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Pilot in Monroe County helicopter crash identified

Pilot listed in good condition

Pilot in Monroe County helicopter crash identified

MONROE COUNTY, Wis. (WKBT) - The pilot who was injured when the helicopter he was operating crashed in a Monroe County corn field has been identified and is listed in good condition at a La Crosse hospital.

Monroe County Sheriff Pete Quirin said Phil Evans, 70, was crop dusting when the crash happened at 20526 Glider Avenue in the Town of Adrian at about 10:30 a.m.

Rescue crews were able to find Evans in the field because they were in contact with him by cell phone. Fort McCoy sent a helicopter to assist in locating the crash. Once the crew found the site, they hovered overhead until responding crews arrived at the scene.

The pilot told rescue crews he thought he injured his back and leg. The pilot was carried out of the field and was transported to Tomah Memorial Hospital. He was then flown to Gundersen Health System in La Crosse. Evans was listed in good condition Friday.

Sheriff Quirin said the FAA is investigating the cause of the crash.The Tomah and Oakdale Fire Departments, Oak Dale First Responders, Wisconsin State Patrol, Monroe County Emergency Management, Monroe County Communitcations Center, Fort McCoy and Volk Field Military Aircraft also asisted the Monroe County Sheriff's Department.

Sheriff Quirin said 40 gallons of fungicide was spilled at the crash scene. The Department of Agriculture is also involved in the case.

The wreckage was hauled away by the helicopter's owner Friday morning.

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