Law enforcement identify victim of Yankton, SD helicopter crash

Published: Sep. 28, 2022 at 10:48 AM CDT
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UPDATE:

SIOUX CITY (KTIV) - The Yankton County Sheriff’s Office has identified the victim of the helicopter crash on Tuesday, Sept. 27.

According to Lieutenant Chris Meier, the pilot has been identified as 65-year-old Kevin Rehm of Rancho Palos Verdes, California. Verdes was pronounced dead at the scene. An autopsy is being conducted in Sioux Falls and the results will be available at a later date.

It was around 10:18 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 27, when Yankton County deputies along with the Yankton Fire Department, Yankton County EMS and Emergency Management responded to a helicopter crash in the area of 438th Avenue and 307th Street. The crash of the helicopter resulted in the death of the pilot, who was the lone occupant.

The investigation of the crash is being handled by the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration.

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Investigators have released their preliminary report for a fatal helicopter crash in southeast South Dakota.

The Federal Aviation Administration says the crash happened at about 10 a.m. about five miles northwest of Yankton. The report says the AG-915 Spartan helicopter crashed under unknown circumstances. But it appears that the helicopter was on fire while descending and burned on impact.

The pilot was the only person in the helicopter at the time of the crash and is the only fatality. Their identity has not yet been released.