TOWN OF NORWAY — A 61-year-old South Milwaukee man was reported to be in stable condition at Froedtert Hospital Sunday after apparently being hit with a helicopter rotor following a crash near Cindy Guntly Memorial Airport.
According to a press release from the Racine County Sheriff’s Office, deputies and Wind Lake Fire Company personnel were dispatched at 8:24 a.m. to the small landing strip located at 22031 6 Mile Road for a report of a helicopter crash.
When the first deputy arrived on scene, he was advised the pilot was conscious and alert but had sustained a laceration on the back of his head, the release stated.
The pilot was later transported to Froedtert Hospital, the regional trauma center in Wauwatosa, where he was being treated for non-life-threatening injuries. According to the release, the pilot, whose name was not released, was listed in stable condition.
According to the Sheriff’s Office, the pilot was operating a “Mosquito” helicopter, a small, one-passenger aircraft that is considered experimental based on its small size.
According to a witness on the ground, the pilot was hovering about 15 feet above ground when the craft lost lift and dropped to the ground, landing in a cornfield. The witness said he saw the pilot exit the aircraft and walk towards the back and it appeared he sustained a blow to the head from the rear rotor.
The aircraft sustained very little damage, according to the release, and the exact cause of the crash is unknown at this time. According to the Sheriff’s Office, officials from the FAA’s Milwaukee field office were contacted and responded to the accident. The investigation was reported to be ongoing as of Sunday afternoon.