Crop-Duster Helicopter Crashes West Of Ireland.

UPDATED -A Saturday morning helicopter crash in northwestern Dubois County left a Charlestown, Indiana man injured.

At 10:44 AM, 42-year-old Keith Windsor of Charlestown was crop dusting in a single-occupant helicopter over fields near County Road 450 North, northwest of Ireland.  For an unknown reason, Windsor experienced mechanical issues and crashed in a bean field, approximately one quarter of a mile south of 6720 West County Road 450 North.

Windsor was able to exit the aircraft prior to it catching on fire.

The helicopter was a total loss and was destroyed as a result of the crash and fire.  Windsor was flown by Air Methods medical helicopter to Saint Vincent Evansville Hospital, where he was treated for a broken leg and chest pains.

The Dubois County Sheriff’s Department, Indiana Conservation Officers, Ireland First Responders, Memorial Hospital EMS, as well as the State Police were on scene.  The scene will be secured by the State Police until investigators with the Federal Aviation Administration arrive to perform an investigation.

OUR EARLIER STORY…(11:00AM Saturday)

Ireland (NNDC) – A small crop-dusting helicopter crashed in a farm field South of North 450 West west of Ireland this morning.

The pilot was airlifted from the scene to an Evansville hospital. His condition is not known at this time however a first responder at the scene tells NNDC he was conscious and alert.

Black smoke could be seen as far away as the west side of Jasper but Ireland firefighters quickly put out the fire after arriving on scene AT about 10:45am.

Indiana State Police and the Federal Aviation Administration are in charge of the investigation and we’ll pass along further details as they are made available to us.

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