Helicopter crashes while dusting crops

Megan Purazrang/Franklin Favorite

Officials were on scene in a field near Kummer Road in Franklin where a helicopter, used for dusting crops, crashed Monday.

BY KEITH PYLES

KPYLES@FRANKLINFAVORITE.COM

A helicopter, which was in the process of dusting crops, crashed in a cornfield off of Kummer Road in Simpson County on Monday morning.

Simpson County Emergency Management Director Robert Palmer said first responders were notified at about 10:50 a.m. of the crash when the pilot arrived at The Medical Center at Franklin emergency room.

A truck carrying chemicals for the helicopter took the pilot, who Kentucky State Police identified as Anthonie Christoffel Vos, 35, of Sevierville, Tennessee, to the hospital, according to Palmer. He was treated and released later on Monday with what state police said were minor injuries.

Palmer said Franklin Police initially responded to the hospital to talk to the pilot and investigate the crash and after realizing the crash was in the county, contacted the Simpson County Sheriff’s Office.

Kentucky State Police contacted Palmer about locating where the helicopter was being used.

Palmer said the helicopter was discovered about one half mile off Kummer Road at approximately 1:10 p.m. Monday afternoon. He said the one-seater helicopter was destroyed. State police identified the helicopter as a 1973 Tomcat MK6c.

Franklin-Simpson Fire Rescue Chief Leslie Goodrum responded to assist in the search for the helicopter due to the helicopter carrying chemicals.

Palmer said there is no impact to the environment from the crash. He said the chemical in the helicopter was contained at the crash site.

He said the height of the corn in the field, at least 8-feet-tall, hampered efforts in locating the helicopter.

Palmer along with Goodrum, members of the sheriff’s office and state police took part in the search for the helicopter.

Palmer said Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) personnel were to be in Simpson County on Tuesday to investigate the crash.

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