NICOLLET, Minn. (AP) — A helicopter pilot was able to walk away unharmed after his crop-dusting chopper crashed in a cornfield in southern Minnesota.

KEYC-TV reports the crash happened just after 4:30 p.m. Thursday about seven miles north of Nicollet.

According to the Nicollet County sheriff’s office, the helicopter belonging to Scott’s Helicopter Service out of LeSueur (leh SOOR’) had a mechanical problem while it was spraying a field and lost altitude. The pilot was able to bring the helicopter to a hard landing on its skids in the cornfield.

The pilot, Matt Aubuchon from Washington state, was not hurt. First responders found him walking out of the tall corn.

The Federal Aviation Administration will begin investigating the crash Friday.

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Comments (3)
  1. Ned says:

    WCCO should do an investigation into Scott’s Helicopter Service in LeSueur. In the past four years, every helicopter crash (mosquito control or crop duster), it’s Scott’s Helicopter out of LeSueur. How many crashes have they had recently? 4 or 5 in the past 4 years alone.

    1. Mike Hunt says:

      I’m sure they’ll get right on that for ya Ned.