Pilot walks away with minor injuries after Wisconsin helicopter crash

By Max Walker, KCRG-TV9

LANCASTER, Wis. — A scrape on his neck is all Dale Elio has after his crop duster crashed in southwestern Wisconsin Wednesday.

He says he was crop dusting in the morning when his helicopter hit a power line.

Investigators say it flipped and crashed into a soybean field.

Grant County Sheriff Nate Dreckman says the size of the power line had him thinking the crash would be serious.

“Knowing the area [around the crash site], this is a pretty big power line that comes from the substation down the road. I thought it was going to be pretty serious. Fortunately, it wasn’t,” he said.

The crash temporarily knocked out power to about 1,100 customers in the county, but service was restored by 2 p.m.

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