Pilot killed in Manitowoc Co. helicopter crash

    Helicopter crash in Manitowoc County, May 4, 2016. (Photo courtesy of Manitowoc County Sheriff's Office)

    MANITOWOC COUNTY (WLUK) -- The pilot has been killed in a helicopter crash near Reedsville, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

    The Manitowoc County Sheriff's Office says the crash happened just after 10 a.m. in a swampy area near 19420 Marquette Rd. in the Town of Maple Grove. The pilot was the only person in the helicopter.

    Citing local law enforcement, the FAA says the crash is a fatality.

    American Transmission Company says the helicopter was being used to help string wire along an ATC electrical transmission line between the Point Beach nuclear plant and the Forest Junction Substation.

    ATC says the helicopter is owned by South Carolina-based Rotor Blade, LLC, which is working as a subcontractor for Henkels & McCoy. According to the FAA, the helicopter was an MD Helicopters model 369E. It's unknown what led to the crash.

    The FAA says the National Transportation Safety Board will lead the investigation, and any further information will come from the NTSB.

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