No injuries in crop dusting helicopter crash

Pictured is the crop dusting helicopter following Sunday’s crash in rural Monroe County. (John Spytek photo)

The pilot of a crop dusting helicopter was able to avoid injury after striking a power line and crashing into a field near Foster Pond west of Waterloo early Sunday afternoon.

The incident occurred at about 2:30 p.m. in the area of DB Road.

Monroe County Electric Cooperative was contacted to restore power to those property owners affected by the crash.

Police identified the pilot of the helicopter as 39-year-old Samuel Schnick. He was operating the copter for a company out of Iowa that was contracted by Gateway FS to spray chemicals on a wheat field.

The field in which the helicopter crashed is owned by Scott Limestall.

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Corey Saathoff

Corey is the editor of the Republic-Times. He has worked at the newspaper since 2004, and currently resides in Columbia. He is also the principal singer-songwriter and plays guitar in St. Louis area country-rock band The Trophy Mules.
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