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Crop-dusting helicopter makes emergency landing in Vinton field

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The Vinton Police Department is investigating what caused a helicopter to make an emergency landing Tuesday morning in Benton County.

It happened in a field just south of 13th Street in Vinton.

Police say the helicopter's pilot, Dick Sluke of Montana, was uninjured. 

Nate Boston and Mike Olinger were outside working when they saw the helicopter fuel up, take off, and then appeared to make a sudden drop.

"We saw him take off, looked like he lost power, and then he sat it down as easy as he could," Olinger said. 

"He crossed the road, that's when it all broke loose, it dropped probably about ten feet," Boston said. 

The two witnesses say they immediately ran over to see if the pilot needed help.

"It kind of made me a little nervous. I was hoping he was okay, so we ran over there to make sure he was alright, he seemed to be doing good," Boston said.

The Vinton Police Department reports the helicopter may have experienced engine problems during take off.

The NTSB has been brought in to investigate the accident further.

The helicopter sustained minor damage in the hard landing.

The aircraft is operated by Speas Aviation out of Grinnell.

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