SIMPSON COUNTY, Ky. (WBKO) - UPDATE:
July 6, 2019
Kentucky State Police have released the identity of the pilot of the helicopter that crashed near Kummer Road and Schweizer Road in Simpson County.
KSP says Anthonie Christoffel Vos, age 35 of Sevierville, TN, was operating the helicopter for the purposes of agricultural spraying. The cause of the crash is still under investigation. The Federal Aviation Administration has been contacted and will be responding to the scene.
Kentucky State Police is investigating a helicopter crash in Simpson County.
Officials said it happened off Kummer Road.
According to Simpson County Emergency Management Director Robert Palmer, the crash happened around 11 a.m. in a cornfield. The pilot got himself to the hospital and reported the crash there.
Palmer told 13 News the pilot was applying agricultural chemicals to the cornfield when the crash happened.
Emergency Management officials, along with the Simpson County Sheriff's Department and KSP first responded to the general area of the crash to investigate, but faced several challenges trying to locate the exact spot of the helicopter.
"The field is approximately 80 acres and identifying the landowner, identifying who the landowner hired, and then identifying who the people that were contracted to do the applications, who they hired to do the application," said Palmer.
Officials used drones to search the field, which has corn nearly 10 feet tall.
Once they located the helicopter they described it as in very bad condition.
“The pilot's seat is kind of sitting out in the open facing when you walk in there, but the helicopter is completely destroyed, it's busted in half and folded over on top of itself so it's a pretty ugly crash," said Palmer.
Officials said at last check the pilot of the helicopter was no longer in the hospital and he only needed stitches for his injuries.
They do not believe there is any environmental concern from the crash.
Officials believe the Federal Aviation Administration will likely come in to investigate.