1 dead in helicopter crash near Yankton, SD

Published: Sep. 27, 2022 at 12:17 PM CDT
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YANKTON, S.D. (AP) - Officials say the pilot of a small helicopter was killed in a crash in southeastern South Dakota.

The Federal Aviation Administration said the AG-915 Spartan helicopter went down Tuesday morning near the Chan Gurney Municipal Airport in Yankton. Officials say only the pilot was on board.

Yankton Assistant Fire Chief Larry Nickels tells WNAX radio the aircraft was destroyed upon impact. Nickels says the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board have been called to investigate because a fatality is involved.

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YANKTON, S.D. (Dakota News Now) - Authorities say one person is dead after a small helicopter crash in southeast South Dakota.

The helicopter went down just before 10 a.m. Tuesday about five miles northwest of Yankton, according to Yankton Asst. Fire Chief Larry Nickels.

Nickels told WNAX Radio the craft crashed into a field and was destroyed on impact. There was one fatality, but Nickels did not provide any additional details.

National Transportation Safety Board officials were called to the scene. Local authorities were keeping the scene secure, but have begun to leave the area.

The wreckage of the fatal helicopter crash could be seen in a field northwest of Yankton, South...
The wreckage of the fatal helicopter crash could be seen in a field northwest of Yankton, South Dakota.(KTIV)

This is a developing story. We’ll update this article as more information becomes available.