on the western edge of Vinton on Tuesday, August 6, 2013. (Cliff Jette/The Gazette-KCRG TV9)


By Aaron Hepker

VINTON, Iowa - A crop dusting helicopter was forced to make an emergency landing in Vinton Tuesday morning.

At about 10:32 a.m. Tuesday, officials responded to a field, located behind behind the Theisen's Supply store, on the west side of town.

The aircraft, a crop dusting helicopter, reportedly experienced engine problems during take-off, and the pilot, Dick Sluke of Montana, was forced to make an off-field landing of the aircraft shortly after departing Farm Service in Vinton.

The aircraft sustained minor damage in the incident, the pilot was uninjured, and the NTSB has been notified and will be investigating the accident.

The aircraft is operated by Speas Aviation of Grinnell.
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